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    KTM 2 stroke electric start 12' 13' 14' Is it fixed now?

    Awesome technical explanation! My comment wasn't just about the starter...it was about maintenance and looking the bikes over closely between rides. KLXs and DRZs don't need that kind of care...
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    KTM 2 stroke electric start 12' 13' 14' Is it fixed now?

    They knew they needed a stronger starter! Remember with KTM its about weight even down to the hollow axles. In the engineering world there's always give and take. That's why its more important to thoroughly inspect KTMs between rides. I bet the gas gas and betas are no different. You pay for performance...and a lightweight starter apparently....hehehe...
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    KTM 2 stroke electric start 12' 13' 14' Is it fixed now?

    I think it was fixed in 11 and made even stronger in 14. Go on Slavens site and look at what years the upgrades are for. KTMs have always been for the better 'endowed', I rode Kawis for many years. But keeping on the maintenance religiously goes a looking way with the KTMs and I bet any non Japanese brand. My kawi was an annual oil change and an air filter bike. But for northeast coast riding the KTM is a superior motorcycle but you pay for it Only one close is the WR...my opinion only...
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    KTM 2 stroke electric start 12' 13' 14' Is it fixed now?

    Not sensitive at all, quit attacking the old guy trying to help. KTM forums, Jeep forums, Toyota forums. Its the problems that show up. The 99% not having problems never post how great and reliable their bikes or Jeeps or trucks are. Well, I tried. Keep that in mind when researching anything on the internet, problems always seem more prevalent than they usually are.
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    KTM 2 stroke electric start 12' 13' 14' Is it fixed now?

    It IS OK on most KTMs, has been for a while now. It won't leave you stranded and won't break anything else. What I was inferring was one should play a more useful card with their money and prepare a great kit for their rides that include all the tools needed to repair flats, hoses, fuel lines, chains and be able to transfer gas or jump another bike that doesn't have a kick starter. Share the parts around your group. And when you've done all that get the suspension set up for you. If you dont have all the proper safety gear yet, then get it so you can ride to a ripe old age. Still got cash? Add a steering stabilizer. If you still have money left over after that then by all means 'fix' that starter that most likely won't go bad and won't hinder you and your buddies ride by more than the time it takes you to kick it over. My group rides long days, mostly KTMs, and we average about 60 in age. We'll all tell you that proper and timely regular maintenance is the most important thing you can do to keep your Katoom running reliably.........
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    Process for tightening front axle and pinch bolts

    Trailwhale got it right. The way to remember is to actually understand what it's doing. Tightnening right pinch bolt(looking from back to front) keeps the axle from spinning while the axle nut pulls the axle in tight on the left side...lining it up with the brakes. Then you tighten up the left pinch bolts. Left side is done. Now loosen right pinch bolts, the fork can move left to right on axle on this side. Get on the bike and cycle the forks up and down, this places the right fork in a parallel non binding position with the left fork. Get off and tighten right pinch bolts now that the right fork is position correctly. Make sense?
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    Buy new bike or no? Ktm power

    The 200 xcw is closer to the re happiness you desire. The 250 and 300 are more like 4 strokes. And compared to the 150/200 the 250/300 actually are quite wide between the legs and feel heavier in all conditions. Don't get me wrong, now, compared to 4 strokes the 250/300 is skinny and light. Bit if you want the light reviness of a 125/250 the 200 still offers it and yet in the real tight stuff you can chug it like a 4 stroke. I ride out east in rocks/woods/sand....where you ride obviously plays a part.
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    KTM 2 stroke electric start 12' 13' 14' Is it fixed now?

    My 13 200xcw has 1600 miles and no issues. If its real cold (around freezing) the stock battery doesn't turn it fast enough so I have to kick it once or twice. Once warm its fine. Since 2 strokes are so easy to kick start and a starter problem won't leave you stranded.....why worry about it until you have problems?
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    Ktm200exc vs ktm300exc

    If you are willing to consider a Rekluse it evens the playing field some. Then the major difference is how much power do you want to play around with and how light and skinny do you want the bike to feel. I've hopped between my 2013 200 xcw and my friends 2011 250 xcw and the big difference is how the bike feels between your legs. The 200 is skinny and much lighter feeling. Coming from a 450 they'll both be feathery to you! Both chug great for my 190 lbs. Without a rekluse, though, you'll shift twice as much with the 200 in the tighter rockier east coast stuff.
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    Keep bending 200 xcw exhaust pipe!

    Good to know I'm not alone! I wonder if others just don't notice? As far as the road, I dont go more than a few miles at a time, its fun but not a Buell! I went down three teeth on the back, factory 1st gear was soooooo deep it was useless and my top speed was like 45. Now maybe 50.
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    Keep bending 200 xcw exhaust pipe!

    I have a carbon guard that has stopped the pipe from getting dings, the problem is the ENTIRE pipe getting pushed right to left and staying there....pipe gets crooked where it goes in the head. The pipe actually bends at the first 180 bend on the left. The Hyde job might do the job if it's all one piece! Right now I have a piece of poly bushing high temp rtv'd between the pipe and frame on the left side and the cylinder head on the right. I'd rather the pipe ding than get pushed over into the rad hose going down the frame on the right !
  12. Besides the obvious "quit crashing in the rocks" is anyone doing anything to keep their pipe from smashing into the coolant hose running along the frame? Last crash put the pipe against the frame on left of bike and the cylinder on right of bike. And I don't crash hard! Usually takes a friend and a crow bar and mallet to get back in shape. I'm hoping a gnarly will not bend but I'm not quite ready to replace it...
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    Battery choices 300XC/W

    Not a Lithium and not for motorcycles but to support what Fretburner said, money spent up front usually pays off down the road. I have a red top Optima that went through several big block Mustangs, 8 years supporting a winch on a Jeep and finally sitting on the job for the electric brakes on my camper. Holds 12.3v over the winter with no charging. Big whoop? It's 18 years old!
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    Battery choices 300XC/W

    U don't need their charger, battery tender will do. U just can't use one that 'desulphates'..or something like that. I have one for my 1200 Buell and not only does it save like 10 lbs its the first battery that cranks that motor fast even when hot. Can't wait for a small Lith for my 2013 200 xcw. Scorpion has some better priced ones than Shorai but I needed one and they were out with no idea when they'd have more in(only one reseller for Scorpion at the time). Lithium will save weight were it counts, too.
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    Ktm200exc vs ktm300exc

    There is so Mich more to making a bike awesome than brutal power. The 200 has all the other stuff like lightness, suspension quickness, easy to control power. U just have to know how to use a clutch on the steep stuff....
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