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This week's Classic Steel is a look back at tire shredding 1982 KTM495

tblazier

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7/31/2012 1:46 PM

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ATKpilot99

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7/31/2012 1:58 PM

Is this the model Dirt Bike took out to a dry Lake bed and got 120 + mph out of it?

motomental1

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7/31/2012 2:04 PM

i had the 420 model what a beast. i think the 495 was nick named the great white if i remember.

tblazier

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7/31/2012 2:17 PM

ATKpilot99 wrote: Is this the model Dirt Bike took out to a dry Lake bed and got 120 + mph out of it?

It was actually the year before this one but the bikes were very similar.

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Sandberm

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7/31/2012 2:31 PM

Nice writeup Tony. I can only imagine what a beast that thing must have been.

My buddy had one of the 83 ktm 504's with the big rotax 4 cylinder engine. The one thing I remember about that bike was the absurdly hard seat. Down right painful to have it hit you in the rear. I would find myself shifting my weight foward to avoid getting slapped by the seat thus putting more pressure on the horrible front forks.

ninety3

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7/31/2012 2:55 PM

Nice orange frame, as all KTM's should be

I like knobby tires

DrSweden

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7/31/2012 2:59 PM

Pretty damn cool! "Great "White"!!! Has a linkage as well!

ATKpilot99

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7/31/2012 3:33 PM

ATKpilot99 wrote: Is this the model Dirt Bike took out to a dry Lake bed and got 120 + mph out of it?

tblazier wrote: It was actually the year before this one but the bikes were very similar.

Yes, guess I should have read the article before asking lol.

BobbyM

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7/31/2012 3:58 PM

JOEY SCHLAG used all the horsepower that thing could put out that much is true

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madmaxperformance

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7/31/2012 4:17 PM

If I could have ONE vintage bike. This would be it. Well, and a 1992 YZ490. I had one in grade 8. I learnt what bad handling, detonation, hard starting, vibrating, roost hucking fun was.

AS64

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7/31/2012 4:25 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/31/2012 4:49 PM

What a beast.

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