What to look for? Looking to buy used 2003 KTM200 EXC

Just wanted to know if there are any common problems that I should be aware of and to look for? Any other things in general I should keep my eye out for when looking at used KTM 2 strokes to purchase? Thanks.

look at the FAQ thread at top. Common KTM issues there.

my biggest problems is trying to keep my mouth closed when riding my 03

200exc. it's a blast to ride and never stops amazing me. but if you never rode a ktm before prepair for that hard seat.

Thanks for the info. Yeah, if it has a seat as hard or harder then my WR250F came with, then I'll be looking to upgrade. I couldn't stand 3-4 hour rides on my stock WR250F seat. I ride standing allot more now, but still think I'll end up upgrading to a tall soft seat.

Be prepared to do a little work on the suspension (epecially coming from a WR250F). For 2003 & 2004 WP used 3 bushings in their forks instead of two. The extra bushing was added in-between the upper and lower and many people believe this causes binding when the fork deflects under normal use. Look up "3rd bushing removal" on ktmtalk and see what I mean.

I removed mine yesterday, but have not had a chance to ride it yet. Most people claim it makes the suspension "plusher". All I know is that correctly sprung for my weight, sharp bumps would transfer straight to my wrists/arms and make for a long day riding.

I think that would be the only thing that is less than perfect on that bike. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the info. Yeah, if it has a seat as hard or harder then my WR250F came with, then I'll be looking to upgrade. I couldn't stand 3-4 hour rides on my stock WR250F seat. I ride standing allot more now, but still think I'll end up upgrading to a tall soft seat.

You'll get used to the hard seat in a few rides. You'll stand alot more on your second ride. As my brother sez, It's a dirtbike, not a couch.

removing the 3rd bushing makes a big difference in the way the forks feel.

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