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2004 KTM EXE 450 vs. 2011 Husqvarna TE449

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I'm planning on buying a dual sport for desert trail riding in the very near future and wanted some opinions. I'm trying to decide between two extremes - a friend's very low hour 2004 KTM EXC 450 and a 2011 Husqvarna TE449. I'm not sure I can justify spending the extra money for the Husky, but realize that overall cost includes a lot more than just the initial purchase price.

My first question is how strongly do some of you value having a plate? I do not plan to ride on the street, but realize that there may be times when being able to (legally) ride on street is a big advantage - such as meeting a group at a location requiring a short ride on a public road before hitting the trail head, when linking trail heads, grabbing lunch at a place away from the OHV area, etc.

My next question is whether the newer bike will be more enjoyable to ride for someone at my level. My riding experience is limited to having owned a couple of YZ250s, but I've never ridden regularly, although I continue to do a lot of extreme mountain biking. For those of you with experience, will I find the newer bike more stable and therefore be more comfortable going fast over rough terrain?

Finally, I'd really appreciate any suggestions concerning alternatives between the Green Sticker KTM and a plated Husky. Thanks.

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