2008 KTMs

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KTM has made some new bikes and here they are.
The new "R" model motors will come in the 2008 KTM 450 and 530 XCW models. The R motor has simplified maintenance, better reliability, separate crankcase and tranny oil and oil systems, optimized off-road powerbands, new waterpump location, less weight, electric and kick starters, 6-speed boxes, single OH cam, bigger clutch, and a single oil filter.
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There will be off-road oriented versions of the 65, 85, and 105 for 2008. The new XC's will have side stands, altered gearing(from SX), hand guards, rim locks, and O-ring chains, plus off-road tuned suspension and quieter mufflers.

How cool is that?
 

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I find it odd that they say "quieter exhausts" for the woods-ready versions. They should all be as quiet as possible IMO.
 
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Moose, yeah but the older modles were mostly track made bikes so the louder they are the fast they might go, but we all know that you need back pressure to make your power better.
 

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Looks like we are going to run a 530 at the Baja 500 next June...skipping this year to save $$$ for next year
 
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Right now the KTM XC's have SX mufflers. My buddy's 06 450XC tested at 101dBA a few weeks ago. My other buddy's 07 250XC (two-stroke) was 85dBA. Quieter mufflers on the thumpers would be a good thing.
 

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The 530 does sound like a great reason to upgrade!

Lighter, more powerfull, and Less Maintenance sounds to good to be true, and here I was thinking that I might get a smaller bike for the rocky low speed single track I like ;)
 

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Ya, I don't need the 5hundy's anymore but for those times when I want to climb some big hills :)
 

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My big bore SXF is actually about the best amount and delivery of power I have owned to date for gnarly, rocky tight woods. The bike is as light as a 200 yet has torque and power all over the 400RFS engines and revs w/ much more authority. Its only weakness was how hard I had to ride it compared to the big 525 last year at Baja during pre-running as it still had the close gear box and just wasn't as flexible as the 525 in the open stuff. It pulled 14/46 gearing no problem but could only manage about 88-90 mph.

Sooo if this new 530 has the same power characteristics as the little 312, I'm going to be a happy camper next June in Mexico...not to mention the SXF based frames handle ridiculously good
 
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