Electric Starters Make All The Difference

by Eric Phillips
(Hawaii)

I started on a 1990 KDX 200, a great 2 stroke bike. Top end was rebuilt once, before I got it and is still running great to this day. Sure it takes some clutch work sometimes to make it up hills, but if it stalls I can easily start it in any position, I can even start it with my hand.


About six months ago I traded my old XZ9 street bike for a 05 CRF 450r 4 stroke. When I got it I couldn't even start it with the kickstart but I could pop start it. I took it in and had the valves adjusted, carb cleaned, a jet kit installed, and a set of tires put on. This set me back $1000 bucks. And the guy said the valves were adjusted all the way, and would need new valves and seats next time - $2500. The bike starts now BUT I've already gone through a pair of boots in 4 months and it's impossible to start the bike on a hill, or if the bike is hot I have to let it cool down sometimes before it wants to start. Don't get me wrong the bike hauls ass and is a great track bike, but I would give anything to have an electric starter on it. I'm planning on getting rid of the 450 before it craps out on me. It's a frickn 05.

I also have a KLR 250 (4stroke) as my daily driver. It's a 99 with 14k on it and runs like a champ, but I would never even think about taking it off the jumps I do on my 450. It maxes out at 70mph but it will pull up any hill with no clutch. I would really like to trade all three bikes for one that can do it all. And the more I research it's looking like it's going to be a two stroke. Most likely a KTM 300, it looks like a good all round bike with enough power for the highway.

I'm 29 years old and have only been riding dirt bikes for 3 or 4 years now and I'm addicted for sure.

Kahuku, Hawaii

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Aug 09, 2009
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300 Is The Way To Go!
by: Dan Larson

You can't go wrong with the KTM300 with e-start! Adjust the power to your liking via 3-power spring settings red-wild, yellow-mild and green-mellow. Get the xc model if you like the best of both worlds - motocross and off road. Xc-w works good everywhere (best for single track) I have a 08' 200xc-w and love it! Best bike I ever owned!

Sorry to here about your bad luck with the Honda 450 but it's the nature of the beast! Get a KTM 2-Stroke and you will never go back!

Dan

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