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Old 06-05-2013, 05:40 PM   #631
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First, there is the cost of EPA certification.
It's been done; see post #585 and following......
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:44 PM   #632
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It is sad that the "bigger is better" mentality is prevalent enough to prevent a great bike being imported to your country, but there's not much you can do about it.

I've been riding dirt and road for over 30 years, I had "big" bikes when I was young and confused accelleration with speed.

Now in my mid 40's ,the Freeride has been the best dirt bike decision I've ever made, the fact that I'm leading my equally skilled mates on their 450's through single trail proves it to me.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:47 PM   #633
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It is sad that the "bigger is better" mentality is prevalent enough to prevent a great bike being imported to your country, but there's not much you can do about it.

I've been riding dirt and road for over 30 years, I had "big" bikes when I was young and confused accelleration with speed.

Now in my mid 40's ,the Freeride has been the best dirt bike decision I've ever made, the fact that I'm leading my equally skilled mates on their 450's through single trail proves it to me.
The confusion is more of power with acceleration.
I did wheel to wheel drag race vs ktm 300, 250, 200 and CRF450
I might have 27 HP on my FR but 100% of them translate into acceleration while the 50 HP bike just move earth backwards.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:29 PM   #634
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sighting in canada

does anyone know if they are for sale in canada now cause I could have sworn that one drove down my street tonight.... it was in Calgary, AB
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:03 AM   #635
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You hit the nail on the head! Here is the question that sums it up...why is the KTM 300 2 stroke the best seller? Answer...because they don't make a 400 2 stroke! It seems every year, at least in our market in AZ, we order less and less of the small stuff and more and more of the big stuff, 500 EXC's way outsell 350 EXC, everything outsells the 200's and 250's in all of the segments...300's XC and XC-W....450 SX-F, 500 XC-W / EXC....everything else is filler. We get asked the question about the Freeride often but realistically the price would have to be such on that unit to make it attractive to buyers and still attractive to KTM and their dealers that it would be prohibitive in the US market.
In Malaysia and many other coutries around here there is almost a direct proportion between cost and cc. I.e. a 500 costs 2X as much as a 250. At US prices it would be hard for me to chose a 350 EXC over the 500... but of course the Freeride is a totally different animal than the EXC's.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:53 AM   #636
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It is sad that the "bigger is better" mentality is prevalent enough to prevent a great bike being imported to your country, but there's not much you can do about it.

I've been riding dirt and road for over 30 years, I had "big" bikes when I was young and confused accelleration with speed.


The most accurate statement about this subject!
KTM didn’t bring this bike to this country because of this!
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:27 AM   #637
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Fat dudes who don't race always need the most horsepower possible.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:29 AM   #638
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Fat dudes who don't race always need the most horsepower possible.
I have a friend (250 lbs) that dont race and LOVES his FR...
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:59 PM   #639
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Rode the new Freeride at a H&H yesterday,going great in the tight woods until I heard a knocking noise,lifted the seat to notice the plastic subframe mount had snapped,very poor design.Will be talking to KTM in the UK regarding this soon.

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Old 06-07-2013, 10:47 PM   #640
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Oow, that's no good.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:53 AM   #641
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very poor design
eek, that does look like a horrible design.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:52 AM   #642
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It's the price of a 228 lb. wet weight - a plastic seat support. There is no rear sub-frame. Which is one reason the FR isn't a good candidate as a DS. See the first 5 pages of this thread.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:56 AM   #643
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I don't think it is unreasonable to make a 228# wet weight bike that's tough....

Here's a Honda hybrid idea... get a XR200, and replace:
suspension with CR85 custom to your specs
BBR Frame
CRM250 engine

And you've got a capable 200 lb wet weight bike of similar proportions, more reliable and power! And all with 20-30 year old technology!
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:58 AM   #644
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eek, that does look like a horrible design.
That a bold statement for a single case failure, isn't it?

There is over 12,000 bike out there without anyone reporting this problem before.
I personal have over 200 hours RACING this bike without anything more than a blown suspension seal.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:13 AM   #645
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Rode the new Freeride at a H&H yesterday,going great in the tight woods until I heard a knocking noise,lifted the seat to notice the plastic subframe mount had snapped,very poor design.Will be talking to KTM in the UK regarding this soon.
I suspect foul play. Remember Mitch is the guy who broke all our subframe bolts, shattered our clutch master cylinders and gauled our rear shock pre-load adjusters on eveyone's 690. As if by magic high quality replacements were on offer shortly after.

I foresee a rally raid replacement subframe coming on the market soon.
He will be trying to convince us the fuel tank isn't big enough next
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