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It has 275 hours and has been absolutely bullet proof, but it is showing its age. My clutch master cylinder will on occasion bypass internal, starter will not respond unless I slap the side cover, and the plastic is tired, but it is still solid. Headed to Munn shortly to pick up a 21 350. I'll keep the 17 and make a few repairs and upgrades to it, and keep it for a practice and spare bike. That will help keep the hours off of the race bike. If the weather cooperates, I'll try and sneak out to Rio tomorrow and break it in.
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I haven;t even set on it yet.

I unloaded it and set it in the stable next to the others.

I'm going to ride this weekend at 3 Palms or Murphy's, and I'll give a ride report.
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Ok, I finally got ride this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 3 Palms just North of Houston in Conroe. 3 Palms has 4 big tracks that are sandy, and they had just received some rain that morning. Which is good for me, because it makes the sand heavy, and you can flat-track and carve as you wish. But I was there to break the bike in. In fact, this was the first time I even sat on the bike. I loaded it up the weekend before at Munn Racing, and it went home to the stable with the others.

I geared up and started the bike, and rode towards the River Track. The first thing I noticed, was a tighter fell compared to my 17, but that was to be expected approaching 300 hours on it. I got on the tack, and stayed out of everyone's way while lugging around with varying rpms for 45 minutes. Although I was in cruise/break in mode, it seemed to have a little more grunt at low revs, and maybe the front suspension wasn't as harsh, but I also wasn't at speed either. I went back to my truck, and let it cool down for about 30 minutes. I lubed the chain, checked fork air pressure at 145, all clickers about half way, and checked the spokes. I fueled up and went back out again for a 30 minute break in cruise on the GP Track, and the Main Track.

The Saturday ride was uneventful, and not much to comment on as far as any differences. I loaded up and went home. The next morning, I changed the oil and filter, tightened the chain, and gave it a general check over for anything out of order. I loaded up and headed back to 3 Palms. I went out on the GP Track first, and although I had more than an hour on it, I still gave it a 30 minute cruise, with an occasional, casual, romp down a straight. I went back to the pits, and checked all the normals again. So now I ready to take it up to race speed. I ease onto the Main track, and took it up to an 80% race speed. The first thing I noticed was it had more low end torque, and yet still exploded when you rolled on the throttle. At speed the suspension was still air suspension, but maybe to quite as harsh as my 17. I then headed to the GP Track that I'm more familiar and comfortable with, where I can pay more attention to the bike too. I took it up to race speed, and the motor as mentioned has more torque, and although it explodes quickly, it also felt like it pulled longer. My 17 has a 50 tooth rear sprocket, and the 21 has a 51 tooth rear sprocket. The 51 tooth sprocket, may be what I'm feeling as more low end grunt, but not sure. As far as suspension at speed, it felt very similar, although not quite as harsh when landing in breaking bumps. The bike turns well, but will push like the 17 if you're not on the gas cap and pushing on the outside peg.

Overall the bike is noticeably faster down the straights, and I don't think it is one big thing to attribute it to. Munn said KTM redesigned the crank shaft for quicker revs, but not sure if it has more horsepower too. The suspension is a tiny bit softer, and may loosen up a bit more after some more hours. The bike feels light going down the track, and I felt like it was easier to dance with as it moved around, and it also felt lighter in the air too. Although nothing big to holler about, it's overall a better bike to me. I'm glad there were not too many extreme changes, as they have a good design with longevity. I'll be able to keep the hours down on the 21, with the 17 as a practice bike.

Oh, and 3 Palms was superb both days, the tracks were so fast and fun. Had some fun play battles with Greg Nicholson, and Brad Cooksey; and some others I didn't know.
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