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Old 03-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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KTM 300 opinions

So, I'm pretty close to springing for a 300xcw in the next few weeks, but really torn if I should spend the extra $$ for a 2012. The 2012 will run about 8.7K with basic trail & streetable bolt ons (plus Boulder Co tax&tags). Are the updates to the 2012s really worth the extra few grand over one of the used 09s floating around right now? Anyone ridden both? Did the '12 really deliver 3-4k worth of extra happy?

Primary use with be technical singletrack and the occasional rmec race.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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So, I'm pretty close to springing for a 300xcw in the next few weeks, but really torn if I should spend the extra $$ for a 2012. The 2012 will run about 8.7K with basic trail & streetable bolt ons (plus Boulder Co tax&tags). Are the updates to the 2012s really worth the extra few grand over one of the used 09s floating around right now? Anyone ridden both? Did the '12 really deliver 3-4k worth of extra happy?

Primary use with be technical singletrack and the occasional rmec race.
For those I've talked to, the 6 speed was a big improvement.
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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For those I've talked to, the 6 speed was a big improvement.
Was that just in top end availability, or across the range?
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:30 PM   #4
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Was that just in top end availability, or across the range?
Mainly the ability to loaf the engine when doing road sections, and not sacrificing trail manners.
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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I frequently wish I had a 6sp in mine. The XCWs (non 6sp) has some pretty big gaps beteween the higher gears and will tend to drop out of the band depending on the terrain (esp sand), you can gear around it but it looses some of it's legs. The 6sp doesn't do that. The conversion parts are about $750 if the difference between the 2 is larger than that.

Resale value when you decide to sell it is going to be better than a bike with the last year of the 5sp also, consider it an investment.
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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Mainly the ability to loaf the engine when doing road sections, and not sacrificing trail manners.
Thats what his 450 is for IMO. I've havn't really noticed a real need for the 6 speed on my rides on the 09 300. For me a two stroke=plan accordingly to avoid any long stretches of easy dirt roads and avoid pavement at ALL COSTS!! The 450's will go anywhere the 300 will and be better for faster dirt roads and acceptable on pavement. I could see maybe spending the extra dough on 2012 if it was your only bike.
I did ride a 2012 300 xc and suspension in general was pretty amazing, after a Slavens surgery, but I believe 2012 xcw's have a different fork.? The power of the xc seemed comparable to my 09 but smoother.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #7
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Thats what his 450 is for IMO. I've havn't really noticed a real need for the 6 speed on my rides on the 09 300. For me a two stroke=plan accordingly to avoid any long stretches of easy dirt roads and avoid pavement at ALL COSTS!! The 450's will go anywhere the 300 will and be better for faster dirt roads and acceptable on pavement. I could see maybe spending the extra dough on 2012 if it was your only bike.
I did ride a 2012 300 xc and suspension in general was pretty amazing, after a Slavens surgery, but I believe 2012 xcw's have a different fork.? The power of the xc seemed comparable to my 09 but smoother.
I agree.

My experience running the 300 at speeds over 45 was that it was buzzy...but it's a two stroke..right? I had a top speed of 72mph.

However, on pavement, it is nice to lug the motor so it isn't opening and closing the power valve. Is that worth the 2012 price plus all the other doodahs you will add on? To me? No. Like endurince said, if you are going to spend any length of time in 6th gear, either you are a desert racer or you need a 4 stroke.

Want the ultimate 300?

http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/mcy/2866934995.html

Then again, if you want the cool factor of owning something new (which is very cool), go for it. I never regretted buying something new.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:15 PM   #8
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I frequently wish I had a 6sp in mine. The XCWs (non 6sp) has some pretty big gaps beteween the higher gears and will tend to drop out of the band depending on the terrain (esp sand), you can gear around it but it looses some of it's legs. The 6sp doesn't do that. The conversion parts are about $750 if the difference between the 2 is larger than that.

Resale value when you decide to sell it is going to be better than a bike with the last year of the 5sp also, consider it an investment.
RideFreak I like your rationale. You can talk your self into anything, it is an investment.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:26 PM   #9
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I dont think 6 gears is that important for single track and RMEC races.

Id buy one a couple years old and spend the money on suspension and porting.

What am I saying, that is what I am going to do....
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:35 PM   #10
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Damn.. that's nice. I'd seriously consider it.. not sure about the xc vs xcw?

The one I'm considering is an '09 300xcw. ~20 hrs on a full (top & bottom) rebuild including port/polish/decking, pro-circuit/fmf exhaust, stillwell suspension and CF armor. Maintained by a guy I trust - for a touch over 4k. If I can convert to 6spd for ~750 then it sounds like I get rid of the downside and am still ahead.

I will plate the bike, but just to get to the trailheads. The main intent is for daily abuse on the singletrack out my back door (west mag, 505, lefthand, etc) with less maintenance than the 450. I'll probably keep the 450 and just gear it up a little for desert / dualsport(ish) rides.

Thanks for the feedback folks.. this is helpful.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #11
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I remember I said that when the 300 came with a 6 spd, I would sell my 05, and get the 6spd. I kept my 05 300EXC.
I invested in the suspension, which really made the bike a whole lot better. And that is basically it so far. I really don't feel the need for a sixth gear for the conditions that I ride. I really don't like to cruise really fast on large dirt
roads. So, it cruises along just fine at 45 mph. It will top out close to 80mph. I have not done that in a loooong time.

What I would really like to do is have the Slaven's mule mod done. I feel if the bike had a little bit more torque down
low, that it would be a even better single track bike. Everytime I ride this bike I love it. I drool over the newer models, but I don't really feel that they will make me a much better rider. I think if you invest in a good suspension
tuner on a later model 300, you are really not losing anything to the 2012. The 300's are soooo easy and simple to
maintain, it almost scares me. The dam bike just keeps on running.

But, if you have the means and really want a new one, get the bad boy.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:25 PM   #12
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Damn.. that's nice. I'd seriously consider it.. not sure about the xc vs xcw?

The one I'm considering is an '09 300xcw. ~20 hrs on a full (top & bottom) rebuild including port/polish/decking, pro-circuit/fmf exhaust, stillwell suspension and CF armor. Maintained by a guy I trust - for a touch over 4k. If I can convert to 6spd for ~750 then it sounds like I get rid of the downside and am still ahead.

I will plate the bike, but just to get to the trailheads. The main intent is for daily abuse on the singletrack out my back door (west mag, 505, lefthand, etc) with less maintenance than the 450. I'll probably keep the 450 and just gear it up a little for desert / dualsport(ish) rides.

Thanks for the feedback folks.. this is helpful.

For 08-10 the XC has higher quality suspension. Some XCW owners might dispute that, but it is what it is. Also, the XC has a closer ratio tranny (as was mentioned before) so for single track, it rocks (for me anyway). 4K is a deal for an 09 with the work you mentioned. I would go with that and maybe, just maybe, if you find yourself in the land of riding perfection and speed, then spend the time/money for the six speed. I don't think you will ever get that money back.

And...the plating process can be hit or miss depending on your county. If your friend is the original owner with MSO, get HIM to plate it and pay the fees.

One more thing, the 300 like you said CAN BE lower maintenance. However, the build quality can be less than fantastic as some have found. It's not a Yamaha. So the 09 may be a good deal in that what will break-already broke. Get the 4k bike, flog it and then see what you think. It's fairly easy to sell down the road.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:34 PM   #13
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I have an '09 300 xcw. Bought it brand new and I'll never get rid of it. I've never said that about any other motorcycle hahahaha
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:49 PM   #14
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Thats what his 450 is for IMO. I've havn't really noticed a real need for the 6 speed on my rides on the 09 300. For me a two stroke=plan accordingly to avoid any long stretches of easy dirt roads and avoid pavement at ALL COSTS!! The 450's will go anywhere the 300 will and be better for faster dirt roads and acceptable on pavement. I could see maybe spending the extra dough on 2012 if it was your only bike.
I did ride a 2012 300 xc and suspension in general was pretty amazing, after a Slavens surgery, but I believe 2012 xcw's have a different fork.? The power of the xc seemed comparable to my 09 but smoother.
Good thing I have one of each.

I'm keeping my 300 set up with an auto clutch and sticky radial tire that will not be used above 45mph on pavement. The 450 gets set up with a little taller gearing, better lights, and DOT rated tires.

My '06 300 needs a bit of TLC. I've flogged it for the last 3 years with very little maintenance. On Saturday it gets a pressure wash before getting set up on the bench for an end-end inspection. I think a new top end is in order. At 340 hours, I've yet to do a bottom end. Maybe next year.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #15
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09 300 for 4k? Sounds like a deal.
Id buy some extra wheel sets so you can have different tires for left hand, racing, 5moh, etc. Also a great light set up, pimp out the suspension, maybe get a good gps so we dont get lost so often.... There you go, just spent 8k!

6spd is not necessary for our riding. with 5 it will do 80! And gearing will be better for single track.

I would never buy a new bike, all they do is look worse and worse... Its depressing.
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