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Old 08-23-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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1995 ktm street legal lc4 400 ???? Has anyone ever owned one

1995 KTM street legal lc4 400 ??? I was wondering if anyone could share some
info on this bike??? I'm thinking of buying one for off road use only....
So I'd only be interested in it's off road performance abilities or lack
of....What would this bike be capable of ???? any info would be great...
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:40 PM   #2
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1995 ktm street legal lc4 400 ????? any info

1995 KTM street legal lc4 400 ??? I was wondering if anyone could share some
info on this bike??? I'm thinking of buying one for off road use only....
So I'd only be interested in it's off road performance abilities or lack
of....What would this bike be capable of off rd ????
any info would be great...
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:48 PM   #3
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Think a DRZ400 but with more vibs, harder starting and the occasional flame-out. The LC4 400 is the same as the LC4 620 for the most part if thats of any help to you. Overal decent off road performance and quite a durable/robust motor.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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I had one. At the time I thought it was the best option for an on off road bike and it was till the WR 400 came out in 98 (I know the WR wasn't street legal but it was still easy to legalize a dirtbike back then.)Short story. Physically large bike,top heavy,good power ran well.Dated engine by todays standards. Seemed to be reliable, I'm short,bike was too tall for me,hope your taller than 5ft 6in. Hope this helps a little,more ? shoot.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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A friend has one 1500.00 us

A friend has one 1500.00 us.... Idealy I'd like a dr400.. but I'd be paying
at least 2500.00 for a good one.... my KLR is killing me on the trail, so I was hoping this might do....
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:56 PM   #6
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A friend has one 1500.00 us.... Idealy I'd like a dr400.. but I'd be paying

A friend has one 1500.00 us.... Idealy I'd like a dr400.. but I'd be paying
at least 2500.00 for a good one.... my KLR is killing me on the trail, so I was hoping this might do....
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:57 PM   #7
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I had a 95 620RXC. Excellant bike. I could start it left foot in gear on the bike everytime. Got holeshots in desert races with it. The key is to jet the carb right. Otherwise you may Kick Till Monday. Pull up the jetting from the same year ecx and start there. The 'needle jet' was the big thing. This is the tube that the needle goes thru and the main jet threads in to. I stuck with the stock slide and needle. Electrical system is a little weak. Not the output, just small wiring and the such. Couldn't keep a flasher in there for anything. Would have to change the rpm up and down at a light to get the blinkers to work.
As far as it's dirt worth I won plenty of SoCal races in the DS class. The DS class back then would have KX-250's with lights on them and crap like that. At Mammoth Mountain I won by over 3/4 a lap. Adelanto GP won the DS class and got 5th overall. Beat Ty Davis(only cause he blew his Kawy apart). Johhny Campbell and Jeff Capt(both American Honda riders) got first and second. Billy Fullmer who was a ISDT medalist and team green got fourth. Don't remember who got third. And here was some bozo on a stock Dualsport KTM with mirrors and turn signals getting 5th overall. The tail light and fender extension broke off over a big mud puddle jump they had. Spectator brought it over to me after the race. That was the only thing that ever broke. At Glenn Helen I could race the vet class and holeshot the two-strokes by five bike lenghts.
Re-valved the rear shock and went stiffer on the spring. Yosh pipe and everything else was left alone. I did what I could to make it lighter.
The 400 was within 3lbs of the 620 but felt loads lighter cause of the smaller crank. Don't get the '96 as it had a piece of crap Edlebrock carb and counterbalancers. KTM still really doesn't have the counterbalancers figured out. Can you tell I really like the bike or did I not make that point .
I think I had more fun on that bike than my 990 Adventure.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:32 AM   #8
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I thought about a 400 before buying my 640. There was an immaculate much lower mileage 400 for sale at the same time I bought my current bike. So I was stuck between the lower mileage virtually brand new 400 or my current well used 640 for about the same money.

Now I am by no means a KTM guru. And while I really enjoy the bike, the thing still quite frankly mystifies me. So take this advice for what it is worth. The advice a friend, and LC4 fanatic, gave me at the time was that the 400 offers all the weight but 2/3's the power of the 640.

That made up my mind in a hurry. For pure offroad use, the suspension on that 400 is going to blow the KLR away. It was quite a revelation going from Japanese DS bikes to an LC4. I won't be switching back. But you will still be dealing with a pretty heavy bike.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:22 PM   #9
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Well I got the 400... DS anythigs are hard to find around these parts

Well I got the 400... DS anythings are hard to find around these parts...
the bike don't seem to have been riden much or hard ???... and it's all I
could buy right now so we'll see.... I'll try and keep you guy's posted...
Send me your e-mails and I'll send pics
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:23 PM   #10
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Well I got the 400... DS anythings are hard to find around these parts...

Well I got the 400... DS anythings are hard to find around these parts...
the bike don't seem to have been riden much or hard ???... and it's all I
could buy right now so we'll see.... I'll try and keep you guy's posted...
Send me your e-mails and I'll send pics
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:30 PM   #11
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I had one for few years. Bought it new in late 94'. I used mine for South Jersey dualsporting and enduros. It was geared too high for off road use. I switched to the same gearing as the off-road only model. Pretty heavy for a singletrack bike, but great on fire roads and wider trails( very stable). An Uptite Racing exhaust made a lot more power and was much lighter. Mine didn't have a counter balancer (I think they got those in '96) and with off-road gearing it vibrated like a bitch at highway speeds.
After about 6500 miles one of the cam bearings fell apart, and sent little metal bits all though the engine. Luckily no damage other than the bearing, even the cam was OK. Other than that the engine seemed bulletproof. I haven't heard of any other cam bearing failures on LC4's, so mine may have been a fluke. Oil changes were expensive and time consuming compared to my XR400 which replaced it. Valve adjustments were also more time consuming than the XR.
All in all a decent bike but, for off-road I found the XR400 to be a much better machine. The LC4 will still smoke a KLR in the woods.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:28 PM   #12
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Well I didn't look that hard .. but he switched out the stock carb for a Edelbrock Ca

Well I didn't look that hard .. but he switched out the stock carb for a Edelbrock Carburetor or another US made one... carb
sticks, though it can be snapp/ed down
and then runs great... you need to do this
each time you hit the gas..???? the seller says
the jets stuck and the bike shop thinks the vacum
might be pulling it up.... bike seems to run really
well....
Any ideas....
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:52 PM   #13
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The US bikes had the Edelbrock carbs. Lube the cable, mine stuck every now and then, Then I swapped a Sudco FCR on and life became wonderful!
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