Corvette or KTM DB?

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  1. shivermetimbers macrumors 6502

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    Alright guys.......need some inputs if you dont mind. I am looking at heading out on another trip (Air Force) for a few months to make some money. I have this love for going really fast! I am looking at:

    • Buy a 72-80 C3 Corvette restoring it..in a since and dropping a complete Dart 400 SB churning out 525 HP/524 FT-LBS torque. This would take place over the course of a few years to complete it. The time and money is worth the bragging rights. Plus, its american muscle! I know its not practical....its a Sunday driver. Hooker Headers into side pipes should produce a mean sound that will turn heads.

    • Or I buy a 2010 KTM 300 XC-W dirt bike. I have been riding for many years and have a one of a kind CR500 that I completely rebuilt...its getting antiquated. Its getting retired. The new KTM's ride like a dream on snotty rock/root infested single track. While it is far cheaper....by a LONG SHOT. I am so busy with work I dont get out to ride as much as I'd like. Thats the only thing. But, if I get a new job....I may start racing locally.

    Idea's? Opinions? I am kinda leaning toward the Vette. If anything I can sit there and gloat while drinking a beer.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Where are you going (how much time will the bike see?)
    What do you own now besides the bike?
     
  3. wfoster macrumors 6502a

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    I’d go for the KTM in my opinion but that’s because I am a motocrosser.
     
  4. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    Corvette, obviously.

    Rather have a C2 though...
     
  5. shivermetimbers thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am headed to Sicily for a while. If I can get away from work......I'll be riding. I should make rank here soon which mean my but is driving a desk.That means more time to ride. If thats the case, I may start racing a few enduro's/hare and hound/poker runs. I have my Nissan Hardbody 4wd and a Ltd Toyota Sequoia. My CR500 now is perfect. I'll roll it out of the garage in 20 years from being mothballed.....watch peoples faces.

    The C2's are very nice. If you can find a nice one, its big bucks! I like all Vette's with the exception of the C4. Just not a fan of that body style. More of a Stingray/Mako Shark look of the C3's.
     
  6. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    C4 is an ugly ugly car.

    Car vs bike is always no contest, C2 or C3 (or maybe even C4 ;)).
     
  7. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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  8. shivermetimbers thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would have fun restoring/building the Vette. Parts are readily available and there is a plethora of aftermarket options as well. I would have to mothball/winterize it for the wonderful rainy season here in Washington.

    Kinda of funny, if I do get a C3 and build it. After I am done with it.......the wife may snake the keys for herself....:rolleyes: My insurance company offers Classic Car insurance also....bonus!
     
  9. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    Every time I'm in Seattle I end up doing a little work on my friends '77 Corvette. Every time he comments on what a pain the car is to work on, I just remind him that it is a Corvette and that I warned him.

    Seriously, they are a pain to work on, you REALLY gotta love the car to put up with it. If you love them that much then go for it, just don't expect to ever do interior work yourself if you are a big guy.

    If you get a Corvette then make sure you make the thing ridiculously fast :D
     
  10. shivermetimbers thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Honestly, I am not to concerned about how hard it is to work on. I have worked on aircraft jet engines for 18 years and counting. I am pretty agile with my hands. Some of the designs of the engines I have worked were very bad and with zero room to work. We have an auto-hobby shop here, If I need to throw it on a rack to be able to get under it.....no worries.:)
     

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