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Offline daemon

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New rider, any advice?
« on: May 29, 2012, 09:32:41 am »
Posted this on e-dirt as well, but really prefer the wilddog forums.

Done loads of DS riding...got bored sold the 1200 GS, do tons of mtbing, been thinking of getting into enduro, looks like a ton of fun.
Got a budget of around R30k

Quick look on auto trader, it looks like

Yamaha wr250's
KTM 200
KTM 250 exc
etc

are in my budget.

As a bonus, I am 8.5km's from work and I can get there mostly on dirt, would be awesome if I can do the odd commute during the week on the bike as well.

Any suggestions?

Also I am in Centurion, how much riding is there? I know of wild west that does not seem far from me.
 

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Re: New rider, any advice?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 10:54:50 am »
yes
Boys will be Boys.
And girls are darn thankful for that
 

Offline Gat Slag

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Re: New rider, any advice?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 11:43:23 am »
 

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Re: New rider, any advice?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 11:50:47 am »
I was in exactly the same boat a few months ago.

Sold the KLR, and purchased a katoom 250 XC-W.

Ja I know, 2-stroke. BUT you cannot compete with the fun-factor, weight saving and power.
It's also very cheap to service  :mwink:

Just a few things to keep in mind:
The EXC is mainly a motocross bike and I wouldn't recommend going the motocross route. (also no headlight - you'll need that at some point, trust me)
The service intervals on all of these high-strung engines are very close (10 hours) even on the 4strokes, so I wouldn't consider commuting

Then - I dont know how familiar you are with wild west, but thats really suicide for a noob. mainly rocks and spares from other broken bikes.
Rather go to Rhino Park and when confident, De Wildt with someone who's been there before a couple of times, before you get lost.

Be sure to check for genuine hours on every bike you consider. Anything over 60hours is quite a lot and a piston/rings change is imminent...

Hope you find what your looking for. Remember to buy Enduro and not motocross.

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« Last Edit: May 29, 2012, 11:52:21 am by MJ »
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Re: New rider, any advice?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 12:32:59 pm »
I was in exactly the same boat a few months ago.

Sold the KLR, and purchased a katoom 250 XC-W.

Ja I know, 2-stroke. BUT you cannot compete with the fun-factor, weight saving and power.
It's also very cheap to service  :mwink:

Just a few things to keep in mind:
The EXC is mainly a motocross bike and I wouldn't recommend going the motocross route. (also no headlight - you'll need that at some point, trust me)
The service intervals on all of these high-strung engines are very close (10 hours) even on the 4strokes, so I wouldn't consider commuting

Then - I dont know how familiar you are with wild west, but thats really suicide for a noob. mainly rocks and spares from other broken bikes.
Rather go to Rhino Park and when confident, De Wildt with someone who's been there before a couple of times, before you get lost.

Be sure to check for genuine hours on every bike you consider. Anything over 60hours is quite a lot and a piston/rings change is imminent...

Hope you find what your looking for. Remember to buy Enduro and not motocross.

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When you say it's cheap to service, what's cheap? :)
aah! Ok wil then not start with wild west :)

I thought the exc was the enduro bike and the sx the MX one?
 

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Re: New rider, any advice?
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 12:40:44 pm »
your quite right, confused there for a moment, they have SO many different models
http://www.ktm.com/za/enduro.html

Point still made - be sure you get the right bike(gearbox and add-ons) for the job.
XC-W has added 'happy-button' (elec start)

Also make sure that the rear spring fitted is right for your weight

Cheap to service:
No engine oil
No valves
No Cams
No clearances to check
Cheaper to do the top-end if need be

Look, your on the right track, KTM 200 / 250 / 300 XC-W or similiar, Yami YZ250 with enduro conversion - you cant go wrong
« Last Edit: May 29, 2012, 12:50:25 pm by MJ »
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