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Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,856
Posted By Velociraptor
I had an 08 KLR followed by a 2009 KTM 690, so...

I had an 08 KLR followed by a 2009 KTM 690, so have ridden both. The KLR is a mule. The 690 is a race horse. The KLR will get you where you want to go at a sedate pace. It is a cheap bike. It can...
Forum: Thumpers 05-20-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
Have to admit I am not very concerned with how my...

Have to admit I am not very concerned with how my 500 looks. First thing I did was put a big ugly 5 gallon tank on it. Had to go check to see the rim colors. Front is OEM silver. Back is a black...
Forum: Road warriors 05-18-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 237,882
Posted By Velociraptor
Enjoy the bike! Had mine for about a year. No...

Enjoy the bike! Had mine for about a year. No problems and loving it.
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 637
Posted By Velociraptor
I went from a 2009 690r to a 2014 500 EXC. I...

I went from a 2009 690r to a 2014 500 EXC. I like the lighter weight and better suspension of the 500. I also like the simpler overall design of the 500. An electric start two stroke 300 would be...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-12-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1,565
Views: 177,819
Posted By Velociraptor
Interesting bike though I won't be rushing out to...

Interesting bike though I won't be rushing out to put a deposit down. This will be a wait and see bike.
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
I had the JD tuner and never really liked it that...

I had the JD tuner and never really liked it that much. I got the Vortex and it is great although I rarely use any map but the full power one. Not sure if just loading in the Euro map would be just...
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
Glad to read that the 500s are holding up so...

Glad to read that the 500s are holding up so well. I will worry less about mine now:D I have had my 2014 for a year with 75 hours. No issues. Just fun! Re 690 vs 500. I had a 690 before the 500....
Forum: Road warriors 04-20-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,125
Posted By Velociraptor
I have a 1290 Superduke R and with some minor...

I have a 1290 Superduke R and with some minor mods and a custom FI map, it makes 164hp and 102 ftlbs of torque at the rear wheel. I also have a KTM 500 EXC that makes around 50-55hp. I prefer the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 8,005
Posted By Velociraptor
Looks like KTM stayed out of the fight:D

Looks like KTM stayed out of the fight:D
Forum: Road warriors 04-06-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 237,882
Posted By Velociraptor
I supposedly had an update for the speedo...

I supposedly had an update for the speedo installed and it is still 10% optimistic.
Forum: Road warriors 03-30-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 237,882
Posted By Velociraptor
Signed up for my first track day with this bike...

Signed up for my first track day with this bike at the end of April. I am 58 and have not been on the track in a few years, so my priorities are to not throw it away, and have a good time. Not...
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 959
Posted By Velociraptor
I test rode a Diavel and currently own a 1290...

I test rode a Diavel and currently own a 1290 Superduke R. Both have great motors. I was dragging parts through turns on the Diavel on a test ride! The Diavel chassis is more like a sport cruiser...
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,726
Posted By Velociraptor
LOL. On my 4th KTM. I like the orange kool-aid:D

LOL. On my 4th KTM. I like the orange kool-aid:D
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
What a great idea! Thanks!

What a great idea! Thanks!
Forum: Road warriors 03-19-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,788
Posted By Velociraptor
Well written!

Well written!
Forum: Road warriors 03-19-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,788
Posted By Velociraptor
Nowadays many bikes are very specialized because...

Nowadays many bikes are very specialized because the market exists for those bikes and specialization sells more bikes. But it is amazing where you can take almost any motorcycle if you just give it...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,596
Posted By Velociraptor
I heard that KTM was working on a smaller...

I heard that KTM was working on a smaller displacement adventure bike. I would be interested if the weight is not too high. I sat on a KTM 1190 Adventure R and it was way too big for my taste. I...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,596
Posted By Velociraptor
I have owned a 2008 KLR and a 2009 KTM 690r. I...

I have owned a 2008 KLR and a 2009 KTM 690r. I put a small KTM screen on the 690. The 690 demands a better seat too. Once done the 690 does as well on the road as the KLR and has much more passing...
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 07:29 AM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
I went with a Woody's Wheel Works cush hub on my...

I went with a Woody's Wheel Works cush hub on my 500. I ordered the heavy duty spokes too. A lot heavier than the stock wheel, but bomb proof. I do a lot of pavement riding to get to the dirt. Is a...
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 17,411
Posted By Velociraptor
I sold my 2008 KLR to a guy who worked for the...

I sold my 2008 KLR to a guy who worked for the foreign service. He shipped the bike to Kenya and some months later sent me a pic of him on my old KLR at the equator. That is a cool KLR story!
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 17,411
Posted By Velociraptor
I had a KLR and sold it after two years. Too top...

I had a KLR and sold it after two years. Too top heavy for off road riding and downright dangerous trying to go fast off road. I know. Not meant for that. So I sold it. Also not that happy about the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-11-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 20,590
Posted By Velociraptor
Seems like the 1290 super adventure is the...

Seems like the 1290 super adventure is the SMT???? I guess not, but thoughts? Of course the super adventure is very pricey.
Forum: Thumpers 02-18-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
OK thanks for the info.

OK thanks for the info.
Forum: Thumpers 02-18-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
Educate me on how you ride the bike with no...

Educate me on how you ride the bike with no clutch lever with the Rekluse. I can see doing upshifts, but how about downshifts? I have a Rekluse and seems like the engine is spinning fast enough that...
Forum: Thumpers 02-17-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
So far I have not installed the heavier spring on...

So far I have not installed the heavier spring on my 2014 500 EXC, and so far so good, but I am not racing so the bike does not get pushed that hard.
Forum: Road warriors 02-14-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 15,601
Posted By Velociraptor
I would agree that the KLR is a very practical...

I would agree that the KLR is a very practical and capable bike, and a great value. But I am not one for practical bikes so I sold mine to get something much more impractical! But if you wanted one...
Forum: Road warriors 02-06-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 41,647
Posted By Velociraptor
Yeah that video really got me! I had to run my...

Yeah that video really got me! I had to run my 1290 with no muffler just to see how it sounded. Pretty fantastic. Always been a fan of sport v-twins. Ducati, Aprilia, etc. Had an awesome sounding...
Forum: Road warriors 02-04-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 40,425
Posted By Velociraptor
For one bike only it has to be able to do street...

For one bike only it has to be able to do street and dirt. Probably a KTM adventure bike. Too heavy but good on the pavement and passable for easy dirt.
Forum: Road warriors 02-02-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 20,590
Posted By Velociraptor
I don't really have an issue with letting the oil...

I don't really have an issue with letting the oil go 9300 miles if I am not doing track days with the bike. Capacity is 3.6 liter. I am using the synthetic Motorex stuff and after 2500 miles, no...
Forum: Road warriors 02-01-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 67,681
Posted By Velociraptor
I picked the DL-1000 in an earlier post, but also...

I picked the DL-1000 in an earlier post, but also agree that no motorcycle is totally boring. I had some pretty spirited rides through the twisties on my Strom and could keep up with a lot of sport...
Forum: Road warriors 02-01-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 237,882
Posted By Velociraptor
Yeah that was a killer deal!

Yeah that was a killer deal!
Forum: Road warriors 02-01-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 20,590
Posted By Velociraptor
I checked in my manual and it listed valve check...

I checked in my manual and it listed valve check as a one time interval at 9300 miles, and nothing checked after that. My interpretation is that the valves are checked at 9300 miles to make sure they...
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 237,882
Posted By Velociraptor
Glad you got if fixed, and under warranty. Hope...

Glad you got if fixed, and under warranty. Hope that is a rare problem, because if it fails you are not going anywhere:cry
Forum: Road warriors 01-11-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,962
Posted By Velociraptor
Get a 1290 Superduke like I did. Nice v-twin...

Get a 1290 Superduke like I did. Nice v-twin that makes gobs of power, is fairly light, and also handles well. Rocket=tank. 48 = great look but everything else not very good.
Forum: Racing 01-11-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 11,280
Views: 907,419
Posted By Velociraptor
Impressive that he could ride like that and still...

Impressive that he could ride like that and still be fast. I have to think that he was over the limit when he crashed. None of the other top riders crashed there as far as I know. For sure he is a...
Forum: Road warriors 01-10-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 237,882
Posted By Velociraptor
Sorry about your rotten luck. Please let us know...

Sorry about your rotten luck. Please let us know what happened. Yours is the first I have read about that just died like that.
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 15,293
Posted By Velociraptor
Exactly my feeling. The only track day I did on...

Exactly my feeling. The only track day I did on my GSXR-1000 was so much easier than on my RC51. Lighter bike, more power, less shifting. I ended up selling the Gixxer and keeping the RC, though...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 237,882
Posted By Velociraptor
I only have about 2500 miles on my bike but one...

I only have about 2500 miles on my bike but one thing I noticed is that the oil in the sight glass looks good as new. All other bikes I have owned would discolor the oil in that time period. I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-04-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 9,523
Views: 1,989,907
Posted By Velociraptor
I put the Acerbis 5.3 on my 14 EXC 500. It fit...

I put the Acerbis 5.3 on my 14 EXC 500. It fit fine. Only glitch is the back of the tank does not match up perfectly with the new 14 bodywork. Just a visual thing. The 5.3 comes with a new fuel out...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 237,882
Posted By Velociraptor
The stock end can on the 1290 is straight...

The stock end can on the 1290 is straight through, so a slip on does nothing performance wise.
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