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Forum: Thumpers 06-28-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
SCBob's RR

SCBob,

Interesting! Thanks! I look forward to a longer report with pix.

What made the return trip so difficult? The racing suspension? Did you reset rebound / compression for softer riding...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
New Rekluse

Zuber,

You are spot on in my experience. I can ride my 500 with 15/48 everywhere around here (no mountains in Kansas) with it. When I need to check the valves I just re-set the external adjuster...
Forum: Vendors 05-28-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 71,592
Posted By Stu
Backpack

Kurt, Justin,

Thanks for the replies. I would not want to carry heavy stuff in a backpack for long, just like you. The backpack, and the kube pocket (for a multitool and other trailside...
Forum: Vendors 05-28-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 71,592
Posted By Stu
Backpack

Kurt,

Thanks for the post. The items you took with the explanation for your White Rim ride helps a lot. What backpack did you use? I've considered this:
...
Forum: Thumpers 05-28-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Maintenance Again

I would agree that the 500 is better off-road than on hard surface streets. I definitely disagree about the maintenance. I have a friend who has almost 14,000 miles on his '13 500 EXC with zero...
Forum: Thumpers 05-10-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Mileage

Master Marine,

Good question on gearing! I keep my 15T on all the time to cut down on chain wear. I run 15/52 for serious off road riding, 15/50 for trails in Utah and Colorado and just tried...
Forum: Thumpers 05-01-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,013
Posted By Stu
P/Ns

Master Marine,

Thanks for the links! I can get these items ordered. I lowered my 500 1" and the standard kickstand works just fine nearly all the time. Repositioning the bike on ground sloped...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,013
Posted By Stu
Irresponsibility

Alvin,

YES!! A big hand bump to you!

Stu
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,013
Posted By Stu
Heating Issues

Ottercycler:

My '13 500 EXC was on the end of the bell curve for heating issues. It was just too lean. Popped and died everywhere. I desmogged it & installed the '14 500 XC-W map on it. Note...
Forum: Vendors 04-30-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 71,592
Posted By Stu
Reliability

The real changes, if any, will come after Team FTB's report. Survive that slide down the mountain? Check. Avoid tearing on trees on the way down? Check. Really waterproof in the middle of the...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-29-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,431
Posted By Stu
Bombing Around for a Decade

Your Husky will do just fine. Call your boss and tell him riding weather is here and you will call when you return. Work on the way. That is what I did when I was younger.

Now I'm older, have...
Forum: Thumpers 02-10-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Ancras

My Ancras are from 1969 and don't slip. They look faded but they work.

Stu
Forum: Trip Planning 02-08-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,530
Posted By Stu
Interior

I spent a week in the interior in August. Fabulous scenery, some really austere desert like areas, volcanic activity, waterfalls toward the coasts, etc. Would like to return. Plan accommodations...
Forum: Thumpers 01-27-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 54,784
Posted By Stu
Mud

That is a great pix of you! My wife just looked at that and said, "And you call that fun?"

Sure do!

Stu
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 54,784
Posted By Stu
Motonomad

Justin,

Thanks for pointing this video out. Epic. All I can conclude is that we should just take our 500 EXCs anywhere at all we want. LukasM has pointed out that the KTM racing division puts...
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 54,784
Posted By Stu
Cush Druve

My Woody's Wheel Works cush drive matches your description AND it has miles of use. Just works. For the post above about "plating" of the counter shaft splines with moly I can only say I do not...
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Moly

Zuber,

That works better in mostly hard surface riding. It washes out pretty fast in the nasties. Since you are advised to install a new bolt and pressure washer each time you replace a sprocket...
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 54,784
Posted By Stu
Flameouts

Justin,

Yes. The new setting tool that dealers have from KTM is a far better tool for setting TPS than the former one. It gives a series of checks to assure that it is set correctly. Mine was...
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 54,784
Posted By Stu
Having It All

I turned my '13 500 EXC into a torque monster with the Akropovic muffler and the map from the '14 XC-W for off-road use. Now it seems to be as peppy as the 450 but without any torque loss. The only...
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Sicass Subfender / Cush Hub

The Sicass subfender and LED light are plug-n-play. I have it on my '13 500 EXC and on my '13 250 XC 2-stroke. I had to enlarge the hole where the wires go through the plastic to get the additional...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-08-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,889
Posted By Stu
Sales

Dave,

"Good, responsible sales service is actually worth money to me-- yes, even a premium."

Agreed. However, some dealers will dismiss sales people who do not pressure for add-ons. "We have...
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
3.206.152

That is the one I have. Note on the cover that it was revised 11/2012. I presume whatever revisions they make for the new one which would cover 2008-2014 (mine is through 2013) will be available...
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2013, 02:40 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
New KTMs

KTM is on a roll. Check this out:

http://www.motocrossactionmag.com/Main/News/KTM-DOES-IT-AGAIN-ALLNEW-2014-KTM-250R-TWOSTROKE-T-10476.aspx

An updated Alpina? We have not seen this kind of...
Forum: Thumpers 08-29-2013, 06:23 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Canister

You can just move the canister to another location if you have to have it on your bike for inspection purposes. I found it easier to just remove it and put my 13L tank on.

Stu
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
Globetrottin Rear Rack

Just get one of these racks:

http://www.globetrottin.com/Top-rack-with-pannier-brackets-AND-FOOTPEGS-for-the-KTM-250-525-2008--On-_p_53.html#

You can add Rotopax to it as well. There are other...
Forum: Thumpers 08-04-2013, 09:12 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
Choices...

Well, not really.

There are styles of riding that go into this desire for a DS bike. You have huge loads on big BMWs for trips, you have Harley riders with a bed roll, some toiletries, some...
Forum: Thumpers 07-31-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
You forgot the other commonly demanded qualities!...

You forgot the other commonly demanded qualities!
Fuel injected
Under $2500

Oh, Ha Ha Ha!

Stu
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
Trolls

I doubt it. rickypanecatyl is probably not a troll and probably has lots of SE Asian experience to share with us. My experience there was mainly in China and that is not a land that lends itself to...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
Reliability, Cont.

rickypanecatyl,

If I owned an F150 I would not charge up rock ledges, hammer across fields of loose rock, wheelie across rivers, charge down rutted trails and race hare scrambles with it. ...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2013, 05:38 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
Reliability, Redux

If the forthcoming 390 (371cc) KTM meets your criterion for racing and for a daily commute I would be interested in your test results. I commute on my 500 EXC and I race it as well. (If it is a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2013, 11:16 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
I find this difficult to accept, or perhaps...

I find this difficult to accept, or perhaps understand. As you know, KTMs (and the Japanese racing equivalents) do not have this reputation here. They are maintained, somewhat. My experience with...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2013, 10:56 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
Reliability Extremes

rickypanecatyl,

I don't think any of the Chinese or Japanese I met that rode motorcycles would ever want to buy a KTM race bike. They would rather have a car. Their motorcycles were, as you...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
My observations from my travels in Japan and...

My observations from my travels in Japan and China indicate that KTM's EXCs are never put to the test there since they universally use small, low power units. The only "KTM" I ever saw in China was...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2013, 08:11 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 29,964
Posted By Stu
Sounds like my '13 500 EXC. At 85+ hours the...

Sounds like my '13 500 EXC. At 85+ hours the valves have not moved. Checking them is EASY and can be done trailside. Oil capacity is now 1.5 liters and changing it is also easy. I rode it off...
Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2013, 06:52 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Lube(s)

E-Ticket,

I use silicon based teflon spray. Works like a charm, just as you noted.

Nice Rumble,

I had just a bit of blue smoke and an overly rich condition when my 500 was started at...
Forum: Thumpers 05-18-2013, 06:01 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Hard Edged

Gplassm,

Some of us, but certainly not all of us, like hard edged bikes whether street bikes or dirt bikes. We live with compromises to enjoy them at peak performance. A 500 EXC geared 15/48,...
Forum: Thumpers 05-16-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
July '13 Dirt Rider 500 Report

Dirt Rider apparently wanted to give the Best Of The Year award to the 500 EXC again. They must have felt that no bike, no matter how deserving, doesn't get the BOTY twice. They did say, racing the...
Forum: Thumpers 05-16-2013, 04:59 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Used 640 Hub

Look carefully for cracks on the internal webbing and around the bearing supports. Also check the holes where the spokes mount to the hub. Cushioned hubs usually bring good money. If you get a...
Forum: Thumpers 05-14-2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Any Data Points?

A good question. I've not seen any high mileage 12/13 500 motors yet. My 9 month old 500 only has 70 hours so far. Mostly all off road and most of the off road riding has been with the stock rear...
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2013, 04:54 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 179,891
Posted By Stu
Pix

ET, I second that. Got any pix, or a wiring diagram, Jim?

BTW, I find 15/52 great in Utah and around here locally.

Maxvert, I bought the Woody's Wheel Works cush hub and think it is worth the...
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