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Old 02-10-2010, 05:46 PM   #241
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Thanks Neduro. I just took the bike out for the first time after my 2.6 hour oil change, the gearing change from stock, and a new needle set up. It runs a lot better than it did. I still wonder if it is geared too tall for my type of riding. I was going through some eroded creeks with sharp up hills after a quick down hill and a 2' wide creek. I wanted more of a tractor feel. I am going to let it be for a bit and see.

I am still taking it easy and not really honking on the throttle. The quick release skid plate certainly makes it nice to change the oil. So far so good.

Thanks to everyone on this thread. It was a big factor in my getting this bike.

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Jetting will vary your mileage a lot, but a well-set up carb and reasonable throttle use will see anywhere between 30-45 mpg, in my experience. So, to be assured of 110 miles, you want to have 3.5 gallons, which might easily get you close to 200 if things are at the higher end of the scale.

Personally, I find that aggressive riding on lean high altitude jetting yields about 35-38mpg, and dual-sporty use gets into the 40's. Only soft conditions with a lot of wheelspin drop me below 30.

Hope that helps.
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:44 PM   #242
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Acerbis Tank

I have a 6.3 gallon tank from Acerbis, and trying to come up with a way to protect the front corners of the tank and the petcocks, maybe with some carbon sheets/Kevlar.... any ideas?

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Old 02-10-2010, 06:55 PM   #243
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Would this help?



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Old 02-10-2010, 10:53 PM   #244
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/quote: I am still taking it easy and not really honking on the throttle. The quick release skid plate certainly makes it nice to change the oil. So far so good.

Thanks to everyone on this thread. It was a big factor in my getting this bike.

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Steve - what skidplate do you have? I like the durability of my EE plate, but it's a pain to take off, and impossible to change the oil without removing it. Even the sightglass is hard to see...
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:28 PM   #245
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not sure if this will work

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is that what u install on your tank?
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:54 AM   #246
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With my bike I got a factory ready to race kit. Part of this kit was a KTM hard part, quick disconnect plastic skid plate. I am a bit leary but it seems robust and comes off with the twist of a thumbscrew. Reading through the threads it seems like others are saying that this skid plate holds up pretty well. Time will tell. steve


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/quote: I am still taking it easy and not really honking on the throttle. The quick release skid plate certainly makes it nice to change the oil. So far so good.

Thanks to everyone on this thread. It was a big factor in my getting this bike.

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Steve - what skidplate do you have? I like the durability of my EE plate, but it's a pain to take off, and impossible to change the oil without removing it. Even the sightglass is hard to see...
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:34 AM   #247
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With my bike I got a factory ready to race kit. Part of this kit was a KTM hard part, quick disconnect plastic skid plate. I am a bit leary but it seems robust and comes off with the twist of a thumbscrew. Reading through the threads it seems like others are saying that this skid plate holds up pretty well. Time will tell. steve
been using those plates for years. They hold up very well.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:06 AM   #248
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Here is some interesting insight on the oil burning problem.

http://ktmtalk.com/index.php?act=ST&f=160&t=376439
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:26 PM   #249
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Here is some interesting insight on the oil burning problem.

http://ktmtalk.com/index.php?act=ST&f=160&t=376439
Interesting- that's a good post!
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:25 PM   #250
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Gents, I just got a 530 and I am thinking of a new tank to get more range as well as protect the radiator. i am suprised that so many people go with the 3 gallon or 3.4 gallon when the bike comes standard with a 2.4 gallon. It seems like a 3 gallon tank is barely worth it for the marginal increase. Am I missing something?

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my favorite general use tank is the clockworks 3.4 because it uses the factory shrouds and retains a fairly stock appearance and on a tank that uses shrouds i like the natural color because you can see fuel level.
personally i have an acerbis 6.3 gal tank because it is a great value usd $315.00 shipped with cap n petcock and alot of guys say it carries the fuel low so the extra weight is not bad. it is a bit wide but easily adjusted to and many guys are so happy with it they just leave it on all the time and only put the amount of fuel they will need. 100 ish mile ride put in 3.5-4.0 gals. long unknown rides top it off. mine will be here this week i got orange on this model...looks decent, clear enough to still see fuel level
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:09 AM   #251
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[quote=osteo]I'm the same on my 08' 450EXC. I first noticed it while only a few hundred km on it, so took it in and had a Leakdown Test performed. They found it was in the top 3% (3% leak), or in other words perfect - so not to worry - so I just pay attention to it and add a bit here and there as needed.

Excuse my ignorance but can you please explain how a Leakdown Test is done? Ben.
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:18 AM   #252
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Here's a couple of pics of Todd Smiths, CPW Safari prepaired KTM 530 that took first place in the 09 Gascoyne Dash (desert race)

An interesting look with the low front gaurd and plenty of bling.





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Old 02-20-2010, 07:26 AM   #253
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I'm the same on my 08' 450EXC. I first noticed it while only a few hundred km on it, so took it in and had a Leakdown Test performed. They found it was in the top 3% (3% leak), or in other words perfect - so not to worry - so I just pay attention to it and add a bit here and there as needed.

Excuse my ignorance but can you please explain how a Leakdown Test is done? Ben.
Ben. I typed out a full reply and then before I hit reply I got cut off (I'm in an airport). Maybe someone else will reply before I do.

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Old 02-21-2010, 06:50 PM   #255
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I want a steering stabilizer. I was thinking of a scotts. Does anyone know if I need new triple clamps or handle bars to make the bolt on work?

Is scotts the right choice?

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