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Old 06-05-2014, 07:33 AM   #1
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350 exc or ?? as an urban commuter?

Hey guys, I've had several street bikes and know a fair amount about those, but I know absolutely jack shit about dirtbikes or thumpers. I just sold an FZ1 (which i'm kind of regretting) because it was just way, way too much bike for living in NYC. been trying to figure out what to get next, and a buddy suggested getting a dual-sport/enduro thumper and sumo-ing it. always wanted a KTM, and I see a 350exc street legal for sale. Would that work as a getting around Brooklyn bike? or is there some reason that bike is a bad idea for that?

what else should I look at? my price range is $3k or under, unless I wait a month or so, in which case I could prob go 4500.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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Because of the less than EXC 450/5XX gear spread, I'd recommend the bigger bore KTMs, but if you are keeping it in the city I don't see a problem. Check the 350 thread for gearing suggestions. Great bikes, tuff as nails too.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:55 AM   #3
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In your price range...

...look for a used DR350 in good condition. If you'll go to the DR350 thread, there's a good one that's coming up for sale soon by a member here.
The DR350 would be perfect for beating around any city.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:10 AM   #4
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I always liked my Wr250x in the city. Just soooo nimble and fun to throw around on the 90 degree turns.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:20 AM   #5
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:54 AM   #6
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...look for a used DR350 in good condition. If you'll go to the DR350 thread, there's a good one that's coming up for sale soon by a member here.
The DR350 would be perfect for beating around any city.
My DR350SE does commuter duty for me. In fact, that's mostly where it's ridden. It's fun and reasonably lightweight and has adequate power for surface streets. I imagine the KTM will be more powerful and have better suspension, but the DR is a tank. Dead reliable as long as you make sure the oil stays topped up (which you should be doing on any vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine anyway), which is a nice attribute for a city beater to have.

Plus you could buy 2 or 3 of them for your budget.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:01 AM   #7
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i would think the 350 would be an great city commuter. i have not ridden one in that setting, but i know my my plated 450xc-w is awesome in the city.

much more fun in the city than my DRZ...which is also a great city commuter, but the KTM is lighter, more flickable, has an awesome wide ratio 6 speed tranny, has wayyyy more power (the 350 won't have as much as my 450, but will still blow the handlebars off a DRZ).
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:58 AM   #8
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Glad to see other's recommendations for the good ol' DR350. One thing I reaaally like about mine on the city streets is that it eats up rough pavement and potholes like it's nothing, given the 21" front wheel and "off-road" suspension. I can zoom around downtown streets on the DR with ease where it would jar the hell out of me in my Toyota Corolla. When I encounter a speed bump or large manhole cover that I can't avoid I simply rise up off the seat a tad bit and keep the throttle at speed - no worries.
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:37 PM   #9
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a buddy suggested getting a dual-sport/enduro thumper and sumo-ing it.

Once you go Supermoto...

That 350 is prolly gonna go down as The King of light bikes.

Pick your maintenance tho... The more power the more maintenance it'll cost you.


If money were no object I'd have a 350SM right now!

My bike is a riot now stock 26/9hp and 290lbs... I can't imagine (yes I can) lighter, faster and that suspension... drool
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:59 PM   #10
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it's actually a 450, my mistake. a buddy told me to stay away, that it will require 10hr oil change intervals
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:45 PM   #11
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it's actually a 450, my mistake. a buddy told me to stay away, that it will require 10hr oil change intervals
That's why I have a FZ1 for commuting... I started commuting on a Supermoto and wore out the engine in one year, not to mention tire life.

High performance dirt bikes are very high maintenance... if you want them to last.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:27 PM   #12
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it's actually a 450, my mistake. a buddy told me to stay away, that it will require 10hr oil change intervals
Your buddies a goon. Its a known fact that KTM recommends 15 hour oil changes,but as has been repeated 5000 times that is for a full race pace bike. People routinely go 1500 miles on oil changes and more and the oil still looks good.
The thrill level of a 450 in the city would have you grinning from ear to ear.
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:43 PM   #13
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it's actually a 450, my mistake. a buddy told me to stay away, that it will require 10hr oil change intervals
your buddy has absolutely no idea WTF he is talking about.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:28 AM   #14
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Hey guys, I've had several street bikes and know a fair amount about those, but I know absolutely jack shit about dirtbikes or thumpers. I just sold an FZ1 (which i'm kind of regretting) because it was just way, way too much bike for living in NYC. been trying to figure out what to get next, and a buddy suggested getting a dual-sport/enduro thumper and sumo-ing it. always wanted a KTM, and I see a 350exc street legal for sale. Would that work as a getting around Brooklyn bike? or is there some reason that bike is a bad idea for that?

what else should I look at? my price range is $3k or under, unless I wait a month or so, in which case I could prob go 4500.

You should go read the NYC Commuters thread.

KTM EXC with an SM set up is great, but it will be stolen on the streets of NY. Will be!
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:56 AM   #15
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yeah, i'm aware of that. it's a big part of my hesitation on getting a dual sport or sumo here.
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