Goes to France to work on the house, buys a bike instead
Well, I found the one I was looking at earlier and got my hands on it. What a machine!
Getting there... still.
Found a local guy who can gritblast the engine and powdercoat motorcycle frames so I'll probably do that to give it a really good clean underneath. The rest I can manage with some elbow grease.
I'll be in France for a bit to work on the country home and hopefully I'll find a WR250 that'll appear, once again the one I was looking at sold If I can't find anything, I'll just bring another DT back up and sell it.
@NINJA There's some irony in that video. "It runs great, most people don't tune their 2-strokes" and 2 minutes later "This bike runs as good as any 2-stroke I've ever seen." "Low-end torque is not great, possibly because it runs a little lean." Eh? Wording is a little poor in that review.
@Nottsbiker Not for old bikes, GasGas sold their factory and spare parts in the mid 2000s. I think around 2005-06 or so, so finding parts for older bikes is a pain. The EC is ok, because it was a popular bike. But other models like my Pampera, no hope really unless you come across someone breaking the bike or who somehow has original parts from GasGas.
@Minia The KTMs come like this from factory. That's why it works. I wont buy another 125
If you want to ride an exc-f 450 on an A2 you're going to have to restrict it to 21hp (for the record an unrestricted DT will do about 20hp) It's going to feel like a turd and you won't get any enjoyment out of it, its a competition machine designed for a top-end rebuild every 65 hours. It is not a road bike. I don't get this whole "KTM engines are registered at 9kw" rubbish, they aren't. And even then it doesn't matter, it is your job to be legal. Not the insurer's or manufacturer or dealer.
I'm not trying to kill your joy, but I'm hoping you will understand that I'm trying to help you here. You can go through the effort of making a 450 enduro/motocross bike legal but it will be a pain and you will not get the best out of it, at all. Or you can risk saying its "restricted", but if you're caught it will be insurance fraud. With rational thinking, you are better off buying a bike designed for the road that you can enjoy more than a competition-designed off-road bike. A DRZ springs to mind or as I said earlier a full power 125, like a crm. Not sure why the dislike with 125cc engines, they are engines and bikes and work the same way and often better than the bigger machines.
Honestly, if you want an excf or crf450, wait until you're 21 and have your A license. Save yourself the bother, time and money.
@Minia the engines? The KTM 450 exc
A 450 exc-f produces 62hp. Or 46.2kw. That is a power-to-weight ratio of 0.584. You're only allowed a maximum of 0.2. You'd need to get it down to 21hp... which you can't do because you are not allowed to restrict a bike by more than half of its power output. So why bother when you can legally ride a crm125 that produces 29hp?
I think you need to read up on the A2 restrictions. The only way you can ride a supermoto is with a full-power 125 like a crm125.