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Old 03-22-2013, 06:28 AM   #16
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I had a WRR for almost a year and just could not get comfortable on it. Just something weird about it that didn't fit me. I tried a new seat, new bars, bar risers, etc. Nothing helped. It was a great bike otherwise. Not many bikes you can commute at 70mph, get almost 70mpg, and still hit single track on. If I could have found a way to make it not hurt my back I would still have it for sure.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:57 AM   #17
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I went from a WR250R to a TE511. The WR is a great bike and runs very smooth on the highway. What it lacked was power, specially after my trip to Moab. That's why I decided to get the TE511. I changed the rear sprocket from a 51 to a 48 and it is smoother now at highway speed, but NEVER as smooth as the WR was. In the dirt there is no comparison, TE511 wins hands down. On the road I wouldn't ride it for a long time, but it has the power I was looking for.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:53 PM   #18
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Some of you may have misread my post.
I'm not looking for a race bike with a plate - something like that would make a great second bike. The te511 husky to me is not a race bike, whilst it could be used as one, it is certainly not it's design intent. A race husky in my mind would be a TC310R or WR300.
I have legitimately researched KTM's, they are far more expensive new and secondhand than equivalents here (e.g. wr450f etc.). Secondhand condition of available ktms are questionable. Also cost for parts in Australia for them are very high. Even husky parts are relatively cheaper, and i would expect the BMW motor would need far less in hard parts than a katoom. They're a rich mans bike here, and i just can't see the justification to pay more for what they offer. So whilst it's great if they suit you, i have checked them out for myself, and for my circumstances they do not suit.

IF i did have that sort of cash i would get two bikes, but neither would be a ktm. maybe a YZ250?

Buying a bike from another state unseen is just asking to throw money away, i don't know how trustworthy americans are, but you can't trust an aussie to advertise something honestly.

Changing oil is not expensive, or difficult. to me its a complete non factor when differentiating between models. No matter what bike i have i always change the oil very often for peace of mind.



Maybe if you were looking at this scenario as if all bikes cost the same to buy and maintain. But this is not the case. I can and do ride aggressively, i love riding high performance bikes. But you can't ride all hipo bikes to and from trails. And i'm sorry but from my personal experience with ktm i would not say they are nearly as durable as the equivalents available here. I wouldn't expect a 525 to last more than one season of my use without a rebuild.

You need to work on your research skills.

Going by what you have posted here, stick with the WR, or look at a DR650.

I don't think you should be moving to an open class enduro just yet.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:53 PM   #19
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610 not a 630 or 650.

They start to jump up In weight.

Ive done 20, 000 miles of a mix between commuting and intense single trail.

Brilliant bikes.

Heres a taste of how it goes in the tight stuff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvBN323DBRQ

And on the not so tight stuff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj6h21WBvIc

Carby version October 05 onwards are the best.

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+1. I was going to suggest the TE610 also over the 511. The 610 has a true wide ratio gear box so it makes the highway runs much easier, but it still will blow away the WRR off-road, and I believe the motor has longer service intervals. I actually went from the TE610 to the WRR, but that was more or less because my wife was on an XT225 and the TE610 was way overkill for the riding I was doing with her. I really do miss how awesome the TE was off road when I wanted to be aggressive. I can still do it some with the WRR, but the TE just had so much good power. I do enjoy the WRR on the road more than the TE610, but the 610 wasn't bad. I did a 2500 mile trip on the TE610.

We just got my wife the CRF250L and I'm still really enjoying the WRR when I ride with her. I miss the Husky though when I ride with my buds on their Husky's.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:55 AM   #20
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I don't think you should be moving to an open class enduro just yet.
cheers for this 'helpful' feedback.
I've already ridden a few powerful open class bikes (all yamahas tho), i have no idea what point you are trying to make.

i'll check out the 610, there is a few on the secondhand market.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:14 AM   #21
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My point is that everything you said in that post I quoted is wrong.

From the 511 not being designed as a race bike (what do you think it was designed for? it is an open class enduro, as much of a race bike with a plate as you can get), to the crap about 525s not being reliable.

Misinformed, or a really bad attempt at being a troll, either way I don't think you could use an open class enduro to it's full potential if you cant decide between it or a WR250r.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:10 AM   #22
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Misinformed, or a really bad attempt at being a troll
Was that me or you?
LOL
Name one thing i actually got wrong?
I said TO ME it is not a race bike, a far faster 'race bike with a plate' would be a wr300. The TE511 has numerous road going features superfluous to an enduro racer.
Nowhere did i say KTM 525's are unreliable, i mentioned they were less reliable in my experience compared to some other bikes. You're missing the crux of the matter - i don't like KTM's so why would i buy one?

Look mate, either find something constructive to say - or go shit in someone elses thread.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:33 AM   #23
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Bad troll attempt it is then.

Welcome to my ignore list...
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:55 AM   #24
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Bad troll attempt it is then.
Yes, by yourself.
I'm glad you found a way to save me from any more of your enlightenment.
The mods around here are no help.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:25 AM   #25
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Yes, by yourself.
I'm glad you found a way to save me from any more of your enlightenment.
The mods around here are no help.
He said nothing mod-worthy...on the contrary, he seems spot on

And "ditto" to a TE610, it's as close to what you're looking for as you're likely to find...but I see you took your ball and left.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:09 AM   #26
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Was that me or you?
LOL
Name one thing i actually got wrong?
I said TO ME it is not a race bike, a far faster 'race bike with a plate' would be a wr300. The TE511 has numerous road going features superfluous to an enduro racer.
Nowhere did i say KTM 525's are unreliable, i mentioned they were less reliable in my experience compared to some other bikes. You're missing the crux of the matter - i don't like KTM's so why would i buy one?

Look mate, either find something constructive to say - or go shit in someone elses thread.
I get the point you are making for sure. If i wanted a bike I could ride on the trail, do some dual sporting, or race more technical stuff without the desire to be competitive I'd pick a 511 or a 525 as well. If I wanted a serious race machine and the rest would be superfluous It'd be a 300 two-stroke or a 3X0 four stroke. There is a night and day handling difference between those bikes and trail bikes which are often touted as "race bikes" because of their high performance basis. It's like saying a Porsche Carrera is a race car because it's fast and costs a lot to keep running, a GT3, on the other hand, would make a fool out of it on the track because it is an actual race car.

I wouldn't pick a 511 for a dual sport because of the gearbox, but I also wouldn't pick it to race anything but wide open desert either.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:36 AM   #27
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I get the point you are making for sure.
Thanks man, you've restored my faith in humanity.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:00 AM   #28
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He said nothing mod-worthy...on the contrary, he seems spot on
...but I see you took your ball and left.
Oh but please enlighten me...
Lets see, you agree with thetrev that everything I say is wrong...
WTF are you doing on this thread for a start? Can you even provide one example of something i said that is 'wrong'? i bet not, that might be considered constructive feedback.
If you think that snyde remarks about the character of users here is acceptable, then EAD YFF. Double standards is what it's called.
What the hell are you talking about balls?
You old folks shouldn't be let out of the nursing home without your meds.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:52 PM   #29
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Oh but please enlighten me...
Lets see, you agree with thetrev that everything I say is wrong...
WTF are you doing on this thread for a start? Can you even provide one example of something i said that is 'wrong'? i bet not, that might be considered constructive feedback.
If you think that snyde remarks about the character of users here is acceptable, then EAD YFF. Double standards is what it's called.
What the hell are you talking about balls?
You old folks shouldn't be let out of the nursing home without your meds.
Wow...overreact much

Get over yourself, and by yourself a WR250R
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:59 PM   #30
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Read one. The TE511, same specs as TXC511, in every respect, except
For all the EPA stuff you have to remove to make it run right. The TC has
Different cams and airbox, that's about it. The TE make more HP when uncorked.
There are folks from the shop I frequent who do race them. Hare scrambles,
Enduros, TT's. Just like the KTM 525s. I got a pipe with out the Cat. The TC
Airbox, and a power commander. It is stupid fast and HIGH maintenance.
I am fine with that, the manual says do not run the bike for extended periods
at one speed, it will cause damage. 60mph, is really reving it up, so
Highway travel that is frequent is not for this bike. I use mine sparingly
On 2 lanes for short distances to get to my riding spots, or to run up town
And act stupid on it. That's why they made it street legal. The WR will be
A lot less trouble, have better resale, work better on the road, last longer,
Less maintenance, but for me (Ricky play racer) I'll take my TE511.
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