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Any KTM owners out there?

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I'm looking to hear from folks who have first hand experience with a KTM motorcycle.

About a month ago, I went to see my BMW dealer about trading in my R1200C on an R1150GS. I knew he wasn't going to offer me close to what I could get privately, but I suck as a salesman, and I thought he'd get close enough considering I have bought 2 bikes from him. The price he quoted me was a big suprise, and not a happy one. So, I've decided to keep the Cruiser for touring and other low speed days.
I have a bike for speed, but I was looking for something that would be happy on all the dirt and gravel roads around here. It seems like all the nifty old stuff worth photographing around here is on the back roads.

I was looking at a Kawasaki KLR650, and it looks like a good bike. It also doesn't hurt that the total price of the bike is cheaper than the remaining cash I'd need for the GS, plus I get to keep the Cruiser.
Then I found out we have a KTM dealer right nearby. He had some bikes in that looked like they were really well built, and the "Adventure" is a sweet bike. I never rode dirt, so I'm not real familiar with KTM. I used to be a big Mt. Biker, and as such dirt bikes were kind of "the enemy". Oh well- live and learn.

Are they worth the cash? They sure aren't cheap.
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I haven't had any experience with the dual sport models, but if your lookin to play in the dirt its hard to beat the new 2007 450XC.

The 450XC is an excellent off road bike for enduro style riding.

Are the KTM's worth it? YES!! Every last penny! They hold their value very well and come from the factory "race ready" with many high end components already installed.

"Race Ready" doesn't necessarily mean that you will have to race the bike, just that it is set up very well and that you could race with one right out of the crate with virtually no modifications.

KTM has some new editions this year that might interest you such as the Super Enduro.

Leftover new bikes usually depreciate in value about $700-$1000 per year, so you might want to look at a leftover.

I suggest that if you want to learn something about the KTM you are interested in buying, join KTM Talk at the best resource on the planet regarding KTM bikes.

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