KX 450 or MC 450 maybe 350

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6/25/2022 7:32 PM

So looking to ad a 450 4 stroke maybe a 350. I currently have a 2022 sx 250 2 stroke so going with the Gas Gas would keep things like air filters and and overall knowledge the same which I like.
Helps keep cost down and maintenance streamlined. But I have read a lot of good reviews of the KX450 for slower guys or vet guys like myself. I should also be able to get a KX cheaper. But I keep going back to the Gas Gas because of the same chassis and overall same suspension (yes I know it's valved different from ktm). I have sort of ruled out ktm or husky based on price point. In our district we have A,B,C D. And D is stacked with some good sand baggers. At 38 I can hold my own in the top 10 of a gate of 30 plus riders in 250 or open D. At some point I will be switching over to +30c. But for now I am enjoying racing with these kids, they are helping me get faster after 20+ years away from the sport. For reference I have been enjoying my sx 250, but definitely could benefit from a bike that will get out of corners easier with more bottom end. Of those two 450s and maybe the 350 what do you all think? The plan at this point is to keep the 250 SX, again part of the draw to the GasGas. But again if all goes well, the 250 may end up down the road. If I end up liking the 4 stroke, I'm sure the 2 stroke won't get rode at all.

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6/25/2022 8:35 PM

350, its got decent enough bottom that it can get you out of corners without too much clutch work but its not overwhelming when the track gets rough.

IMO, hop into +30C asap. Even if you are gotta smacked, you will get faster AND its safer for the most part.

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Gone:
2006 CRF230F
2008 KTM 200 XC
2017 KTM 250 SX
2019 CRF250R
Current: 2021 YZ250F

6/25/2022 8:45 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/25/2022 11:31 PM

If you’re racing the 350 is hard as you tire, lacks the easy punch out of corners vs a 450.
My best starts where on the 350 though.

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6/25/2022 9:08 PM

i went from a 2020 yz450 to a 2022 mc350 and dont regret it at all. it has plenty of power to do anything i need it to do without the sheer grunt of a 450. i feel like i can run faster more consistent laps without tiring out as quick.

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6/25/2022 9:36 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/25/2022 9:37 PM

I’m waiting for my 23 350 SX-F at the moment after having different year(s) YZ 450’s since 2015. I’m a 40+ B rider and looking forward to not tiring as fast. Hopefully the gamble pays off.

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6/25/2022 9:43 PM

CR500

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6/25/2022 9:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/25/2022 9:45 PM

I would stick with a Gas Gas since you already have a KTM. Much easier to switch back and forth comfortably

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GasGas is fun

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6/25/2022 9:55 PM

350

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2021 KTM 350 SXF
2006 KX250

6/25/2022 11:26 PM

I can’t say enough good things about the 350. It’s like riding an amazingly fast 250f it is hands down my favorite bike, I didn’t even ride my RM250 at all today 🙃

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2022 MC350 - the daily
2004 RM144 - The princess
2003 RM250 - Play Bike

https://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Bike-Builds,46/2004-RM-Corona-build,1374304?exclusive_forum_user=false&page=3

6/26/2022 6:22 AM

Since you have a 250 2 stroke go with the 350. I have both and ride the 350 just like a 2 stroke. Super easy to switch between the two. Get a 2 stroke air cage for it and run the vented side cover.

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2018 KTM 250sx 2022 KTM 350sxf
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6/26/2022 9:22 AM

Get the gas gas. You’re used to the chassis already. I just picked one up after coming off a Husky 450. I’m 38, 185lbs, and this 350 really is incredible. I had a chance to ride it back to back with a 450 yesterday. The 350 feels sooo much lighter. You can put it basically anywhere you want. Corners like a dream. The motor has everything I could ever use.

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6/26/2022 7:42 PM

I've been riding both a 23 Husky and a 22 KTM 350. Coming of my well setup KX 450, the suspension is marginal but the motor is so fun. Amazing how much easier and consistent the cornering is. Very fun times on the 350 with plenty of power.

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6/26/2022 8:09 PM

have a 21 MC450 now (moved from a Husky 350).

I did want another 350, but the 450 was on run-out and price was too good to say no to, but i'm loving the bike (41yr old, med-fast vet rider). Power delivery is very smooth for a 450, I haven't bothered with getting the map switch, just changed the tyres and set the suspension (work in progress)

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