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  1. gprodick

    what happened to James?

    Live timing said he crashed.
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    shock spring rate help

    You will probably want a 7.2, maybe even a 7.4. I have an '08 300XC and weigh about 220 lbs. ready to ride. I've used lots of different springs. Most recommendations for my weight are 7.4 for a straight rate, but I prefer the 7.6. I've used them both extensively. I just seem to get a better ride with the 7.6. I ran a few progressive rate springs at one time, before going back to the straight rate. The best one was an old KTM PDS 6, 7.15-9.05 rate. Sag on these bikes is critical!!! I have found that my bike likes static sag around 37 +/- mm . The race sag usually ends up around 115 +/- mm. Honestly, I don't really worry too much about race sag, if it is in the ball park. On my bike, static sag under 35 mm really sucks.
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    144 FOR A 500?

    To each, his own :-)
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    144 FOR A 500?

    Never noticed the seat being low on my '97 CR 500. I haven't done a serious comparison to my 300, but the 300 may be slightly taller.
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    144 FOR A 500?

    Au contraire! It's what dirt biking is all about - visceral, adrenalin pumping, frickin' fun! As Zappa noted, it's not really a "replacement bike", it's a specialty bike. I've put tons and tons of miles on my 500, when it was my only ride. Smiled the whole way! They are not for everyone and certainly not for every situation. For most, there are better all-round bikes available, today. If a person is going to have a one bike quiver, the 500 is probably not the ideal bike.
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    144 FOR A 500?

    I have a '97 CR500 and an '08 300XC. The 500 is a great bike! But, it has it limitations, depending on where and how you ride. It is NOT a heavy bike, at all. It's not 144 light, but really not much heavier than my 300. So, weight should not be an issue. It's way lighter than a 4-stroke. Although it will not be nearly as nimble as your 144. The 500 is more of a point, shoot, brake slide it into the corner, and do it all over again. It is very good at this! What can be an issue is power. It is a monster - a big, vibrating monster. That's not to say that it is hard to ride. It just commands some common sense. Having a reasoning brain attached to the throttle hand is a really good idea. You really want to know where you are going when you start grabbing a handful, because you are going to get there really quick and you'll be going way faster than you are used to, when you do get there. Other than that, it can be ridden in a relatively docile manner and do quite well. Of course, riding in a docile manner and CR 500 probably shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence. All that power, and a power band that starts at about 10 RPM, is absolutely addicting. You will want to grab a handful at every opportunity. So, the motor is incredible and well worth the price of admission. What's not to like? Well, it's not really going to be a very good bike if you ride much technical or tight stuff. Gearing (close ratio MX box with a very tall 1st gear) is not set up for that. Putting down smooth power in technical situations can be very challenging. Riding in tight situations like tight woods is probably not its forte - too much power. This much power WILL wear you down, I don't care how judicious you are with the throttle. Oh, did I mention they vibrate? The 500 is probably about as far away from a 144 as you can get. I don't ride my 500 often. But, when I do, I am just dumbstruck by how powerful it is. It pulls like a freight train in every gear, at every rpm, at every speed - so much torque! It's not a bad handling bike, at all. It is soooo much fun. So, I don't know if I answered the question regarding the 144 trade. The 500 is kind of like using a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra as a daily commuter. It'll work and it WILL be fun, but.....
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    2012 300XC Gas mileage

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    Rekluse on 2012 300 xc

    I totally agree with nofb's post. First dirt bike? I'd say, learn to use that wonderful Brembo hydraulic clutch, before you start dumping money into a very expensive item you may not need. The 300 clutch is a marvel - easy pull and incredibly easy to modulate. It's one of the 300's best features! I had a Rekluse on a 450. It was okay, but did have it's short comings - a couple were glaring. All in all, I liked it, however. Since I replaced that bike with my '08 300 XC, I have never once wanted for a Rekluse. If you gave it to me for free, I wouldn't use it. The Brembo is just too darn good and I enjoy using it. It's part of the art, part of the challenge. It's kind of like the difference between an automatic and a stick in that sporty new Corvette ZO6. If I had another 4-stroke with a cable operated clutch, I might consider a Rekluse. On the 300, there are way too many other goodies I rather get with all that money. IMHO, if you want to learn to be a better rider, learn to use that clutch, before you dump a bunch of dinero on a Rekluse.
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    Which would you choose? 300xc or 350xcf

    Well, the OP was not asking about the 200, which BTW is an awesome bike. I do love the 200's. I just talked a friend of mine into buying a 200 XCW. Having said that, my issue is with comments I read warning people away from 300's because of their power, like they are some sort of evil machine. Some people can get into trouble on a Honda 50. A fairly competent rider may not prefer the 300 for one reason or another, but fearsome, uncontrollable, get-yourself-into-trouble power should not be one of them. I have close to 10,000 miles on my 300 XC and I can't recall a single time when I felt threatened or got into trouble because of the power. I can, however, think of a gazillion times when the very broad power band bailed me out, allowed me to conquer challenging obstacles, or just put a huge frickin' smile on my face. This happens many times on every ride. I ride plenty of technical, gnarly, rocky, slow mountain terrain. Set up properly, the 300 eats it up, without even breathing hard. If there is any doubt as to the 300's ability in technical terrain, watch a few hard enduro races, where the 250 and especially the 300 2-strokes absolutely rule. You will be hard pressed to hear the sound of a 4-stroke or even a 200. So, I would say there are may be three types of riders that might not be a good fit for a 300. 1- The previously mentioned skill challenged, ham fisted, not a lick of sense riders. 2 - Those who ride primarily in slower, tight woods situations, where nimbleness is THE highest priority. Think 200 here. 3 - Those who ride primarily in very fast, open desert terrain. This is 450F territory. There is no perfect bike for everything, but a fairly competent rider who wants a do-anything bike, would be hard pressed to do better than a 300, IMHO. To the OP, I have read and heard nothing but good things about the 350's. However, to me, I've been down the 4-stroke road (CRF450) and have little desire to go back to the maintenance headaches and added weight. Having had a 450, I can tell you, the 300 is far less fatiguing to ride and won't beat you up. And, you'll still have the luscious power when you need it.
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    Which would you choose? 300xc or 350xcf

    I'm sorry, but I absolutely, vehemently disagree with these kinds of statements about the 300!! I own a 300XC, so I do have some actual experience with one. It's an incredible bike. Like any reasonably powerful bike, learning to have some semblance of throttle control is essential. However, IMHO, unless one is a complete squid or rank novice, the 300 is just fine and not the least bit tiring to ride. As it sounds like the OP doesn't fall into one of these categories, I'd say the 300 will be a great match. if you factor in initial cost, maintenance requirements and cost, reliability, ridability, versatility, and weight, the 300 has few peers. Like its 200 and 250 KTM brothers, it's a legendary bike, and for good reason.
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    Need KTM 300 help lost all power

    I'm glad that was the problem and it was easily resolved. I wish I could say that it only took me 50 miles or so to discover that problem on my 300. I went many more miles than that. Once I finally did figure it out, I felt pretty stupid for all the wasted time chasing the issue around in all the wrong places. In fact, as a last resort, I was in the process of deconstructing my FMF Q, when I looked up and saw my stock silencer sitting on the shelf. I slapped that baby on and OMG I had an instant rocket ship. Problem solved. Oh, well. The FMF is still sitting on the garage floor in pieces. Live and learn.
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    Need KTM 300 help lost all power

    Yup. Hope that's your problem, as it will be a simple fix. Most of the other potential causes, like electrical, are either on or off/work or don't work, not progressive.
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    Need KTM 300 help lost all power

    Considering this is a 2013 bike, this may not apply, but who knows. I had similar issues with my '08 300. Ran great, but wouldn't rev out. It would start missing at full throttle and high RPM's. I tried everything to fix it, from electrical, to carb, to new reed box - you name it. It ended up being an obstruction inside my FMF silencer/spark arrestor. Put the stock silencer back on it. Problem solved. Might be worth a look, especially if you have a screen type spark arrestor that could be clogged. My FMF was not a screen type.
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    Piston life expectance / 300

    i have an '08 300XC going on 10,000 mile, nearing 450 hours. I change pistons every 180- 200 hours or so. The last one I took out looked almost perfect. Compression had dropped a few pounds (usually when I start thinking about a refresh). I probably could have just put new rings in, but, as long as it was apart, I threw in a new piston. No need to risk a piston failure. There are lots of people going far longer than 200 hours with the 300. I'd say changing a piston at 100 hours is probably on the very low side of necessary, but everybody has their comfort zone. Riding conditions and habits will affect the timing of this. I have never had a bottom end problem. Don't know how much longer I can go on that. I've heard of them going far longer than 10,000 miles, but also far less. It seems to me, if a bottom end was only good for 200-250 hours, there were probably extenuating circumstances. These bikes are usually very reliable. I wouldn't want a bike where you had to do a bottom end every 200 hours?
  15. I have an '08 300XC with no battery or e-start. Don't want a battery. What are my radiator fan options? Are there any options?