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Old 01-16-2019, 02:32 PM   #16
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Nice pictures! Maybe one of these days we will get to go on a ride.

Been looking at plated dirt bikes lately as my 250 XC-F isn't. Torn on how to go about it and don't want to try and turn my bike into a street legal machine, nor do I want to sell it. At one point I was pretty set on a 690 Enduro R, but think it might be a little big for some of the riding I would like to do. A 350 EXC would be grand, but so similar to what I ride now it seems hard to justify having it in the garage. Decisions, decisions.
for something that sees much street use I'd be hard pressed to go 350 rather than 500. 17+ KTM says it's 4lb weight difference IIRC.
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:18 PM   #17
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After having 100 or so bikes since 79 I prefer the lightest. quietest . Plated bike
That can Cruze at least 75 mph..
I am done with Tanks. They hurt when they fall on you..
That is exactly why I ride a 250 XC-F, and why I have re-thought a 690 Enduro! If it wasn't for stator, lights, exhaust and the hassle of trying to convince DMV I would convert my 250 as it is plenty fast. Never even hit 6th gear on Barr Road heading to the trails and was hauling ass to keep up with the group.

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for something that sees much street use I'd be hard pressed to go 350 rather than 500. 17+ KTM says it's 4lb weight difference IIRC.
I don't know how much street use a plated bike I buy would ever really see. Four pounds isn't much, but a longer stroke and more inertia definitely make the 500's feel heavier than a 350. The 640 Adventure that died on the last ride I did was a very, very big bike for the trails we were on. One tip over in lava rock cracked the case and dumped all the oil. Obviously there is a big difference between a 640 and a 500, but I have never felt like my 250 didn't have enough power. I suppose a test ride someday will help me decide, but the tight, technical single track I have been riding definitely doesn't require a 500, nor do the dirt roads. If I were spending time on the highways, maybe. But I don't see much highway time for me with a plated dirt bike. There are so many dirt roads and trails around here it isn't necessary.
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Just got this off the Or. Dmv site.
It looks a bit off? Ha ha.
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:35 PM   #19
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That is exactly why I ride a 250 XC-F, and why I have re-thought a 690 Enduro! If it wasn't for stator, lights, exhaust and the hassle of trying to convince DMV I would convert my 250 as it is plenty fast. Never even hit 6th gear on Barr Road heading to the trails and was hauling ass to keep up with the group.



I don't know how much street use a plated bike I buy would ever really see. Four pounds isn't much, but a longer stroke and more inertia definitely make the 500's feel heavier than a 350. The 640 Adventure that died on the last ride I did was a very, very big bike for the trails we were on. One tip over in lava rock cracked the case and dumped all the oil. Obviously there is a big difference between a 640 and a 500, but I have never felt like my 250 didn't have enough power. I suppose a test ride someday will help me decide, but the tight, technical single track I have been riding definitely doesn't require a 500, nor do the dirt roads. If I were spending time on the highways, maybe. But I don't see much highway time for me with a plated dirt bike. There are so many dirt roads and trails around here it isn't necessary.
You won't get a plate for the 250 in Oregon, no matter what you add to it.
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You won't get a plate for the 250 in Oregon, no matter what you add to it.
Good to know, thanks.
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you can get a South Dakota plate for it if you want, though
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You won't get a plate for the 250 in Oregon, no matter what you add to it.
From what I just read if it has a California emissions sticker on it
Its possible..
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From what I just read if it has a California emissions sticker on it
Its possible..
I bought my 250 in Oregon and have an FMF exhaust which says “Closes Course Only”. The stock silencer is the same on the Xc and SX bikes and also says closed course only. I’ll just get another bike when I can afford it. In the meantime I have no lack of riding so I’m good.
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I bought my 250 in Oregon and have an FMF exhaust which says “Closes Course Only”. The stock silencer is the same on the Xc and SX bikes and also says closed course only. I’ll just get another bike when I can afford it. In the meantime I have no lack of riding so I’m good.
I bought my KTM in Nevada.
I had the Ca. Sticker. So all was good.

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I bought my 250 in Oregon and have an FMF exhaust which says “Closes Course Only”. The stock silencer is the same on the Xc and SX bikes and also says closed course only. I’ll just get another bike when I can afford it. In the meantime I have no lack of riding so I’m good.
This has a plate
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After some research today I’m putting the plated dirt bike on hold. I bought my 250 new and have spent some money getting setup perfect for me. If I had a 10,000 square foot heated garage and a pile of money..........
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