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Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-28-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4,387
Views: 201,040
Posted By Stobie
Hey guys, there is a QT on 321 just north of 85,...

Hey guys, there is a QT on 321 just north of 85, on the left, that has ethanol-free regular; in case any of you guys are riding something that can handle regular gas. You'll be passing it on the way...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-22-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,792
Posted By Stobie
I'm out. The Shen 500 falls on the same weekend...

I'm out. The Shen 500 falls on the same weekend as my daughter's fall break from her freshman year in college. If I go, I'll only get to see the little knot-head for a couple of hours.

This...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-12-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 4,387
Views: 201,040
Posted By Stobie
I demoed a Super Tenere when they were released a...

I demoed a Super Tenere when they were released a couple of years ago, and liked it a lot. It is at the top of a very short list of bikes that I would buy, along with the new V-Strom and the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-07-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,792
Posted By Stobie
Long time no see, old buddy. I'm trying to fit...

Long time no see, old buddy. I'm trying to fit this one in.
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,597
Posted By Stobie
To the OP: Based on my experience with my...

To the OP:

Based on my experience with my 530, I think the 500 could be the best choice, with proper setup. My 530 came from the PO with a Rekluse autoclutch, which makes it very forgiving for a...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,597
Posted By Stobie
Bingo.:deal My 530 was heavily used when I...

Bingo.:deal

My 530 was heavily used when I got it, using tons of oil from valve stem seals that were just flat worn out, not lifted off their seats like some people have had. So, since the head...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 07-27-2014, 01:49 AM
Replies: 4,387
Views: 201,040
Posted By Stobie
Been up all night, so far. Riding sleep-deprived...

Been up all night, so far. Riding sleep-deprived seems like a bad idea.

I'll have to catch you guys on the next one. Sorry.

EDIT: Koolranch, I didn't get a PM with your cell. Hope you see...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-26-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,226
Posted By Stobie
I had an SE for 5 years and 25,000 miles, then...

I had an SE for 5 years and 25,000 miles, then sold it. Don't be me.:cry
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 07-25-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 4,387
Views: 201,040
Posted By Stobie
Forest City. If I get out the door early enough,...

Forest City. If I get out the door early enough, I'll be taking back roads to Lincolnton, then 182 (Stagecoach Trail/New House Road) to Ellenboro, and picking up 74 there. Better than slabbing 74...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 07-25-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4,387
Views: 201,040
Posted By Stobie
I'm going to try to make this one. Need to get...

I'm going to try to make this one. Need to get out of the house for something besides work.

But, if that Sporting Woodrow feller is going, I dunno.......:huh
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,078
Posted By Stobie
That's how my 530 became available. There was a...

That's how my 530 became available. There was a brand new 500 EXC sitting in the PO's garage when I picked mine up.

Congrats!:freaky
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,078
Posted By Stobie
The mileage wouldn't scare me that much; it...

The mileage wouldn't scare me that much; it implies that the bike has been rideable over its 5-year lifetime, and not sitting in the garage in pieces. Also, that's not a lot of hours for that many...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-30-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 4,387
Views: 201,040
Posted By Stobie
If you're west of Charlotte, the office in...

If you're west of Charlotte, the office in Lincolnton is usually really fast. I've been there when there were more agents than there were customers. Last time I was up there, it was lined up out...
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 725
Posted By Stobie
Yep. I'd be hoarding my pocket change and...

Yep. I'd be hoarding my pocket change and stalking Ebay for a second wheelset.
Forum: Thumpers 04-25-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 50,050
Posted By Stobie
The Kenda Washougal Stickies are great DOT-legal...

The Kenda Washougal Stickies are great DOT-legal off-road tires, too, especially the front.
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
Yep, that's the one I used when I did my repair. ...

Yep, that's the one I used when I did my repair. I took the collared one back to the dealer and asked about it, and he told me it was a new design that is supposed to solve some the chronic leaking...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
My dealer told me to use the one on the right.

My dealer told me to use the one on the right.
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,746
Posted By Stobie
I ride an area with a lot of rocks and roots; but...

I ride an area with a lot of rocks and roots; but also deep fallen leaves, and a lot of grass-track. I am running Kenda Washougal Stickies, which are somehow DOT-legal, but have a really open tread...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 2,454
Views: 232,203
Posted By Stobie
Steve, About two months ago, I picked up a...

Steve,

About two months ago, I picked up a really nice '05 250 EXC, very similar to, if not nearly identical to, your 250 XC-W. I can't compare to the 300 because I've never ridden one; but one...
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
FYI, there's a 450 EXC motor listed as "new" in...

FYI, there's a 450 EXC motor listed as "new" in the KTMtalk classifieds for $1900.00. Buy that and 520 it.

Not mine, not affiliated, don't know the guy.
Forum: Thumpers 02-17-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
I've been told by a couple of tuners, James...

I've been told by a couple of tuners, James Siddall of Superplush for one, that heavier oil can cavitate and cause fade; and also affects rebound as much as compression, which may not be good. Just...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-13-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4,387
Views: 201,040
Posted By Stobie
We got dry, granular snow with just a little...

We got dry, granular snow with just a little sleet yesterday, into the evening. Maybe 4" by 11:00. Then at 8:00 or so this morning, snow started hammering down at about a 2" per hour pace. Just...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-12-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4,387
Views: 201,040
Posted By Stobie
Just sitting here thinking about breaking out the...

Just sitting here thinking about breaking out the 530. The local camo crowd is blasting up and down the road on their quads. Looks like fun.
Forum: Thumpers 02-04-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
That chart is so out of date that displacements...

That chart is so out of date that displacements to 530cc aren't even listed; nor are the P05, P10, and P30 which are now available. The pre-08 bikes had a different shock angle and needed different...
Forum: Thumpers 02-04-2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
I have a set of .46's and a Race Tech P15 on the...

I have a set of .46's and a Race Tech P15 on the shelf that were installed on my 530 by the previous owner. PM if you're interested in either or both. I weigh 235, and I doubt that I'll ever lose...
Forum: Thumpers 01-12-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 21,750
Posted By Stobie
The 530 has Kenda Washougal Stickies front and...

The 530 has Kenda Washougal Stickies front and rear. They are DOT-legal, but I wouldn't call them a dual-sport tire. I only have about 10 hours on them, but most of the wear is from the 1 hour or...
Forum: Thumpers 01-12-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 21,750
Posted By Stobie
A 530 with a Rekluse make me lazy? Nah.:D ...

A 530 with a Rekluse make me lazy? Nah.:D

The bike has a Gnarly pipe on it with the stock silencer (really quiet), and the PO said he had the power valve tuned for smooth power delivery. He...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 21,750
Posted By Stobie
I've been thinking the same thing. A coupla...

I've been thinking the same thing. A coupla years ago I bought a hammered, ugly, but well-equipped '09 530:

http://stobie.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/530/i-cvp3KDM/0/XL/P2240097-XL.jpg

I went...
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2014, 04:38 AM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
Per my dealer's rec: 42 pilot, OBDTQ in 5th...

Per my dealer's rec: 42 pilot, OBDTQ in 5th slot, 182 main. Sounds like a huge main, but the combo flat works, waaay better than the JD stuff I pulled out. Very crisp and hella strong, doesn't act...
Forum: Thumpers 12-26-2013, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
This is exactly what my local KTM dealer told me...

This is exactly what my local KTM dealer told me when I was bike shopping and needing advice. For trail riding, chugging around, the 530 is easier to ride. If you're going to race or just ride hard...
Forum: Road warriors 12-22-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,549
Posted By Stobie
I'm 6'4", 235#, with 36" inseam. KTM's fit...

I'm 6'4", 235#, with 36" inseam.

KTM's fit tall people, even the Super Duke and RC8.

The '98-'01 Honda VFR800 is surprisingly comfortable. With your inseam, it would be even better than it is...
Forum: Road warriors 12-22-2013, 06:27 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,479
Posted By Stobie
I've ridden my cousin's Raider for a total of...

I've ridden my cousin's Raider for a total of about 4 hours. Very impressive bike. Like you said; it handles, stops, and runs really well. It is definitely heavy, but my old '93 Suzuki 1100G feels...
Forum: Orange Crush 12-22-2013, 05:28 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,104
Posted By Stobie
Hall of Fame post, Markie. I sold my SE 2...

Hall of Fame post, Markie.

I sold my SE 2 years ago; began having my first pangs of regret within the last month. At least I had a good 5-year fling.
Forum: Orange Crush 12-22-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 447
Views: 40,659
Posted By Stobie
Scott is the man! We are really lucky to have...

Scott is the man! We are really lucky to have that kind of local support.
Forum: Orange Crush 12-14-2013, 12:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,364
Posted By Stobie
I understand; it didn't really interest me,...

I understand; it didn't really interest me, either. I rode it anyway. Incredible performance, matching the hype and the spec sheet in every way.

It still doesn't interest me. It was awesome,...
Forum: Orange Crush 12-14-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,364
Posted By Stobie
You been to Carolina KTM to ride Scott's demo? ...

You been to Carolina KTM to ride Scott's demo? You orta go ride it if you haven't.
Forum: Thumpers 12-08-2013, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 851
Posted By Stobie
I'm running Kenda Washougal Stickies on my 530...

I'm running Kenda Washougal Stickies on my 530 EXC, 90/100-21 & 120/100-18. Most aggressive DOT tire I found. They're like velcro compared to the 606's the PO installed. Plenty friendly on...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-24-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 447
Views: 40,659
Posted By Stobie
I finally got up to Carolina KTM and rode Scott...

I finally got up to Carolina KTM and rode Scott Miller's demo, the same bike Jake Mountain rode earlier.

I really can't add much to what others have already posted, but will post my impressions...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-05-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,465
Posted By Stobie
You can't go wrong with Superplush, and I'm sure...

You can't go wrong with Superplush, and I'm sure Konflict is great, too; but if you don't want to ship your stuff across the country, talk to Cal at FTI (http://ftiracing.com/) near Thomasville. I...
Forum: Thumpers 11-05-2013, 06:28 PM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,031,545
Posted By Stobie
You try a quart of Motul 5100 in the tranny like...

You try a quart of Motul 5100 in the tranny like I toldja to 6 months ago?

My 950SE had similar behavior to your 530, but not as bad, when it had Motorex in it. With the Motul 5100, the clutch...
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