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Old 05-19-2011, 12:47 AM   #21
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Re: Wanted motorcycle 450cc- 650cc "Bought One"

I'm going to built a bike rack for the rear. I will add 2 more mounting points on each side of the trailer hitch and make it very strong.

I really like the KTMs as well just a little spendy for my budget.

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:25 AM   #22
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Re: Wanted motorcycle 450cc- 650cc "Bought One"

i have an 04 450 EXC, really like that bike. bike before that was 01 400 MXC, also a great bike, both were plated and legal, but trailhead to trailhead is my use since i also have bigger dual sports, right now a ktm 640 adventure (great bike) which replaced my klr650--very tractor like--which is a good thing.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:59 AM   #23
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Re: Wanted motorcycle 450cc- 650cc "Bought One"

How does the 450 EXC do on highway use? I am thinking of a bike for dual sport use. I have a big 1000 mile trip coming up called the tour of Idaho which is all singletrack and only 10% paved roads through the entire state of Idaho. I need a lightweight bike for singletrack but one that can do miles in a day. Top of the list for me so far is the Yamaha WR250R. I am a fan of power so the EXC is also in the running.
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:28 PM   #24
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the 450 EXC can handle those speeds just fine, and i think would be a good choice for 90% single track (key word there) and 10% slab. the problem arises in my opinion when people try to make a dirt bike a TRUE dual sport and cover 300 miles of slab in one shot. You have to remember they only hold .7L of oil for the motor and tranny, just not designed for that kind of duty, enter a true dual sport or many mods to increase oil capacity. that kind of duty, small cc dual sport is a category that needs growth i think. My wife rides a KLX250S and it fits the bill after some power mods. WR250 would be a good choice to but she couldnt fit on it

if i was gonna do copper canyon tomorrow, im not exactly sure which bike i would take--640 is packable, but the EXC sure would be a hoot
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Great choice on the bike!!!
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Great choice on the bike!!!
I knew you would like it.

I will post some pictures as soon as i pick it up on Saturday in Boise. Anyone wana meet for lunch in Boise on Saturday. IM Buying!!!

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Old 05-20-2011, 10:26 PM   #27
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Re: Wanted motorcycle 450cc- 650cc "Bought One"

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I'm going to built a bike rack for the rear. I will add 2 more mounting points on each side of the trailer hitch and make it very strong.

I really like the KTMs as well just a little spendy for my budget.

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I built a dual mounting support many years ago. Have now had it mounted to three different vans. Held my 97 XR 600R for many of miles.



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Old 05-21-2011, 09:44 AM   #28
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Re: Wanted motorcycle 450cc- 650cc "Bought One"

Here she is. Now if it would just stop raining!!
The Bike is super clean rides great I couldn't be happier.


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Re: Wanted motorcycle 450cc- 650cc "Bought One"

LeadDoggy.

Thanks for posting your Bike Carrier, I remembered seeing it 2 years ago and was going to look for your thread.

I'm thinking about Adding a removable support from the bumper to the motorcycle frame. I worry about just using straps to secure the bike,

Have you done anything like that?

I assume you haven't had any trouble.

I'm sure it would be fine I just end up thinking about it all the time.

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I'm going to built a bike rack for the rear. I will add 2 more mounting points on each side of the trailer hitch and make it very strong.

I really like the KTMs as well just a little spendy for my budget.

Ron
I built a dual mounting support many years ago. Have now had it mounted to three different vans. Held my 97 XR 600R for many of miles.



Sweet Bike by the way!
Yours is the ultimate for 4x4 lockdown. My Buddy's van is done the same way, not exactly but same concept of using the two hitches. He squishes his bike down with tie downs, not exactly good but it really locks the bike down.

I don't think there is anything better. It's no fun seeing your bike swing back and forth on some of those trails.
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