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Old 01-12-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Transitioning from a 450 to a 250 two stroke : advice please.

ok guys.

have been riding a Husaberg FE450 (2014) , aka , a KTM 450 . Mainly single track , etc. Great bike , a bit heavy (for me) , good suspension , very measured power (esp for hard trails) .

am adding a 2015 KTM 250 EXC (two stroke , electric & kick) shortly.

is the transition to two stroke (my first two stroke dirtbike) difficult ? Anything to re-learn ?

I enjoy the crazy torque from the 450 and am worried that it will be missed with the 250 ...

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Old 01-12-2015, 04:45 PM   #2
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You might have to get used to getting a little farther up a gnarly trail without stalling.There will be less thump thumping and more ring dinging in your vicinity.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:49 PM   #3
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No engine braking with the 2t. Takes a little getting used to. You'll probably be shifting more as the engine doesn't rev as high as the 4t.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:51 PM   #4
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Clutch, clutch, clutch.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:55 PM   #5
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Comparing my '07 EXC450 to my '06 300 XCW, the 450 power is smoother and more linear, sometimes a bit easier to handle. The 300 will chug down to almost walking speed without the clutch, (9oz FWW), the 450 won't do that. The 2T has more of a slash and burn power delivery to it and the 450 is a bit slower to respond. The 450 feels more planted and deflects less. If you do medium to tight single track, you may like the 2T. If your riding is more 2 track or open trails, not super gnarly, the 4T is fun to ride. The KTM 2T's can be tuned from mild to wild with pipes and PV springs and settings. Riding a 2T is a bit more busy, than the 4T, (more shifting). If I could only afford one dirt bike, I'd go 2T.

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Old 01-12-2015, 06:02 PM   #6
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:10 PM   #7
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You'll have to use the rear brake now. That's the biggest thing for me.
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:31 PM   #8
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Learn to slip the clutch to build up revs instead of changing down (when you are in slightly too high a gear). Also forget about the engine as a brake.
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:44 PM   #9
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Learn to slip the clutch to build up revs instead of changing down (when you are in slightly too high a gear). Also forget about the engine as a brake.
Yup, a little clutch goes a long way
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:27 PM   #10
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no engine braking () ,

clutch clutch clutch ,

gear gear gear .

got it !

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Old 01-13-2015, 01:47 AM   #11
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:43 AM   #12
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just brought it home today.

short test in front of the house ... omg ... this 2 stroke is MENTAL !!!

my 450 pales in comparison ... haha.

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Old 01-16-2015, 04:30 AM   #13
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Clutch and rear brake are your friend. Nice bike.
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Old 01-16-2015, 04:41 AM   #14
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I'm actually faster since I went over to a 300 2T. But its mostly because I forget to brake for corners. At least I'm finally carrying some corner speed.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:04 AM   #15
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Sweet looking bikes!

I noticed that your 2t has full on road gear. What country are you in? Did it come stock that way?
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