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I will get a picture up as soon as possible. The picture of the XR is just for the Seal Savers Review.
After many years of laborious labor of love upgrading my 1981 XR-200R and trying to stuff it into a 00' YZ-426-F frame, My loving? Wife offered to let me "Buy a New Dirt Bike" for our 10th Anniversary September 2002. Well, after much hemming & hawing and being the cheap scape I am, I found a NUSED 2002 KTM MXC400-RFS. Bike was manufactured Feb. 2002, sold new for roughly $8000 and now being sold Sept. 02' for $4900.00 with about 10 hrs. per seller. A lot of money to me since, I had barely paid that much for a new car, much less used dirt bike. Since returning from Texas in 90 all the North Carolina Trail Riders(NCTR) rave were over how great KTMs were. Got to admit the 93' 300 EXC I rode briefly in the Daniel Boone NF pulled almost better than my Stroker XR200R down low. So after seeing this 400 MXC in Cycle News, talking with seller and doing minor research I decided, it was now my turn to buy a Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. My Wife and I drove to Kings Dominion, I test drove the bike in a truck stop parking lot. First impression heavy dead weight @247lbs dry/>260lbs w/ fuel @ 8#s/gallon, slow feeling (like the last 84' XR-500R I rode) for a New Gen 4-stroke, but what the Hey, I'm going for it?after driving 3+ hrs just to window shop.
About 1 year later, following Spring 03, the NCTR club had it's Second annual Mini Single Track/Trail Shoot Out, in the Curtis Mountain area. The "NCTR Shootout" members was composed of primarily Serious Seasoned Experienced Dirt Bike Riders/Racers ranging from 18-near 50, weights 120#-200#+. One of the purposes was to let members try out different bikes in trail systems we were actually riding in MEANING "EAST COAST SINGLE TRACK" rather than the West Coast areas all the Purdy Mags wrote consistently about. Between 8+ or so bikes, 1) 98' KTM-380 EXC 2) 92' Yam. WR-500 3) 00' KTM 400 SX-RFS 4) 02(?)03' Yam-YZ-250F 5) 02/03(?) KTM-200-EXC 6) 03' KTM-450 RFS-EXC 7) 02' KTM 400MXC-RFS 8( 02/03 KTM 250-EXC 2-smoke. There was most likely a couple more 2-smokes, but I don't remember what KTMs, YAMs, ZUKs, KAWs?? The terrain we chose likened to the old "Cross Country, Hair Scrambles or Enduro trails we use to race on. Similar to some of the Brown Mountain and Uwharrie Nat. Forest Trail Systems. This trail system was pre-run by all riders to point out markers and familiarize route. Overgrown logging skid paths strewn with limbs fallen trees here and there, side track hill trail, a couple hill climbs, Exposed rock, loose crush and run shale gravel on connector dirt maintained roads, woods switch back with some stream crossings and of course tree roots every where along the way. The soil is primarily tacky red clay, decomposed leave mulch loose top layer on hard pack w/ typical mountain type rock exposed throughout. Moisture content of soil typical of woods riding with wet shady areas and dry trail in open sunny areas(NEAR PERFECT). There were 2 routes, one having more "Difficult Trail" than the other. We staged in a lower flat open woods area and allowed everyone to ride their personal bike and be timed throughout the different sections with times recorded. Then, each member could ride other members bikes for comparison of how their performance on another 2-smoke or 4-stroke of their Interest or Curiosity. Some of the bikes were modified w/ "Terrain Tamer" or bone stock, including Factory Spark arrestors to racing pipes, systems. The bikes ranged from Converted MXers(00'SX_RFS, 03(?)YZ-F, Enduro (98'-03 EXCs), Cross Country/Desert(91'WR, 02MXC). Bike Ride Times were stop watched measured and Recorded on each individual bike and Rider. KTM
Memory of Exact date Fall 02 or Spring 03 fails me. I do remember this was one of the first woods rides for my NUSED Shiny Orange machine. I do know, I had been Motocross practicing this bike in Eastern North Carolina terrain. Major Woods riding had not been attempted up to this point. I might have put 5-8 hours on bike. Maybe one oil change(?) The suspension on the bike had been adjusted for sag Rear and Front per KTM owner's manual. System had been set up for more MX vs. woods/trails. Clickers had been set for harsher terrain per manual again. WP USD 4357 MXMA EXC forks(great for woods/BAD for MX) and PDS 5018 MCC EXC shock are the stock suspension components for the MXC. The engine is the same 4V SOHC w/ 400 SX tuning, & with close ratio SX 6 speed transmission, not wide ratio 6 sp. in 400/520 EXC. The MAGIC BUTTON, Standard for RFS motors on MXCs and 12V/110W charging/lighting system, not on SX-RFS or SX 2-smokes though. Fuel tank is the humongous Baja/Desert 13L/3.5 gallon w/ the radiator protection actually being fuel capacity for the tank. Standard 21" front with 18" rear wheels. Magura Fat bars w/ adjustable mounting. Magura Hydraulic actuated clutch system works like "Butta"?. If you get a hydraulic clutch bike & then go back to a mechanical cable, YOU will SEE/Feel the advantages of smoother actuation, less hand/finger fatigue & GREATER CLUTCH CONTROL. Front 260mm/Rear 220mm brakes are Brembo Excellent for the year. The "Hard as a Rock" Seat/tank transition is relatively flat considering the tank size making cockpit easy to move about in. The triple tree is 20(?)mm offset. Forks are closed chambers(?)
When all the dust settled, the consensus, by the times of the riders, on all the different bikes showed the KTM MXC 400-RFS & the KTM EXC-300 were the bikes that had the best times among all the bikes tested by different riders. Unfortunately, for me, I busted my "Arse" on a limb fallen at 45 degrees to the trail and re-cracked my ribs, that were injured, a couple months prior, when I blew out of a high sandy bowl berm and the bike landed on top of me. So, after the first run, I found out how fast this sluggish heavy feeling 4-stroke was in the woods, obviously faster than I knew how to handle it.