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    XR400 vs KTM450EXC

    So this guy nailed it. I've had my 1999 XR400 for 16 years, bored it to 440 with a Mikuni pumper carb and it starts cold in three kicks unless I'm at altitude. It's a torque monster and it gets a lot of attention when I'm out riding. The "dinosaur" tag is appropriate, but every single comment I get is positive. It has never once left me stranded and maintenance is a breeze. It's noteworthy that my buddy's 2014 KTM 350 EXC can't quite match it under hard acceleration. That bike is great, no doubt, but aside from the KTM suspension and E-start nothing has left me wanting a more modern machine like that one aside from being the latest "it" bike. We're both plated and enjoy our rides equally. I think either would be a good choice.
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    RR - WA to AK on an XR650L

    This is a friggin sweet ass thread. Looks like an awesome trip. Fairly envious.
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    400exc or 450 exc for woods?

    Okay, so I'm scratching my head here... I'm 5'8", 168 lbs., have been on an XR400 for years, and I've never thought of it as a handful or too much weight to throw around. I've always wanted more power, but going up to an XR650 would be too much weight for me. KTM specs the dry weight of the 450 EXC-G at approx. 250 lbs., which is pretty much standard mid size 4-stroke weight. This bike should be easily tackled by most riders assuming they possess the requisite skill levels.
  4. Okay, so I've been researching the KTM 450 EXC-G to replace my street legal 99 XR400, which is getting older and which never seemed to have enough power. I've been riding a long time, so I'm not concerned about the KTM bikes being "not for beginners". But, I am concerned about this extra maintenance required for the KTM 450 EXC. What exactly is it that you're referring to? Also, does anyone know if the 450 EXC-G is street legal in California? It sure seems like it from the website. Thanks.
  5. So you're convinced that the Husky will be reliable? I've heard otherwise, but it's been years since I've even looked in their direction. You have a CA plated '06 WR450? I am interested for sure. Please send me a personal message if you still have it. I'm near Sacramento.... Thanks.
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    Help a Noob out!!!

    Well, I'm 5'9", 168, and I've been on a '99 dual sported XR400 w/a few power mods, and I do just fine w/that. I had a Yamaha XT600 years ago, and it was great on street, but sucked ass on tight single track. Yeah, sure, I'm not a big guy, but those big bikes just don't cut it for that style riding - they simply weigh too much. The DR400S is just under 300lbs, and while it's nice cuz it's street legal, it's still a pig. My buddy gave his a diet, but it's still a tank. The XR250, which I had at one time, was too wimpy, but the XR400 is just about right. Honestly, I'd like a bit more power after years of getting used to it, but it does well enough. Next up for me will be the Yamaha WR450 once I can get one street legal in CA for sure. That's my take.