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    Can't decide between a KTM 300 XC and 300 XCW

    Ditto, I have a 2015 250 XC-W and found the transmission to be really useless in the tight mountain singletrack I love. So I geared it down from the stock 13/50 to a 12/52 and am really happy with the change. I can keep it in second and third now with a lot more power at the rear wheel, so it's much easier to climb and loft the front wheel over rocks and logs. The only downside is that it's just a bit harder to keep the front end down on really steep climbs, but anyways, that sure beats stalling! The already low first is now officially a power wheelie gear...hopefully now I can actually learn how to ride one...
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    Can't decide between a KTM 300 XC and 300 XCW

    Sorry for your loss, hope all is well enough.. Assuming it's a 300 since those are more popular, the Kelley Blue Book retail price can be found here: http://www.kbb.com/motorcycles/ktm/300-xc-w/2013/?pricetype=retail To summarize, it would sell for $5,380 at a dealership, so you should be able to get that from a private party. The trade in value is here: http://www.kbb.com/motorcycles/ktm/300-xc-w/2013/?pricetype=trade-in In case you want to trade it in for a something more manageable, like the new Beta 125RR-S, and hit the trails in his memory. Best of luck.
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    What do you eat before a race?

    I have a bigger than usual bowl of cereal before a long ride, and I never have cereal with anything but almond or soy milk. I had an egg sandwich before an xc mtb race once and didn't go well. I think it's important to just do what your body is used too, bit I could and should certainly eat healthier! Vegetable omelet seems pretty reasonable and hopefully I'll switch from cereal soon.
  4. If it has a 2 position map switch, try running the "soft" map of you haven't already. Not sure how the setup is on the 2013, but I know on the newer bikes you just unplug a wire. Secondly, try tuning powervalve. A search on youtube for "how to tune a ktm/Husaberg powervalve" from slavens racing should turn up a good video. If you dont have the springs, you can buy them from slavens racing for under $10, and i believe the springs come with a wrench for adjusting the dolly screw as well. You'll most likely want to run the green spring (stiff). Extends the range of rpms over which the powervalve opens completely. Third, the post above is referring to the G2 throttle tamer, or other brand (?, not sure if it's patented) anyway I've heard good things about these, it sounds like most people get then for big bore 4ts to smooth out the power delivery on the bottom end. Fourth, look at the secondary gear ratio (engine and rear sprocket). These have a huge influence on how much torque is at the rear wheel. Consider getting a smaller rear or larger front, or both to get more range out of your gears and lessen the torque at the rear wheel. Fifth, pipes can also have a good influence on the power delivery. Read around on these, but in general, if you get a pipe that is designed for top end power, the delivery should be smoother on the bottom and mid. That's all I can think of for now...hope it helps!
  5. They just don't make 'em like they used to!
  6. After another fantastic day riding my KTM, this is all I have to say right now:
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    Will I hate a 250 2 stroke?

    I have a few cents to give. Could you see your thread title perhaps be changed to "Will I LOVE a 250 2 stroke?". Maybe you will absolutely love the power delivery and light feel. There really is something beautiful about the simplicity of a 2 stroke motor. They are very pure motorcycles--become one with the bike. Secondly, as a self-proclaimed "professional practice rider", perhaps you'd get a lot of enjoyment in learning to ride without engine braking and having to use the clutch more? Personally, I am always seeking to be a better rider, focusing on body position, throttle control, getting outside of my comfort zone (within safe margins of course) etc. etc. For me, part of the fun in riding comes from consciously working on, and noticing self-improvement. I ride a KTM 250 XC-W and know that I'd have any easier time on many trails if I had the extra torque of a 300. But it is no concern to me because I enjoy the challenge. Lately I have been going up hills as slowly as possible to get better at clutch and traction control for example. So the biggest question here is, what do you have to lose by trying a 2 stroke (besides money)? Does money really matter? Is it even possible to hate a dirtbike--I don't think it is for anyone that enjoys riding. Give the little guy a chance, and at worst, you'll know that you're a 4 stroke guy for life. At best, you'll find a whole new level of enjoyment in riding a different breed of bike. It could be a pricey endeavor to be sure, and as others have said, try to ride before you buy. But to the contrary, it may take more than a few laps to know for sure whether or not it's for you. It's been years since I've owned a 4 stroke, but I can tell you my next bike will be either a Beta or Husky 500. Variety is the spice of life, and the seasoning of the year will always be dirt. Live long and prosper fellow human!
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    300RR or 300 Race Edition?

    I agree, the technology these days kicks @ss. I think we're going to reach a plateau very soon, at which point dynamic self modulating electronic doodad designs are going to start working their way into production. But for now, to the op, I'm sure the rr forks will work great for you. Even at 220 lbs geared up, the OC forks on my ktm worked very well in the woods. Just installed some stiffer springs to suit my weight, and I don't expect to ever need to modify them again--unless I lose some baby fat! I'm 27 but it still hasn't gone away...
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    No kick start! Good or bad?

    The biggest thing to consider here is your rides. I have had my 2015 KTM 250 XC-W for a little over a year now and have not had to use the kickstarter ever. And I don't think I will for at least a few more seasons. But I never go a week without riding it, so the battery is always charged. If it was going to sit all winter, I'd be a little irked at having to buy a battery charger to keep it going over, or at the end of winter. I ride in the desert and and woods, and don't cross any rivers, so I don't have to worry about drowning it and frying the electricals either. It'd be a pain in the @ss, but I could always bump start it where I ride too. I wouldn't be too worried about it as long as you keep up on the battery and starter maintenance, and always be aware of your surroundings (don't dump it in a river or giant puddle!). With proper care there is no reason for a good starter or battery to fail unless it is defective. Diligently keep the starter gears lubed, the battery charged, and your're good to go. I'm pretty sure there are ways to put a kickstarter on there too, so if you really feel like you need one, don't let it's absence keep you from getting Husky. I know I'd buy a Husky 350 without one and not think twice about it. Just follow the recommended maintenance to a T and maybe bring it into the shop for yearly inspection and I'm sure you'll be good. They really wouldn't leave the starter off if they weren't confident that their bikes would run well without one. Another way to look at it is that dirtbikes are the only bikes that have kickstarts anyways. I put close to 25000 miles on streetbikes without a single problem getting them started. Enjoy!
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    FMF Racing TurbineCore 2 Spark Arrestor Silencer

    US Forest Service approved spark arrestor silencer. What more do you need to prevent forest fires? Nice chrome finish looks darn swell. No appreciable difference in sound or power is readily noticed to only the keenest of observers. Lost a star due to some weeping of oil at fasteners (do not know if this is normal for all silencers though, so take with a grain of salt). A relatively trivial upgrade, but necessary for protecting our forests and looking good while doing it without the hassle of cleaning spark arrestor caps!
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    Fastway Evo Air Billet Footpegs

    Really nice product overall. Wide footprint and a wide range of adjustments inspire confidence and help you feel much more connected to the bike, which translates to more control and a safer more enjoyable experience. Light weight and look great! Very durable mechanically so far, but the nice finish does not hold up well to punishment from rocks. These are the endgame for footpegs as far as I can tell.
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    Baja Designs XL Pro

    This light brightens my day. Seriously. It is an essential accessory for both safety and fun. Don't worry about running out of light anymore, this thing will get you through pitch black conditions with ease. Incredible build quality and relatively easy installation make it a no-brainer for added safety onroad, and limitless fun off. Highest recommendation to dual sport riders looking for a high quality lighting system that will allow them to ride anytime.
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    Baja Designs XL Pro

    2 reviews

    BAJA DESIGNS FEATURES Satisfactions Guarantee: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee Limited Lifetime Warranty: Complete Purchase Protection uService®: Replaceable Lenses And Optics ClearView®: All The Light, Right Where You Need It. MoistureBlock™: Waterproof, Rain Proof, Submersible CopperDrive®: Only LED Driven At 100% 5000K Daylight: Less Driver Fatigue, Natural Color SPECIFICATIONS Lumens: 4,900 Utilizing 4 Cree XP-L LEDs Wattage/Amps: 40W / 3.33A Dimensions: 4.43" x 3.65" x 4.43" Weight: 2.45 lbs LED Life Expectancy: 49,930 Hours Front Lens: Hardcoated Polycarbonate Housing: Hard Anodized & Powder Coated Cast Aluminum Bezel: Billet Machined Aluminum Hardware & Bracket Material: Stainless Steel Exceeds MIL-STD810G (Mil-Spec Testing) Built-In Overvoltage Protection IP69K (Waterproof up to 9ft & Pressure Washable) IK10 Compliant (Mechanical Impact Testing)
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    Midwest Mountain Engineering Clever Levers

    Fantastic clutch lever, really works as advertised. Reduces the force required to pull the clutch by a significant margin. Went from four finger clutch work to just two with minimal time getting used to it. Nice build quality, an ergonomic design, and good price are icing on the cake. Highly recommend the brake lever as well. Very nice to be able to use two finger clutch and braking without having your other fingers in the way.
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    Trail Tech DC Converted Stator Kit

    Easy to install, fantastic build quality. Can be installed during routine motor maintenance (cleaning and lubricating the starter motor and associated gears). Instructions could be more bike specific, but not a problem due to the great customer service. Being able to run a 40 W light because of this kit makes it well worth the cost of entry.