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Old 07-20-2013, 12:58 PM   #676
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I think KTM could get a better return on their investment if they developed a 690 adventurer.
If it weighs in at 220 lbs, I'm in!
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:20 AM   #677
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If it weighs in at 220 lbs, I'm in!
It does
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:29 AM   #678
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It doesn't show on the US website I'm looking at ...yet.
The Freeride tab is still blank.
KTM is probably worried about the bugs they have in their bikes. If it coughs or hiccups in low end power, its a loser.
Too many flame outs on my 690, leaving me in bad situations to call it a great bike.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:49 AM   #679
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The day I see a plated Free Ride available in CA my 450exc is for sale.

No plate, give me a e-start 300exc any day for less $$ than a Free Ride.

Light is right, less is more...
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:01 PM   #680
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KTM is probably worried about the bugs they have in their bikes.
Never stopped em before. It's all about $.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #681
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Any updates in regards to if we will see the FreeRide in the U.S. in 2013?
I thought KTM made there U.S. model anouncment in late August last year? Should hear soon.

Not as optmistic as I once was. To complicate matters, saw on KTMtalk there are rumors of a 2T FreeRide anouncment in Europe within a month.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:01 AM   #682
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I thought KTM made there U.S. model anouncment in late August last year? Should hear soon.

Not as optmistic as I once was. To complicate matters, saw on KTMtalk there are rumors of a 2T FreeRide anouncment in Europe within a month.
Less than a month. 28-30 of this month to be exact. 90 kg Freeride!!!!
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #683
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Talking

I'd like to sumo that for city bashing! Anyone want to register my plate in their name?
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:27 AM   #684
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Trialling the Freeride

Rode the KTM 350 Freeride to a local club trial today and had a great time in the woods with it.
It caused quite a lot of interest from the older riders, who were surprised with its manouverability.
I think next time I would fit a smaller front sprocket, but apart from that, a great day out,



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Old 09-23-2013, 08:38 AM   #685
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It's not looking good for the USA and the Freeride 350 folks.
I was at the KTM national rally last weekend and talked to a couple of people about the Freeride coming to the US. The answer I kept getting was that the KTM USA execs don't think the US market will pay $10k for an entry level dirt bike. I say they are wrong and they are missing an entire market of riders.

I also chatted with one of the editors from Dirt Rider magazine. I asked him what we could do to get this bike to the US. He said "start sending emails". Well, I can't find an email address on their website but I did find a phone number.

KTM-North America Inc.
East
1119 Milan Avenue
Amherst, Ohio 44001
Customer Service Phone: 440-985-3553

I've left a message and I will continue to do so. I hope some of the rest of you will too.

In the meantime, and it breaks my heart to say it, I've started shopping for a Sherco X-ride.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:52 AM   #686
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It's not looking good for the USA and the Freeride 350 folks.
I was at the KTM national rally last weekend and talked to a couple of people about the Freeride coming to the US. The answer I kept getting was that the KTM USA execs don't think the US market will pay $10k for an entry level dirt bike. I say they are wrong and they are missing an entire market of riders.

I also chatted with one of the editors from Dirt Rider magazine. I asked him what we could do to get this bike to the US. He said "start sending emails". Well, I can't find an email address on their website but I did find a phone number.

KTM-North America Inc.
East
1119 Milan Avenue
Amherst, Ohio 44001
Customer Service Phone: 440-985-3553

I've left a message and I will continue to do so. I hope some of the rest of you will too.

In the meantime, and it breaks my heart to say it, I've started shopping for a Sherco X-ride.
Did you inquire, or hear about the Freeride 250 2T?
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:59 AM   #687
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Did you inquire, or hear about the Freeride 250 2T?
No, I didn't ask about the 250. My guess is the answer would be the same.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:03 AM   #688
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In the meantime, and it breaks my heart to say it, I've started shopping for a Sherco X-ride.
If KTM reads this, they'll know you're not really serious about the FR350.

When mine arrives next spring, don't be askin for a ride...


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Old 09-23-2013, 09:40 AM   #689
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It's not looking good for the USA and the Freeride 350 folks.
I was at the KTM national rally last weekend and talked to a couple of people about the Freeride coming to the US. The answer I kept getting was that the KTM USA execs don't think the US market will pay $10k for an entry level dirt bike. I say they are wrong and they are missing an entire market of riders.

I also chatted with one of the editors from Dirt Rider magazine. I asked him what we could do to get this bike to the US. He said "start sending emails". Well, I can't find an email address on their website but I did find a phone number.

KTM-North America Inc.
East
1119 Milan Avenue
Amherst, Ohio 44001
Customer Service Phone: 440-985-3553

I've left a message and I will continue to do so. I hope some of the rest of you will too.

In the meantime, and it breaks my heart to say it, I've started shopping for a Sherco X-ride.
1. If here the 350 cost is 9,600 which is the same as the 250 XCW 2S model, I believe it should be around 8K in the USA (?)

2. The new Freeride 250 should be at least 1K cheaper still.

3. I was riding and comparing the Sherco X-ride this weekend. This is what I think in a nutshell
This bike have a great potential, but it feels like unfinished project. Like they just used what they have cheap without any further development and refining.

- 1st and worse flaw is the engine or better said - the Trial gearbox. It have 1st-3rd super short and tight, 4th a bit longer and 5th too high with a huge gap. While 4th can get you to 30 mph, the 5th good from 40 mph only...between 30 to 40 there is nothing to get a good drive, and once the single track open just a bit, this is the speed you are in. How much it will cost them to get a correctly spaced gearbox in there? few hundreds???

- 2nd issue is the brakes. Front has no feel in it and is very weak. 2 fingers can lock the front wheel but it will happened without giving any feedback. Lever feel cheap and bulky. Rear wheel is the opposite with too much power and the smallest touch in the (badly made) pedal will lock the wheel on slippery surface.

- 3rd big issue is the rear suspension. While the front is great the rear just shut close on every small jump or speed bump. Too cheap? Under development?

- Than there are the small points like the very low seat that bend your knees too much (and I'm only 5'5'') and make sitting to standing thing that require too much effort. The cheaply made rear brake lever, side stand, cheap Trail tires (Mitas) etc...

I would say that you should take a decent ride on the bike before making any purchase.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:20 AM   #690
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If KTM reads this, they'll know you're not really serious about the FR350.

When mine arrives next spring, don't be askin for a ride...


Brings to my mind a vision of Linus and the Great Pumpkin. Orange and everything.

I agree with MexMex on the Sherco. It's a great concept, with almost zero attention to engineering. You can fill the airbox with mud in Northwest conditions, the gearing is straight off a trials bike, and build quality is marginal. On the plus side, it makes tight singletrack around here seem tame and easy (I rode one with Michelin trials tires, which might be a contributing factor). I wanted to love it, but just couldn't justify the price tag. It's around $8600 OTD around here, and if it had KTM-like quality and engineering vision, I'd own one.

Come on, Great Pumpkin!!
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