I hate calling this a build since I'm not building anything like other projects i've done, but I am "building" a bike. It's still a work in progress but I hope to race the bike this year at least a few times.
After my first full year on a 450mx bike converted to an SM( and really only about 14months on a supermoto) i decided to make the jump. i wasn't happy with how my rmz was handling but i really didnt know better until I rode Gerrys 250sxf and it was night and day. I didn't push his bike hard but it handled so good I knew I needed something else. So out with the old(not really out just aside really for dirty duty).
I bought it last December from a dealer in NC site unseen(other than 2 pictures). Hours Unknown and really condition unknown but they made me a great deal on it and much better than i was finding. I got it for a little over 5k delivered. I really wanted a ktm or the new 2013 crf. None of the honda dealers wanted my business or to sell me a crated bike so this was it. Having a new clean bike in known condition would have been great but this one turned out to be pretty good.... It looks like its been well ridden and had a number on the front plate so may have been raced as well. Suspension shop stickers, settings written on the shock res etc.
Right after the dealer delivered it to me 3hrs away
As soon as it showed up I started taking it apart(rode it for 10mins to make sure it ran). Cleaned everything, rejetted the carb, did some investigating on the rest of the bike to check for hours/condition. Im guessing it has between 30-60hrs on it. Peeking into the motor and the dirt inside the carb makes me think closer to the 40mark but again no idea. i found the right radiator looks like it had an impact, dirt caked in all the places someone who doesnt tear their bike down all the time but generally pretty clean. it wasnt even a year old so i would hope so.
I found out(with no manual at the time) how much different KTMs are to take apart. The airbox thing is nuts. Thread forming screws into the tank for plastics, no jam nut on the front end(that one surprised me when i was greasing the stem). I was amazed at some of the stuff though. The header stock is feather weight!
Not too dirty under the rubber tank issolator
smr front fender
31lb rad cap
safety wire jig
Some renthal Fat bars in KTM hi bend
Then I ordered the serious parts.
Berringer 6 piston setup.
Alpina/kite tubeless setup. 16.5 front, 5.5 rear
Right now im trying to decide on the suspension. Ohlins ttx shock out back for sure, but i can't decide on the front. ttx inserts or full rxf forks. Im not fast enough to know the difference and im leaning towards the ttx inserts. It would be nice to have the stock dirt suspension around but i dont typically sell bikes so when this thing goes back to dirt it will still be around
Hopefully by the end of march ill have the suspension sorted out, maybe a hinson slipper and get this thing on the track! Still need a lot of little parts, to safety wire everything and slap it together. I plan on keeping the motor stock for now. It pulls really hard and more power wont help me at the track if the bike doesn't handle well so thats my focus.