Living with a 2003 KTM 450 EXC — Road Tests — Visordown

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Living with a 2003 KTM 450 EXC


True story: I was nine I knew I was having a Mamod steam traction from Santa. Fast-forward 32 Christmas Eve 2002, I shamelessly feeling the very same when I picked up my new 450 EXC from KTM HQ in Having enjoyed living my Duke II over the past 18 I badgered KTM and TWO to replace her with the 450 EXC drooling over one during day at last year’s NEC show.

legal, very capable off and electric start for when absolutely shagged from all day and upside down in a bog. My of bike. First job was a gentle so it was off to Rugeley in Staffs with Ady Smith — the 2001 Supermoto champ — he runs his enduro school.

I rode for half a day, Ady barely in sight, but it was enough to realise my steed was a bit overgeared and the fit road-biased knobblies didn’t the best grip in the woods. Ady and told me to change the 45-tooth sprocket for the 50-tooth item and to get some Michelin S12s best in his opinion) fitted.

I’ve finished running her in on the (106mph top speed) so its time to the changes, go to Scotland and see if I can get anywhere John Crawford on his 450 Honda. this space! So far it’s impossible to wipe the massive from my mug, however it is for both on and off road use (easy to with sprockets supplied), and the came loose.


One big item that has been in my life since I jumped over Hadrian’s Wall years ago to live in Leicestershire is an accessible top MX track.

Well, my praying has finally proved as TDB Yamaha British Superbiker Young has now set up the Mallory Park Cross Centre (tel 965316) at, you’ve guessed it, Park. The original idea

was to build a track to use for personal but Paul and associate Bob Ingles realised using it as a commercial might prove fruitful. open to the public every and you can even hire brand new 125 and 250 RMs at a very reasonable rate. The is graded regularly and there are jet available so it really is a complete

Previously used to thunder in tanks on corporate days, the big off area to the left of the start/finish has been redesigned and two purpose MX tracks have been into the landscape. It’s designed by road racers so are no massive scary jumps but a balance of second and third bermed corners with one straight. If you’re quick, and not, you’ll lap in around one and thirty seconds on the …’s

If you’re shite, and I’m you can be a hero on the shorter kids

My last big outing with the EXC was twelve mates in the Scottish near Crawfordjohn (and John Crawford was there) off the M74. Surprisingly for Scotland it was a wet day and we had a boggy experience with and me prising our 450 thumpers out of marshes all Initially it was funny but when the wore off we just kept ourselves that it was all good

Meanwhile the other guys on the powerful but lighter two strokes skimming past grinning. The bit was blitzing up the big hill climbs and fastest along the gravel roads. The day traumatised JC so much he traded his Honda CRF450 after for a new 200SX KTM.

Colin McRae had a go on my 450EXC but bought a 200SX soon Another …. Am I the only man here?


So, back to Mallory and a hard, dusty track a few manageable jumps and one sensible top thrown in that even I can Hawk Kawasaki BSB star Richards showed up on his CRF450 as did Ten Honda’s Chris Vermeulen, Chris didn’t ride due to a injury. I wasn’t too disappointed Chris remained a spectator as it only have been bike to rooster me off the turns. was doing full tank on his Honda, which involves serious fitness.

Oh, how it’s nice to be retired and

I mentioned in my last EXC report I was going to gear down teeth by fitting a 50-tooth sprocket. This done I changed the 15t gearbox sprocket to a as the gearing was still too high. even after this I the gearing is still too flaming and 90mph plus is still in sixth.

Although Youngy’s is mainly tight and twisty good berms there is a straight I was still only up to fourth gear and first was too tall for some corners. sprockets are a must to get the gearing right.

Although the Michelin S12s I work good I’d like the front end of my EXC to be more as holding on after a few hours becomes a major challenge. I on one of Youngy’s DRZs at lunchtime and the front feeling nicer, you do tend to sit further forward and over the tank on the Suzuki. had advice from a few sources on but have so far failed to get comfortable.

My stop will be picking the of KTM’s Ady Smith, although I I’ll never find the set-up as we’re talking bike here and not a full-blooded

So, a top day was had at Mallory with my long-termer. The motor never missed a beat all day and the generous fuel let me ride constantly for over an (at my steady pace) without The fully street legal EXC is of more suited for green than fast circuit I want the best of both as I’m still a tiny bit and I’m getting my arse

on tracks with my mates in Scotland and at Mallory. I’d part with the 450EXC, so top of my list would be a stable in the shape of, say, a nice four … crosser. has it KTM has one on the way. Best find my book and look under K.

off to do some Green Laning in Derbyshire — so watch space.


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