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Old 02-16-2015, 11:33 AM   #1
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gap in the market for a 4-500 cc thumper

i m talking an all rounder here , one capable of free way yet light enough to get to the best places half way up mountains...i m prob ask for a wr450r here arent i?

but suzuki aside no one is targetting this rather exploitable gap in the market

there is the wr250r might be up to the task
drz 400 not so great on tar
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:40 AM   #2
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Your asking for a KTM exc500 but they will never build one.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:37 PM   #3
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this subject comes around pretty regularly. wheres the DRZ with the 6 speed kinda thing. I agree, there is a hole, and I'd buy one. and yes, I know there is a wide ratio 5 speed for the Z. check out the CCM450 thread


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857243
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:40 PM   #4
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I've got the 2008 450 EXC-r. Geared for trail it can still do 70 on the highway for longer than my tailbone wants. Street legal stock whereas the WRs require another grand in upgrades to get a plate.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:41 PM   #5
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Which market has the gap? Because I was just looking over brand new 350 and 500 dual sports on Saturday while dropping off a 525 dual sport.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:16 PM   #6
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Which market has the gap? Because I was just looking over brand new 350 and 500 dual sports on Saturday while dropping off a 525 dual sport.
I have three in my garage. No gap here.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:32 PM   #7
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what are you talking about OP?
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:48 PM   #8
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I got a 450 drz that does just fine on any terrain.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:54 PM   #9
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There are no 400-550 fuel injected somewhat lightweight dual sports that dont have ridiculous maintenance intervals. Something like the WR250 but in a 450 would be great.

Love KTMs, own a 990 and 1190 but would love a 400ish that had the service intervals of the LC8. Dont need the power of the 690 enduro R but IMO, that bike is the closest to fitting this gap. Something 200cc smaller and 50pounds lighter and still go 4-9k miles between oil changes and 18k miles between valve adjustments and nothing in the book about rebuilding top end/new piston ever.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:56 PM   #10
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GAP Fillers

EXC 500, 525, 530 with a few creature comforts all available off the shelf - GAP FILLED
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:07 PM   #11
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Your asking for a KTM exc500 but they will never build one.
i m not , more asking for a six speed drz or a wr400r
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:09 PM   #12
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EXC 500, 525, 530 with a few creature comforts all available off the shelf - GAP FILLED
what are the maintenance scheduals on these bikes like

i m not looking for a true dirt bike

i m looking for a dual sport go anywhere , 6 speed fi single cylinder 4-500 cc bike that is pretty smooth on the highway but able to get up mountains
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:10 PM   #13
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this subject comes around pretty regularly. wheres the DRZ with the 6 speed kinda thing. I agree, there is a hole, and I'd buy one. and yes, I know there is a wide ratio 5 speed for the Z. check out the CCM450 thread


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857243
those ccm 450s cost a fortune too
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:11 PM   #14
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i m not , more asking for a six speed drz or a wr400r
You are, you just don't know that you are.
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:12 PM   #15
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There are no 400-550 fuel injected somewhat lightweight dual sports that dont have ridiculous maintenance intervals. Something like the WR250 but in a 450 would be great.

Love KTMs, own a 990 and 1190 but would love a 400ish that had the service intervals of the LC8. Dont need the power of the 690 enduro R but IMO, that bike is the closest to fitting this gap. Something 200cc smaller and 50pounds lighter and still go 4-9k miles between oil changes and 18k miles between valve adjustments and nothing in the book about rebuilding top end/new piston ever.
9 thousand mile oil changes?
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