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I got to test ride the KTM quad setups this weekend and owning a KFX I can clearly state what you all will not like to hear. I'll get flamed either way but wait till you guys test ride one of these things. Dominating power for the 450 class, the best stock suspension ever being Ohlins triple rate LONG TRAVELS, 48" wide that can be 50" w/a wheel change and adjustable rear axle. Chromoly frame, swingarm, fully adjustable front chromoly a-arms, Twin Air filter, grease zerk on tapered roller bearings rear end, 357lbs READY TO RIDE w/all fluids minus fuel in the quad, and the best ergonomics. You can ride the thing for hours on end and not have hurting knees or anything. 3.5gallon stock gas tank, Magura hydraulic clutch, handlebars, brakes, stainless lines, Razr tires on a new type of rolled lip Douglas wheels, etc, etc.

The quad was amazing the the 525 was almost too much to handle. Wheelies in 4th gear are no problem by just punching the throttle. KTM did their homework but w/only 1500 of each model being made, better get that order in. But at close to $9000 it won't be cheap, but well worth it. Ready to race out of the box minus nerfs and a wheel/tire switch for MX. Tons of photos and VIDEO will be available on ATVSource.com later this week as well as the full story so keep checking back.
 

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QUOTE (Psychosis @ Aug 21 2007, 11:37 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2954
I'll get flamed either way but wait till you guys test ride one of these things.
I dont want to flame you and i think the KTM should be a great bike. I just have a few questions since you have been on one.

QUOTE (Psychosis @ Aug 21 2007, 11:37 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2954
Dominating power for the 450 class, the best stock suspension ever being Ohlins triple rate LONG TRAVELS,
Now for the real question ......... did you ride a production version? I heard the prodcution version is not done yet?

QUOTE (Psychosis @ Aug 21 2007, 11:37 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2954
48" wide that can be 50" w/a wheel change and adjustable rear axle.
Not sure if i uncerstand? So are you saying the bike is 48 inches with 4-1 rims and by changing to 3-2 rims you will be 50 inches? If so that kinda defeats the purpose. Running 3-2 offset wheels will offer more steering feed back.

QUOTE (Psychosis @ Aug 21 2007, 11:37 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2954
But at close to $9000 it won't be cheap, but well worth it. Ready to race out of the box minus nerfs and a wheel/tire switch for MX.
I think 9K for a bike with a GOOD long travel frontend and the quality of components the bike is SAID to come with is not a bad deal.

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To answer that, you are right on the rim change. And that is true, but they focused it more for cross country riders w/the ability to go MX as well. the 2009 model will also offer an MX 50" stock model but it is going to come next spring. The ones we rode were production quads. They brought I think 10 450's and 20 525's in to be ridden. They were the finished product and will be shipping to select dealers in the coming weeks. The front end is chromoly as said and fully adjustable w/tripe rate Ohlins. The main spring is progressive as is the rear and flatout rock once you dial them in. Every part on the quad is high quality and just an amazing finish.
 

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Not going to like what I hear? Basic you’re saying KTM rocks!!!! Ok that’s cool. I always like KTM, but will never buy one. Just for one reason COST!!! You can plan on paying 25% more for parts than any Jap ATVs. Like stated early 10K is serious money. I'm happy with my KXF. Thanks for your input. I think competition is good for the sport.
 

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Yea but the quality of the bike you buy is going to be much better than jap bikes so you wont have to replace parts like you do on jap bikes. Everything being chromoly from the factory will save you thousands in not having to buy aftermarket. Not to mention the Ohlins shocks, aluminum silencer, adjustable axle, etc. And its only 9k. Thats only 1500 more than a KFX, but this quad has longtravel suspension, and only weighs 357lbs minus gas! Im on the list for a new 525.
 

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So you saying that quality of KTM override the initial cost. That’s interesting so you are saying that owning a KTM in the long term will save you money. Like I have always stated; “KTM makes great stuff” But there tends be to higher cost of ownership. Parts are 25% more than normal Jap stuff. Good luck.
 

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what's cheap about buying a 7500$ kfx, trx, ltr and dropping another 10k on arms, shocks, motor....... just to have 11" of travel and 50 hp. oh wait thats what the ktm comes with. think about it. i know i have two 20k jap bikes i love them both. if the ktm comes close to a modified bike it will be great. we have to be thankfull that the manufactures are finally building quality quads. 10 years ago you had to chose between a 400ex, mojave and a warrior.
 

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Ok, you got me! buying a KTM save you money. I'll tell my wife, she'll be glad to know to this and agree to let me buy 450 and 525. YEAH !!!!!!
 
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