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Are KTMs more expensive to own?

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Are KTMs more expensive to maintain than a Japenese bike? I am possibly interested in an M/XC 200 but am concerned that the parts and upkeep would be more expensive than a regular Japenese bike. Thank you.
 
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I have a 98 125sx & just replaced my 1st top end. It went through 1 & 1/2 seasons of racing (B Class) and 10 months of my beginner riding. The compression test showed a little less than 150psi and was getting hard to start. I did have to replace the clutch plates and the shop charged me $79 parts & labor.

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Parts might be a little more spendy but they are higher quality and generally last longer so it all comes out in the wash. If you stay on top of the little stuff it will make the whole bike last longer and be more reliable (this holds for any bike though
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Judge for yourself:
http://www.geocities.com/aa21830/KTMlog.html

Keep in mind the number of hours this bike has been ridden, and the fact that I am not the smoothest rider out there. But here's some high dollar items that I never damaged on either of my Suzuki RMX's:

- brake rotors
- triple clamps
- rear hub

Also keep in mind that my RMX's were ridden mostly in Illinois mud, which may be harder on chains, sprockets and brake pads, but without the rocks, other parts that don't get smashed up as much (like brake rotors and hubs).

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I am possibly also interested in the same bike. How important is it to be located near a KTM dealer as well? None around me. Do KTM owners have any difficulty getting parts?

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GSR:

You won't have to pay sales tax if you buy the bike out of state. I don't know if CA DMV will ding you when you go to get your green/red sticker. My local KTM dealer stocks all the common parts, and some not-so common. If I do need to order something, it's here in a week.

You may want to think seriously about buying used. You can probably save $1000-$1500, by buying a one or two year old bike. Check trader on line when you are ready. There is a 2000 200exc in Ventura for $4800. Take 'ole Kiwi along to look it over. Not only does he know what to look for, but that social animal will probably be able to talk them down a few hundred. Good LucK!

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Oh I am sure I would buy used, although they are hard to find in my area... I was just asking about the importance of a local dealership in order to get parts. Like I said, I don't have the fortune of having a "local KTM dealer" near me. So I was wondering the difficulty of getting parts for me. Would I have to do all my ordering via mail?
I seriously doubt our DMV will be a prob, they are clueless... besides I can always just pay $20 bucks for an out of state reg. at the local HSY dealer.
 

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GSR, not only is there a 200 right outside your door (Ventura- 35 miles??), but the must be a half dozen KTM dealers in and around LA. Now's the time!

You can check out the California dealers at www.ktmusa.com Good LucK!

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Having a dealer close by isn't a big necessity especially with the Internet and DRN. Besides with the better quality parts your not as prone to be visiting for replacement stuff even if you do aauger in usually it's for those "necessary" items which without a dealer close by means you'll have more green in your pockets.

(I think she's just attracted to the front fender form
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Thanks for the site link Strick. Looks like Pasadena is the closes dealer! (don't know if the one in Thousand Oaks has KTMs) Wish I could take a 250 for a spin. I've ridden LoriKTM's 200 briefly. I don't know why I didn't think KTM sooner, probably that god awful ORANGE!


Found a few in cycle trader in the San Diego area, the one in Ventura is too much. Still mulling it over. I think I will be visiting this forum a bit more now though.


And Patman....
nevermind..... you need NO encouragement....


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Thousand Oaks Yamaha Kawasaki has KTMs. Don't know about their inventory. Also KTMs seem to be kind of the Red Headed step children there. Haven't heard nice things about the Pasadena dealer. Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Ontario probably has best inventory. Dealership I've had best service from is KTM of Mojave. Speak to Lori over there. Almost positive I saw a 200 over there recently. They do awesome pre delivery set up including setting up suspension for your weight etc.

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WHEW! I almost had to pick up the phone!Thanks GSR, I got my mind set on that 200exc in Ventura. Already talked with the guy and all - should happen this weekend. Selling my DRZ though, and that's gonna be a sad day.


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That's awesome William. Congrats!
You're lucky that you didn't have to duke me for it!

I have a feeling that if/when I eventually get a KTM it may be out of state....

Thanks for the info creator8, good to know.

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Originally posted by gospeedracer:
You're lucky that you didn't have to duke me for it
Yeah, especally since I'm still nursing a broken arm!

I bet Patman would take you up on that though.




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