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Old 12-09-2007, 10:19 AM   #1
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1996 ATK 605 - Good 1st DualSport?

Anyone know much about ATK 605's? I have a chance to buy one that is said to be well maintained and not abused for what seems to be a steal at $2250. From what little I have learned, parts may be a bit tough to come by but other than that, is it a good bike?

Would this be a good re-entry bike for me to get back into riding after a 20+ year hiatus? I need a bike to ride for a year or so reacquiring my riding skills before getting something pricey like a 800GS.
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:38 AM   #2
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Anyone know much about ATK 605's? I have a chance to buy one that is said to be well maintained and not abused for what seems to be a steal at $2250. From what little I have learned, parts may be a bit tough to come by but other than that, is it a good bike?

Would this be a good re-entry bike for me to get back into riding after a 20+ year hiatus? I need a bike to ride for a year or so reacquiring my riding skills before getting something pricey like a 800GS.

good bike.. the rotax engine has been around for a long time and parts are readily available.

ATK is still in business and has spare parts.

Only limiting factor is a large tank.. see if it has the bigger gas tank 3.2 gallons. still small but enough for 100 miles or so.
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:48 PM   #3
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I recently bought a '97 605 and like it alot. Parts are easy to get from Motoxotica or American Dirt Bike. The 605 is real docile and easy to ride but has the torque and power to pull decent highway speeds. I'd highly recomend it for shorter trips. The '96 model should have a 3.6 gallon (claimed) tank. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198478

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Old 12-11-2007, 07:25 AM   #4
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They are pretty solid bikes over all. 2200 is a pretty normal price for one, not a bad deal but not a steal either. The pros for it are good performance, simple air cooled motor, high end components and unique. The cons are some parts are unavailable (the bike and motor are both out of production, I think fuel tanks are hard to find these days), zero aftermarket (luckily there's not much that you'd want to upgrade), its got a timing belt that needs to be changed every year or so and can be a bit quirky. The kickstand often breaks out of the swingarm, but can be welded back together pretty easily and the countershaft splines sometimes strip out - best to keep and eye on them and keep the bolt tight. Overal, I'd be happy to have one in my garage
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies - have decided to look for something a little less exotic as a set of re-training wheels.
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:40 PM   #6
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Dave, if you havent' already purchased, I think that ATK would be a great DS bike. The suspension was ahead of it's time, the frame was good, it had bookoo torquey power, and it was pretty bulletproof. Clutch pull was brutal! Some kind of aftermarket clutch assist device would be in order, or if it has an external actuator lever, you can weld up a longer one for more leverage and fix the hard pull. Price seems a little high for a 96 unless it is truly cherry. That 605 is a wheelie king machine!
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