Bike discussion

May 14, 2022
1
0
1
Washington
Hey All,
I did a rental this winter in the park city area (kx450 + riot 3). Having had 3 prior days snow mobiling, as well as 20 years dirtbiking, I said **** it, I'm getting me a snow bike.

Long story short,
I think I made a sound decision and fun checked the cmx 129 for 2023. My old man has an 500 exc he is going to let me use for the winter.
However, I am having a hell of a time trying to iron out what would be the ticket for a bike.
2 stroke - 300 (500 is just too nitche and spare parts would be a burdon..)
4 stroke - 390, 450, 500/501

I have been trying to do my research and trying to figure out what I should focus on, but could really use some suggestions. My rental kx450 was great, however on the riot 3 I still felt like I could have enjoyed more power.

-Exc 500 /husky501 seems to be a trade off of weight for a little more power
-The 450 gearing and power to weight seems to be pretty strong
-The new ktm 300 with the new injection seems to be a real contendor, however i dont have any experience with a 2 stroke minus a kx100 from 20 years ago.

Advise?
 
Dec 19, 2007
872
472
63
50
If you are in park city, you need a bike to keep tires on year round to ride moab in the winter. The 2 stroke should be for dirt typically unless you race desert or professional Motocross.
If the KX felt underpowered then the 500 EXC won't be any better unless you do a lot of mods.
To me Any bike feels under powered with a 3"track if the snow isn't ridiculously deep and fluffy it acts like an air brake. Is your cmx a 3 inch?

If you just want the most power, get a stock ktm or Yamaha 450 mx bike or fx xcf. or husky equivelent. Don't get a dual sport or trail version. If you don't feel comfortable revving the piss out of it then get a 500 but plan to spend money on mods the first time a 450 passes you.

And when you win the lottery get another 2 stroke with a riot short track and back country ski just for spring riding. Right now the snow is amazing and everyone is staying home mowing lawns.
 
Last edited:

snoballssnoglory

Well-known member
Lifetime Membership
Nov 20, 2008
319
131
43
49
If you are in park city, you need a bike to keep tires on year round to ride moab in the winter. The 2 stroke should be for dirt typically unless you race desert or professional Motocross.
If the KX felt underpowered then the 500 EXC won't be any better unless you do a lot of mods.
To me Any bike feels under powered with a 3"track if the snow isn't ridiculously deep and fluffy it acts like an air brake. Is your cmx a 3 inch?

If you just want the most power, get a stock ktm or Yamaha 450 mx bike or fx xcf. or husky equivelent. Don't get a dual sport or trail version. If you don't feel comfortable revving the piss out of it then get a 500 but plan to spend money on mods the first time a 450 passes you.

And when you win the lottery get another 2 stroke with a riot short track and back country ski just for spring riding. Right now the snow is amazing and everyone is staying home mowing lawns.

Good advice. 300 would be tough for where you will ride.
I’d say ride your dads a year or two. Get your experience and then you will buy a yammi or Ktm. Prolly Ktm since you will have that fit kit already.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

dooman92

Well-known member
Lifetime Membership
Mar 1, 2010
702
224
43
brewhaha, I would suggest trying your dad's 500. I have ridden the 450sx, xc, and put couple hundred hours on a yami 450fx. I've had two ktm 500's in succession and for my riding style prefer the additional torque and the six speed with low !st of the 500's. If you are a rev limit bumping aggressive rider and don't mind working thje clutch the 450sx,xc appears to be the prefered ride based on comments in this forum. Yeah, for best performance, in the range of the 450's, you would need to open the intake and exhaust and a performance ecu on the 500.

How and what terrain you ride can make a difference. In the trees moving slow, I cannot ride my buddies 450xc as I stall it alot but, the six speed in my 500 I can almost stop and then accelerate without slipping the clutch or stalling. On an open hill climb, I can do as well with the 450 as I do with the 500 just at a little higher rpm. My younger more aggressive buddy does better on the 450xc on the same hill climb and better in the trees but slips the clutch alot. You will enjoy the ride either way.
 
Premium Features