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Old 17-08-2014
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Question 2015 YZ250 vs. 2015 KTM 250SX

The first thing I'd like to mention is that I've been a Yamaha guy since the day I started riding. All five of my machines are Yamaha's, dirt bikes as well as four-wheelers.

Early next year I am going to buy a brand new bike for the first time ever, and if I go the smoker route, I want to know what the KTM has on the YZ. If it weren't for the fact that KTM has been putting hard work into their new two-strokes every year, I'd take the YZ hands down; however, as much of a fan that I am of Yamaha, I am not oblivious to other manufacturer's effort.

From what I've heard, the KTM is lightyears ahead of the Yamaha. However, there are other factors to put into play: being a Yamaha rider, will I feel out of place (handling wise) on the most unique machine of all the brands? The KTM is better tech-wise and speed-wise, but that doesn't mean that I'll necessarily be able to adapt to it as well. That being said, what if they don't feel that different? What if I can adapt just fine? Questions, questions.

Next, comes performance and features. I'd like to know the differences.

What do you think? Can a Yamaha rider adapt to a KTM machine, and what exactly does the KTM have on the Yamaha in terms of technology? Thank you, this may really influence my decision!

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i think adapting to the ergos is going to be the hardest.
both bikes have great engines and suspension.
the differences will be personal and if you can adapt or not. some people can, some cant. maybe try to ride a new gen ktm to see if you like it.
i ride a 13 ktm and had a go of a mates yamaha and absolutely hated it. there is no way i could ride one fast. some people say they cant do the opposite……..
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...and what exactly does the KTM have on the Yamaha in terms of technology?
5+(?) years of development
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The 250SX has the hydraulic clutch with the fancy DDS clutch, that's worth a fair bit in itself IMO. Last 250SX I rode was my old '05 model, if the motor in a new one is anything like that then it'll be awesome. Still the best engine I've used.
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From everything i have read without riding one they have all said the same thing.

KTM Chromoly frame gives it excellent handling and a very aggressive power delivery. Suspenion from factory is great only thing needing was a couple clicker adjustment to make it work well for the tracks being tested on. Bike is recommended for intermediate to expert riders.

Yamaha handle was good with a very smooth power delivery with good suspension a little soft for the heavier riders if anything. they also said the the ergos felt out dated. Recommended for begginer to intermediate riders.

There was a shoot out which was probably one of the better reads out of the lot that compared KTM HUSKY YAMAHA TM for the motocross bike.

I would test ride if possible before buying because price wise they are all a much of a muchness now days and well me money would be on a Husky just throwing it out there.
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After speaking to people at the MX track where my young fella races
the KTM is best in both the 125 and 250. If you ride them side by side
like we have on the 125's, the KTM is just nicer to ride and we own a YZ.
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If you can't stomach orange, look at the Husky TC250, pretty much the same bike but looks prettier in white.
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Yamaha .... Recommended for begginer to intermediate riders.
A YZ250 may be showing its age against the newer KTM250SXes, but its no beginner bike!
In reality, you'd have to be damn good to out-ride a YZ250. I'm no pro, but nor am I a novice and they're more bike than I can hang on to.
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I new YZ250 is only $8600 and a ktm is about $10500, so almost $2000 deifference.
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