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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 12:08 AM
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old dogs new bikes?

OK I admit I'm probably much older than most on this forum. I own and used to race with a 1974 Husky and a 1972 MAR Ossa and I've ridden a Greeves with a Girling front end. So I'm vintage.
That said I'm looking to update. What I want is a race able enduro bike that could possibly be street legal. Despite my vintage I would like a four stroke and something that is light enough for technical terrain, tight trails etc.
Is the KTM the only logical choice. I used to like the XR 250, so presumably the CRF might work?
Any and all suggestions or comments would be helpful in the quest.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-06-2007, 02:21 AM
 
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Heya Ossa1 ... You are not alone , I too raced large "two smokes" in the early 70's and can certainly recommend my latest aquisition ... a WR450, (I left the CRF well alone after two friends of mine had valve issues, of which the factory "fix" was to move from titanium to stainless steel valves, and the KTM agents here were so full of @#$% that I gave them a miss too).

After giving up competition racing in the early 80's, I moved to a (street legal) XR500R, which served me well, but was certainly no two stroke ... however after riding the WR ... {sigh} ... It's like a XR and my ol' Maico Alpha 490 rolled up into one ... and it's also street legal, (not it's tyres tho' ).
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