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Old 06-11-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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09 KTM 530 EXC-R as an adventure bike??

Hi Everyone great site and very interesting forum to read! Im from Australia and have been reading with interest about the longevity of these KTM engines, pretty amazing. As the new 530 engine is still relatively new can anyone report the maximum km's or miles they have gottten out of their engine without a rebiuld? I Have purchased the 530 for mainly local trailriding but Im interested in doing some road trips through parts of Australia with some bitumen some dirt. (max of 2-3000km) per trip. Can this bike do it? I know it's a pretty tall ask but setup properly I think it could. The main issues Im concerned about would be engine reliability/oil change intervals and valve clearance checks. What could I extend these out to? I dont want to take all the life off my engine with just 1 or 2 trips! Is this new engine completely different to old RFS engine which seems to have amazing reliabilty and longevity (up tp 40,000miles?) For the setup I'd be thinking of a full motard kit with a cush drive hub, road/trail tyres and a more comfortable seat and a larger acerbis tank. Possibly oil cooler too to extend oil change intervals? Any info about other peoples bikes/setups would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:46 PM   #2
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Dunno about 530 engine longevity, but another question you might need to ask is how well they run on low octane gas as the good stuff can be pretty rare once you hit the outback.

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Old 06-11-2009, 07:53 PM   #3
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I'm far from an XC4 expert but I would definitely do something about the oil capacity, 0.6 liters for the engine ain't a lot. Unless you don't mind changing your oil at the end of every day or 2. HT Racing oil cooler should do the trick.

Valve adjustments which were a concern on the RFS have been drastically reduced with the new head design. Very little movement from what I hear.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies..The oil cooler sounds like a must for long distance stuff..Will they fit with a larger tank? So from what I have found the engine can do at least 10,000km without a topend rebuild. Can anyone else advise if they have done better than this with the 530 XC4 engine? Cheers.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:26 PM   #5
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I've got 4500miles on my 530 and 140hrs. I recently did the RallyMoto Tennessee race, which is on paved roads, running the bike wide open all day for two days. Didn't burn a drop of oil.

I adjusted my valve at 10hrs and they haven't moved sense.

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Old 06-12-2009, 05:57 PM   #6
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Any other 530 owners out there with higher mileage?
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:35 PM   #7
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You can read neduro's post, but it is reported the new XC4 motors do not actually need valve adjustments very often. I believe he said his were in spec after 100+ hours? I had my 450 XCW valves checked at 50 hours and they were fine.

With regard to low octane gas, isn't the "mild" setting on the map switch there, in part, for that reason?
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:48 PM   #8
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Yeah thanks I have read Neduro's posts with interest sounds like his has been bulletproof..will look into the map setting for the power dont know anything about it yet..havent even tried it the bike has done nothing but impress me so far power wise! Im just interested to find out the most miles that anyone has got out of this engine thats all..
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:10 PM   #9
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In theory, the reduction of oil capacity for the 530 vs. the older 525 engine might not be an issue. One of the changes was separating the engine oil from the transmission. An argument could be made that keeping ground up transmission bits out of the engine oil actually could prolong engine life. An oil cooler might still be a good idea, but it was probably a good idea on the 525 also.

Then there's the argument about whether putting a fan on the radiator is necessary.

I think there is some consensus that a cush hub does more to prolong wheel life than engine life.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:46 PM   #10
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Im looking at a Safari fuel tank (15.5 L) as they seem like a pretty good fit.. anyone used one of these? Im a bit hesitant to go for a 24L as they seem too big. Anyone riding with the big tank (6gallon plus)? How does the bike feel? Is it too wide?
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:00 AM   #11
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I've got the big 6gal KTM tank and it fits and look good. It makes the bike look much bigger but it still feels good. Just a little wider at the knees.

From what I know the safari tank won't work with the HT oil cooler but the KTM tank will.

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Old 06-14-2009, 08:29 AM   #12
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530 on the TAT

My dad and I took a TAT trip last year and he rode a 530 exc-r. We changed the oil at about 1,200 miles, oil and filter at 2,500 miles, and oil again at 4,700 miles. The valves didn't need adjusting during the whole trip. Only problem we had was with a countershaft oil leak (we think due to the rear hub not being a cush drive). Other than that, the bike performed flawlessly. We also added a higher output stator, FMF Q4 slip on, sheepskin buttpad, bar risers, rock stompa foot pegs, EE heat shield, skid plate, and a homemade rack system to support some ortleib saddle bags.









Since our return, he's also added an HT racing oil cooler and a cush hub wheel from a 640. The bike is definitely alot smoother with the cush hub.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:05 PM   #13
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Gday Brent thanks for the info on the 530 sounds promising. That looks like an awesome trip you did.. Im very impressed by the photos and commentary..so you only did 3 or so oil changes in 4700 miles and the engine is still going strong now?? Pretty amazing I was hoping someone had pushed it that far and it could take it!!

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Old 06-14-2009, 10:08 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info on the KTM Tank

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Old 06-26-2009, 11:06 PM   #15
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Time to blow the cobwebs off that 530 Raygun. Nuff talking, more riding
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