KTM 300 EXC how is the power delivery at places like Clear Creek

Discussion in 'Dirt Riders' started by Complaine, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Complaine

    Complaine New Member

    Location:
    Danville
    This forum needs something on a lighter note, so here is one of my latest quandaries…

    My question is strait forward but if you want more background on why im asking read the second paragraph. For those of you that have owned or ridden a KTM 300 exc or mxc at CC, I am wondering how the top end power feels on the long, soft loamy climbs at clear creek. You know those ones when you find yourself at the bottom of an area that looks like the Moon and its steep in all directions, and you have very little runway? Yup just center your weight bend your knees, pin it and look up up up. It is one of the few places I have had my crf450r on the stops for more than a second, so im wondering how the 300 pinger will compare?

    More than needed background: The only bike I owned for a long time was my crf450r and I used it for everything mx and woods. I recently picked up a crf250r for mx because im a beginner mx’er and didn’t need the motor. This allowed me to start doing what I really wanted to the 450, big tank, bark busters, cam swap, softer suspension. But it is time for it to go. Im tired of the overheating if you don’t make a climb on the first attempt, or when I get held up in some rocks, and list goes on. It’s a great bike, but its time for something different. I learned how to ride on a 2 stroke and have always wanted to get another one because they have character, so im pretty set on the 300. I have heard nothing but good things about them, and im not looking at getting a new one, something like an 04.

    Thanks for the advice
     
  2. Andrew

    Andrew registered YZer

    Location:
    San Jose
    Name:
    Andrew
    Clear Creek + KTM300 = Andy H.

    He'll tell ya. :thumbup
     
  3. Doug

    Doug V4 Tuono

    Location:
    Scotts Valley
    Name:
    Doug
    I don't think he has any trouble at all on that bike.
     
  4. mrmike130s

    mrmike130s Active Member

    Location:
    San Jose
    Name:
    Mike
    I went from an 05 525MXC to an 08 300XC, the 300 has done everything I've asked it. I hope to ride it at CCMA some day. I did a loose climb at Middle Creek with it, no trouble. I love the bike. And don't miss the 525.
     
  5. knobbylips

    knobbylips Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Redwood City
    Name:
    tom
    i've heard the 300 refered to as a 3 stroke- bottom end like 4, and zingy like 2.
     
  6. Bigblock

    Bigblock Registered User

    Location:
    San Jose
    Name:
    Alex
    Man up and get a cr500! :eek
     
  7. billgear

    billgear Registered User

    Location:
    Concord
    Name:
    Bill
    I have an 2005 KTM 450 with a 570 kit and a 2008 300 XC-W. After a few tweaks, jetting, gnarly pipe, the 300 has boatloads of easy to use grunt, almost as much as the 570. (I'm 240 pounds). I live over in Concord, your welcome to come take a rip on my 300, I would offer to meet you at carnegie but the 300 is a red sticker.

    Bill
     
  8. CVJason

    CVJason Registered User

    Location:
    Carmel Valley
    Name:
    Jason
    I rode an older, like 1995, KTM 380 2-smoker. I was very impressed by the low end power, but I don't know how that would compare to the newer 300s. I could pretty much tell that the thing was a hog when I went to kickstart it. I felt like I might lose a limb if I didn't time it right.
     
  9. Oscar

    Oscar Getting dirty

    Location:
    Sunnyvale
    You won't have a power problem with the 300. Set up properly it rips. I can't wait to ride mine in Clear Creek.

    Hey Bill, how much did the Gnarly do? My fatty is getting banged up and i've been eyeing a Gnarly as a replacement.
     
  10. KTMJack

    KTMJack Well-Known Member with a little KTM in the brain

    Location:
    Sunnyvale
    Name:
    Jack
    Yea how is the Gnarly did it brighten up the mid i need a pipe too
     
  11. Brian300

    Brian300 Everyday is a new day

    Location:
    San Jose
    Name:
    Brian
    KTM 300 all the way! It has many memories of Clear Creek. It is also an indestructable machine that has not let me down yet. It has lots of torque to get you up anything you need. My 300 really showed it true colors to me during the 2007 Quicksilver. The bike just pulled it's way through that slimmy shit, long uphills, rocky sections and everything else I encountered that day. You can lug it and ride it like a 4-stroke or ride like a 2-stroke. Mount a trials tire on the back and you can climb rocks like a billy goat.

    I have owned numerous bikes before the 300. Let's start off with the 2003 Honda CRF 450 (The bike with the most issues ever. I spent more tire working on the bike then riding it.) The I went through a Yamaha phase. The 2004 WR 450 was a good bike with an excellent motor, but had turning issues. The 2005 Yamaha YZ-250 2-stroke was a rocket ship. Almost killed myself a couple of times in the woods. It was just too hard to tame the engine. Kept crashing and braking plastic. When I did tame the engine, it do not have anymore top end. The 2005 KTM 450 MXC. This bike is rated very close to the 300. That is why I still own it. The only draw back is the weight compared to the 300. I have raced both and tropied on both. They both have performed well at the creek. In both shitty mud and dry conditions. In the end I would have the 300.....
     
  12. billgear

    billgear Registered User

    Location:
    Concord
    Name:
    Bill
    Gnarly boosts the low/ mid, top seems the same. The low end is real electric with the new pipe, plus the gnarly is thicker metal. so harder to dent.

    Bill
     
  13. dirtman

    dirtman Active Member

    Location:
    Sunnyvale
    Name:
    D
    Is this the bike you speak of?

    04 300 EXC

    Funnest bike ever.

    As you can see, this bike will take you places you don't want to be and has no problem gettin' you out.

    Notice the view from the top looking down to the bike. My 300 was the only bike to make it out without help. I think you were asking about looking up, steep every which way and all you can do is PIN IT!!!!
    here ya go :bounce

    300 EXC 003.jpg

    Derek Air 1.jpg

    Derek in trees.jpg
     
  14. justinandkarna

    justinandkarna PUBLIC Lands

    :mecry :mecry :mecry :mecry :mecry

    Thieves, Crooks, Scum.

    Eat S--T BLM
     
  15. gnarly_carl

    gnarly_carl Active Member

    Location:
    Kalispell Montana
    Name:
    Carl
    I put in 3k+ miles at "The Creek" with my 07 300 and never had an issue. When another KTM graces my stable it will be another 300.:thumbup
     
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