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Old 12-24-2011, 02:11 PM   #181
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Having owned an NX before I would have never thought about taking that thing off road. Much less be comparing it to a new KTM. The engine revved high (for a thumper) but did not have much low end grunt, which is not what you want for most trails. A CRF230 is much, much better offroad than an NX. Now, if we were talking about a street bike the NX might win versus a CRF230. It was good for commuting, and the occasional dirt road and that was it.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:20 PM   #182
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:21 PM   #183
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:36 PM   #184
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Why has KTM never made a trials bike?
Look here http://www.trialscentral.com/forums/...-trials-bikes/
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:40 PM   #185
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I'm sorry, Jason. I know you wanted that comment to be directed at you, or read into it that I'm drunk posting or changing the subject. But the truth is I didn't post that for your or the threads benefit, but rather as a response to tahoeacr's post.

Sorry.

And sorry it ever crossed my mind someone might want to make an exception in a few inches of suspension travel to get a motorcycle about $7,000 cheaper than the alternative. How dare I.
You guys are comparing a bike that hasn't been available in the U.S. for twenty years to a bike that will likely never be available here. You both need to go riding.
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Old 12-24-2011, 05:20 PM   #186
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This NX guy flogging his dumb bike in many unrelated threads earned him a place on my Ignore list.

Notice the thread title? Can we get back to talking about the KTM 350 Freeride now?
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:00 PM   #187
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You guys are comparing a bike that hasn't been available in the U.S. for twenty years to a bike that will likely never be available here. You both need to go riding.
  1. I am not in the US.
  2. KTM Canada has said the same thing to my enquiries as what I read above; the 350 Freeride will be available as a early release 2013 model here.
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:01 PM   #188
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Sorry.
Done? Good. Back on topic...
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:41 PM   #189
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Literally WTF? I thought the NX was a cool bike..... Not available in Canada is the main reason I didn't own one, but 20 years later, I have no idea why it would be compared to a KTM.
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:36 AM   #190
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Enough about the NX.

The negative comments are just as bad as the original comment, and it is just baiting I heart my NX, and I am glad to see he has been the bigger man and not replied (yes I am aware that I was one of the original antagonists, but it was a failed attempt at a good natured shit stir).

So anyway...

Predicted price seems a bit steep, and it is unlikely KTM will be willing to lose money on it, so is anyone truly interested if it goes ahead at the forecast price?

Or would you rather take a hit on the spec sheets and get cheaper components or keep the high end stuff and take the hit to the wallet?
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:02 AM   #191
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I would pay $9K for it, without batting an eyelash.

I may actually fly to Austria and get one next summer (2012)....

http://rickramsey.net/FR350.htm <-- linky


And I don't even like the color Orange

But I'll ride circles around most of my buddies on Rocky Mountain trails

Upon further reflection, I'd pay 10K
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:03 AM   #192
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I thought I'd better follow-up my previous post with a few clarifying comments.

Please don't misinterpret my previous post as arrogant. I am not rich and I don't have money to burn. But the fact is, I've spent the last 30 years trying to build something like the Freeride 350, and now KTM has come along and built it for me. Built it better than I could ever do. And all I have to do is walk into a KTM dealership and buy it. Of course I'll buy this bike, at whatever price they set (within limits), because I'd like to spend my remaining riding days enjoying trail riding and not trying to build the perfect trail bike.

Make no mistake, this bike IS the perfect trail bike. It will only be surpassed by it's electric brother once the technology gets good enough.

And if I'm still riding, I'll buy the Freeride E



If you're wondering how I can judge what this bike is all about, how suitable/reliable it will be, and how well it will do its intended task, let me tell you how. I have scrutinized every picture, every video, every specification, every feature list that is on the interweb and I have not found the Freeride 350 lacking. I have reviewed the current 350 engine reports and studied previous off-road and trail bikes that KTM has built. I have integrated all of this information and compared it to all that has come before, including my own efforts and others, and have concluded that KTM has hit a home run. A grand slam, even.

They did make one mistake, though - the fuel tank is too small for the rides I have planned for the FR350.




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Old 12-25-2011, 05:37 AM   #193
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Service intervalls

Does anybody knows the service intervalls, oilchange, valve adjustment intervalls for this lovely bike?
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:27 AM   #194
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But the fact is, I've spent the last 30 years trying to build something like the Freeride 350
And if I'm still riding, I'll buy the Freeride E
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You have done a very impressive amount of research on the Freeride. I'd like to hear some of the highlights of your 30 year quest.
I've been on a similar path, starting with a Bultaco Alpina. I now have a Pampera, T Ride and a TTR 230. Of the three the TTR gets ridden the most, and is certainly the best bang for the buck. The Pampera (original 1996) is by far the best tough trail bike, but it doesn't quite run right without race gas (what a pain). The Pampera has the advantage of serving, quite adequately, as an intermediate level Trials bike. The TTR will run all day on a tank of regular though.
My theoretical criticisms of the Freeride, other than flying to Austria to get one, are the fuel capacity and seat height/excessive suspension travel. I applaud KTM for addressing the market segment in any case.
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:42 AM   #195
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Any ideas where the 20 lbs of weight is saved over the 350EXC? Kickstarter, shorter shock and fork, etc...

I believe all KTMs that are e-start only, have provision for aftermarket KS... can anyone verify that on the 350FR?
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