2007 or 2008 KTM 450exc?

I'm trying to decide between the 2007 and 2008 KTM 450exc. I understand there were some problems early on with the '08's, but the '07's were pretty much bullet proof. The updates on the '08 sound great, but if my first priority would be reliability, which one should I go with?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


Your best bet by far is the 2007 450 EXC. It was the last year for the tried and true RFS engine. Maintenance and valve adjustments are easy, and the engine is almost as reliable as a rock. The 2008 - 2011 models had the double sump engines with very small engine oil capacities and suffered from a variety of maladies. The original '08 models were especially problematic.

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