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Do you choose 2 near-perfect bikes or spend 2x more for 1 bike?

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Say you have a 450F for mx, desert, woods. Say it cost $5000 (just throwing that figure out for simplicity). It's a bit heavy for tight trees, but you make do.

Then you go out and buy a $5000 250F but quickly sell it cuz even though it

was great in the tight trees it was a bit lacking in the desert and

for hillclimbing. You get your $5000 out of it.

You keep riding the 450F, maybe race it once in a while. Reliable,

parts are cheap, all your leftover spare parts fit it from that 250F experiment.

Along comes a $10,000 new bike, and on 1 test ride it does

everything the 450 does but picks up where the 250F did in the tight

trees. You also know a new bike always feels better than the familiar

one in the garage. You don't know if it'd be a good race bike, but

you don't race all the time, mainly ride for fun. You'd have to learn

how to work on it since there is a new fueling or suspension system, and most of your leftover spare parts don't fit it.

Do you....

A) Keep with the 450F and just deal with the weight in the woods.

:bonk: Own two bikes after buying the same 250F on closeout which

means your woods riding is taken care of and all your spare parts can

be used.

C) Buy that new bike, sell the 450F and hope it is a capable

all-around riding & race bike, and just learn to work on it.

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Depends totally on how deep your pockets are man.

What is this mysterious new bike?

if you have the cash id say keep your 450 get the new bike ride it, if everything is as you expected sell the 450.

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1 bike so less to haul around and store. Just get that KTM 350 you're looking at.

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Sounds like a $10,000 250 2 stroke to me.

450 powerful but fat, 250F under powered but nimble, 250 smoker - nimble and powerful.

But for $10k you can get about 5 250's. :bonk:

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I would be tempted to go with a ktm 300. it's lighter than a 450, more power than a 250f, the maintenance is cheaper, and if you wanted more snap, splurge for the 250 top end kit. It comes with the hydraulic clutch, chrome pipe, etc. They take a beating.

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You test rode a 300? lemme guess a KTM? MSRP is $8300, not $10,000 :bonk:

J/K, for a price like that I know you're talking about some exotic four stroke which IMO is a bit Rube Goldberg like. Inventing an expensive, complex, unreliable machine to conquer a simple problem :smirk:

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I would be tempted to go with a ktm 300. it's lighter than a 450, more power than a 250f, the maintenance is cheaper,

There's a good question. Whats cheaper to maintain, a Japanese 450 or KTM smoker. lol

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I have not had to do anything to the motor of my 08 crf 450, but I have heard some horror stories.

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I have not had to do anything to the engine on my 08 crf 450, but I have heard it can be costly. Are the parts expensive for the ktm's?

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sspit it out already everyone is dyeing to know what the bike is that you are looking at?

sx350f?

xc300

gasgas?

husaberg?

what is it cmon just tell us! its driving me nuts!:bonk::smirk:

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Im gonna guess a KTM300 or GasGas300..but both of those are less than 10k OTD so maybe a Husaberg. And a KTM300 or GG smoker would be cheaper to maintain than any 450. My buddy and his dad barely gotta put any money into their KTM200's...and parts for my gasgas are actually cheaper than the comparable KTM parts.

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He did not say he was looking at or buying a bike.

He's asking a hypothetical question.

The answer is:

Get the very best of what ever you can afford, period.

For me, that's three bikes.

CRF450X dual sport

KX450F Desert set up

RM250 trial bike.

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He did not say he was looking at or buying a bike.

He's asking a hypothetical question.

The answer is:

Get the very best of what ever you can afford, period.

For me, that's three bikes.

CRF450X dual sport

KX450F Desert set up

RM250 trial bike.

So you bouight the RM?

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