When it comes to buying bikes, there’s always a practical choice and an emotional choice. In New York City, a motorcyclist’s dreams can easily be so far from the riding reality that the gap between the practical choice and the emotional one can span entire riding genres.
For a while now, we’ve been lusting after a KTM 250 EXC. We’ve even explained how to write a powerful search for one on craigslist. The 250 EXC is a lightweight, 2-stroke dirtbike that you can just about convince the DMV to register for street use. It’s got a big enough engine to get it from trail to trail and enough torque to ride off the pipe. Suspension travel is huge, and six gears mean that the bike can be ridden on tight or wide open trails without running out of breath.
They’re not even that expensive. Craigslist searches turn up lots of bikes from 2003-2005 priced from $2k to $3k. So why haven’t we picked one up yet? It isn’t the fact that every enduro-racer out there has one. It’s that the bike is just not at all suited for tootling around NYC, and garage space here is scarce. That’s a pity, because if we had a trail network starting at our backyard, the hunt for a pristine old KTM 250 would start on day one.
What bike do you dream about owning?