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Old 11-25-2012, 04:19 AM   #451
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fit a set of motrad wheels would make it fun ever 17/17 or even smaller depends on the size of it
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:13 AM   #452
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Did some more than 250km with 3 tanks filled to the brim. Thus far it's everything I hoped for. Easygoing, non-intrusive and capable! But I have not figured out where to keep my coffee and some spare fuel.
I'm seriously considering replacing my WR250R with a freeride.
Every year I do a week of enduro riding i Romania (EnduRomania), and to do that on a Freeride I would have to find a way to carry a bit more fuel than the 5 litres in the tank.
I'm thinking this (or something similar) is the best way to do it:
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:04 AM   #453
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When / if this bike coming to the US? Ill buy one in a heartbeat. Its exactly what Ive been waiting for.....
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:04 PM   #454
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There is no rear subframe on the Freeride. You won't be carrying anything on the back unless you fabricate a subframe first. It is a hybrid TRIALS / trail bike - not an enduro. What you really want is a 350 EXC-F.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:33 PM   #455
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I have been riding for +20 years and have a pretty good idea of what I like/want.

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There is no rear subframe on the Freeride. You won't be carrying anything on the back unless you fabricate a subframe first. It is a hybrid TRIALS / trail bike - not an enduro. What you really want is a 350 EXC-F.
Most of the riding I do in Romania is very technical single track in the mountains where a trials/trail bike like the Freeride would be perfect - the only problem is the fuel range.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:36 PM   #456
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Carrying extra fuel...

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I would have to find a way to carry a bit more fuel than the 5 litres in the tank. I'm thinking...(or something similar)...
Have a look at the Giant Loop MoJavi - http://www.giantloopmoto.com/collect...vitm-saddlebag

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AlI1dcae8o

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:50 PM   #457
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There is no rear subframe on the Freeride. You won't be carrying anything on the back unless you fabricate a subframe first. It is a hybrid TRIALS / trail bike - not an enduro. What you really want is a 350 EXC-F.
You really think two small bottles of fuel are going to kill it? What about one fatass?
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:17 AM   #458
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^ Just bring the bike to the States. We will figure out all the mods we need doing!
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:59 AM   #459
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^ Just bring the bike to the States. We will figure out all the mods we need doing!
Why has this not happened yet?
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:22 AM   #460
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Why has this not happened yet?

I've got cash in hand....ready and waiting
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:51 AM   #461
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I may be wrong, but I don't think it is about US demand right now - it's all about circumstances:
  • First, there is a slow economy, world-wide, which typically hurts small volume, expensive, niche products,
  • then there is limited production capacity for KTM (as a smaller company), and the Freeride is a low production item for KTM,
  • then there is strong demand for the Freeride in other countries where KTM does business more easily,
  • then there is greatest strength in the India / Asia market (e.g. new Duke 125/200/390), and
  • finally there is the typical mis-match between US dealers and KTM Austria (HQ).
On top of it all, many (most?) US dealers don't even know what the Freeride is, let alone how to market it at a premium price tag - most US riders aren't as educated as those of us on this board - most want bigger / badder 500's and 690's.

So, with Bajaj providing capital and production facilities for a rising Asian market, and marketing dollars going to the new 1290 Super Duke and Adventure (bigger margin products), the Freeride gets lost in the clutter for the US market.

Maybe we'll see it in a year or so, if the economy continues to get stronger and 1290 production (all models) has ramped up for a 3-4 year model run.

Just my $0.02.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:26 PM   #462
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I've got cash in hand....ready and waiting

I have felt your pain, I put my deposit down and waited 6 months for them to arrive in Australia.
The first shipment arrived in September and consisted of only 20 bikes for the whole country, I missed out.
Had to wait another 2 months, just got mine last week.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:18 PM   #463
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^ Well God's sake tells us about it!
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:24 PM   #464
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I've got cash in hand....ready and waiting
How much cash ya got in yer hand?
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:21 PM   #465
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^ Well God's sake tells us about it!
I'm going up to the state forest tomorrow for a good ride, so will get a bit of a review up after that .
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