KTM 250SX

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8/22/2019 1:46 PM

I am looking to buy a KTM 250 2 stroke to get back to riding. I was going to pull the trigger on a left over 2019 until they tried adding $1k in fees. So now I am going to look at the used market and have always been a honda guy but I want a ktm this time.
So I am seeing a 2014 in the $3k range and a 2015 in the $3500 range. What years did the bikes get really good. What's the oldest I need to avoid and are there any significant bike changes that have happened in the last 5 years that I would be better off with that model. For instance, lets say in 2016 they had a big upgrade that makes it work waiting for and paying more?

Thanks,

Gerald

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8/22/2019 1:47 PM

make sure to get a bike without 4 cs forks

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8/22/2019 1:49 PM

2017 and newer.

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8/22/2019 1:49 PM

The 2017 KTM 250 SX was completely redesigned. In my opinion they made a huge step forward with the 2017 and it would be worth the money to get a 2017+

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8/22/2019 1:51 PM

1k in fees seems pretty normal. I had this same experience about a month ago, only they tried adding $2,600 in fees.

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8/22/2019 1:51 PM

2017 onwards should be your aim. That year got a new frame, counterbalanced engine and aer48 air forks.
2012-2014 had better forks than 2015-2016.

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8/22/2019 1:54 PM

Lloydcarter wrote:

1k in fees seems pretty normal. I had this same experience about a month ago, only they tried adding $2,600 in fees.

They can collect those fees on paper, that's fine. I had a set amount of money to give them and they can make the paperwork look how ever they want to. Lower the selling price on paper and add in your fees. We were only about $500 off. And yeah $2600 is a dang joke.

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8/22/2019 1:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/22/2019 1:59 PM

chump6784 wrote:

2017 onwards should be your aim. That year got a new frame, counterbalanced engine and aer48 air forks.
2012-2014 had better forks than 2015-2016.

Great info their guys. Thanks

Only problem is those guys want about what I could have gotten the 2019 left over for..I'll keep my eyes open for a deal!!

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8/22/2019 2:00 PM

Make the drive over to KTMworld/highland park. They dont screw around with fees. Plus you can ride the day you pick up the bike.

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8/22/2019 2:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/22/2019 2:05 PM

I have a 2012. I'm not an expert, but here's how I understand the major changes.

2012 - they received the swingarm linkage. This is a very good bike with a great motor and is when most people agree that KTM 250SX surpassed the YZ 250 (this can be debated elsewhere). It comes stock with VForce reed valves, oversized rotor, the very tunable power valve, and two engine mapping settings to choose from. The thing most people complain about is the vibration.

2013-2014 - same bike, but they upgraded the plastics to the newer KTM orange, and I think they did not use the V-Force reed valves (not sure on that one)

2015-2016 - same bike, but I think this is the year they move to 4CS.

2017 - is when they introduced the counterbalance shaft that reduced the vibration in early versions.

Like I said, I'm not sure if I have my details correct. Others can chime in

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8/22/2019 2:16 PM

Pretty sure the newer ktm is ready to rock. In other words, be in shape, and ready to haul ass, or you wont like.

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8/22/2019 2:19 PM

I am seeing some 18-19 that states they have been converted from air to spring by factory connection. Is this a good thing or an issue I should avoid?


Only other bike I would consider is a ktm 350 4 stroke. What is the best year of these things?

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8/22/2019 2:35 PM

colintrax wrote:

Make the drive over to KTMworld/highland park. They dont screw around with fees. Plus you can ride the day you pick up the bike.

Agreed. Ktm world is the place to purchase in my opinion

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8/22/2019 2:43 PM

colintrax wrote:

Make the drive over to KTMworld/highland park. They dont screw around with fees. Plus you can ride the day you pick up the bike.

JRT812 wrote:

Agreed. Ktm world is the place to purchase in my opinion

Well the deal I was working on was with Mountain Motorsport. They were listing a 2019 left over for $5641. But otd was asking over $7k but since live in bama they don't collect taxes. So otd was $6640. Not a bad price at all but I had $6100 to spend and they weren't willing to come down anymore. So, I just looked and that bike is gone. Oh well. But I have been wanting to check out Highland park for some time now.

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8/22/2019 2:47 PM

Call ridersville cycle see if you can make a deal happen. They are under 7k on leftover 250sx.

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8/22/2019 2:51 PM

I love my 2017. No desire to switch to a different bike anytime soon

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If I wanted to ride a 4stroke, I would stay home and mow the lawn

8/22/2019 2:57 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/22/2019 3:00 PM

Thats normal. I just picked up 2 18 250SX's for $5999 each. I was able to talk the freight and bullshit set up down from $450 to $260 each. After taxes, and the other few bullshit doc fees they don't tell you about till signing, it came out to $6800 and some change each.

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8/22/2019 2:59 PM

gharmon wrote:

I am seeing some 18-19 that states they have been converted from air to spring by factory connection. Is this a good thing or an issue I should avoid?


Only other bike I would consider is a ktm 350 4 stroke. What is the best year of these things?

My buddy has a 19 250 SX. I love those AER forks! So much better than any other air fork ever made. I've heard they take a long time to break in, but I'd never feel the need for spring conversion after riding his unless there were reliability issue's? He dropped a tooth on the rear sprocket, and put his favorite bars on, otherwise it's stock and a GREAT bike.

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8/22/2019 3:35 PM

2013/14 were excellent years, maybe better motor than 15 and up as they toned them down a touch. The suspension also was pretty good, especially if you swap the bottom valve. The product I used slips my mind now, but definitely made the action a lot smoother and less prone to bottom out. The Huck Valve was also highly thought of for that generation.

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8/22/2019 5:32 PM

seth505 wrote:

2017 and newer.

This.
Same for the Husqvarna TC250's.

Seth and I had 2013 250SX's and got 2017's (after the huge update, all new bike) and the '17 generation bikes are waaaay better.

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8/22/2019 8:27 PM

gharmon wrote:

Well the deal I was working on was with Mountain Motorsport. They were listing a 2019 left over for $5641. But otd was asking over $7k but since live in bama they don't collect taxes. So otd was $6640. Not a bad price at all but I had $6100 to spend and they weren't willing to come down anymore. So, I just looked and that bike is gone. Oh well. But I have been wanting to check out Highland park for some time now.

$6640 is pretty good. Still I'd suggest you give highland park a call and see what they got in stock and what kinda deal theyll make you. Remember it's also a riding park with trails and moto. So get there early, theyll help you set your sag, give advice on clickers, and just have you ready to go burn some laps. And at the end of the day if you cant come to terms with the suspension just leave it there. They do revalves and springs.
They won't waste your time, so its worth giving them a call.

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