JUST IN! 04/24/2018HOW TO: 4-STROKE PISTON REPLACEMENT DONE RIGHT!
My previous bike was a 2016 KTM 250 XC-W. The 250cc two stroke just works for me, so it is no surprise that the 2017 model fits me like a glove. 6 hours done and the following things stand out:
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The motor - smooth and with almost no vibrations. It also needs less clutch work than the 2017 model and seems less prone to stalling.
The size - the bike feels much smaller and compact than the previous model. I'm 5'8" and feel much more able to boss the bike around.
The handling - the bike reacts very well to steering inputs and remains planted at speed and whilst going slowly
The components - the clutch is light. The tires are good. The plastics are tough. The saddle is comfy.
And the downsides:
Suspension is soft. I'm 77kg (170lbs) without gear and I'll probably need the next stiffer springs
The carb is unknown amoungst KTM owners and is not as easy to set up as the old Keihin.
The reeds don't seal 100%. I sanded the cage and got the reeds to seal a bit better. Makes a big difference.
So far I a really liking this bike. Some suspension work, maybe a Lectron carb and some vForce4 reeds and it'll be perfect
Love this bike more and more every time I ride it. The 400cc engine makes broad, friendly power but will rev up quickly to maximum power. The chassis is well balanced and turns really well. The bike is equipped with quality components (Nissin brakes, Brembo clutch, billet triple clamps and Sachs suspension). The only weak point is the standard tyres, which are FIM spec Michelins. If you are looking for a step up from a 250F enduro bike, this is the perfect step
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