450 or a 300EXC?
by Spencer H.
I recently bought a new bike, I had been in the market for some time and looked at many different possibilities. The dilemma I was facing was that I have grown up riding two-strokes and love the feel, but now I have married into a family that ride quads. Puttering along trails with them on any bike is tiring enough (if you think going fast takes a lot out of you try going slow). I wanted to get a 450 - any make would have been okay until I rode a KTM 300.
The 300 blew any desires for a four-stroke out of my mind, it was like the difference between driving a truck and a sports car. The 300 I bought is a 05 KTM 300 EXC and it feels great on the trails, delivers mountains of power, and best of all doesn't load up puttering at low speeds. The suggested mixture ratio is 60:1 I run 50:1 and it burns clean. I give this bike a ten and say bring back the two-strokes.