KTM 500 MX Review from United States of America

1989 KTM 500 MX

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance9000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha DT200

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Stock Delorto carb would flood the entire engine.

Replaced with Keihin pwk 39.. much better.

Base gasket blew out after 4 years.

Parts are expensive, complete engine rebuild was $1,400 with labor.

General Comments:

Excellent bike. Top ends last 5-10 years or 500 hours.

The power is as smooth and linear as you could ask for.

Much better power delivery than a CR500 or KX500.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2010

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review