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KTM 450 EXC info needed.

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Hi all.

I'm new to this 4-stroke game, I've been an oil burner all my life (KDX200 & 2x KX250's) but trail riding up against a squadron of 4-bangers (3xYZ450f's, a RM-Z450, and a CRF450) my KX250 is getting a displacement complex, not to mention I'm ringing it's neck.

My friends and I all ride geared MX's on the trails as they are slick, quick and nimble. I've got the opportunity to throw a leg over an '04 KTM 450 EXC which would be great to get the wide ratio box and trail set up but I have never ridden one before and same goes for my mates and I don't want to hop on a trail tracktor.

Could someone please shed some light on what I should expect with regard to the power curve, gear ratios, and reliability of the 450 EXC. . . . and any other little tricks I should know about it.

Thanks Crew.

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it has 450cc and itiis a four stroke

it sure is!!! is there anything valuable in this guys posts??? i see the entire page has been responded to by him, but it is a two or three word answer... i agree with the others... check out the KTM forum

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I would also check out ktmtalk.com

You might also want to look into the MXC models because from what I understand they are basically the MX bike, witha bigger tank, an extra transmission gear and a headlight.

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I would also check out ktmtalk.com

You might also want to look into the MXC models because from what I understand they are basically the MX bike, witha bigger tank, an extra transmission gear and a headlight.

Actually I believe the crankweight and the flywheel are lighter on the SX models.

If you want to run the MX four strokes over get the 525.

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I would also check out ktmtalk.com

You might also want to look into the MXC models because from what I understand they are basically the MX bike, witha bigger tank, an extra transmission gear and a headlight.

Like the others said, ask the KTM experts in the KTM forum, and go to KTMtalk.com.

For the KTM fours strokes up through '05:

EXC: Enduro type bike. Electric start. Wide ratio 6 speed tranny. Lights. 2.9 gl tank (or so).

MXC: GP/cross country type bike. Electric start. Same bike as the EXC, except, tranny is a close ratio 6 sp (higher first, and lower 6th). Much larger gas tank. No lights (but has the lighting coil and the same wiring harness, so lights are plug and play).

SX: MX bike. No electric start. Close ratio 4 sp. tranny. Smaller tank. No lights (not sure about the lighting coil, but I don't think it has one). 19" rear wheel. May have a steeper steering head angle, not sure though. Not sure about the engine internals, but a lighter flywheel and some other MX type mods would make sense.

I think you will find that the 4 strokes feel like porkers compared to the 2 st's. Lots of folks prefer the power characteristics of the 4 sts, traction can be easier to find. They seem to track better over the chop too. Engine braking can be nice. Not having to mix fuel is a bonus. Top end failures can be expensive, but the KTM's have been very reliable.

For the 2 st's, they are much easier to change direction on, have more of a hit, are way lighter and I think, more fun to ride. Top ends are cheap and easy to do.

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For the 450 EXC, should mention that it is an excellent bike. Very versatile and reliable. I've ridden them a number of times and while I think its an excellent bike, right now I am preferring the 2 st's. I ride a 250 EXC and a bunch of my buds ride the 200 EXC and 300 EXC's.

The 4 st feels too like to much of a porker for me. The 2 st's are more fun, easier to throw around, and much easier to deal with when the trails get nasty.

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Thanks for the info guys, I think I'll give the EXC a crack . . . I can always go back to my 2st's if it's to hush of a pig on the tight stuff.

I'll keep you up to speed with how the euro enduro holds up in the West Australian bush.

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Think of a Holden Minaro with a Knobby...and Really Good Off-Road suspension!

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