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Old 01-17-2013, 08:15 AM   #31
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Thank you for posting the thread. I looked at it and i dont think i have much of a shot here in SC, the guy i got it from didnt have the title for it so i am pretty dead in the water. I guess it will be used as my woods bike.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:30 AM   #32
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I owned this KTM 550 that I would have loved to dualsport if I could get a plate for it. It just would have needed lights and a larger tank. I'm sure it would have gotten me into a lot of trouble, it was just that kind of bike!

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:21 AM   #33
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I owned this KTM 550 that I would have loved to dualsport if I could get a plate for it. It just would have needed lights and a larger tank. I'm sure it would have gotten me into a lot of trouble, it was just that kind of bike!


this pic is freaking me out!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:56 AM   #34
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this pic is freaking me out!
More than this one?



The KX is beautiful, and scary at the same time.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:34 PM   #35
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More than this one?



The KX is beautiful, and scary at the same time.
why yes actually it is, the Ktm seem to have everything on the wrong side. pipe, chain, carb, ect.

I have some experience with a kx500 that i'd rather forget.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #36
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why yes actually it is, the Ktm seem to have everything on the wrong side. pipe, chain, carb, ect.

I have some experience with a kx500 that i'd rather forget.

That Kx500 is actually a KX550 And currently geared for 120mph...
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:46 PM   #37
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why yes actually it is, the Ktm seem to have everything on the wrong side. pipe, chain, carb, ect.

I have some experience with a kx500 that i'd rather forget.
Yep, everything's backwards. Nothing like left-kicking a high compression 550cc 2 stroke! Once it was started, it was well worth it though. Mine was breathed on a bit by a talented engine builder and put out around 75 hp. The 550 engine was designed for sidecar racing in Europe and was a beast. Stock versus stock, it was quite a bit more powerful than both the KX and CR500's.

A friend of mine built an incredible road race bike consisting of a built 550 engine in a Honda NSR250 frame. It was geared high and would top out between 140 and 145 mph on long straights. It was a blast to ride! Durable too - the thing lasted him seven race seasons without a top end job. Let me see if can dig up a few photos of that one....

Ah, here we go:







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Old 01-19-2013, 05:36 PM   #38
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that is most awesome! thanks for posting.
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What year is that bike? by the looks of the tank plastic it looks to be a 2008 or newer?
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What year is that bike? by the looks of the tank plastic it looks to be a 2008 or newer?
Which bike?
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:19 PM   #41
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What year is that bike? by the looks of the tank plastic it looks to be a 2008 or newer?
Assuming you meant one of the KTM 550's I posted:

Mine, the dirt bike, was a 1994. I swapped out the front end for a Honda CRF Showa unit and grafted some 2008 plastics onto it.

The road bike was a 1989 Honda NSR250 chassis with more modern bodywork from Tyga Performance.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:21 PM   #42
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I'm wondering how many people dualsport on a 2stroke? I have a 08 KTM 300 exc, I'v been been thinking about licenscing and using as a dualsport. Instead of buying a new bike. Any ideas would be appreciated.
It all depends on how much street you'll ride.
The exc is a factory "dual sport" with a stator that'll power and light connections.
I have my '08 300exc plated, in Costa Rica. I run 13/50 because I like dirt more than street, but it'll do 50-60
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:26 AM   #43
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dual sport

I use mine for dual sport riding. I don't have any recent pictures. There is lots of fun to be had. Would a 450exc be better as an all rounder, probably but I don't mind the trade offs.






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Old 01-26-2013, 12:03 PM   #44
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:30 AM   #45
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I have a 99 KTM 300exc. Its plated and I love it. For short street/dualsporting its not too bad. I generally just use it for offroading though. However now that my DR650 is tied up with sidecar duty the smoker might end up doing a bit more true dualsport riding.
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