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If you don't fall off you are not going hard enough

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Re: 200EXC V 250EXC-F
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2010, 07:32:43 PM »
Thanks, that's a cool article. Whenever I finally buy a "new" trail bike, I am really thinking a KTM200 will be it.
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Re: 200EXC V 250EXC-F
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2010, 08:13:13 PM »
KTM200 is a great bike that offers lots of tuning options.

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Re: 200EXC V 250EXC-F
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2010, 09:39:46 PM »
I had an 02 200 i sold at the start of the year.
I bought it as a wreck for $600 and completely rebuilt it.
New piston,rod,bearings,clutch pack,re-nikilsil barrel.
I striped the frame but put everything back in.Everything was like new.All the bearings still had the factory grease in them.
The bike had sat in a shed for a few years.
Anyway, after putting the motor back together i found the reason for the motor blowing up.
It had the wrong airfilter and cage in it and had a massive gap around the filter edge. >:(
New filter & cage and it was ready to go.Total cost of parts $1100
Once i got the jetting right ( i had to lift the needle 3 clips )( it had the correct main in it) i took it for a spin.
Now at the time i had a rm250.
I was suprised at how well this thing went.It would lift the front in the first 3 gears without trying.
For any tight track this was the bees knees.It turned better then the rm.
The only thing i didnt like about it was that for the more open riding it lacked the top end of the rm, and you had to keep the motor spinning high to get the most of it.
It also had terrible head shake that scared the shit out of me.
Not sure if the newer ones are the same but my model was the same chassis & cases as the 125, just with a bigger jug.
So it was like a 125 on steroids.
I sold it for $3600 to fund the tm.
If i had enough money i would have kept it thats for sure.
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Re: 200EXC V 250EXC-F
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2010, 07:44:34 AM »
KTM's are known for headshake at higher speeds & I even noticed that on my 08 300xc so I had to bite the bullet & buy a GPR under bar steering stablizer and a set of Faast Flex handlebars to the tune of $350.00! But that definetly solved the problem... ;)

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Re: 200EXC V 250EXC-F
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2010, 12:55:11 PM »
Thanks, that's a cool article. Whenever I finally buy a "new" trail bike, I am really thinking a KTM200 will be it.

Coop if you are a fan of the small bores (125's) you'd love the 200.  It likes to be ridden hard like a 125, but with way more bottom end.  Me, I need something a little bigger to haul my fat arse around, that's why I'm on a 3hunny.
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2000 KTM 300 EXC (Son's)
2001 KTM 380 EXC
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Sold 2001 Yamaha TTL 125 (son's 1st bike)
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Sold 1974 Honda Elsinore CR125

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Re: 200EXC V 250EXC-F
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2010, 02:36:43 PM »
Yeah I made the mistake of riding a KTM200 not long ago and have been jonesing for one pretty bad. I am hoping after this riding season I'll be able to sell my '88 125 for $400-500 and then take $1200 or so on top of that and get a decent older 200. I love the 125, but where I ride there are 2 hills that really give me fits every time. One has a hard 90 degree turn at the bottom (single track woods) so you can't get any run at it at all. Other than those two hills I can keep up with the 2005 YZ250 and 2006 Husky 610 that I ride with pretty well. I was going to go with a flywheel weight and suspension upgrades but my bike is too old and Steahly doesn't make a weight for it, and I can't find springs either.
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