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Forum: Thumpers Today, 11:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By Velociraptor
Yeah the SL125 was a bike I wanted too. Had a...

Yeah the SL125 was a bike I wanted too. Had a CL-100 and rode it in the dirt. Ride whatcha got! Graduated to a Suzuki TS-185 which was bullet proof. Then a Penton Mint 400 which was a hoot but had to...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By Velociraptor
I crashed a skateboard a couple of years ago and...

I crashed a skateboard a couple of years ago and broke my fibula which is the small non weight bearing bone. Walked around for a few days thinking I just had a badly sprained ankle. Went to the doc...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By Velociraptor
Had a 1997 Honda XR650L. Simple bike with poor...

Had a 1997 Honda XR650L. Simple bike with poor power. Never really liked the bike and ended up selling it. After that a 2008 KLR 650. Liked the engine better than the Honda, but bike was very top...
Forum: Road warriors 11-22-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,529
Posted By Velociraptor
Vstrom no doubt. I once rode an 883 rental and it...

Vstrom no doubt. I once rode an 883 rental and it was the worst motorcycle I have ever ridden bar none. Power was terrible. Handling even worse. I had a 1000cc Vstrom and it was competent and...
Forum: Thumpers 11-21-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
I had a 2009 690 and now have a 2014 500. Both...

I had a 2009 690 and now have a 2014 500. Both great bikes. 500 has much shorter maintenance intervals but in general is easier to work on than the 690. The 690 is a better all around combo...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,099
Posted By Velociraptor
Nice bike!

Nice bike!
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 19,433
Views: 2,204,403
Posted By Velociraptor
Don't have a 690 anymore but the problem with the...

Don't have a 690 anymore but the problem with the filter sock is the tank design. No space under the filler opening so the filter sock can't open up like it should. I have a 500 now with an Acerbis...
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
Congratulations on the 500! Never too cold to do...

Congratulations on the 500! Never too cold to do mods!
Forum: Thumpers 11-10-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By Velociraptor
I just installed the Core EXP 3.0 on my 2014 500....

I just installed the Core EXP 3.0 on my 2014 500. Only tested it in the garage so far, but very nice! Had to take out 1 OEM friction disc. FYI the kit number was RMS-7784. The 500 is listed on the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-10-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,395
Posted By Velociraptor
How much highway? I have a 2014 500 EXC and do...

How much highway? I have a 2014 500 EXC and do 50-60 miles of pavement including 30 miles of highway to get to the dirt. Not great on the highway for sure and having to do much more would have me...
Forum: Thumpers 11-06-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 820
Posted By Velociraptor
Love my 500 EXC. Some buy the XCW and plate that...

Love my 500 EXC. Some buy the XCW and plate that one. Like the 500 for the roads I ride to get to the dirt.
Forum: Thumpers 11-05-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,631
Posted By Velociraptor
The 690 would get a little old for a 5-6 hr...

The 690 would get a little old for a 5-6 hr highway drone, but with higher gearing, a windscreen, and a decent seat it could do it no problem. You can learn a lot taking courses so do that for sure,...
Forum: Road warriors 11-04-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,299
Posted By Velociraptor
Actually it is a good thing I can't afford it....

Actually it is a good thing I can't afford it. Simplifies my life a lot:D
Forum: Road warriors 11-03-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,418
Posted By Velociraptor
Get a 690 enduro then put the Rally Raid high end...

Get a 690 enduro then put the Rally Raid high end suspension on it. 39 inch seat height!
Forum: Thumpers 11-03-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,631
Posted By Velociraptor
Can't talk about your 800 but my 2009 690r was...

Can't talk about your 800 but my 2009 690r was fine on the back roads. Not great on the highway-I doubt as good as your 800. I always had knobbies though and lower gearing. The new models might be a...
Forum: Road warriors 11-03-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,418
Posted By Velociraptor
I like the Duke or the Hyper. Maybe the Triumph...

I like the Duke or the Hyper. Maybe the Triumph Speed Triple too.
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
I replaced mine at 40 something hours. They...

I replaced mine at 40 something hours. They looked fine but I think the issue is the rubber in them gets compressed even though they look fine. I think it depends a lot on how hard you ride the bike....
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 876
Posted By Velociraptor
I had a 2008 KLR and went to a 2009 KTM 690 to a...

I had a 2008 KLR and went to a 2009 KTM 690 to a 2014 KTM 500 EXC. My advice is BUY THE 450! Just be careful off road starting out because the bike will rip and get going very fast and not feel that...
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 70,136
Posted By Velociraptor
Nice bike Ned! Your description of the...

Nice bike Ned! Your description of the suspension has me drooling, but I will stick with my lowly 2014 500 EXC:D
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,545
Posted By Velociraptor
He lists the 350 Six days in all those bikes he...

He lists the 350 Six days in all those bikes he owns.
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,545
Posted By Velociraptor
Sweet bike! Enjoy!

Sweet bike! Enjoy!
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
Glad to read the 690 is doing well and being put...

Glad to read the 690 is doing well and being put to good use! Hope to do a more leisurely shorter Baja ride next spring on the 500. I prepped it in a big hurry for last spring but then the ride fell...
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
I have a similar wheel although I was clueless...

I have a similar wheel although I was clueless about the bearings. Bottom line is if that wheel breaks then I will have other more serious issues to deal with:D
Forum: Thumpers 10-17-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,240
Posted By Velociraptor
Count me as one of those who dumped a ton of...

Count me as one of those who dumped a ton of money into a 690 then ended up selling it. I loved the bike, but ended up trading a 990 SMR for a 500 EXC, so for awhile I had the 690 and 500. I decided...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Posted By Velociraptor
Yes that looks like fun!

Yes that looks like fun!
Forum: Road warriors 10-14-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,677
Posted By Velociraptor
I guess right now I am in orange land, but I have...

I guess right now I am in orange land, but I have owned a lot of bikes and the only KTMs are the ones in my sig. I am kind of past my sport bike phase, otherwise I would have a Panigale for sure.
Forum: Road warriors 10-14-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,677
Posted By Velociraptor
After 6 months of owning a 1290 Superduke, all I...

After 6 months of owning a 1290 Superduke, all I can say is bumping the Panigale to a 1299 is a good thing. The reason is that with the electronics, even insane power is manageable. Traction control...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,211
Posted By Velociraptor
Not sure a pleasant surprise.....more like lived...

Not sure a pleasant surprise.....more like lived up to the hype. I am a big fan of v-twin sport engines so the 1290 is my dream engine. Overall the bike feels like a lot of effort went into the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-10-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 767
Posted By Velociraptor
I think stock gearing is 15/45. I run 14/45. For...

I think stock gearing is 15/45. I run 14/45. For steep tight stuff I think 14/48 is good. So maybe go 14/45 and see how that works. Also practice better throttle control. Seems like you may need to...
Forum: Thumpers 10-09-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,951
Posted By Velociraptor
It was probably set on mild mode. Even my old...

It was probably set on mild mode. Even my old 2009 was plenty fast in stock form. You can download the manual from the KTM site to find out about the switch under the seat.
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,569
Posted By Velociraptor
Yeah I don't want too many bikes. I would spend...

Yeah I don't want too many bikes. I would spend too much money on them and too much time! So...

KTM 500 EXC (in the garage) for dirt riding fun and street legal.

KTM Super Duke 1290r (in the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-06-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
Nice video. Looks like great challenging riding!...

Nice video. Looks like great challenging riding! Perfect for the 500.
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 173,269
Posted By Velociraptor
Got mine too but still does not save the...

Got mine too but still does not save the street/sport/rain setting:cry
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 5,175
Posted By Velociraptor
I have a 1290 Superduke R and it is the first...

I have a 1290 Superduke R and it is the first bike I have owned with electronic aids. I like! I ended up leaving the ABS in supermoto mode though because it is pretty easy to get the back wheel...
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 21,647
Posted By Velociraptor
Would probably go with a KTM 1190 Adventure R....

Would probably go with a KTM 1190 Adventure R. Big compromise though. Not happy about the weight but also nice to have enough hp for long pavement days.
Forum: Thumpers 10-06-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,427
Posted By Velociraptor
Another vote for the 690. Do not get the XR650L....

Another vote for the 690. Do not get the XR650L. Anemic power. I had one and never liked it. I had a 690 and sold it and got a 500EXC for a better dirt bike. It is GREAT, but no way could you do two...
Forum: Thumpers 10-05-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
I am running those guards too. The left one...

I am running those guards too. The left one rubbed a little bit on my Acerbis 5.3 gallon tank, but a few hammer taps fixed it:D
Forum: Thumpers 10-05-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
Thanks for the link!

Thanks for the link!
Forum: Road warriors 10-05-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,900
Posted By Velociraptor
Modern bikes all the way. I have fond memories of...

Modern bikes all the way. I have fond memories of a Penton Mint 400 I had back in the 70s.Big two stroke engine. Sort of street legal. Light, fast, kick start. Downside was pre-mix fuel and 15 mpg....
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7,653
Views: 1,581,998
Posted By Velociraptor
Clutch hub bumpers

Replaced the clutch hub bumpers at 56 hours on my 2014 500 EXC. The original bumpers looked brand new. No wear that I could see. It could be that the rubber loses elasticity in the bumpers despite...
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