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Old 01-23-2013, 01:23 PM   #4126
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Welcome to the new USA normal

USA no longer dominates motorcycle thinking or pricing

The USA WAS the only place rich enough where price influenced buying

USA will be like others where only the top 3% and fanatics will own bikes
I think my decoder ring is faulty...
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #4127
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I think my decoder ring is faulty...
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #4128
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Until the last few years everywhere else in the world motorcycle prices were 25 to 33% higher for the same thing

We were the place where the average worker could buy a motorcycle along with the necessities of life. When the prices were lower more units would be sold.

Now because of our future prospects and dollar devaluation we will have very similar high pricing then most other developed countries.

we soon or do have the $10,000 dirt bike
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:23 PM   #4129
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we soon or do have the $10,000 dirt bike
Yea, we have that already.

KTM 500exc $9,899 + tax

http://www.hondaktm.com/new_vehicle_...ModelYear=2013

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:34 PM   #4130
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Stromper.. I think you meant to add in; "a top of the line motorcycle" somewhere when saying...

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We were the place where the average worker could buy a motorcycle along with the necessities of life. When the prices were lower more units would be sold.
or

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USA will be like others where only the top 3% and fanatics will own bikes
as evidenced by this video from India..And there are plenty of other countries where I wouldn't be surprised to learn that motorcycles outnumber cars..

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Old 01-24-2013, 06:21 AM   #4131
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Yea, we have that already.

KTM 500exc $9,899 + tax

KTM considers $10K to be change you can find in your sofa. The KTM 450RR will set you back $40,000.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:54 AM   #4132
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KTM considers $10K to be change you can find in your sofa. The KTM 450RR will set you back $40,000.
My parents paid less than that for their house. At this rate, in 40 years, a top of the line bike will cost $200,000
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:17 AM   #4133
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looking for opinions !

Husqvarna TE310R or KTM 350EXC-F ?
not particularly worried about on road capabilities
sat on both, ergos fine on both
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:36 AM   #4134
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Husqvarna TE310R or KTM 350EXC-F ?
not particularly worried about on road capabilities
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I think the 310's are great bikes. I ride with 2 guys who have them I would consider getting one if I was needing to replace my KTM400exc. PM me if you would like to get a used one. I have a friend selling a 2011.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:57 AM   #4135
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Husqvarna TE310R or KTM 350EXC-F ?
not particularly worried about on road capabilities
sat on both, ergos fine on both
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Both of these bikes were the last of three in consideration for something lighter to replace my DRZ400 and I am 99% probably going to buy a 2013 TE310R. The electric Zero FX was on the list but a few chats with them and much consideration at the NY IMS show last week (I had the checkbook ready), I have decided to put that one off - for now.

I think, for my limited abilities, that the KTM and Husky are similar enough. I spent a lot of time at the NY IMS show perched upon the Husky (Mrs TMLee started downing the free 5-hour energies to stay awake) and talked at length with the regional sales manager and a local dealer about features and options. The slightly lower seat height and general ergos kind of swings it towards the Husky for me. Dealer has a few options to improve performance a bit - not that I need that. I have ridden a KTM 350EXC and have an offer to test ride the TE310R, so we will soon see.

BTW - I have a nice DRZ400S for sale!
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:29 AM   #4136
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my 2 cents (and i am sure some here will think its not even worth that)

being the owner of a '10 te 250 (and a husky owner from way back - used to have an old 360CR), I won't comment about which is better. My personal experience is that make sure you are willing to do a lot of work on the bike yourself (not that it needs any more work over any other bike), and also be ready to get parts online. With all the KTMs around, seems everyone has parts for them (and i live really close to Razee's, so I can always shoot over there). Whenever I have an issue and need parts for the husky though, the local dealer (and for me he is not really local, more like 1 hr away) rarely has parts i need in stock (I will say that when he does, he DOES ship to my house for free, which is nice). An example is i recently needed a relay. he said it would take him a minimum of 2 weeks to get the part. Hall's had it to me in 3 days.

overall, I love the bike though. very light (compared to my KLX 250S, sort of low to the ground (i have a lowering link, i am just shy of 5' 9"), and with the proper tweeks with iBeat and the JD Tuner, runs pretty good. I have always had starter issues, but that was prevalent in the '10 TE250, and depending on who you talk to, has been straightened out in the newer bikes. besides, its a dirt bike, kick it
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:18 AM   #4137
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going orange is an inevitable fate that many of us fight,
but know we will eventually surrender to it promise of
floating over bumps and popping over ledges...
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:21 AM   #4138
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^^^ You do not need an orange bike to do any of that....
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:41 AM   #4139
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KTMs... they are easier to spell.

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Husqvarna TE310R or KTM 350EXC-F ?
not particularly worried about on road capabilities
sat on both, ergos fine on both
thanks.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:38 AM   #4140
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thanks one and all for the input
nothing better than real people chiming in !
I was leaning towards the 310 BUT, man, the spelling IS a huge issue
tmlee : who is your local dealer ?
I too spent some time at the Zero booth. I'm trying to talk my wife into buying a bottom of the line model, which would be perfect for MY daily commute !!
I would love to test ride any model.
Next week looks warmer
thanks again.
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