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Another 'What 4 stroke should I get' thread - Do I need a rego'd bike

I know itís another Ďwhat bike should I getí thread, but as a prospective first time 4 stroke (dirt) bike owner, I thought Iíd get some advice from here.

Iíve currently got a 2001 KX250 and Iím about to commence building a KTM380 engined 2015 250SX, which will have CV forks and a trax shock. As Iíve already got two bikes that are both unregistrable 2 strokes and there is no rec rego in Qld, Iíd thought I might get a registerable 4 stroke.

Iím looking to spend under $10k, preferably under $8k. If it matters, Iím in my 40ís, 6í4Ē and 90kg and my riding will be a bit of everything, maybe Finke if the 380 isnít finished.

My thoughts so far:
Husky FE450/500 Ė as I can also use my CV forks and trax shock
KTM EXC450/500 Ė cause thereís heaps of them around
WR450

Iím sure about the 350ís, do they need to revved like a 250 or are they more like the 450s, just without the top end?

Then thereís also the 300 two strokes from Husky and KTM, but Iíve already got two 2 stokes, or are the modern ones totally different to what Iíve got/

Some left field stuff, my concern is cost/availability of spares, aftermarket parts etc
Sherco 450
Beta 480
TM 450/530 (if I could find one)

Apart from standard maintenance, oil change, valve clearances etc, how many hours until more expensive engine work is required? I know thereís lots of variables, but as a rule of thumb, what can I expect, particularly compared to 2 strokes?
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Another 'What 4 stroke should I get' thread

500/501 over the 450 , iv had the 350 450 and 500 , if I was ever going to buy a 4stroke again definitely a 500.
With 8k i canít see you getting the new light weight/engine KTM/Husqvarna ,I would steer away from the husky because of the 4cs forks unless your going to change out the forks.
You will get 250hours trouble free engine/valves/clutch/gearbox iv has mates with 300+hours trouble free before they sold .

Just my opinion and thoughts, hope this helps mate.


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Asking everyone else won't help that much because we all have our own opinions and reasons for the capacities we prefer.

Your best bet is to bum as many rides of different bikes you can.

No the 350 doesn't need to be revved like a 250, but it can. It can also grunt around, will keep with a 450 right up until the top and tends to get in an out of corners faster than the 450. Just a bit to revy on long transport sections compared to the bigger bikes.

My pick:

Racing = 350
Normal mixed trail riding = 450
Wide open stretches = 500

As for the brand, pick your favourite colour.
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Then thereís also the 300 two strokes from Husky and KTM, but Iíve already got two 2 stokes, or are the modern ones totally different to what Iíve got/
Get the latest 300 you can afford and you'll have 3 different horses for different courses, without the need for a 4 stroke.
KX for the track, 380 for the desert and the 300 for everywhere, but especially tight technical stuff and gnarly hills.
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A 300 2t will cover every bike you just mentioned .
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My choice would be

500EXC up to 16
or
450EXC 17 and up

450EXC in the 17 feels smoother than the 500 of that year, very nice machine.

I don't find 350's exciting.
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My choice would be



500EXC up to 16

or

450EXC 17 and up



450EXC in the 17 feels smoother than the 500 of that year, very nice machine.



I don't find 350's exciting.


Interesting you say that I actually found the the 18 500 smother then the 18 450&350 , just goes to show everyone has a different feel and the best way to know if you like a bike is to get a ride on one


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Interesting you say that I actually found the the 18 500 smother then the 18 450&350 , just goes to show everyone has a different feel and the best way to know if you like a bike is to get a ride on one
I haven't ridden the 18's ... only the 17's
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Another 'What bike should I get' thread - Do I need a rego'd bike??

I'm still going from a 300 one day to a 450/500 the next and then something exotic (TM530 or a Sherco 450 Factory ) the next day...

My question is for the Qlders, do I need a rego'd bike to do trail rides, enduro etc etc. I don't see me riding it on the road as a road bike, but is rego required for some events?
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