Are KTMs super unreliable?

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1/10/2019 4:10 PM

Why do people hate on ktms reliablilty? A lot of people call them junk and say they fall apart. I personally never owned or rode one. I think they’re very nice bikes. Are they as bad as people make them?

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1/10/2019 4:14 PM

No all bikes have issues and owner maintenance or lack of can be a big contributing factor in how reliable or unreliable a bike is.

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1/10/2019 4:15 PM

Halaburda120 wrote:

Why do people hate on ktms reliablilty? A lot of people call them junk and say they fall apart. I personally never owned or rode one. I think they’re very nice bikes. Are they as bad as people make them?

No.

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1/10/2019 4:15 PM

SmokinJoe439 wrote:

No all bikes have issues and owner maintenance or lack of can be a big contributing factor in how reliable or unreliable a bike is.

This x2

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1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

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1/10/2019 4:15 PM

No.

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1/10/2019 4:15 PM

I didn't care for mine. Great motor but awful suspension and just not easy to work on like Honda or Yamaha. Didn't fall apart or have a unusual number of failures either.

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Ed Johnson

1/10/2019 4:17 PM

no

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1/10/2019 4:20 PM

I've put over 100 hours on every brand bike, by far the least issues with KTM's. Very solid bikes.

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1/10/2019 4:21 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/10/2019 4:21 PM

I've owned multiple KTM's since 2008. No issues with any of them

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1/10/2019 4:23 PM

Well.....there is a ton of orange and white bikes at the tracks , so my firm belief is that everyone secretly hates them so much that they put 100's of hours on them until they fail.....then bitch about it. I own two new Husky's , and I hate them so much that I'm on a mission to make them look bad by telling everyone that I broke something on one of them. I'm still working on trying to break something.......and I'm hoping that around the 150 - 200 hour mark , I will get my revenge! I know damn well a bolt will come loose , or another part may fail , and being an MX SJW I will tell everyone on planet earth how bad both my bikes suck!

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1/10/2019 4:23 PM

i've never had a single wood screw fall out of my plastics bro

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1/10/2019 4:32 PM

dude I know had a ktm 450 lunch the engine with 30 hours. The chromoly frames get smashed flat on the undercarriage

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1/10/2019 4:33 PM

I think the reliability stigma has more to do with all models of euro bikes in general street and dirt. Theyre historically not as good as jap brands.

That being said its not like theyre junk and will break every week. Theyre still good. KTMs dirtbikes are their best products. 1290s cant even get horns that work.

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1/10/2019 4:47 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/10/2019 4:50 PM

I Dont own one, so im going just by things ive read
I read
1. They are Lighter because they are reducing about
If material used on Motor, frame and just about everywhere
So some say that the other bikes are built
stronger.

2. The High performance comes with less reliability.
What lasts longer and which needs more maintenance a Camry
Or a Ferrari?

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1/10/2019 5:24 PM

Im a KTM fan... but there is a lot of things that I've struggled with.

Brand new KTM 250sxf off the showroom floor, and 2hours in and the bottom end went. KTM sent me a new motor under warranty.
then the ignition cover cracked within the next hour of riding. again, KTM replaced under warranty.
And then at then at 10hours then rear shock went to shit and i believe had an issue with the bladder in it.



I think its more of all the recalls that KTM have and the pricing of parts and the bikes them selfs.
people pay a lot of money for the KTM range compared to the other bikes on the market, and then for them to be released "race ready" with recalls. don't make a great picture.


But that all being said, my 2012 KTM350 exc had 100hours and not one problem.

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1/10/2019 5:46 PM

Once upon a time yes- ask any radical that had an 80s KTM about reliability, but now no. Actually all the major brands are amazingly reliable considering their performance.
Ask about any brand, any model, and you'll get 'horror' stories.

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1/10/2019 6:04 PM

Theyre incredible bikes. Other guys mostly are blindly bashing with no actual experience.

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1/10/2019 6:23 PM

No. But they aren't perfect either. Worked on them for years, owned 2 personally that were solid, talked with lots of owners with similar experiences but they do have their gremlins and you do seem to get Friday afternoon editions.



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1/10/2019 8:33 PM

I wouldn't say unreliable but they are annoying to work on when you've owned Jap bikes your whole life.

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Race Bike: 2018 KTM 350SXF

Other Bikes: 1985 CR80R, 1990 CR250R, 1998 PW80, Giant Stance 2.

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1/10/2019 8:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/10/2019 8:53 PM

c0ncEpT wrote:

I wouldn't say unreliable but they are annoying to work on when you've owned Jap bikes your whole life.

Yes annoying getting to service the filter with no tools. Annoying to have an hour meter installed stock. Annoying to have odis installed stock. Annoying to have a chain that lasts stock.

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1/10/2019 8:40 PM

I've owned multiple KTMs over the years... With the last 2 pushing over 400hrs on bone stock motors... My recent 16 350xcf had 450+hrs on the motor which most was either racing or training...

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1/10/2019 8:41 PM

I owned a 2015 350sxf for two years and stopped riding it to go back to my 2011 yz450. Horrible 4cs suspension that I had redone to be horrible again. But for the junk side of the house I put more money into the two years of owning the KTM versus the 7 years I've owned 2011 yz450. The KTM is now gone and the Yamaha is still here.

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1/10/2019 9:18 PM

ktm_kev wrote:

I've owned multiple KTM's since 2008. No issues with any of them

X2. 08, Two 09s, 11, 15, And now Two 17s. My first gen 11 350 had some bugs Buy I really liked that Bike. I’m not against trying another brand, I’ve ever had a reason to switch.

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1/10/2019 9:20 PM

I don’t think it’s fair to bring up the 4cs. OP asked about reliability. We all know the 4cs sucked. The Bike was stil reliable tho, specifically the motor. That said, save yourself and don’t buy a used ktm if it has 4cs on it.

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1/10/2019 9:30 PM

I had a 2011 350 and loved everything about it. 2015 250sx had an awesome motor, but the forks were horrible. The 2018 350 i'm riding has an awesome motor and the best stock forks I've ever ridden. I did have a faulty fuel pump on the 18, but KTM warrantied it without hesitation.

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1/10/2019 9:33 PM

c0ncEpT wrote:

I wouldn't say unreliable but they are annoying to work on when you've owned Jap bikes your whole life.

yz133rider wrote:

Yes annoying getting to service the filter with no tools. Annoying to have an hour meter installed stock. Annoying to have odis installed stock. Annoying to have a chain that lasts stock.

Don't need any tools to change my RMX450 air filter and I have plenty of change from the difference in price to buy said bits in what ever colour I wish. I know it's not the MX model but for the sake of two seat bolts and a T bar, it's not a deal breaker. Do you actual even change your filters between motos anyway?

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1/10/2019 9:40 PM

They have ups and down like the rest.

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1/10/2019 9:46 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/10/2019 9:47 PM

The ones bashing them are the ones that can’t afford them. All of the new bikes are excellent, some people just love to bitch about things

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1/10/2019 10:08 PM

c0ncEpT wrote:

I wouldn't say unreliable but they are annoying to work on when you've owned Jap bikes your whole life.

yz133rider wrote:

Yes annoying getting to service the filter with no tools. Annoying to have an hour meter installed stock. Annoying to have odis installed stock. Annoying to have a chain that lasts stock.

All I have owned since my son started racing is ktm's and husky's. Now this is from 50's (don't count) to 85's... but has rode all brands. My son isn't some all out beast or whatever, but can definitely get around a track, compared to most his age. He is 9 and even he can tell that the ktm/husky's are not as "solid" of bikes as the Jap brands. His exact words" Daddy, I really like how the kawi and yami feel stable but the ktm/husky feels so light and I can put it wherever I want"... as far as reliability compared to previous owned bikes. For me it seems like there's more "lemons" or "Friday Evenings" with ktm/husky. They're either really good or really bad on realiability from my experience. Oh and I can't stand not using tools on my air filter.. I've never had a problem with any other bike trying to suck dirt in as much as the ktm/husky. But yet that's all I have in my garage.

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1/10/2019 10:11 PM

KennyT wrote:

The ones bashing them are the ones that can’t afford them. All of the new bikes are excellent, some people just love to bitch about things

yes but you have no problem maintaining a triumph, so your tolerances may be different


its just toyota vs. BMW. Japanese overbuild and have strict demands from suppliers. Europeans less so.

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