The 2014 KTM 450xc-f went back home yesterday. It has been a good run. I have enjoyed an amazing amount of riding out of it. It has been a very solid bike to have. I have already talked extensively about this model and there really is not much new to report. So here is a quick video and a few notes to close with.
Total Hours – about 170
Mechanical Issues – one, TPS
Fuel Injection issues – none
Trips to dealer – one for TPS adjustment (self inflicted)
Best modification – Steahly 120z flywheel weight
Second best mod – Seat Concepts Seat/Flexx Bars (tie)
Favorite thing – super fun motor
Least Favorite – suspension still needs some dialing, particularly 4CS fork
Second Least favorite – lack of six speed transmission
As I have mentioned before, I basically consider it my job to see what I can break. The 450 is pretty darn tough. The valves were never checked from new. I changed the oil about every 20-25 hours and oil filter at 50 hours or so. I do try to keep the air filter clean, but other than that I just ride. It left with the stock Regina chain still in place. The stock sprockets wore fairly quick, a testament to the power of the motor. But the Ironman replacements held up well.
I went through plenty of tires, but there was little else to talk about for wear. I did come across one small item. For whatever reason, the dust seals on the new big rear axle bearings both showed small tears about mid way through our testing. It would be something for an owner to keep an eye on. On the last ride, I lost the plastic foot off the end of the kickstand. The funny part was that the stock kickstand always seemed a bit long, it sort of worked better with the foot gone.
Overall the time with the xc-f was mostly just about keeping gas in it and having fun. The E-start worked perfect every time. The only time the electric start was finicky was when the TPS was knocked out of adjustment. We lost the plastic cover that keeps it protected and probably ran a stick or something in that knocked it out of place. The dealer was able to diagnose the problem with the XC1 tool and fix it in a few minutes.
I am sort of sad to see it go. But in its place I have a lightly worn 2104 500exc. I can’t wait to get some seat time on the new 500 to see just how it compares. Time to go riding.