Guilty As Charged Motorcycle Review 2012 KTM 450 XC-W — 300 Mile Update

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KTM 450 XC-W

Rider Stats:

— stark raving …


— Stock suspension

Stock FI mapping

— slip on Exhaust

— Pro Bend handguards

— over the bars damper

EE skid plate

The Scenario:

I had the bike for about 1 month, but due to a injury was not able to ride this last weekend. For the I was NOT on a motorcycle when I was injured. In I just ‘left’ the bike milliseconds before I was ruthlessly by the ground. details are not important.

I had plenty of time to fuss and over the bike while it sat in my shop. Fit and finish are what you expect from KTM, is just as good or better anything else out there now. Comparing this to my 09 I have a nagging thought took me a few days to put to words, and can now sum up

The Husaberg was clearly designed by Yes, it was a great bike, and now my favorite (despite the bitter we had at the end) to ride. Definitely to perform well, but without of actually working on the thing.

The KTM is a different bag. They to have taken the best the Husaberg as far as performance, improved it even, and added in the bonus of a service friendly design. The flaw I have found so far is the shock adjustment screw is behind the plastic side

Clearly, someone from was tasked to design that

Ok, Ok, what about the ride? How the bike perform? Well, that knows me understands my of theft prevention theory. I the holy hello out of my bikes, and quickly show it. While I do great mechanical care of my they are the polar opposite of queens.

Built to be ridden, and by I will ride them. So, were we? Oh, the ride. Right. conditions were just as perfect as one could expect a December day.

Fog in the valleys, 31F. Up higher, clear skies with temperatures up 50F. It had not rained in about 2 and the soil above the fog and frost was

Below that, it was sketchy. offered the best test simulating both summer and riding mere minutes

The Ergos . The first thing I notice is the bike seems a bit Maybe I am shrinking, but touching the is done on my toe tips. But hey, is overrated.

The bike is also harder to than I think it should be. warm it fires up with a of the button, but I found that I to use the fast idle knob on the body to start it up cold, and still a bit of cranking happens it lights off. My 09 Husaberg started without the fast knob, and always about 1.5 of the motor.

I suspect the difference is in the perhaps the Husaberg had to give a little in performance for reliable (no kick start). Just a If all else fails, I can always around for motorcycle batteries more cranking power.

again, I do have a Shorai in there right now.

The Once warm, the motor is The mapping is spot on, delivering ‘connected directly to the rear feel’ associated with injection. Smooth. So very Wow, this thing

I briefly flirted with the of getting the 500, but after this, I believe that the 500 been gratuitous overkill. As a of reference, I own a KTM 300 XC-W(with Christini and I cannot say how glad I am to be back on a 4 I really wanted to love the but as a life long 4 stroker, I never got comfortable on it, and am left the feeling that I have to 2x as hard on the 2 … to go almost as as I can on the 4 ….

If you are like me, and have a ‘lazy’ style, the 450 will reward you in saved. I was going to try to swing the 2 …, but nowanyone want a

I never did ride the new 450 with the exhaust, as I had a Akra can sitting in my just … to be installed. On the I did notice a very small bit of on deceleration, but not enough that I I would have any need to changes. Again, this is just so smooth on it’s delivery. It pulls hard off the bottom, and feels like a linear pull right to the

Before the end of my 50 mile loop, I was hills in 3 rd gear that I have done in second. braking is definitely lighter any 4 … I have ridden As a committed 4 stroker, I am withholding my on that for further testing

The First a disclaimer. I am a suspension I’ve got a buddy that he can feel the difference when he a single clicker adjustment to one fork leg. Me?

KTM 450 XC-W
KTM 450 XC-W

Not so much. I’ve always better at adjusting my riding to fit the suspension under me, than adjustments that leave me like I accomplished something. that said, my first was that the suspension was a bit soft, but riding it thru a bunch of track and some fire my second though was not so much too but more along the lines of smooth.

I guess I will to withhold judgment on this after the suspenders have broken in, and adjustments are made. My uneducated guess is that it is to be very good in slow and mid stuff, but suffer a bit in high desert and whoop sections.

I did a few laps on a freshly minted motocross track at the end of the day, and was surprised with how this pliant feeling suspension did not hard or ‘slap’ on flat Again, time will on this one.

The Verdict: I I’m gonna keep Well, OK, my budget already that this bike is to be around for a couple years anyways, but I believe that our will be far more than a one. I think we will get famously.

300 mile update

So now got just over 300 miles on the so I figure now is about as good a as any to write a little update. my original posting I have the bike in every condition we get in Southern Oregon. Wet clay, dry rain, snow, decomposed rock, etc. The only terrain right now is desert. get back to that.) This is a real pleaser Everything it just exudes confidence. this bike is so smooth, it me feel faster.

Maybe I am, maybe I am not, but my of the pants-o-meter tells me that I picked up a bit of steam. And if my pants-o-meter is that is all that really

I can now also address a few issues I had about in the original article.

Design . I had stated originally how the covered the adjust screw for the shock. What I did not realize is the dealer installed plastic off an to get me my requested all white bike. The location on the ’11 and ’12 are so that is what caused the

A few minutes with a drill and a and all is good.

The Motor: Now that the is broken in, starting has become a non It fires up as fast as any other injected 4 …, comparable to my 09 I no longer need to pull the start knob on cold

The Suspension . Smooth. A bit soft. where you point it. Responds to clicker adjustments. I will it as is for awhile, but it will probably get a in the future.

As stated earlier, I not ridden it in the desert yet, so I am how it will respond to miles of My guess is that will be a point, but we will see in a month or so I run the China Hat ISDE in eastern

In a word(or two) I am very with this bike. My that have thrown a leg have been pretty It has supplanted my previous favorite 09 as my favorite ride.

It is everything I and expected in a bike, and I am gonna ‘er.

KTM 450 XC-W
KTM 450 XC-W

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