Agreed, everything you said above is dead on! But take a look at the 525... Will anyone argue that the 525 is slower (or less of a race bike) than the 530? Both race bikes? Well people I know (and have met in person and LOOKED at their bikes) claim 16,000 miles on a crank. No I didn't ride all 16k with them, but why would they lie?Are you kidding me? It's a race bike. Look at the intervals for replacing parts on it and you will find that going 5K+ miles is WAYYYYY over recomendations and is an absolute testament to how well KTM builds their engines.
Try this on a CRF450 and I'd be surprised if you made it 1500 miles before a complete failure.
Yup, its a race bike. Don't buy into that crap about not designed to go 5000 miles+ bullshit. Newsflash they are out to make a profit, and if they can save a buck on a part they will. The 530 is a step back from the 525 IMHO.