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Old 09-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #4546
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Short 2.4 hr run report

Had a great little/short DS run (gravel, hydro line, pavement, atv/2 track) this afternoon. 2.4hrs run time - 121km(low fuel came on at 115km).



I'm very impressed at the turn signals on the exc - as I slide my rear around 3 times today in the slick mud (like ice) - both left and right hand guards diggin into the mud and all lights still work!

With the 701 tune - fuel is spot on(no popping /decel). The "wild"setting is also to aggressive for most of my riding/skill level. On "mild" most of the time. Stock pipe is also very quiet -
And won't be changing it.

The mirror sucks - numerous bush wacks and loose they go. Will be upgrading soon.

For the mud I was in - the rear sub frame design is very good for reduction in mud accumulation. :)
And there was lots....



I was really pleasantly surprised at how good of a DS it will be (coming from a wr250r). With some wheel balancing - things are smoother - but not 100% yet.
Stock Seat actually wasn't that bad!
I have the dacre challenge next year - though not sure if it/i will survive 800km at 15-18hrs in the saddle for one day.

Still can't pull top gear. On fresh gravel - will run 135-140km/hr - though down to firth and it will pull >145km/hr. speedo appears to be 3-4% out compared to GPS. No oil usage yet.

Getting a 14t front next week to try out I think.

Overall very happy with the bike!
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:33 PM   #4547
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Cry jealous....

I'm so jealous of you guys, out there riding it up.......

The summer is creeping by and I'm stuck in the garage with this.....

:c ry
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #4548
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Hmmmm, can't place it but something certainly seems off about the bike in that picture.


In all seriousness, though, I'm guessing something is wrong. Otherwise you sure picked a hell of a time for a tear down with prime riding season being pretty much right now.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:38 PM   #4549
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Why do you say that?
I have ridden the 500 several times, but ended up buying a 350 due to supply and demand. The 350 just feels like less work in the super tight stuff. Less rotating mass, etc. etc. The 350 also makes a good road bike because it vibes less than the 500. KTM also blessed the motor with a great top end pull, so it does what my Wr250R and DRZ400 could never do; be cruising down the road at 60 and be able to whack the throttle open and actually accelerate enough to safely pass a car. I do wish it had the 500's bottom end, but if they shifted the power curve down there, we'd just have a lightweight DRZ then, wouldn't we? You cannot go wrong with either bike. The 500 probably has better re-sale value if you want to look at the long view.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:59 PM   #4550
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I have ridden the 500 several times, but ended up buying a 350 due to supply and demand. The 350 just feels like less work in the super tight stuff. Less rotating mass, etc. etc. The 350 also makes a good road bike because it vibes less than the 500. KTM also blessed the motor with a great top end pull, so it does what my Wr250R and DRZ400 could never do; be cruising down the road at 60 and be able to whack the throttle open and actually accelerate enough to safely pass a car. I do wish it had the 500's bottom end, but if they shifted the power curve down there, we'd just have a lightweight DRZ then, wouldn't we? You cannot go wrong with either bike. The 500 probably has better re-sale value if you want to look at the long view.
I thought the 350 wasn't that great on the road. I would much rather have had the 500 during my dual sport rides rather than with my 13' 350. I actually think the vibe might be a little worse on a 350 vs the 500. I did love my 350 though. I sold it with around 50-60 hours on it to buy a 500. The main reason is being the bottom end. It does have "enough" to do whatever you like to do but to get the most power it requires the bike to be in a higher rpm. So it does like to be ridden aggressively at times. I guess I got tired of having to shift all the time on the types of trails I rode and I wanted to try something that I can ride lazier. If I decided to keep the 350, I probably would have had installed a big bore kit to make it the perfect bike.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:31 AM   #4551
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My shit thermo switch.

Which was replaced with this new one.

Also got some final drive porn - yet to be installed.
I got 3500 miles and 150 hours out of the stock biz.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:50 AM   #4552
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That rear sprocket frightens me!! Im sure it'll be fine but I guess Im not used to seeing so little material. What ratio did you go with? (nevermind I counted :) )
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:16 AM   #4553
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Probably not used to seeing all steel sprockets anymore either. I put a dirt tricks 50 on when I changed gearing 3k ago and with regular chain maintenance it still looks great.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:55 AM   #4554
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Florida 5 Hunny Action

Thought you guys might enjoy some Florida riding for a change...

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Old 09-09-2013, 08:00 AM   #4555
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I thought the 350 wasn't that great on the road. I would much rather have had the 500 during my dual sport rides rather than with my 13' 350. I actually think the vibe might be a little worse on a 350 vs the 500. I did love my 350 though. I sold it with around 50-60 hours on it to buy a 500. The main reason is being the bottom end. It does have "enough" to do whatever you like to do but to get the most power it requires the bike to be in a higher rpm. So it does like to be ridden aggressively at times. I guess I got tired of having to shift all the time on the types of trails I rode and I wanted to try something that I can ride lazier. If I decided to keep the 350, I probably would have had installed a big bore kit to make it the perfect bike.
I read about the big bore kit for the 350 over on ktmtalk, and believe me, I am thinking about it!
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:15 AM   #4556
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Cool vid and glad to see your bike back together. MM should have had that little XT up in TN 2 weekends ago - he took a real beating .


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Old 09-09-2013, 08:29 AM   #4557
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Cool vid and glad to see your bike back together. MM should have had that little XT up in TN 2 weekends ago - he took a real beating .
He was telling us about it.

This was my first outing after rebuild. Developed a decell poping I will have to figure out. I messed with a bunch of stuff before rebuilding so something is off... Maybe TPS...

Anyway had fun. Come up and ride sometime. Its a hoot.... lots I do not dare publish...
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:22 AM   #4558
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Try pulling on on the top of the front wheel instead of the handlebars. It will give you 2 times the pulling power.
Don't believe it?
Try it on your car. Push your car from the rear bumper and then do it by pushing on the top of the front wheel. Much easier.
Take the car out of park before trying this. Don't try this on a hill. Don't ask me how I know this.
That's why the front Tugger strap is so effective.

And yes, pulling on the front wheel is quite effective ... unless you ride where we do. lol.

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Old 09-09-2013, 10:48 AM   #4559
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Don't discount the 350 which is what I would have if I didn't already have a 200. The 500 is great (and may be better if you ride more road) but the 350 would be better if your primary environment is single track.
I've ridden a 350, just didn't do it for me. Didn't have the low end grunt I wanted, it felt more like a worked on 250 but similar power band.

I want a grunty bike that I can do exploratory DS rides on. Connect the trails and also take me to the coffee shop once in awhile when I get I street itch. I occasionally ride easy single track. Seems like the 500 is the ticket but I'm also looking at low mileage husaberg FE 570 with the 70 degree engine. I can pick up one of those and have a good $2000 for farkles compared to the 500 exc.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:09 AM   #4560
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What seat is that? How do you like it?
As posted above, seat concepts. Build quality is really good. I chose the gripper seat material. Wow, does that stuff grip. Almost too much.

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Nice. My thought process (once I can afford a set of sumo wheels) was to get a matching oversize rotor for my 21" front so I could leave the bracket on and also have massive 1-finger braking power on the trails.
With a larger rotor, I'd be afraid of damaging the rotor on obstructions or from crashing. Which I tend to do quite frequently in the dirt.

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Do you have to worry about transmission issues with a non-cush drive hub on the KTM??
That seems to be a hot topic of debate on the forums. I have a buddy that tells me that his Honda XR650 doesn't have a cush drive wheel and has no ill effects. Also, the KTM has a factory cush drive in the clutch. Plus I'm using an auto clutch (Rekluse). So I'm not too worried about it.

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Medpilot, how easy was the install of the HDB handguards/mirror? Did any of your cables get in the way or have to be moved? Did everything mount-up flush without having to make adjustments? Thanks
It was pretty easy, and nothing gets in the way. Everything just bolted up. The only hard part, which was not hard, was tapping the handlebars. It actually makes for a much sturdier mount. There's a youtube vid of a guy installing them on this wr250 which was helpful.
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