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Old 05-29-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Difference between KTM 450 & 500 XCW????

Attention search nazis.................I tried it and was overwhelmed with useless info. If there is a prior thread on this please feel free to re-direct me.

I had a 12' KTM 450 XC-W and loved it, but sold it due to lack of riding time. I am now looking for another one. I have found a good buy on a new 500 XC-W and was hoping someone could explain the difference in how the motors feel and work.

I have never ridden the 500 and was curious how it compares to the 450 and hope that someone who has ridden both could explain.

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Old 05-31-2013, 06:49 AM   #2
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I have a '13 XC-W500 love the bike. Have ridden a '12 450 although
breifly. Only difference I could tell is overall power. You can never have too much power! My 500 just has more power everywhere. With stock gearing (13/50) it will wheelie on demand
just by cracking the throttle through fourth gear. I actually went 1 tooth bigger on the C/S for street use and it has no prob whatsoever pulling the taller gearing. It still rips on tight single track too, but have to use just a smidge of clutch on a rare occasion. I actually started to ride a little faster on the S/T so I don't use the clutch any more than with stock gearing. The motor has more than enough low end torque to do this.
Chassis wise, I couldn't tell much difference.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:14 AM   #3
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Thank you for the info. I just purchase a new 500 and have ridden it twice now and absolutely love it!!!!
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