New bike tomorrow.. 350 or 450

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4/29/2021 2:49 PM

Good evening nice people. Looking for a bit of advice. Old man (50 years old) quite large (240 pounds but getting lighter) am going to buy myself a new bike tomorrow and don’t know if I should get a 350 or 450. I need to decide tomorrow so any advice from anyone of similar age and stature would be gratefully appreciated

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4/29/2021 2:53 PM

See related thread...

http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Moto-Related,20/Should-of-got-a-350-years-ago,1377158

I have a 350 and find it has plenty of power. Vet C rider 6ft 195lbs.

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4/29/2021 2:54 PM

Many thanks 👍👍👍

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4/29/2021 2:56 PM

Ride them both and buy the one you like better

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4/29/2021 3:15 PM

350 all the way.

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4/29/2021 3:16 PM

Modern 450s should only be riden by crazy people. That being said I ride a 450

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4/29/2021 3:19 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/29/2021 3:21 PM

GrapeApe wrote:

Ride them both and buy the one you like better

I am always curious on these comments. How are you guys able to do back to back demos on new bikes??
Your dealer actually let you take them out to the track to try?

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4/29/2021 3:34 PM

GrapeApe wrote:

Ride them both and buy the one you like better

Blue Groove wrote:

I am always curious on these comments. How are you guys able to do back to back demos on new bikes??
Your dealer actually let ...more

Do a KTM demo day, or make friends at the track and swap bikes. Hard to do the night before you buy, though.

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4/29/2021 3:46 PM

IMO if you aren't sure you shouldn't be buying yet.

I'd get a 350.

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4/29/2021 3:56 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/29/2021 3:58 PM

So I’ve had 350s before and am on a gasgas 450 now and the gasgas is so easy to ride. The power is so mellow but still has the low end grunt to get over obstacles.

Because of the low end power and ability to pull 3rd nearly everywhere I find it even easier and less tiring than a 350.

I would have voted 350 every time before but this slightly mellower and softer gasgas is really really good.

They are all so good now though that I don’t think you can go wrong either way. If you like to lug and aren’t a revver the 450 is the choice, if you’d like to let her eat and rev it a bit more the 350 is the way to go.

By no means do you need to rev a 350 like a 125 but you can’t carry 3rd from the slowest and deepest of corners with no drama like the 450 can from idle it seems.

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4/29/2021 4:19 PM

yz133rider wrote:

So I’ve had 350s before and am on a gasgas 450 now and the gasgas is so easy to ride. The power is so mellow but still has the ...more

^This, and I have 350. I’m 170lbs and if I was 240 I’m not sure I’d like the 350 as much. I long for the extra grunt now and then and if I was 13 years younger I’d be in your shoes and looking at the milder 450s.

A couple guys in my crew have the new 450KX and say it has a forgiving power band.

Just some more information for you to hash over

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4/29/2021 4:21 PM

450

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4/29/2021 4:32 PM

With your weight I would go with the 450. Everyone else under 210lbs I would suggest a 350.

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4/29/2021 4:39 PM

Gas Gas is KTM in map 1.

I’m done with 450’s so I say 350

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4/29/2021 4:44 PM

350. You can ride a 350 aggressively and not feel like it’s going to bite you. The motor on the 350 is super fun great mid range screaming top end and very usable bottom.

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4/29/2021 4:46 PM

350 for sure you’ll have so much more fun. Yes you can lug a 450 but they are so much bike. I rode a ktm 450 and it was not fun at all so much inertia and just lazy. The 350 will feel so light

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4/29/2021 4:48 PM

I know no one wants to talk about it, but what about skill level? The average guy no matter the weight doesn't need a 450.

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4/29/2021 4:50 PM

350 for sure dude. I've had one for 10 years now and I won't ride anything else again.

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4/29/2021 5:01 PM

Treeeee fittY lochness monster.

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4/29/2021 5:05 PM

what about considerations of engine maintenance/repairs. (assuming KTM-Husky-Gas here) to me the 450 unicam looks easier for things like valve checks/shimming and even piston replacements. I believe the 250/350 motors have to be pulled for piston swap?

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4/29/2021 5:32 PM

Go for 350. If you think it's not enough, you can go with a 366 big bore for a top end rebuilt. I ride 4 years my SXF350 2017 on the stock trim and now, I upgraded recently. It's so amazing !

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4/29/2021 5:33 PM

GrapeApe wrote:

Ride them both and buy the one you like better

Blue Groove wrote:

I am always curious on these comments. How are you guys able to do back to back demos on new bikes??
Your dealer actually let ...more

GrapeApe wrote:

Do a KTM demo day, or make friends at the track and swap bikes. Hard to do the night before you buy, though.

Last KTM demo days I know of up here that had MX bikes was at least 3 years ago. No way I would let someone ride my bike in that scenario so I couldn't imagine asking to ride someone else's.

Anyway, for the OP, if you suck at corners and carrying speed just like me, then a 450 is the right choice.


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4/29/2021 5:40 PM

350 all day, way easier to ride.

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4/29/2021 5:46 PM

240lbs plus gear is closer to 250 lbs riding weight..

450 best option...

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4/29/2021 6:09 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/29/2021 6:09 PM

Captainc wrote:

Good evening nice people. Looking for a bit of advice. Old man (50 years old) quite large (240 pounds but getting lighter) am ...more

Skill level?

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4/29/2021 6:11 PM

Type of riding, racing?

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4/29/2021 6:40 PM

450 dude. It's as fast as you want it to be. Just need a little throttle control. The ability to lug it around the track means the engine will last forever. Really , either way, you can't go wrong. With the 350, you need to push it a little more.

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4/29/2021 6:45 PM

450

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4/29/2021 7:36 PM

no need for a 450 nowadays
350

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4/29/2021 7:43 PM

My vote 350. Not even close unless your in very good moto shape then I would recommend 450.

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