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Wanted: old reliable dirt bike for the farm

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#1
Need something for me and any visiting TWTers to putt around on the farm on. Testing the waters to see what I can find out there. Slowly raising funds by selling off stuff. I may be limited to an old XL250, but heck, that might just work :-) The bike must be able to out run my 9 month old ram, whose sole purpose in life is to head butt me into submission. Ed
 
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Might have him on top speed, but ain't no way that old KTM would outmaneuver the Rammy. He's a bad boy Barbados whose mother ditched him at birth, cause she knew he had the moves and was gonna be trouble. It did not help that he was our first sheep and I did not know you should'nt play head butting games with baby rams as they grow up.
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StromXTc

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Might have him on top speed, but ain't no way that old KTM would outmaneuver the Rammy. He's a bad boy Barbados whose mother ditched him at birth, cause she knew he had the moves and was gonna be trouble. It did not help that he was our first sheep and I did not know you should'nt play head butting games with baby rams as they grow up.
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EXTRA POINTS FOR INCLUDING THE DOGS !
 
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I think I have shared before but since you brought the topic up. Be safe. :giveup:

P.s. we need a ram chasing a bike gif icon.
 

LaserDave

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Might have him on top speed, but ain't no way that old KTM would outmaneuver the Rammy.
It did not help that he was our first sheep and I did not know you should'nt play head butting games with baby rams as they grow up.
pics of headbutting practice? :lol2:

my KTM certainly would, and I need it out of the garage. make a deal? :trust:
 
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#12
I searched for the right farm bike for years .... finally just left my Drz up there; hence the low miles. No one wants kick any more unless it is a small bike that starts easy.

If you find a good running xl250 it would be up there in price unless you get a buddy deal on twtex.
 
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#16
Any interest in a Yamaha 230?
E-start and a great bike for putting around on. I'm in Austin and wouldn't mind having the extra room in the garage since we ride the KTM 300s instead...

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I could use a TTR 230 just fine for what we need here. I street plated a TTR 225 for my wife that we used for single track in the Rockies back in CO. It was amazingly capable for a little piss ant bike. What it lacked in suspension and motor, it made up for by being light and low geared.
 
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I've had so many XL250's and 350's over the years that I still view them as $600-$800 bikes. Most of mine were $400 ones some years ago. I'm just a bit off when I look at these guys pitching them for 1600-2200 on craigslist. Doubt they'd ever get that from anyone who knows theses bikes, but they are sure trying!
 

OldTLSDoug

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...I'm just a bit off when I look at these guys pitching them for 1600-2200 on craigslist.....
I think people believe old torn up scooters are gold mines that we should jump to buy. When in reality a lot of those are just worn out, neglected junk that most would just give away. But, there are always folks who want one of them so bad they pay top dollar. I have sold older bikes for lots more than I had in them because someone offered me the cash. I was never actively selling them, just works out sometimes. I am also amazed you can pick up DR-Z400's for very little in pretty good shape if you look around. They are stone reliable and have enough power to get you stuck way out from home.
 

2WheelNut

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#23
He said reliable.
Aka no ktms
I'm not sure why KTM has this reputation.

My experience with KTMs are that they are as reliable as Honda or Yamaha, just higher performing and maybe requiring a bit of maintenance like changing oil filters and cleaning oil screens while the others just run unfiltered oil.

Anyway...my 07 450 XC-W was near bulletproof and I rode and raced it quite hard.

My Super Duke has never had a reliability issue except that it seems to eat tires... :)

Now...I don't think its a good choice for running around a farm though as it's a bit of performance overkill for that need.
 
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I'm not sure why KTM has this reputation.

My experience with KTMs are that they are as reliable as Honda or Yamaha, just higher performing and maybe requiring a bit of maintenance like changing oil filters and cleaning oil screens while the others just run unfiltered oil.

Anyway...my 07 450 XC-W was near bulletproof and I rode and raced it quite hard.

My Super Duke has never had a reliability issue except that it seems to eat tires... :)

Now...I don't think its a good choice for running around a farm though as it's a bit of performance overkill for that need.
I know they are just as reliable as anything when proper maintenance is followed.

I just like messing with ktm guys

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"When maintenance is followed"

There are alot of neglected Hondas and Yamahas with hundreds of hours that have never had the valves checked.

I know a guy with a R1200GS who hasn't checked valves in 30k miles. And its had 0 issues.

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Just for grins: Here is the speedo on a 2005 BMW R1200GS Somewhere I have the speedo pic hitting 200K.. I contributed by 1) busting my butt cleaning up the ST1100 the day before we traded it in on a new GS 2) helping maintain it at least through the first 60K. This bike probably has at least half of its miles offroad on Utah gravel roads. It's well maintained and now has about 206K on it, is the highest mileage GS 1200 in CO I believe, and the owner won't sell it because it is a local legend (and nobody would buy it anyway). His 1970-ish R60 was sold at around 350K with one top end and a few rear main seals. Nothing has been done to this R1200 motor and apparently it now "sounds loose" but still runs fine. It was always smoother at idle than my 07 GSA. This guy puts us all to shame on how much he rides and how little he spends to live on the road, living a good bit of the year in an older fifth wheeler toy hauler with a handful of older bikes to choose from (two 05 R1200 GS's, 2 300KLX's, a DRZ 400, as well as a DR650. His DRZ 400 has not been touched and has over 50K on it.

His secret: close to proper scheduled valve adjustments, with frequent air filter and oil filter changes. And what kind of oil does he swear by? Any brand that looks golden and pours.
 

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2WheelNut

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You couldn't get 125K out of a KTM if you had three spare motors. Jfink only got 3k out of the first motor.
Not sure the OP needs 125K miles out of his farm bike to consider it reliable. Point being... reliable can mean other things than just high miles.

I'll take you word about the 125K miles though. I've got 11K on my Super Duke without issue I'm not sure my butt will survive 125K miles on that bike. It's a blast to ride, but not for distance.
 
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