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Old 06-16-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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2013 KTM 500 EXC reliability?

I just bought a 2013 500 exc. I am converting it to supermoto. It will not see one minute of dirt.

I live in New Orleans, my suspension guy and parts dealer is in North Carolina. He's saying once I drop it off to him, I could fly back and drive it home.

Call me stupid, but is that safe? I own one other KTM now, and have owned 5 others in the past. I'm scared I will blow it up.

Advice?


BTW, if I like the bike, I am probably buy another one for dual sporting.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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You could, but I wouldn't.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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Depends. Does he have another seat for you and a spare ballzac for
the ride home too?
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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If he's a good suspension guy, you could just ship the forks/shock to him.

But, what are you having done? Do you weigh a lot? Short?

If you run this on the street, you should get a cush rear hub when you motard it. I personally hate the way motards handle with the wide 17 wheels. The 110x19 and 130x17 combo makes a much better bike. Lots of rubber choices too.

And, this thread should be moved to Thumpers.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:17 PM   #5
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I would be very curious to see what 670 of steady miles would do to a brand new 500. That is a bad ass way of breaking it in and getting use to it. I say ship it or steal a pickup truck unless you have no choice.

If you did want to do a little tour on it, the owners manual calls for oil and value inspection at one hour, yeah it is BS, but getting the original oil out of there timely is not a bad idea.

Good luck!
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:16 PM   #6
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Best of luck if you go for it, but I would never do that on my 450 EXC. I have a 17" wheelset as well. The bike handles 70 mph fine, but it's never fun to do for more than about twenty miles when you're droning at a constant speed. Sort of feels like using a samurai blade to butter your toast.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:14 AM   #7
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Best of luck if you go for it, but I would never do that on my 450 EXC. I have a 17" wheelset as well. The bike handles 70 mph fine, but it's never fun to do for more than about twenty miles when you're droning at a constant speed. Sort of feels like using a samurai blade to butter your toast.
It does seem odd to take one of the best dirtbikes ever and ride it on the street,so many,many better bikes for that you cant even count em all. I have known people that do it though,some get 30,000 miles on the engine they claim. The stock seat isnt a lot better then a bicycle seat.

I put 17" wheels on a 620KTM I had and the handling on the street was odd to say the least. The 19" front on my DR650 feels like that's the way the bike should have been built to start with.
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I just bought a 2013 500 exc. I am converting it to supermoto. It will not see one minute of dirt.

I live in New Orleans, my suspension guy and parts dealer is in North Carolina. He's saying once I drop it off to him, I could fly back and drive it home.

Call me stupid, but is that safe? I own one other KTM now, and have owned 5 others in the past. I'm scared I will blow it up.

Advice?


BTW, if I like the bike, I am probably buy another one for dual sporting.
Gotta wonder why you would buy it and motard it if your scared it will blow up? Just for the stress of it?
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:27 AM   #9
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not to bust 'yer chops like all these other mutts....

i gotta '06 450 SMR that i've dirty-fied....

there's a big difference in suspension/brakes between the 2 models... the front forks are totally different on factory SMR's, about an inch shorter, along w/a radial mount front brembo... alot more brake, dirt bike front brakes at 90 on asphalt sukk.... ... and i wouldn't even think about it w/out a cush....

the sumo rear shock is valved totally different, and you should use alot more spring on both ends...

and get another seat, the stock seats are gonna suck after a couple of hours, i don't even wanna think about days...... and i've ridden mine across fla. a couple of times....

the trip is do-able... 'yer gonna have to change 'yer oil some....

do it.... life is short.... N.C. on a motard would be nutz........ there is some danger involved....
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:34 AM   #10
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I wouldn't break the engine in on the trip, but once that's done it should handle it fine.

It does seem a complete waste do it however, unless the route is scenic and enjoyable? No way does shipping forks and shock cost more than buying a plane ticket, gas, wear on the bike and not to mention your time....
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:03 PM   #11
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I already bought a SeatConcepts seat for it. And IF I did, I don't think I would do one mile of interstate.
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