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Old 02-24-2014, 01:35 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Can't get it up, KTM 525

Yeah I said it....So here's the problem(s?) I have a 07 525exc and it climbs good on single track stuff and will still do 60+ mph BUT when it comes to maneuvering the frontend (aka wheelies) on any kind of whoops or getting over logs it takes brute force and you need to lean back ALOT to get the frontend up...it’s not a power issue, I put a JD jetting kit on it and did the pump mod to give it more throttle response (per JD directions)

I'm running 14/52 sprockets

Suspension sag is set for my weight (190) and suspension is stock.

All this wasn't AS noticeable until I rode a buddies 530 (Hodakaguy) and he rode mine and I had thought that my issues where more rider issues then my bike, well I saw him ride mine and struggle with same issues and I was no longer having problems like I was on my 525.

Without buying a 530, Is there something I'm missing here?
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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Compression?

Tires?

You either aren't making correct power or delivering it to the ground.

60 MPH? That thing should be able to do over 90 MPH.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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My 06 525 barks like a big dog and wheelies all around the backyard,when the lic plate shows up for it I'll wheelie it elsewhere.

Should pop up right off idle easily.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:49 PM   #4
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Hmm, Haven't ever done a comp test on it.

I should have mentioned it does 60+ fine...I've had it faster then that with lots of throttle left.

Tires, I'm running a maxxis cross desert on the front and a perille MT43 on the back, I run 13/12 psi...sometimes 10psi on the back when i'm doing rocks.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:51 PM   #5
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After riding his 525 it felt really heavy on the front end compared to my 530. The steering felt heavy/slow compared to mine and it didn't seem as effortless to get the front end up quickly. Frame ergo's?

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Old 02-24-2014, 01:53 PM   #6
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Sag and springs? Did it feel sluggish too? I had both 520 and 525s, neither felt front end heavy in the least.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:55 PM   #7
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yeah, '06/'07 frames are totally different feeling than that 530, but still....

you oughta be able to loop that bad boy at will....

sounds like some suspension tuning, sag, rear tire pressure thing to me...
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Mines a wheelie bike,1st 4 gears it wants to mono wheel if I do.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:57 PM   #9
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Sag and springs? Did it feel sluggish too? I had both 520 and 525s, neither felt front end heavy in the least.
the rear suspension felt soft to me....or as I call it mush-o-matic

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i'm guessing a combo of the pumper setting and not enough rear sag.

when you get on the throttle hard, does it rip instantly, wait a second, or bog?
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:57 PM   #11
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the geometry of those 2 generations is distinctly different. But a 525 should still be able to loft the front end pretty easily.
compression on the rear shock turned way up? forks slid up in the triples?
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if you can't get the right 35mm static/@110mm rider standing sag on these RFS bikes, everything is gonna handle like shizxit....
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Suspension ever rebuilt in the last 7 years. How many hours/miles on it? Blown/weal damping rear shock maybe?

Hodakaguy should know if it carbureted cleanly and the power felt right. Should be snappier in the basement than a 530 if it is running right.
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Suspension ever rebuilt in the last 7 years. How many hours/miles on it? Blown/weal damping rear shock maybe?

Hodakaguy should know if it carbureted cleanly and the power felt right. Should be snappier in the basement than a 530 if it is running right.
power/hit seemed good. A look at.suspension may be in order.

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