What to buy???? TE 450 or Exc 450 or Wr 450

I'm thinking of ether buying the Exc 450 or the TE 450 and even maybe Wr450. I would really like to know what think? I also may consider the exc 530 or the Te 510. I own a WR 250 R great bike love it run very good. Gearing is high. Not that great on rocks. It's more of a 40/60 bike. I ride 85/15 to 90/10 and there's a lot or rock here in Pa. Don't want to always be working on my new bike either. I weight 200 LB. I do whan something I can ride on the road sometimes. I don't do a lot of jumping, but I would like to start running some Endoro races. Could you please help.

exc yes - husky maybe - wr no as it feels way too heavy

husky for shure :thumpsup: Best big bore enduro weapon ever! Fairly low maintenance. Pretty decent on the road except its limited top speed because of the close ratio tranny.

I would have to say no to the WR, I do not have experience with the others, except for the 450exc's that routinely smoke me.....

Husky for sure!!!!!!! I have a TE 450 that I ride 100's of miles every weekend requiring little or no maintenence.

Please help??[/

Thank you for your feed back!!! Maybe you can clear something up for me?

I have allways heard that it was the other way around KTM for endoro's TE for dual sport. I am not racing, however I do plan to try a few endoro's. I ran in one last year but did not finsh on my WR 250 R dual sport. What do you mean by wide range grearing and closer gear range??? Please explain?? The are a lot of rocks around here .How does the TE handle them better than the KTM? I heard the KTM was the rock bike??? Last can you bog the engine when in tight places like I heard you can do with the KTM? I found a left over new 09 TE 450 for $6200 which I think is a steal conpair to the $9200 2010 KTM exc 450.

Once again Thank you so much for you time in replying to my question!!!!!


Ok. Huskys have a close ratio tranny for woods riding, not much top speed. ktms have a wide ratio tranny which is good for top speed/dual sport. Either bike will do fine on the rocks IF you have the suspension set up properly. I have heard ktms can be a pain to get set up. Either bike you can bog, but the ktm is carbed and the husky is fuel injected (you will need to get that set up by the dealer, he should know what hes doing).

The KTM is a much better dual sport bike than the Husky primarily because of the much more versatile wide ratio 6 speed tranny in the KTM.

i own the exc but have ridden the husky with dialed suspension and a rekluse, offroad this bike was incredible, like i was cheating.

Please help??[/

Thank you for your feed back!!! Maybe you can clear something up for me?

I have allways heard that it was the other way around KTM for endoro's TE for dual sport. I am not racing, however I do plan to try a few endoro's. I ran in one last year but did not finsh on my WR 250 R dual sport. What do you mean by wide range grearing and closer gear range??? Please explain?? The are a lot of rocks around here .How does the TE handle them better than the KTM? I heard the KTM was the rock bike??? Last can you bog the engine when in tight places like I heard you can do with the KTM? I found a left over new 09 TE 450 for $6200 which I think is a steal conpair to the $9200 2010 KTM exc 450.

Once again Thank you so much for you time in replying to my question!!!!!


Kevin, you better jump on that Husky deal. $6200 is a good price for an '09. My bikes an '08 and works great in the rocks and tight woods. As far as top speed, I have a buddy that rides a 450 KTM that always trys to race me on gravel roads and I always smoke him with my husky. Buy the Husky and on May 16 be in Park Hills, Missouri for the Lead Belt National Enduro. I think you'll be very happy with your purchase. BTW, Rolliew is right. A rekluse is like cheating.

How is PA with regards to plating a non 50 state legal bike? If it's hard, then that eliminates the Yamaha straight off. As to the Husky vs. KTM, while the Husky has a closer ratio tranny than the KTM, it is still a wider ratio tranny than the TC or TXC. A friend has an '08 TE510 and it has plenty of range to rock crawl in first and cruise on the road w/o spinning too many RPMs. As to which 1 is better in tight, rocky trails, it's all about getting the suspension set-up fro your weight and skill level, simple as that. IMHO, I'd buy the Husky for $6200 and send the suspension off to get it dialed in. It'll be totally personalized to your needs and still cost less than a bone stock KTM. 1 thing with the TE is that since it's EFI, make sure your dealer knows how to tune it and get it dialed in if you decided to remove the quiet insert or go with an aftermarket exhaust.

As to the Husky vs. KTM, while the Husky has a closer ratio tranny than the KTM, it is still a wider ratio tranny than the TC or TXC.

I believe that all the Husky TE/TC/TXC gear ratios are the same and therefore all are very close.

I believe that all the Husky TE/TC/TXC gear ratios are the same and therefore all are very close.

Husky's website doesn't have the info from what I can find, but I'm pretty sure the TE has a wider ratio trans than the TC/TXC. It was my understanding that the whole deal with the TXC was that it got the close ratio TC trans, but 18" wheel, TE lighting coil (w/ harness, but no lights), and firmer suspension than the TE, but softer than the TC.

Both KTM EXC and Husky TE are great bikes. I would try and see if you could ride both. I'd go Husky but thats just me. Both have pluses and minuses.

Hello, You said?

i own the exc but have ridden the husky with dialed suspension and a rekluse, offroad this bike was incredible, like i was cheating. Sorry I quest I'm not that fast what is a rekluse? Also Did you like the Husky better? Was it faster? Handle the trail better? Could you please reply?/ I going to buy something this week..

These number are correct someone sent them to me and I checked.

Rule of thumb, talking a 450-525 size engine, an experianced rider can deal with a low gear in the range of 19.5 to 20 to 1 (engine turns to wheel turns), note inexperianced riders often want a lower gear (higher numerically such as 21 to 1)to flog down the highway not tearing the engine up we need a top gear abt 7 or 8 to 1KTM 525 has ratios (based on 14x48 sprockets which is what I would use) of1st = 19.152nd = 14.383rd = 11.624th = 9.325th = 7.566th = 6.376th is sufficently tall that I could sacrafice some and lower the overall ratios with say a 50 on the rear, but that is a "do it all" set of gears, want taller gears, pull up on the lever. Husky has them grouped closer, better for the racer who wants the perffect gear for a hill, wants to be able to upshift in the middle of a hill which you can seldom do with wide ratios such as those above If I change final drive to get a similar ratio in first1st = 19.682nd = 15.853rd = 12.944th = 10.695th = 9.056th = 8.02at 8 to one its buzzing the engine pretty hard when you do a long hiway streach, thus the KTM is more versitle. For fast enduro work the Husky is awesome, on the road its not happy

2nd part

Husky is the better "race" bike, KTM is the better "dual sport bike", difference being a wider set of gears in the KTM, it will trail ride or flog down a back road at 70 MPH without working hard, the Husky will go that fast but would be reving hard, its closer ratio gear set is superior for real quick woods but not for road. I would not touch a KTM newer than 08 as they have not sorted out the bugs in the new engine, I would look for a 2005-2007 400-450 or 525 EXC or XC-W. NOT an XC, SX or SMR!

What to think of that? does it sound right???

I'm partial to KTM but that's a good deal on the Husky. If you have good dealer support I would pick the Husky over the KTM at those prices. I'm guessing you don't ride a lot of wide open spaces so the wide ratio KTM tranny wouldn't be that big of a deal.

I've ridden a few TE450s and was quite impressed. Nice machines.

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      Let’s put the needle in. These are how the needle numbers go:

      The top clip position is #1, the lowest one, closest to the bottom, is #5. (The picture says six but it is five in this case) For reference #1 is the leanest position, while 5 is the richest. I put the clip in the 4th position. Read at the bottom of the page and you can know what conditions I ride in, and you can adjust them to your preference.
      Put the clip in the new needle, slip it in. Take the vise grips off your grips and start guiding the plunger holder down to the bottom. Remember not to let that assembly come apart because it is a pain in the ass to get it back together! Once you get it to the bottom, put the two screws on, and then put the cover on.
      Now that you have done the carburetor mods, there is still one thing you want to do to complete the process. Don’t worry, this takes less than a minute! On the top of the air box there is a snorkel:

      As you can see, you can slip your fingers in and pull it out. Do that. This lets more air in to the air box. Don’t worry about water getting in. There is a lip that is about 1/8” high that doesn’t let water in. When you wash, don’t spray a lot under the seat, but don’t worry about it too much.
      The next thing you must do is remove the exhaust baffle. The screw is a torx type, or you can carefully use an allen wrench and take care not to strip it:

      The screw is at the 5 o’clock position and all you do is unscrew it, reach in, and yank it out. This setup still passes the dB test. The bike runs 92 dB per AMA standards, which is acceptable. Just carry this baffle in your gear bag if the ranger is a jerk off. I’ve never had a problem, but don’t take chances.
      That’s it! Start putting your tank on, seat, and covers. After you put the seat on, pull up on the front, and the middle of the seat to make sure the hooks set in place.
      Turn on the bike, and take a can of WD-40. Spray the WD-40 around the boot where it meets the carburetor. If the RPM rises, you know you have a leak, and the leak must be stopped. You must do this to make sure there are no leaks!
      Here is my configuration:
      04’ 230F
      Uni Air filter
      132 Main Jet
      45 Pilot Jet
      Power up needle, 4th clip position
      Fuel screw 1.75 turns out
      Riding elevation: 2000ft - Sea level
      Temperature – Around 60-90 degrees
      Spark Plug Tips
      When you jet your carb, a spark plug is a best friend. Make sure your spark plug is gapped correctly, (.035) but that’s not all that matters. You want to make sure the electrode is over the center, and you want the electrode to be parallel, not like a wave of a sea. Put in the plug, and run the bike for 15 mins, ride it around too then turn it off. Then take off the spark plug after letting the bike cool. The ceramic insulator should be tan, like a paper bag. If it is black, it is running rich, if it is white, it is running lean. The fuel screw should be turned out if it is running lean, and turned in if it is running rich. Go ¼ turns at a time until your plug is a nice tan color.
      Making sure your bike is jetted correctly
      While you are running the bike for those 15 mins to check the plug color, you want to make sure it’s jetted correctly now. Here is what the jets/needle/screw control:
      0- 3/8 throttle – Pilot jet
      ¼ to ¾ throttle – Needle
      5/8 – full throttle – Main jet
      0-Full – Fuel screw
      Pin the gas, does it bog much? Just put around, is it responsive? When you’re coming down a hill, the rpm’s are high and you have no hand on the throttle, does it pop? If it pops, it is lean and the pilot jet should be bigger. If it’s responsive your needle is set perfectly. You shouldn’t have to go any leaner than the 3rd position, but I put mine in the 4th position to get the most response. Your bike shouldn’t bog much when you have it pinned. If it does it is too rich of a main jet.
      Determining the plug color, you will have to mess with the fuel screw.
      That’s it, have fun jetting, and any questions, post on the forum, but remember to do a search first.
      Also, if your bike requires different jets due to alititude, humidity, or temperature, please post the following so we can better assist you:
      Average temperature
      Altitude (If you do not know this, there is a link in the Jetting forum that you can look up your alititude)
      Average Humidity
      What jets you are currently running
      What the problem is (If there is one)
      Just do that and we'll help you out the best we can.
      EDIT: The girl using this login name is my girlfriend. You can reach me on my new login name at 250Thumpher
      Then again, you're more than welcome to say hi to her!
      -Phill Vieira
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