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Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2012, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,631
Posted By Tooltech
More is better...

This is my 2013 KTM 500 EXC with the 19L tank. Now I have a 250 mile range which is great for adventure riding. The handling with all 5...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2012, 06:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,525
Posted By Tooltech
I have made the same journey...

2007, 2008 and 2011 990 ADV-R; great for slab and dirt roads...450-550 pounds.

2010 690R; very good for slab and dirt trails...330-430 pounds.

2013 500 EXC; good on slab, nothing better in the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-29-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 432
Posted By Tooltech
Wolfman soft bag mounts?

I like the design of these soft bag mounts for my KTM 500 EXC. The use of roll top dry bags makes sense for enduro adventure riding. I would...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2012, 01:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,013
Posted By Tooltech
The USA has lost it's collective mind...

When is the gubberment going to install GPS monitors on all the Tortoise in the desert? China and Russia love to see the USA engage in this insanity. No wonder we are the laughing stock of the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-09-2012, 10:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,916
Posted By Tooltech
Is it strong enough?

I considered this side stand however, the manufacturer said it is NOT strong enough to use when mounting / dismounting off the foot peg.

My goal is to have a side stand able to support the...
Forum: Equipment 11-01-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,045
Posted By Tooltech
XD 3 or XD 4 best of both worlds...

I ride the KTM 500 EXC and the KTM 990 SMT and the Arai XD 4 is the perfect solution. One can convert it to a slick, light weight road helmet or a dirt helmet with goggles and visor. Easy to do, no...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,470
Posted By Tooltech
Natural tank offers a view...

I like the natural tank because it shows the fuel level. Another advantage is that the natural tank does not show...
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2012, 03:53 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 13,478
Posted By Tooltech

You do realize you are riding a motorcycle and not a personal water craft, by the way where is your PFD?:D
Forum: Thumpers 10-15-2012, 10:09 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 82,504
Posted By Tooltech
Old Smokey is the best yet...

I really like my new 2013 KTM 500 EXC ( even though it smokes a little on cold start ). I am using it for Enduro Adventure Touring. My 990 ADV-R was just too heavy for me to handle off the road.
Forum: Thumpers 10-12-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 924
Posted By Tooltech
Old Smokey...

2013 KTM 500 EXC / HDB hand guards with mirrors / new style KTM 19L tank...

Next add on will be a Powerlet cigarette socket...
Forum: Thumpers 10-12-2012, 05:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,749
Posted By Tooltech
Old Smokey, Twister & big Orange...

I used to ride KTM 990 ADV bikes ( best of both worlds...not ). I now have a '13 KTM 500 EXC for Enduro Touring. I have a '12 KTM 990 SMT for pavement. Now I really have the best of both worlds....
Forum: Thumpers 10-06-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 947
Posted By Tooltech
Talking Old Smokey...les and less...

Currently my '13 500 EXC has 27 hours and 730 miles on it. The cold start smoking issue is getting less each hour of operation. I started her this morning with no smoking at all. I performed another...
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 947
Posted By Tooltech
Cry Old Smokey...

My 2013 KTM 500 EXC smokes on cold startup like an old Diesel truck! Several other folks that bought these bikes complain about the same issue. When the bike is warmed up it is smoke free. The smoke...
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2012, 11:20 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 36,459
Posted By Tooltech
Thumb Sometimes bigger is not better...

I used to ride the KTM 990 ADV-R which is the best bike in its class ( IMO ). One day I was riding a dirt road alone and decided to pull over and take a break. The bike tipped over due to soft...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 47,693
Posted By Tooltech
KTM 500 EXC...hang on!

If you have never had a race bike you need to treat yourself to one. I had the 530 EXC which was a really good bike. I now have a 2013 500 EXC which is a great bike. The engine and fuel injection are...
Forum: Thumpers 09-26-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,674
Posted By Tooltech
Thumb Yamaha TW 200...

I bet you would really like the TW 200. Order the factory racks and you would have the perfect bike.
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2012, 11:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,853
Posted By Tooltech
Fire away...ammo box wet dream:

Typical KLR...heavy, slow, cheap and runs forever.:huh
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2012, 11:20 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 21,873
Posted By Tooltech
More power is better...

I am not a real good off road rider and as such I blunder into situations that are forgiven by huge amounts of low end torque. Just remember that the huge high end torque can kill you...quickly! I...
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2012, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 699
Posted By Tooltech
Long range Enduro:

I recently purchased a new 2013 KTM 500 EXC and will be using it for multi day trips in the mountains of WA & OR. I will be installing a 19L KTM tank as well as a home made light weight luggage rack...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-28-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,526
Posted By Tooltech
New engine / gear box & brakes run in...

The three main items that need careful attention to run in are engine, gear box and brakes. I vary the engine speed up to 5000 rpm for the first 500 miles. During this period I treat shifting and...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-28-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,447
Posted By Tooltech
Oil level / center stand...

I just checked my 2011 990R oil level on the center stand vs. the bike held level ( Framers Level held on the bars ) resting on the wheels and saw slightly lower level while on the wheels. When I...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-28-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,726
Posted By Tooltech
Now you are cooking...

I have one just like yours...great bikes!

I would suggest Akra cans and KTM folding mirrors. I would also recommend going to NAPA and get some Stainless Steel valve stem caps. :wave
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-28-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,020
Posted By Tooltech
Smart man...

If the 2013 spy photos are accurate the 2010-2012 990R bikes are going to be highly sought after ( IMO ). The 1200 cc Adventure bike is way too big to be an " Adventure " bike ( IMO ). Hopefully KTM...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-26-2012, 08:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,447
Posted By Tooltech
990 oil check...

I start and run at idle until 4-5 bars light up on the temperature gauge. Shut the engine off and place the bike on the center stand so the bike is level. Wait 4-5 minutes then unscrew the dip stick,...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-11-2012, 10:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,363
Posted By Tooltech
The worst thing about this defection is that the...

The worst thing about this defection is that the BMW products tend to turn " Good Old Boys " ( KTM ) into " Wine Snobs " ( BMW ). Hopefully you will come to your senses and return to being a " Good...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-06-2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,504
Posted By Tooltech
Forget the radar unit...

If you are 120 mph plus on the gravel then definitely buy the life insurance...If you are operating two girl friends simultaneously forget the radar unit and the life insurance policy and CARRY ON...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-06-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,504
Posted By Tooltech
Life insurance policy...

Rather than spend the money on a radar unit I would suggest a term life policy for your families support. 120 mph plus on the street with knobies...good luck. With the stock problem ( then...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-31-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,424
Posted By Tooltech
Slide them buns...

I am 5' 11" with a 28" inseam and I ride a 2011 990R. The 2010 was not reasonable for me, however the 2011 is OK.

Practice the fine art of " Bun Sliding " and balancing while stopped. The main...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-27-2012, 09:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,839
Posted By Tooltech
The only mirrors that really work well are these:...

The only mirrors that really work well are these:

Get the relocate clamp for the right side. Get the mirror off the brake master.

Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-27-2012, 09:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,191
Posted By Tooltech
Talking Too much stuff...

Adventure riders carry too much stuff. If the weight of the bike and rider is reduced less stuff would break. If one does not thrash the bike there is a good chance you won't need all the extra...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-27-2012, 09:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,447
Posted By Tooltech
Buy tire stock...

Do not forget to buy stock in your favorite motorcycle tire companies...:D
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2012, 10:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 616
Posted By Tooltech
Question Dakar exhaust requirements...

Why do the bikes in the Dakar race have low mounted exhaust systems? Is this type of system required by Dakar race officials? If it is a requirement why?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-26-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,732
Posted By Tooltech
KTM 990R vs KTM 2013 Adv.

If KTM does anything like the photo shop 2013 Adv. ( pictured ) it will make the 2011-2012 990R worth double the current value. We already have enough bikes on the road with " Chicken Beaks "...say...
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,239
Posted By Tooltech
My son owns a '09 690R and enjoys it fully....

My son owns a '09 690R and enjoys it fully. Travels well on the road, works very well off road.

Some items that demand attention:

Rear tank / subframe assembly will shear the main support...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-17-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 821
Posted By Tooltech
Keep the plug handy...

I use the box for tool storage as well...
Keep the electrical plug handy because the mechanic at the KTM dealer will plug it into the KTM computer for updates. I keep a condom over mine so it stays...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-13-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,710
Posted By Tooltech
How many feet...

How many feet does one travel at 80 MPH while moving to unlock the throttle lock?

I believe throttle locks are are a poor idea. If you become fatigued, stop and rest.:nod
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-13-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,986
Posted By Tooltech
Try Hedi K60...

The K60 looks to be a good 50 / 50 tire.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-12-2012, 04:58 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 11,547
Posted By Tooltech
Get a U-Haul...

You will encounter weather that is not motorcycle friendly. Do not place that cool bike in harms way...get a one way U-Haul van.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-11-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 34,421
Posted By Tooltech
Flat proof tires?

Has anyone tried this product?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-11-2012, 01:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,072
Posted By Tooltech
990R simply wonderful...

I have owned the 2007, 2008 and now the 2011 990R. I have seen small improvements on each model year. The jerky throttle is gone for the 2011 model. The 2011 ADV R is perfect for me. My bike has KTM...
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