I'd say they don't need MORE and MAYBE a little less than the average rice bike. Usually if you start with higher quality it will last longer IMO. Now what you may be hearing is guys that LIKE to do more maintenance (like me).
------------------ I ride, therefore I crash KTM 360EXC
Purchased 98 300 MXC used 2 years ago. Replaced 2 rear tires,rear wheel bearings,one spark plug,one set brake pads,one set chain and sprockets,left gas in tank all winter,started on 6th or 7th kick. Trail ridden about 40 hrs per year.
I Shane Watts my KTM, which means I wash it and that's about all. I haven't had any problems thus far in over a year. Sure I have to do some matienence but not a whole lot. It will probably get a new rear tire this year though.
[This message has been edited by IDkTm (edited 03-22-2001).]
NO !! Everything on the bikes is higher quality than rice bike stuff...better chain and sprocket =less adjustment ...better bar =less straigthtening....hydraulic clutch=NO adjustment ...No tool filter access = cleaner filter (in my case )...caged nut on motor mount = easy mounting ...No linkage rear suspension = less greasing=easy shock maintenance ...caped axle nut =clean thread =no axle damage from crash....adjustable handlebar mounting=no costly triple clamp to buy=no bar to change to adjust position ...excentric adjuster blocks=no chain to buy when adding a tooth on sprocket ...and it goes like that for hours....e-mail me for full version .......
Well I must confess I just changed the oil in my 380exc for the first time. OH and IT's an early 2000 .Thrashed hard and put away dirty allot. On the other hand I have one of the first 520exc's in WA. I change the oil after every other ride
KTM's are not a high maintenance bike unless you are comparing them to a 250 XR
P.S. The break in ride for my 520 was pick it up on friday drive for five Hrs race on saturday ISDE (GOLD)
so many bikes so little time
97 360 exc. Rode hard . A divorce, I need my sanity bike. Washed 6 times rode every weekend plus more. Besides brakes, tires,a chain and spockets, and gas ;one set of rings (March 2001). Not bad...Oh yea, a seat cover too. Did I mention the rode hard part?