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Old 10-26-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
rjt90 OP
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KTM 450 XC-W Street Use??


I have come across a good deal for a street legal KTM 450 XC-W, and I am wondering how suited it is for road use. I currently have a KLX 250 S that just doesn't deliver the performance I want. I ride about 40 miles a week around my college town from place to place, and on the weekends I like to do some off-road riding. It's a 20 - 30 mile ride to the dirt tracks and trails. I'm 6' 6" 210 lbs and a decent rider. My biggest hesitation on moving to the KTM is the maintenance. I've heard they are great bikes, but require a lot of work (oil, filters, valves).

I know the DRZ 400 is an option, but the high performance of the KTM is very attractive. I want something that can get me around town as well as ride aggressively on dirt trails or tracks.

Is the KTM 450 XC-W the right bike for me? I want a good bike that will last. I don't want to be constantly tending to it or worrying that I'm messing it up by riding it 70 mph on the street.

40 miles @ 40 mph, street, slight traffic (around town)
40 miles @ 70 mph, street, no traffic (round-trip to the trail/track)
3 hours, dirt trails/tracks


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