any ktm / husqvarna dual sport riders out there ?

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  1. ozcal

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    i ask because there is a wealth of knowledge out there in tdpri land and because i m curious...

    i currently ride a 1997 honda xr400 which is plated in CA... essentially this is no easy task since current regulations don t allow plates on a bike like mine (in CA)... my beloved xr has been grandfathered in... i am the second owner... it s cherry and runs great.. i ll see if i can put some pics up here.. i m a computer dunce so bear with me...

    my wife and i are in the process of moving to idaho and i m thinking of selling the bike.. reason being is that since it s CA plated it s worth a few bucks... maybe 3500 or so in CA... it s that nice with many upgrades... i figure it s worth 2000 or so in idaho since you can essentially put a plate on almost anything... so basically it s worth 2 X the price here in CA vs ID

    so i m thinking about a new or like new (1 - 2 yr old) husky or ktm... i ve always been a 2 stroke guy but i ll more than likely buy another thumper (4 stroke for you uninitiated )... i m keen on the husky fe 350 s or ktm 350 exc... both bikes get great reviews... anyone out there ride one of these bikes ???

    what scares me is the service intervals and maintenance of a new ktm or husky... i typically ride 2000 miles a year or thereabouts - dual sport kinda stuff with more off road than on... no mx track, no hare scrambles or enduro racing... just getting out there in the bush... but i do like to romp on it and give it sh1t... i m meticulous with maintenance but i don t want to work on a bike more than i ride it... the old xr400 is great in this regard... fresh gas, oil change a couple of times per year and a clean air filter plus the occasional valve adjustment...

    so does anyone have the good word about these euro bikes and how much of a maintenance headache they can be or am i worrying unnecessarily ??

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    Wow that's big bucks for an antique!
    You can sell a registration with a bike on CA?
    AFAIK the dual sport KTMs are reliable and not picky like some 2 stroke MX'ers, but I've never owned one.
    Husky i don't know about as they were gone and now are rare in these parts compared to KTM that's even more common that the Honda equivalents, or at least for sale on CL.
    Maybe see what dealers are near where you move to so you can get parts etc?

    Ask these guys!
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    I had a 97 xr400 back in the day, also a 85 xr250. A friend bought a brand new Husqvarna 2009 racing 4 stroke, basically a 4 stroke with the reliability of a two stroke and he had nothing but problems with it. Hard to start etc. I would stick with the Honda 4 strokes if you want to get ten plus years out of it.
     
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    You can get $3500 for an XR400?!?!

    The KTMs are fine machines, but harder to find parts for than the Hondas. I had a dual sport 600 or 650 KTM for a bit, sold it and got an XR650R, one of the last years they made them. If you can really get $3500 for that bike, do it and figure out the next purchase later. As you said, the California laws are distorting the value; I am sure you could pick up a 97 XR400 in most states for under $1,500. At the end of the day, we are talking about a 20+ year old trail bike. I've had a few of the XR 600 and 650 R models over the years, and I am not sure I have ever bought or sold one for more than $2,000.
     
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    I've ridden the KTM 450. Freakin' awesome bike. I would think the Husky would be the same, since KTM owns them. I don't have the money to get one though, so I'll stay with my KTM 250 and my YZ 450 !
     
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    figured out how to post photos... guess it s not that hard

    so my bike is not stock, it has lots of desirable upgrades... most importantly tho, it s CA plated which cannot be done anymore... take the plate and rego off my bike and it s worth 1000 - 1500 less

    yeah so in CA a plate on a bike like mine is grandfathered through... so the next buyer can keep the plate...

    forgot to mention one of the main reasons for possibly wanting a newer ktm / husky.... the old xr is kick start only, the ktms and huskys are E start... i ve just hit 50 years old and i have a recurring back injury that isn t serious at the moment... my bike is an easy starter - 3 or 4 kicks when cold, 1 kick when warm... just thinking towards the future...

    i m on the fence as to what to do.... no one out there with a exc or fe 350 / 450 ???

    cheers
     
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    as many of you know... the old XRs are like telecasters.... they just get better with age and they can take a beating !!

    next saturday we have the local xmas toy run... myself and a few mates (all on dual sport hondas) load up with toys and deliver them along with 3000 or so of our harley riding mates... good time and nice to help out the kids...
     
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    Check out the "Long Way Round" video series ( I think I found it on You Tube).

    Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman (both actors on screen) decided to ride from Britain down to the southern tip of Africa. If I remember right they rode KTMs or Hondas on that one. Then they decided to ride from Britain to New York heading East through Asia. It was documented on BBC and is fascinating. On that trip they road BMWs. From Wiki

    McGregor advocated riding BMW motorcycles, while Boorman preferred KTM (a specialist Austrian motocross and off-road bike manufacturer). They had also considered Honda. After off-road tests on KTM and BMW machines, McGregor agreed to go for KTMs, but KTM ultimately declined to provide them with promotional bikes out of concern that the team might fail.

    BMW then contributed three BMW R1150GS all-terrain motorcycles, which were modified to help the team achieve and document their mission. They were also equipped with cameras, microphones and display/viewfinder screens mounted on the dashboards. A customised GPS with specially mapped waypoints in Mongolia and Siberia was crucial in areas with no roads or signposts.
     
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    thats what worries me chunkocaster... if my bike had an e start i wouldn t even consider selling it....
     
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    My reaction exactly. A pristine example wouldnt get >1k here. I am floored.

    I love the idea of a Motard play bike myself. But thats the mind speaking without consulting the body.
    I'll stick to puttin' on my Road King.
     
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    all about location and availability i guess.... the fact that CA doesn t allow you to put a plate on these bikes anymore (and hasn t for years and years) adds to the value greatly... thankfully mine was a one owner and the plate was grandfathered through.... like i said, if mine didn t have a plate it d be worth half here in CA...
     
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