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Old 11-05-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:22 PM   #5
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When did the upgrade the frames on the ktms? I want a newer 200! I have a 00 exc200. Love it!

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When did the upgrade the frames on the ktms? I want a newer 200! I have a 00 exc200. Love it!
The xc/exc got updated in 05 and then again in 08 (sx in 07) and then again in 11 or 12. I'm not 100% on the latest changes since my budget dictates a bike that's few years old.
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Beautiful bike and looks to me like you got a steal on that deal. Congrats
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score!

KTMs are everything that everyone says they are. I finally got the chance to ride my KTM for the first time at Red River this passed weekend, and I love my 200! Best bike ever. I wish I could get the blessing to make the race, but I won't even try....plus I blew out my fork seals.

would you suggest the SKF seals that the internet seems to support?
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #9
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So what is the diff in the 05/08 exc/xc. Is it worth it to find an 08 or newer 200 or just fix my 2000 up?

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frame changed. Improved handing in 05 and then again in 08. Also you will see plastics change in 04 I think and then again in 08. The plastics change in 04 didn't line up year-wise with the frame change in 05.

Can't really say what's worth it to you. You can prob find a nice 2005-2007 200 (generation is the same for 05-07) for $1800-2700. 08 or 09 will prob put you over $3k at least around here.
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chad, we should ride sometime and swap bikes. your 200 felt a lot shorter than mine did when it was sitting at stock height, and probably still lower than my bike after i lowered it with the X-bushing. It still seems to sit at bike height.

Jason, those white plastics look great! would they be hard to keep looking white?
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How does the low end power of the 08+ compare to a 250F? I bought a used 250F that I believe needs the top end and head redone. Don't want to buy another used four stroke so was considering a used KTM 200, but I'm a noob and am lazy so I like to lug around.
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chad, we should ride sometime and swap bikes. your 200 felt a lot shorter than mine did when it was sitting at stock height, and probably still lower than my bike after i lowered it with the X-bushing. It still seems to sit at bike height.

Jason, those white plastics look great! would they be hard to keep looking white?
They would be if I ran them blank. I'm gonna eventually add graphics. For this weekend art Red River I'm running all the orange plastics from my 300.
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How does the low end power of the 08+ compare to a 250F? I bought a used 250F that I believe needs the top end and head redone. Don't want to buy another used four stroke so was considering a used KTM 200, but I'm a noob and am lazy so I like to lug around.
You can make a 200 pull like a freight train off the bottom. They are nice right out of the box but I'm gonna have Mike at Cycle Playground cut the head (costs about $40) and then you set your dimension and powervalve accordingly and you've got a sweet power plant going.
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How does the low end power of the 08+ compare to a 250F? I bought a used 250F that I believe needs the top end and head redone. Don't want to buy another used four stroke so was considering a used KTM 200, but I'm a noob and am lazy so I like to lug around.
honestly, and it may not actually line up with a dyno reading, but it feels like there's more power throughout the rpm range compared to my 250f. It could be a deception caused by the ultralight feel that the 200's chassis provides. I've never had a bike spit out from between my legs like the 200 did when I first started riding it. I just was not used to the wheel standing power and mountain bike-like feel.
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honestly, and it may not actually line up with a dyno reading, but it feels like there's more power throughout the rpm range compared to my 250f. It could be a deception caused by the ultralight feel that the 200's chassis provides. I've never had a bike spit out from between my legs like the 200 did when I first started riding it. I just was not used to the wheel standing power and mountain bike-like feel.
Sounds nice. I need to go test ride Chad's. After looking at the weight it seems to be about 20 lbs lighter than the 250F. Does it feel a light lighter than a 250F when you ride it?
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feels about 100 lbs lighter when riding it or dragging it away from the edge of a 20 foot dropoff into a river...
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feels about 100 lbs lighter when riding it or dragging it away from the edge of a 20 foot dropoff into a river...
Now that is light! Sounds perfect. Will it open jars and keep beer cold?
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i'm sure i could figure out a way to open a jar with it and I'm sure with a little time in the garage, I could wire up the battery to run a 12v cooler...

seriously though, i should have listened to TXsandman the first time when he told me I should be on that bike. It would have saved me 5 years of frustration. My search for a woods bike is over.

my only complaint is the seat height...but I think a turkey carver meeting seat foam will do the trick.
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