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Old 07-29-2007, 08:26 AM   #226
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I think I should make a point of coming to London to collect a few beers in a local pub for my Wolfman idea. Just be certain to give Wolfman facts (data) so he has something to go to Adventurers with and beat them on their collective hard heads.

Good luck!

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Old 07-29-2007, 03:34 PM   #227
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I think I should make a point of coming to London to collect a few beers in a local pub for my Wolfman idea. Just be certain to give Wolfman facts (data) so he has something to go to Adventurers with and beat them on their collective hard heads.

Good luck!

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LOL, no problem - either that, or next year when I bring the orange beast to your shores for the TransAm Trail, I'll hunt you down and buy you a few beers then
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:16 PM   #228
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A deal!
The TAT would be fun as well.
Keep me posted on your plans for the TAT!
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:39 PM   #229
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Geez, I have to read this just when I'm telling myself that my DRZ S will do.....(and my last ride was with the local KTM dealer who ran his 525 300 miles on a day ride as well as his son riding a 450.....) This is a great thread.


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Hi Guys,

Thanks for your excellent advice on how to set up my '07 525 EXC -- I recently returned home from a 3 week, 3400 mile dual sport vacation through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. We posted the story and lots of photos in the ride reports forum at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=240023.

I typically ride my KLR 650 on long rides. This is the first time that I used the KTM on an extended ride. It performed flawlessly. However, it does chew up tires quickly (I went through 3 rear tires on this trip). And, it took a few tries to find a comfortable seat (don't use the stock seat or a Corbin seat on a long-distance ride unless you are wearing padded bicycle shorts and abundant amounts of an anti-friction product called "Bodyglide").

Key modifications for this trip included:
  • Enduro Engineering tall seat with soft foam (I started with a Corbin seat, but replaced it with a more comfortable EE during the trip)
  • Rear "cush" wheel (built by Woody's Wheel Works)
  • Acerbis gas tank (6.6 gallon)
  • Scott's Steering Stabilizer
  • Continental TKC80 tires (I prefer size 140/80-18 for the rear)
I scheduled service appointments along the way to have my valves adjusted, oil changed, tires changed, etc. By the way -- the guys at KTM of Grand Junction Colorado provided extremely prompt, high-quality and friendly service. Thanks Guys!

After "living" in the saddle of this bike for 3 weeks in a row, I can say that it is an incredibly versatile and fun bike! It will crawl through tough single-track sections at 15 mph, and it will gobble up two-track dirt roads at 80+ mph. And, it will go places that are "off limits" to my KLR.

Thanks again for all of your helpful set-up advice!
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:00 AM   #230
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If you are doing the TAT, I lhave 30A in Claremore, OK (NE Oklahoma) with plenty of room for free camping. I am right off old and current Hwy 66 and near Hwy 20. The TAT comes nearby but I have not checked the exact route difference yet as I have not purchased TAT maps. Plan to try some of the trail this winter. If you are interested I can give you GPS coordinates, directions, and my cell. I know the Arkansas/ S. MO area well and can tell you about a number of things and places you might do or stay at while passing through there. If you are going to take time-out during the good parts then I would recommend Arkansas as one of the slow spots. If you are inclined, a fishing rod is useful in Arkansas. Regards, John
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:44 AM   #231
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If you are doing the TAT, I lhave 30A in Claremore, OK (NE Oklahoma) with plenty of room for free camping. I am right off old and current Hwy 66 and near Hwy 20. The TAT comes nearby but I have not checked the exact route difference yet as I have not purchased TAT maps. Plan to try some of the trail this winter. If you are interested I can give you GPS coordinates, directions, and my cell. I know the Arkansas/ S. MO area well and can tell you about a number of things and places you might do or stay at while passing through there. If you are going to take time-out during the good parts then I would recommend Arkansas as one of the slow spots. If you are inclined, a fishing rod is useful in Arkansas. Regards, John
I know you're not talking to me, but I love riding that area. I have some off-road routes from broken bow/clayton up to pickens, mena, and then clarksville, oark, etc. I'll keep you in mind and send a pm next time I'm up there if interested....maybe make a long weekend of it.
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:55 AM   #232
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DOOD! i can't wait to see it!
here's what I came up with :
tested on a 4 week riding trip, trailered in a toyhauler, started at the KTM Adventure rally at Mammoth CA riding 80 miles soft powder right behind Chris Blais , the bike cut arrow straght through the wobbly lines, rode 130 mile Canyonlands loop in Utah in 100+ deg and ended up at Taylor Park CO,rode most every trail in the TP area from Aspen to Pitkin ( even timberline, star) rode it approx 750 miles off road in July



576 big bore/stroker kit
hybrid trans; EXC 1-2/mxc 3456 to pull 14/42 FD
HT oil cooler
SX end cap on exc muff
trailtrick suspension set-up with 11 rear and 46 front springs, subtanks
scotts UBM and 18 mm billet clamps
6.6 Acerbis tank; built a CF guard for the petcock and aluminum braces
EE soft tall seat
ICO dual sport speedodo in billet case
built a dual, 2 high-low beam HID headlights using gen5 Osram parts, aluminum frame/CF cowl/lexan lens cover
rewound stator myself for 100 watts DC using 16 GA magnet wire
built a 4Luxeon star LED tail/brake light
LED turn signals, rears cased in CF
PMB rack
PMB sidestand
SM front fender for better high speed aeros
very loud BMW/Bosch horn
folding handguard mounted billet aluminum bar end mirror that stays put on-road and has a useable rear view, tucks inside handguard

it worked flawless all those miles only electrical issue was a loose brake lite wire that come unplugged.
It also performed excellent on extreme single track, excellent dirt road handling at high speed
IMO this is the best config for high speed road that is also extreme off road capable and fun to ride on single track





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Old 08-03-2007, 01:40 PM   #233
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Awesome 576!

GumbyDave,

Thanks for the information and pix! Looks great and obviously worked very well. I have my 525 set up similarly to yours. However, I didn't get the PMB rack when they were available. Yours obviously held up without breaking the sub frame so you must have not overloaded it. (What was the weight of the white container in the White Rim Trail shot?)

Your gearing (3.0 -- 14x42) can obviously pull the nasties with your 576. I have to go 3.466 (15x52) on my 525 in order to get over the gnarly stuff. However with stock EXC gearing I should be geared about the same for 6th.

What is the "CF" that you used to protect the Acerbis petcock? I presume something you fabricated. Can you post a pix of this? What mileage did you get? I'm doing pretty well on that and think the 3.1 Clarke currently on the bike might do the Shaffer and White Rim from Moab and back. Thoughts?

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Old 08-03-2007, 01:54 PM   #234
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GumbyDave,

Thanks for the information and pix! Looks great and obviously worked very well. I have my 525 set up similarly to yours. However, I didn't get the PMB rack when they were available. Yours obviously held up without breaking the sub frame so you must have not overloaded it. (What was the weight of the white container in the White Rim Trail shot?)

Your gearing (3.0 -- 14x42) can obviously pull the nasties with your 576. I have to go 3.466 (15x52) on my 525 in order to get over the gnarly stuff. However with stock EXC gearing I should be geared about the same for 6th.

What is the "CF" that you used to protect the Acerbis petcock? I presume something you fabricated. Can you post a pix of this? What mileage did you get? I'm doing pretty well on that and think the 3.1 Clarke currently on the bike might do the Shaffer and White Rim from Moab and back. Thoughts?

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Hi stu, I'm still getting around 40 mpg and thats with a rich; 45 pilot,1/2 turn, SX needle, 180 main
I was expecting in the 35 range maybe the tall gearing helps
From the town of Moab and back around Schaffer I would guess is around 175 miles, 120 miles of shaffer and add about 50 to Moab and back, after I got past the first and last 20 miles in on shaeffer where all the Jeeps were, I saw not a soul and was able to do some high speed running, the road is very predictable with only a few rough spots. Although riding solo with those temps there would be survival issues in the event of a breakdown which is why I carried the extra water,
the tank was only 1.25 gallons of water , so about 10 lbs
120 miles of this stuff, with no bailouts, only a few dead end side roads down to the river to explore....

I made a carbon fiber guard for the petcock because it worried me, this is the best photo i have, ( the rock took a ride in the front sprocket chain guard)
I made a form with duct tape and aluminum screen and wrapped the carbon fiber and epoxy resin over it, then the duct tape popped right out after hardening. It attaches where the tank brace bolts in with an aluminum angle bolted to the CF, I have the petcock mounted facing inside. It's nice not worrying about having enough gas. I really haven't noticed any weird sloshing and I mostly stand up when riding so the width doesn't really annoy me
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Old 08-03-2007, 02:37 PM   #235
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Thanks for the pix! I can see some fabrication in my future....

I cut my plastic chain guard off and put an EE guard on the clutch master cylinder (see pg. 10 of this thread for a shot of it). That keeps the rocks & Mud out of the chain.

I rode the Shaffer & White Rim returning to Moab on the Hidden Canyon road a few years ago on my '03 450 and, as you said, after 20 miles didn't see anyone so I hooked it up. Fun on some of those sandy two tracks. Worrisome in the event of a bail. I made it all with the 3.4 gallon MXC tank putting in 2.8 back in Moab. A memorable day.

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Old 08-03-2007, 02:44 PM   #236
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I forgot to mention that the full Akrapovic system has helped my clean running on the bottom and smooth power delivery dramatically over the stock header and muffler with the restrictor cut out. (A smooth velvet hammer, as it were.) It has a spark arrestor. I also put in Bill Thomas's vane and kept the stock jetting and that combination works wonderfully. The JD kit worked but my mileage really suffered.

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Old 08-03-2007, 02:57 PM   #237
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I forgot to mention that the full Akrapovic system has helped my clean running on the bottom and smooth power delivery dramatically over the stock header and muffler with the restrictor cut out. (A smooth velvet hammer, as it were.) It has a spark arrestor. I also put in Bill Thomas's vane and kept the stock jetting and that combination works wonderfully. The JD kit worked but my mileage really suffered.

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Yep I noticed that evryone with the JD runs out of gas, but hey no blue pipes
before the big bore I ran Bills HT head pipe and tork vane jetted lean (14/50,mxc gears) and it worked well on trails
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:03 PM   #238
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Let's see some more pics of that headlight setup.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:04 PM   #239
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Thanks for the pix! I can see some fabrication in my future....

I cut my plastic chain guard off and put an EE guard on the clutch master cylinder (see pg. 10 of this thread for a shot of it). That keeps the rocks & Mud out of the chain.

I rode the Shaffer & White Rim returning to Moab on the Hidden Canyon road a few years ago on my '03 450 and, as you said, after 20 miles didn't see anyone so I hooked it up. Fun on some of those sandy two tracks. Worrisome in the event of a bail. I made it all with the 3.4 gallon MXC tank putting in 2.8 back in Moab. A memorable day.

Stu
I run a EE slave guard too but I keep the plastic guard on the swingarm to save the chain, that one is important IMO. you must be talking about the small plastic guard at the front sprocket
the BRP lower chain guide wears out clip-on master links so you have to keep an eye out and change them links
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:22 PM   #240
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Yep. Only cut off the part at the front. Makes installing a sprocket easier as well.
I did not get blue pipes with the HT vane and stock jetting. Living right out here in Yahoolandistan.
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