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Old 10-10-2011, 03:30 AM   #2236
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Hi, first post really enjoyed this thread. If you have a problem starting due hot engine rich mixture and also some other situations an old trick is to turn the fuel off, press the starter, when the engine starts turn the fuel on. This from my days of riding old British bikes and Amal carbs.

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Old 10-10-2011, 05:56 AM   #2237
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Thanks guys for the input on the oil. I loike the Mobil 1 stuff because it is readily available and I can buy it in a large container. The Motorex stuff was $75 (Ouch!) a gallon sized jug at Cycle Gear. I want to run the same oil in all of my stuff because I just want to keep things as simple as possible. I watched the video of the oil change on the HT cooler and noticed she used Rotella T. That is what I have used in my diesel truck for the past 12 years and never done any more to that truck than change oils and wear items. So seeing that I just knew there were some options I should research. Thanks for all of your insight and knowledge. Hopefully I can return some of that as I learn some more.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:51 PM   #2238
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Hi, first post really enjoyed this thread. If you have a problem starting due hot engine rich mixture and also some other situations an old trick is to turn the fuel off, press the starter, when the engine starts turn the fuel on. This from my days of riding old British bikes and Amal carbs.
I have had similar experience...I think hitting the starter with choke out with the fuel off is my actual recipe...FWIW
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Old 10-10-2011, 03:44 PM   #2239
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Best tail light option out there IMHO, Looks like it's $90 with all the needed hardaware: http://www.ktm-parts.com/78014040044.html

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Is this the tail light kit that's also known as the European Tail Light Kit?
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:54 AM   #2240
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Exhaust wrap

I think I am going to add some exhaust wrap to my header so I lessen the chances of burning my self. Has anyone done this or have any recommendations for or against it?
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:00 AM   #2241
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I think I am going to add some exhaust wrap to my header so I lessen the chances of burning my self. Has anyone done this or have any recommendations for or against it?
I'd probably go with a guard of some type to toughen it up as they can get dented- as mine is. The guard will probably be a bit lower temp.

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Old 10-11-2011, 09:20 PM   #2242
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I think I am going to add some exhaust wrap to my header so I lessen the chances of burning my self. Has anyone done this or have any recommendations for or against it?
I heard some discussion that a header pipe that is wrapped does not last as long. Corrodes faster I heard.

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Old 10-11-2011, 09:24 PM   #2243
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I just installed the Sicass Racing tailight that looks very similar to the Tusk one shown. It works great and mates to the stock bolt locations. They are a little bit more than the Tusk.

I like the sicass one too. Nice and bright. Although I had one that I used for a year with maybe 20 days of riding. Some of it in the rain. That tail light somehow flooded and quit working. I liked the looks well enough that I paid full price for a 2nd tail light. We will see how it goes. Just coming into the rainy season.

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Old 10-12-2011, 06:31 AM   #2244
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Dirtdiver,

It is finally raining here in the Dallas Metroplex. I just got the bike plated and can get it out on the street to and from places. I noticed in your signature the CRF250x. That was my last bike and I miss it because of how easy it was to ride and its really nice handling. How does your 530 compare to your "X"? Just curious. I have wanted an Orange thumper for some time now and finally have one.

I have noticed that at 50+ MPH on the road the front end is a bit light. I would assume that is because the front of most dirtbikes is designed to go over things instead of provide the same traction bias as a street bike does front to rear. I'll scooch up on the tank and see if that helps.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:29 AM   #2245
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I think I am going to add some exhaust wrap to my header so I lessen the chances of burning my self. Has anyone done this or have any recommendations for or against it?

Never had any problems burning or denting. I don't forsee an advantage.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:35 PM   #2246
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I have the KTM 6+ gallon supertanker and the fuel line is very close to the pipe. I wraped the header and sleeved the fuel line as a precaution. Mostly for piece of mind. I think it's overkill
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:17 PM   #2247
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Yeah, I just put on a supertanker (KTM version) and the lines are pretty dang close to the pipe on the throttle side.
I used a larger diameter line to make a double thick line to resist the heat, and I also used it to help route the line up and away from the pipe. I think it came out really nice actually.
And now, for the grand unveil... my brandy spanky new 530 EXC after (most ) all of the farkling and required mods have been made.... I do need to make a heat sheild for the exhaust side blinker before it melts off....
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:46 PM   #2248
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[QUOTE=KMC1;17062291I do need to make a heat sheild for the exhaust side blinker before it melts off....[/QUOTE]

Nice bike. I wouldn't worry too much about the signals melting. It will break off long before then.

Yours actually looks much like my next bike.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:04 PM   #2249
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What have you forgotten?

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And now, for the grand unveil... my brandy spanky new 530 EXC after (most ) all of the farkling and required mods have been made....


Or did you decide against rotor guards?
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:48 PM   #2250
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Dirtdiver,

It is finally raining here in the Dallas Metroplex. I just got the bike plated and can get it out on the street to and from places. I noticed in your signature the CRF250x. That was my last bike and I miss it because of how easy it was to ride and its really nice handling. How does your 530 compare to your "X"? Just curious. I have wanted an Orange thumper for some time now and finally have one.

I have noticed that at 50+ MPH on the road the front end is a bit light. I would assume that is because the front of most dirtbikes is designed to go over things instead of provide the same traction bias as a street bike does front to rear. I'll scooch up on the tank and see if that helps.
My son and I share the two bikes. So, I am constantly going back and forth. We typically do not ride the real tight technical stuff. Ours is more 20mph+ type of riding. Single track, double track and fire roads but not riding with the real tight turns. At this point we like the 530 a LOT better. There is something about all of that torque low down in the rpm's that is really enjoyable. We get on the 250 and by itself it seems fine but right after the 530 it seems gutless. We also seem to be able to climb the rocky hill climbs better on the 530. Consistently the guy on the 250 gets knocked off course before the 530 rider. From a riders perspective I would rather have 2 of the exc's. I am casually looking around for another 450/530. Also I can plate the EXC where i cannot the 250x.

ON the other hand my 250x has been trouble free. I change the oil and it runs and runs. I check the valves and they do not move much at all. It does not burn oil, leak oil, or specify the motorex at $15/liter. Keeping up with the 530 the 250x gets run pretty hard and it seems to eat it up. I have had a few issues with my ktm that seem non-typical to others in this forum. But it has not been trouble free for me.

Kind of a funny note though. I ran into another rider who was telling me that the 250x's have all sorts of trouble and she had a bad one. Constantly adjusting the valves and then top end rebuilds. She was at wits end with her 250x. I do not follow the Honda threads so had not heard. She said that there are good ones and bad ones but she was staying away from the 250x's.

That is my perspective!

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