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Old 10-01-2011, 12:38 PM   #226
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did not get to do a proper test unfortunately.
New wheels kick ass, with the thinned spokes, ultra light yet strong.
compared to my 690 and 'old' 450exc there's just a big leap forward as a true offroader.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:29 PM   #227
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I have now been fortunate to ride both US models. I have a buddy with the 500 XCW and another with the EXC. All I can say is I have to get me one of these.

Been helping the buddy with the EXC set it up which is great as I am getting a big leap on what/how to make the mods I want to make to one once I am able to get my own.


Bottom line to me is if you primarily ride trails and can make it street legal in your state get the XCW, if you primarily ride Dual Sport get the EXC.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:32 PM   #228
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I have now been fortunate to ride both US models. I have a buddy with the 500 XCW and another with the EXC. All I can say is I have to get me one of these.

Been helping the buddy with the EXC set it up which is great as I am getting a big leap on what/how to make the mods I want to make to one once I am able to get my own.


Bottom line to me is if you primarily ride trails and can make it street legal in your state get the XCW, if you primarily ride Dual Sport get the EXC.
Why do you say that? What are the big differences that stand out on the test ride?
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:38 PM   #229
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It is not how they perform it is how they come stock. The EXC has full DC system for lighting with a big easy to see tail light, horn, etc. To me the differences in performance are very negligable. I am sure there is a difference but both bikes ran so well and were geared the same all I could tell was that one was quieter than the other.


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Why do you say that? What are the big differences that stand out on the test ride?
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:43 PM   #230
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Sorry but should have added to my previous post that the XCW comes geared closer to what one wants for the woods but needs proper dual sport adds like horn, brake light switch, etc. Just like prior models the EXC needs gearing changes and a chain. So if they perform simarily it is a matter of what you add vs what you remove. If you go XCW and want to be street legal you add stuff, if you go EXC and want to trail ride your remove stuff and change gearing.
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:03 AM   #231
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500 exc map switch

anyone out there got a 500 exc with the map switch? i have one and have put the switch on , but i haven't ridden it hard yet . Has anyone ridden one really hard yet and noticed the difference with the swicth.?
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:40 PM   #232
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What are the pros/cons of building a supermoto from the 500 EXC?
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:14 PM   #233
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Picked up my '12 500 EXC today...can't wait to strip off all the street legal bits and replace with more dirt worthy items, change the gearing and hit the trails. I'm replacing the giant mess of a plate holder with one from a xc-w and some sar signals. It really sucks that it doesn't come with a skidplate but beyond that I'm pretty stoked about the purchase. I went with the 500exc over a Berg FE570 mainly for better tank options and the security of the kickstarter....hopefully I made the right decision.

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Old 10-20-2011, 04:04 PM   #234
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500exc is bad ass

Breaking in and setup in progress, desmogged and re-geared 14-50, this thing runs clean, smooth and strong,

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Old 10-20-2011, 05:56 PM   #235
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looks good....... what did desmogging entail? did you modify the muffler?

hope to get one soon..

thanks
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:08 PM   #236
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looks good....... what did desmogging entail? did you modify the muffler?

hope to get one soon..

thanks
I haven't touched the muffler, and when I mentioned de-smogging the dealer said it was much simpler than the 530 and did it for me. I am still learning, and the imformation is a little scarce. I have ordered the JD 6x for tuning the FI, as what I've read from JD on KTM Talk is there are gains to be made there, and he provides some setup for different configurations.. I feel that the muffler is a little restrictive, but not sure it needs to be changed even though I have one on the way. It just runs great. Very impressive. I had a 530 and this is much smoother and very quick stock.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:16 PM   #237
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I haven't found any info on desmogging the 500. Doesn't look like much but I never mind a little guidance from someone that has gone before me. Are you happy with the 14/50? It's geared so tall stock that a gearing change is at the top of my list.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:45 PM   #238
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I haven't found any info on desmogging the 500. Doesn't look like much but I never mind a little guidance from someone that has gone before me. Are you happy with the 14/50? It's geared so tall stock that a gearing change is at the top of my list.
As far as I can tell, it's going to work out great. Pull off the bottom is of course greatly improved. After all of eight miles and my first oil change, I will take it up on the mountain tomorrow.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:53 PM   #239
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Got to see the 500EXC at my dealer today.

He told me that the semi will be at a nearby motocross track with both the 350 and 500 for demo rides.......




..... the same day I'm having knee surgery next month.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:11 AM   #240
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anyone out there got a 500 exc with the map switch? i have one and have put the switch on , but i haven't ridden it hard yet . Has anyone ridden one really hard yet and noticed the difference with the swicth.?
Took mine out today with hard Parts switch man what a difference more like my 690 only lighter a lot lighter
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