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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Opportunity to purchase KTM 520SX SM, or other dual sport?

Hey guys I wanted to get some opinions on whether purchasing this bike may be in my best interest.

It's a 2002 KTM520SX, it already has supermoto wheels and upgraded brakes but it is not fully street worthy just yet. The electrical and light conversionis the least of my worries for me but I'm thinking of buying this off of a friend who could potentially cut me a good deal.

The bike is in excellent running shape, stored indoors, 4 spd, and comes with an extra set of slicks and a whole other set of plastics. I don't "need" another bike but I miss my 96 CR500SM and summer is coming up...I love riding on and off-road. My other 2 wheel ride is an 01 RC51.

My question is, what would this be worth? My friend paid $3500 for it a couple-few years ago so I may be able to get it from him for possibly $2500 or around there (ca$h money ). He doesn't ride it much.

I also do enjoy riding in the trails and would take significant advantage of a dirt bike if I bought another one. I've had numerous dual sports, but the KTM would at least need some new tires for the dirt. The set of tires currently mounted are pretty aggressive, so they may fair "OK" off-road.

Should I just get this and convert it to what I need it for, or spend the money elsewhere on another dual sport for perhaps less money?

Thanks and I value everyone's input
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 05:26 PM
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One dumb question is if it has a title. At least here, it seems an old dirt bike is hard to find with one. A lot of people pay cash for them new and never register the bike to avoid sales tax. Not having the title makes it impossible to get a plate if you want to ride it on the street.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-27-2014, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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That was one of my initial concerns and definitely not a dumb question on your part. NH requires 15 yr. and newer vehicles to have a title. I should have mentioned this in my original post but yes he does have a clean title to go along with it.

There's actually a work around for that in NH. I had to go through this process when I had a 1998 DR350 dual sport back a few years ago. It wasn't 15 years old yet and I bought it without a title. What you have to do is have a shop VIN verify the frame's VIN (I had a friend come to my house and do this), sign off on that, and then use that document and the bill of sale to register it with the OHRV department. They would provide you a sticker license plate and an off-road registration for the trails. Then you use that official registration and you can get a street plate for it at the DMV. They issue you a temp plate, tell you that you have 10 days to get it inspected, and your metal plate shows up in the mail not long after. Lucky me that my aunt works at the DMV and she filled me in on this process.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-11-2014, 08:51 AM
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Sounds a good deal already, I would pull the trigger for it.
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