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6 years 11 months ago #134609 by TB
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moto wrote: It's way too heavy to do any real trials stuff with, having had direct experience with both forms of the sport I know this. It wouldn't handle any decent trail use as the fork is too small and it doesn't have the power to sensibly get about to explore without it being laboursome because they unecessarily de-tuned it. It does nothing well, maybe that's the point.

But at $10K I struggle to see it's value for a single bike (other than a learner/novice), and if you're going to own more than 1 bike you might as well have a trials bike and an enduro bike and do it properly, not to mention a trials bike is cheaper.

A KTM 250 weighs 104Kg and and a KTM 200 weighs 97Kg, both have considerably more power. 99Kg is not light when you account for the fact the bike makes half the power of a normal 350.

If you read my post, you'll see the only area it was compared to my bike is fuel economy. When taking into account my heavy 4t and it's 60hp it makes the Freeride's fuel economy not look impressive either.

This bike should weigh about 80Kg, then the economy, handling and performance *might* warrant paying $10K for it.


Yeah I see what your saying re the weights etc mate. I think the point is like you say it does nothing real bad or real good ;)


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6 years 11 months ago #134610 by Murph the surf
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Horses for courses I guess
It certainly would be interesting to see how it went in the crazy snotty stuff
But there is usually a lot of singles and or fire trail to get to those snottier hills
Personally I get great satisfaction out of getting my 500 Kato up those hard sections and love the fun of popping up the front wheel in 4th or sliding the arse out.
So for me its all about the challenge of getting a big bore up grade 5 hills
Maybe the 350 freeride would allow me to go harder but I still love the power and challenge of my bike.
No 350 for me, thanks
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6 years 11 months ago #134628 by 1inarow
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Hey, going to the KTM ride day on sunday to ride the freeride (+ others).

Now, considering I have the latest Gas Gas Raga replica (plonker with too much money) and a WR450F inj I ask "what's this bike for?" so ..... chance to ride their bike for nearly free!!

I will report in on Sunday night with my "average experience at riding both styles" Freeride ride report!!

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How hard could it be???

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6 years 11 months ago #134629 by TB
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1inarow wrote: Hey, going to the KTM ride day on sunday to ride the freeride (+ others).

Now, considering I have the latest Gas Gas Raga replica (plonker with too much money) and a WR450F inj I ask "what's this bike for?" so ..... chance to ride their bike for nearly free!!

I will report in on Sunday night with my "average experience at riding both styles" Freeride ride report!!

G


Cheers for the feedback in advance G :) Be good to hear from someone with all the toys atm


Hey them Hilux tyres rock mate thanks again


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6 years 10 months ago #134690 by shelbyjet
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Will be really keen to hear your report. As an adventure rider and someone who loves to get out on my Montesa 4RT (brilliant bike by the way...), I can see the niche market here.

When I am riding my adventure bike, I am always looking in the bush thinking I wish I could have a crack at that creek bed on my monty... I can do a good three hours or so at a time on the monty, but standing up does result in some aches in the hands and back.

Being registrable is also a big consideration for those of us that love the tight and technical stuff, not so much the fast. I for one would love to be able to ride from home to Menai, ride around without fear or favour and ride home.

I don't want to give up riding trials, but I am past competing and the Freeride may be the bike that lets me get my thrills... After breaking many bone - non as a result of a motorcycle related event - I am fully aware of my mortality so top end through single tracks is not for me. Horses for courses though.

1inarow wrote: Hey, going to the KTM ride day on sunday to ride the freeride (+ others).

Now, considering I have the latest Gas Gas Raga replica (plonker with too much money) and a WR450F inj I ask "what's this bike for?" so ..... chance to ride their bike for nearly free!!

I will report in on Sunday night with my "average experience at riding both styles" Freeride ride report!!

G

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6 years 10 months ago #134700 by Teknik
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The 90km/h comment was top speed, yes.
The 350 did an 80km loop without the reserve light coming on so it's pretty frugal. Can't see Daniel sparing it either.
I think it was Ben Grabham who said it's kinda a trials bike with a seat that can do trails/single track.
The 99kg is not light on paper but it looks very svelte in the flesh.
Adventure bike? If gong to red hill is an adventure then yes. Pretty quite too, good for sneaking around those urban fringe type places that you shouldn't really be BUT if no-one can hear you then are you really there/

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