The 60-degree, eight-valve twin is fundamentally steadfast, though there are chinks in the Austrian's armor. The finicky 43mm CV carburetors came with lean jetting that's difficult to get exactly right. According to Don Lemelin, who has sold more of the beasts than most from his shop, Scuderia West (www.scuderia.com) in San Francisco, the water pump can go south. "They don't use a mechanical seal," he says, "so the shaft will wear out over time, usually between 15,000 and 20,000 miles." Water pump problems can be tough to spot from the outside, but if the coolant recovery tank is low or dry, start asking questions. A dying fuel pump can make the bike feel like it's running out of gas. A noisy starter means the Bendix-bit is on the outs. Watch for rusty spokes and dinged rims as well. Otherwise? A diligent owner should have sorted through most annoyances, but have all promising VIN numbers run through the local KTM dealer's computer to make sure. Best bet? A clean, mid-year '05. The stepped seat and wider rear wheel will tip you off.