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Whoever that guy was on the other forum was probably a shade tree mechanic, or a glorified parts changer, at best. The 2013 KTM 350 needing fully rebuilt after a year of weekend warrior riding is horse shit, plain and simple. The same goes for them being "oh so more expensive and hard to get parts for". If you race often and really hammer the bike, then any bike will need rebuilds far more often. This is common knowledge among racers and weekend riders.
The parts are as easy to get as any other bike now and the prices are the same as well. Back 10-15 years ago it was hard to get their higher dollar parts, but not now. I own two bikes. A YZ125 and a 300 XC-W, and it is easier to work on the 300 and also just as easy to find parts for. The parts for the 300 are only more due to things being bigger. A 72mm piston is going to cost more than a 54mm piston, and so on and so forth.
Will the 350s have a bit more in cost due to being a 350 and a newer bike? Yes, but not like it will break you up. If you have the money to buy a new 2013 bike, you have the money to buy what you need, and if you do the proper maintenance you will spend far less anyway. Many people who bitch about bikes, of any make and model or year, usually are ham handed jackasses who think they know what they are talking about, but really can't find their ass with both hands.
all that aside, you may have to spenda few extra dollars here and there to make it street legal, but in many places in the states that is adding a head light, tail light, signals, and mirrors, and then changing the tires to dual sport.DOT legal tires for road and stret use. This is the worst case scenario as some places require the head light, a single mirror, tail light, and tires. Just check into what you have to do to make a bike street legal.
I hope that helps and I was not ragging on you, just fools who are spouting shit they don't know about. Hahahaha!
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