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Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,517
Posted By rufus
I read somewhere that KTM says they can make an...

I read somewhere that KTM says they can make an EPA legal 2 stroke, but with current technology it would add about $2500 to the price.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 09-21-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 491
Posted By rufus
The bikes are impounded per ISDE rules. That...

The bikes are impounded per ISDE rules. That means they are in a fenced area. Come early sat or sun morning ( before 8 am) and it is like being at a vintage dirt bike museum. If you have ANY interest...
Forum: Thumpers 09-21-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
Went for a ride this morning. When I turned the...

Went for a ride this morning. When I turned the bars all the way right the lights came on.
There was a broken wire in the lighting harness right above the radiator.
After giving everything a...
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
My dealer made me a copy of the wiring harness....

My dealer made me a copy of the wiring harness. This bike has 3 relays. The starter relay, a turn signal relay and a light relay.

After spending a few hours checking everything and finding...
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1,051
Views: 163,075
Posted By rufus
On both of my 525s the crankcase vented right...

On both of my 525s the crankcase vented right into the intake (this is normal). That could be the source of the crud on top of the piston. I haven't checked my 500, but I assume it is the same.
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
That small bulb is also not working on mine.

That small bulb is also not working on mine.
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
My manual says that ALL lights, horn,and radiator...

My manual says that ALL lights, horn,and radiator fan run off the #4fuse.

My manual has no wiring diagram. This is irritating.

When your headlight quit did the taillight also quit?

My...
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
Everything looks spotless.

Everything looks spotless.
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
I checked the bulb. I don't see anything wrong. ...

I checked the bulb. I don't see anything wrong.
All internals that i can see look fine.
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
The same fuse runs all the lights and the horn....

The same fuse runs all the lights and the horn. Headlight and tailight are not working. Signals, horn and brake light are working.

Would a bad headlight also keep the tailight from working?
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
2014 500 exc.........Headlight and tailight don't...

2014 500 exc.........Headlight and tailight don't work. They worked last time I rode it. EVERYthing else works, signals, horn, brake light.

I have checked all connections front to back. I don't...
Forum: Thumpers 08-25-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 40,038
Posted By rufus
You're badmouthing KTMs today, because of a...

You're badmouthing KTMs today, because of a problem you had with a KTM 25 years ago?!
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 40,038
Posted By rufus
Jetting and wheel bearings...........ARE YOU...

Jetting and wheel bearings...........ARE YOU KIDDING. This had NOTHING to do with the brand of motorcycle.

This is poor mechanical skills on your part.

IF your wheel bearing life really is...
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 40,038
Posted By rufus
I find that hard to believe. My KTMs have been...

I find that hard to believe.
My KTMs have been WAY more reliable than any of the over 30 jap bikes I have owned. I know lots of KTM riders and they ALL say the same thing.
Forum: Thumpers 08-21-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 10,749
Views: 501,683
Posted By rufus
Maybe,.......... it's hot and I hate the heat.If...

Maybe,.......... it's hot and I hate the heat.If I go anywhere it will be gruber. It is close to home. If I go it will be early.

I am wishing I was going to Colorado with Jerry and Don. But we are...
Forum: Thumpers 08-21-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 10,749
Views: 501,683
Posted By rufus
Not EXACTLY the same,...there's an old saying...

Not EXACTLY the same,...there's an old saying ,....
more power= less reliability.


Whadayawant?:evil



The rings and valves on my 1st 525 lasted twice as long as the XR600 I had before it....
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,707
Posted By rufus
I have a feeling that some of the posters here...

I have a feeling that some of the posters here work for japanese companies. there is way to much effort being put into just bashing KTM.


I don't give a shit whose name is on the gas tank. But...
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,707
Posted By rufus
Here you go: ...

Here you go:
http://www.kawasaki.com.au/media/k2/items/cache/356ecf74a889b7f7265d645375aae6ce_XL.jpg
http://www.kawasaki.com.au/motorcycles/offroad/2015-klx450r :norton...
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,707
Posted By rufus
It says LC4, ...BUT it is NOT the old paint...

It says LC4, ...BUT it is NOT the old paint shaker motor they made for years. NOT the "30 year" old design that was referred to.
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,707
Posted By rufus
Where are these modern 450 dualsports? I've...

Where are these modern 450 dualsports? I've never seen one.

"not worth the hassle"?..........KTM 500 EXCs sell for way ABOVE retail in CA.
Lots of guys are on waiting lists to buy a 2015 KTM...
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,707
Posted By rufus
There is a lot more to a bike than brakes and a...

There is a lot more to a bike than brakes and a "clutch master".
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,707
Posted By rufus
A better question, is why do the japanese...

A better question, is why do the japanese companies put cheap bars on their bikes?
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,707
Posted By rufus
The 690 is NOT an LC4. KTM doesn't make the LC4...

The 690 is NOT an LC4. KTM doesn't make the LC4 anymore.
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,707
Posted By rufus
You can't possibly know that, since that japanese...

You can't possibly know that, since that japanese have never built a DS as good as a KTM.

Most of us don't give a shit whose name is on the gas tank.
Forum: The Garage 08-15-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,772
Posted By rufus
34 years ago it was supposedly the hot setup, or...

34 years ago it was supposedly the hot setup, or so I was told, I put it in my Maico. It all blew out in 1 moto. I tried it again, packed it tighter. It stayed in this time. But it was loud and it...
Forum: Thumpers 08-09-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10,749
Views: 501,683
Posted By rufus
Same here, I have owned , an XR 600,, great...

Same here, I have owned ,

an XR 600,, great bike up to a certain speed.
An xr650L ...ditto

KLR 650,...it's a dirt cruiser,...... great bike as long as you don't try to go fast



990 KTM ,...
Forum: Thumpers 08-09-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10,749
Views: 501,683
Posted By rufus
There are dozens and dozens ( probably hundreds)...

There are dozens and dozens ( probably hundreds) of people who have done that. ........not just KLRs, Read the XRL thread.
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,886
Posted By rufus
I have a 500 exc, best bike I have ever owned or...

I have a 500 exc, best bike I have ever owned or ridden, I have ridden open class dirt bikes for over 30 years.


If you have to ask,.. the 500 is too much for tight woods. You will like the 350...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 1,477,850
Posted By rufus
Where do i get info on how to do this?

Where do i get info on how to do this?
Forum: Thumpers 07-17-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1,051
Views: 163,075
Posted By rufus
Loose. Get a knife sharpening stone. It...

Loose.


Get a knife sharpening stone. It takes less than 5 minutes to rub a shim down to the correct clearance.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-09-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,066
Posted By rufus
Have you taken it apart? It may just need...

Have you taken it apart?

It may just need new bearings.
Forum: The Garage 06-28-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,923
Posted By rufus
Since it is not structural, just load bearing,...

Since it is not structural, just load bearing, you could pour 1 bag per day as long as they are keyed in so that each layer can't slide sideways. But that would be a shitty way to do it.

On a hot...
Forum: The Garage 06-28-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,923
Posted By rufus
Lot of information there, but you didn't answer...

Lot of information there, but you didn't answer his question at all.
Forum: The Garage 06-28-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 904
Posted By rufus
Best paint stripper?

I am trying to remove the paint from an enclosed trailer. It has aluminum panels, I have been told. I bought some stripper at Lowes. It ain't working.
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 913
Posted By rufus
Look close. KTM cam chain tensioners can look...

Look close. KTM cam chain tensioners can look fine but the ratchet teeth can be worn enough that it won't hold position. It is a fairly common problem. Manual tensioners are available.
Forum: Ride reports 06-26-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 21,101
Posted By rufus
Someone i know got water in their motor (450...

Someone i know got water in their motor (450 Yamaha). It took 7 (fill it , run it a minute and drain) oil changes to get the water out.
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 32,224
Posted By rufus
Yes, that is what I said , in a roundabout way.

Yes, that is what I said , in a roundabout way.
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 32,224
Posted By rufus
[QUOTE=inroads;24444430]KTM's generally are race...

[QUOTE=inroads;24444430]KTM's generally are race inspired race bikes thar require high octane.[/QUOT


I'm on my 4th KTM in 11 years. I've used pump gas 100% of the time. I have never had a...
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 32,224
Posted By rufus
If you ride them the same , the maintenance will...

If you ride them the same , the maintenance will be the same.
Of course if you buy A KTM ( I'm on my 4th one) then you probably aren't going to ride it like you would a KLR or DRZ. I have a friend...
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 32,224
Posted By rufus
KTM RFS. Dave got a 450 Jerry got a 520. Almost...

KTM RFS. Dave got a 450 Jerry got a 520. Almost no vibration in the RFS motors.
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