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09' yz 250 vs 12' ktm 250 xc

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Took a very small ride on a 2012 KTM 250 XC today and it felt nice and light but a little twitchy. The power is different than my YZ. It has a small hit but when bogs down needs more clutch work to stay on the pipe. The YZ has a harder hit for sure and seems to pull stronger and longer.

This wasn't a great test as it was open trails with hill climbs and not my element of tight single track. Brakes on the KTM are killer. I wish the YZ could be even close to those. Granted mine aren't new but still.

Clutch of course is light pull. Overall a nice bike but the blue bike still feels like home. Time to freshen her up and get her ready for another season!

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The YZ small caliper brakes can be fixed easily! Bolt on a Honda caliper and master cylinder or big caliper and master cylinder from a '07 or earlier YZ. There are many threads on the conversions; try it, you'll be very pleased with either result. BTW, I really like the cheap Neutron pads from Rocky Mountain. They really seem to work well with the earlier YZ big caliper.

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