ktm 450 exc 5 gears???

hi, I'm new to the forum but not new to bikes.

I'm currently interested in a 2003 ktm 450 exc, it goes well and its looks good.

http://www.bikesales.com.au/Tig/UI/P...&tabID=1409177

There's a few photos of it!

But, there's one thing about it I'm not sure about, the guy said that it's only got 5 gears.....

Now as far as i know, ktm didn't make a 450 exc with only 5 gears since even before 2003, also the ktm dealer that I spoke to said the same.

I want to know why this one apparently has 5 gears and not 6 like all the others?.

Different gear box put in? Broke a gear some how? Please list all the possibilities that could be the reason for this so that I can make good a decision on buying it.

thanks!

Have you looked at it in person, taken it for a test ride? What about asking the seller to clarify?

Hi there,

The latest one definitely has 6 gears.

The approximate speed range of each gear can be seen on the chart below.

I also re-geared it more like the XCF-W. This is the dashed line down in the lower cluster of lines.

Probably better to gear it like that when you're going off road.

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Ron Daniels

All 450 EXC's have always had 6 speeds.

you will get a little better insight from the gurus over at ktmtalk

All EXCs have 6 gears, if it only has 5 available then the trans is messed up.

Some sxs models had five, didn't they? But those are a real curiosity.

yer iv looked at it in person and talked to the guy again, he got mixed up with, 5 gears up measn 6 gears (1 down 5 up), so its all sort but thanks for your help everyone! :thumbsup:

Some sxs models had five, didn't they? But those are a real curiosity.

Most of the RFS SX models had 4 speeds but could be converted to 6 speeds.

its totally sorted, definitely an exc and definitely has 6 gears :thumbsup:

Most of the RFS SX models had 4 speeds but could be converted to 6 speeds.
Yes, I have one converted, very easy and relatively cheap when you're in there.
Some sxs models had five, didn't they? But those are a real curiosity.

Yes, 450 SXS has 5 gears from the factory. Its actually a 6 speed box, but a pin in the shift drum stops the MX riders getting lost :thumbsup:

I have had a couple, I removed the pin on one to make it close ratio 6 speed, on the other I fitted a full EXC 6 speed box.

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