Sorry for the omission: Yes, we were referring to 2 stroke models. According to our source, KTM feels it is perhaps redundant to have both sx & mxc 2 stroke models, and can perhaps incorporate the majority of the mxc characteristics into the exc line by adding a 6 speed. From a manufacturers standpoint, it would most certainly be a cost savings to integrate the two lines.
There is more than one way to look at cost savings...They may cut down on costs, but it may "cost" them some customers. I dont see it happening....If the do make a change they better share some of the extra profit by lowering the price on their EXC's.
Now if My 380 had a 6 speed.....I would never have wished I got an MXC instead......
"Now if My 380 had a 6 speed.....I would never have wished I got an MXC instead......"
The EXC has a wider overall transmission ration than the MXC. Undoubtedly a six speed will have even wider overall transmission ratio. What did you mean? I get frustrated with the narrow transmission of my 380 EXC and would love a 6-speed. It would be even WORSE if I had the MXC. Explain?
They should keep the sx and exc lines the same. Then, on the mxc line, they should offer desert gearing and suspension, because that's what they mxc is intended for, and where ktm could do well in competitions. The desert racing is an untapped source of customers for ktm, and by fielding a pro team, and doing well, they probably would gain lots of customers. The desert mxc would be the perfect product to offer these new ktm customers. These riders are looking for a better machine than their japanese motocrossers or heavy japanese trailbike, and the ktm would fill in from there.
My riding friends and I were just discussing this last weekend why the 4strokes get 6 speeds and the 2strokes only 5. The conversation came up because we know of a 520EXC here that has been fitted with a 7 speed! I am not kidding, apparently the shop were the bike was purchased makes the mod, or has it done. I am told that the existing gears are machined thinner [I thought that was already a "weak" point], so that another pair of gears can be fitted for gear 7. If KTM doesn't offer the 6speed 2stroke, maybe it can be done this way. The shop is Beaudry Motorsports in Post Falls, Idaho.