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Old 05-29-2008, 12:19 AM   #91
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But it bugs me every time I get on the pavement with it, in the back of my mind I'm worried I'm jacking the transmission because of the lack of cush hub, I'm worried that the radiator might boil over because I don't have a fan or overflow tank for the radiator fluid. etc.
I've had my '07 525 since january and have mostly used it commuting and for supermoto track days. Only had it in the dirt twice so far! It's so damn good as a street bike...

But I just put new knobs on and have to force myself not to ride it to work. One, I don't want to ruin my new tires, and two, I'm overdue for a valve check. I know what you mean about the worry. I worry about my undampened hubs, the hours on the motor, etc. (But I have a fan kit, so I don't worry about that.)

I can't help myself though. I love to ride it more than all my other bikes.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:08 PM   #92
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Originally Posted by stacey

I'm drooling over the shots, and tearing myself apart trying to figure out if I want to go with the 530 or 690 Enduro this coming spring.

530... dream bike...

690... smart choice..
I've got a deposit on a 690e but am thinking the exact same thing!

So there really are people with 35,000 miles on the 530?

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Old 06-03-2008, 07:37 AM   #93
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I owned two 620's and after the last one I said I would never buy another KTM.....Then the 530 EXCR came out. I bought it on first sight. The 530EXCR is Brilliant. Most fun I've had in one bike since I was eight years old with a new SL70KO.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:40 AM   #94
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So there really are people with 35,000 miles on the 530?

46,000 miloes on a street going 2004 MXC 450, runs like new, 2 valve adjustments, one CS seal.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:26 AM   #95
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Oh goodie, another opportunity to post a picture of my bike. I'm leaving in two hours to ride around the Smokies. Should be about 500 miles, mainly on back roads. The bike only has 300 miles on it now, so it should make it.

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Old 06-03-2008, 08:35 AM   #96
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Be sure to change your oil, adjust your valves and swap out 5th & 6th gears when you stop for lunch!
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:10 PM   #97
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here is the alternative and only real competition for the KTM 530






08 TE510

I chose it for several reasons over the KTM
  • superior handling reviews
  • fuel injection
  • cosmetics
  • much longer service interval for piston/rings changes
It also has the same short coming for dual sport riding
of limited fuel supply with stock tank, saddle and real knobbie
tires.

I've dual sported it on 250 mile day rides with 50 mile pavement sections and yes there would be better bikes for pavement sections but what other could you pull off a stopie at 55 mph with knobbies to avoid playing tag with a disoriented bambi? For the dirt sections... truely amazing machine!
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:29 PM   #98
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I'm a content "Orange" guy, but damn those huskys are sweet!
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:40 PM   #99
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Be sure to change your oil, adjust your valves and swap out 5th & 6th gears when you stop for lunch!
I'm back. 600 miles, including taming the Dragon and I never had to use my transmission tools and extra gear set I carried with me.
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:11 PM   #100
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04 450MXC just about 48,000 street miles...


48,000 friggin miles.


The dealer told him to expect to do a top end at 10k, hahahahahahaha!!!!
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Old 06-11-2008, 09:07 PM   #101
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I have an 06 450 EXC that I pick up last november that I ride about 40 street miles or so to get to the trails. I put an EE super soft seat on it and stay around 65mph on the highway and I love it. 75mph is a little much for the 450 and it gets super buzzy if I have to do it.
I'm thinking about getting a set of supermoto wheels for it and i have a perfectly good streetbike sitting in the garage right next to it thats how much i like to ride it.

I think the maintence issues are in the eye of the beer holder, I did my first oil change on it, yes it did take a little longer than on some of the other bikes i've had, but i enjoy working on bikes so it works for me.
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:52 PM   #102
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I could not find a 450 EXC owners thread so this will have to do.

I just bought an 06 450 EXC that has a D/S kit but had never been plated. The proper papers went to the CA DMV today and I should have a plate in hand in about 6 weeks.

Some of you may know the previous owner, Erv Braun the Voice of Supercross. He bought the bike new, but apparently didn't use it very much as it has 26 hours and 413 miles on the clock.

I am thrilled to find a complement to my 990A and, although plated, I plan to truck it to most riding locations. I will provide pictures soon.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:48 PM   #103
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New 450 EXC-R

I just sold my BMW XC and picked up a near new 2008 450 EXC-R. I had hoped the XC would be the right bike but it had way too many problems that were un-fixable. The first problem was the tank size with limited options and the second problem was the *&^%@# up shock. I finally decided to sell after it launched me big time. It took a couple of helicopter rides to get home.
The XC was a good street bike but I only really used it for dirt. I assume the EXC-R will be a much better dirt bike. I only got it four days ago so no ride report yet.
I need advice on gearing and jetting. It is geared too tall for the dirt and it has a flat spot right off idle. The previous owner took the canister off but it looks like he left the tubing in place. I have not asked the dealer yet but hope you guys know what to do.
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:17 PM   #104
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I need advice on gearing and jetting. It is geared too tall for the dirt and it has a flat spot right off idle. The previous owner took the canister off but it looks like he left the tubing in place. I have not asked the dealer yet but hope you guys know what to do.
You could buy a kit from JD just for your bike:

http://www.jdjetting.com/xcart/produ...5&cat=7&page=1
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:37 PM   #105
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Remove all of the smog associated stuff. Block the port that goes into the intake. Install the before recomended JD jet kit. 14/52 is a good start on gearing. I think this is a good dirt/street combo. Bike will still have 100mph top speed and do fine for moderate trails. If you have really tight single track, you may want to go to a 13T CS.
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