|04-11-2014, 10:30 AM||#9152|
Joined: Apr 2006
|04-11-2014, 11:51 AM||#9154|
Joined: Nov 2013
Location: Upstate NY - Columbia County
2014 ktm 500 exc
After a long winter in the garage getting my 2014 KTM 500 EXC ready for the spring, here is, without further ado, my humble aftermarket products review, and feeble attempt at bike porn...
I recommend the Globetrottin luggage rack. It is remarkably strong for its low weight. The welds look strong enough but are not the prettiest. This is the rack that has the option to mount passenger foot pegs (the stock bike has none). The passenger pegs are not mounted at this time, but you can see the bolt holes in the luggage rack just to the rear of the shock. Where the rack connects to the chassis near the operator's footpegs I replaced the Globetrottin bolts with KTM factory bolts. This was partly to reduce my boots snagging on the hex head bolts that came with the rack. Another reason I changed bolts is because the bolt located right near the chain came very close (within a couple millimeters) to the chain if installed as per the instructions. Notice also the Globetrottin heat shield on the muffler. It is thin, but functional. I intend to paint it black.
The Wolfman Expedition bags are not shown. I also recommend them. They are very slow to mount/dismount from the luggage rack. They are watertight and look to be well built. I debadged the bright yellow labels of the Wolfman bags with brake cleaner. I try to debadge everything - not just the bike. Helmet, riding jacket/pants, etc. If the manufacturer isn't paying me to advertise...
The Sicass fender and turn signals seem to work well so far. I put a plate frame on to help with the sharp edges of the license plate. Walking around the tight confines of the garage my three-year old son kept hitting his head on the plate. The Highway Dirt Bikes (HDB) fold-away mirrors work remarkably well. A teeny bit of vibration is my only gripe (this is really an issue with single piston engines more than it is with the mirrors). The HDB mirrors give an excellent view to the rear.
All the plastic is (model year 2012-2013) Acerbis. Except the left side airbox cover which is the KTM (model year 2014) version. I still had to trim a bit off of the airbox cover to meet the Acerbis 5 gallon tank (model year 2012-2013). The 2014 KTM airbox cover has tabs to bolt the cover on (rather than the friction clips in the 2012 and 2013). I will have to use sandpaper to debadge the gas tank.
Bolts to replace the emission equipment:
I just used the parts fiche from a similar (off-road only) model to get the parts numbers for the correct KTM bolts and copper washers. The five gallon gas tank will not fit with the emissions equipment in place.
Here is the trickle charger quick-connector (center of photo) zip tied to the luggage rack:
This is for the Battery Tender 021-0128 Plus model. Works good so far.
Close up of the jury rigged front brake line guide:
Changing the headlight assembly (to a Baja Designs LED - see below) meant the front brake line guide was no longer on the bike. I trimmed a KTM guide from another bike and zip tied it to approximately the correct location. This is not a very good solution I admit. Hopefully someone else has come up with a better idea.
Another angle of the front brake line guide:
I am open to any suggestions for a better brake line guide.
Here is a (slightly trimmed) foam pad just above the steering damper:
The marine upholstery cover for the pad was fabricated by yours truly.
The relocated ignition switch bolted to the headlight:
The ignition switch was attached to the original headlight assembly. Luckily, the original ignition switch bracket fit well with the new headlight.
Spiegler clutch line (the horizontal braided line shown) as it clears the Highway Dirt Bike (HDB) hand guards:
The HDB (Highway Dirt Bikes) Ultimate handguards are sturdy. For me, getting the HDB guards to play nice with the KTM clutch necessitated an aftermarket line. The KTM line is straight (no banjo bolt), the Speigler shown is offset then bent 90 degrees, perhaps the best choice is a 70 or 80 degree brake line. The HDB guards and the KTM straight line try to occupy the same space, therefore the Speigler line to save the day.
The alternate gas tank connection (bango bolt shown on left end of gas hose):
The standard connection sticks out a ways. This alternate connection (via KTM) is considerably more flush and hopefully less prone to being broken. Just out of sight is the Golan fuel filter.
The Bullet Proof Designs radiator guards, Tugger strap, Enduro Engineering skid plate, and Baja Designs headlight:
Bullet Proof Designs is highly regarded - and for good reason. Besides the stout guards, what impressed me was the (high quality) KTM hardware included.
Garmin Zumo 390 on a RAM ball mount.
View of the Trail Tech Striker computer (inside a HDB case):
Installing the Trail Tech computer turned out to be a challenge. The computer itself was easy. The problem was keeping both the temp sensor (inline with coolant hose) -AND- the KTM thermostat. Trail Tech has you permanently remove the thermostat if you install the Striker as they suggest. Some experimenting with Samco hoses and the generic Trail Tech temp sensor (not the Trail Tech sensor for the KTM 500 EXC) finally allowed both temp sensor and thermostat to remain on the bike. I had to apply a drop of epoxy to hold each warning light to the HDB mount.
Cockpit view. Notice the (red) check valve for the gas tank. Acerbis does not seem to included one, whereas KTM does (integral to gas cap):
The switch cluster (turn signal, hi beams, horn) on the left is the Sicass version. It is more narrow in width than the KTM item. The Sicass also lets you turn off the tail light (the KTM switch does not). Unfortunately the Sicass switch has the appearance of toy-like quality and the switches themselves are rather small (out of necessity). The original KTM switch cluster looks to be much higher quality and the bigger switches are easier to use with gloved hands. I originally got the Sicass to try and resolve the clutch line and HDB hand guard clearance problem. Turns out that, for me, the best fix is a clutch line that is not sticking straight out from the master cylinder like the original KTM. I am hoping that I can get the KTM switch cluster to fit with a HDB (clutch perch mounted) switch to control the headlights.
Brake snake and STR case guard:
Flatland Racing exhaust pipe guard:
Rear disc guard (Bullet Proof), swing arm cover and shock neoprene bootie (both KTM):
That KTM swing arm cover simply zip ties on to the bike. No disassembly required. Seems to be secure.
Another view of handle bar area:
The headlight is super bright (as it should be for the price). It looks to be very solidly built. The caulking used to weather seal was applied a bit sloppy. The wire harness came with anemic battery terminals that were too small to go on a standard motorcycle battery (ring too small for the bolt). The dimmer switch included is ineffective for use on road. It dims the light 50%, but still has the light in oncoming driver's eyes. I have yet to install a HDB handlebar switch to allow one headlight to function as a high beam, and one as a low beam. I expect this will work much better.
Front disc brake guard:
Bullet Proof Designs.
Chain guide and swing arm guard (black piece between chain guide and swing arm):
TM Designs and Bullet Proof.
My goal with this bike is a dual-sport capable of overnight trips or modest cargo carrying. Since the KTM comes from the factory with such an incredibly low weight (and very high power output) adding all these components is an acceptable compromise in my mind.
I'm happy with all the mods. No regrets really, so far. The point in getting the Trail Tech computer is for an onboard voltmeter and temp gauge. The bike is geared to 14/48. The kickstand auto-up feature was disabled with the correct (shorter) bolt. All accessible electrical connections on the bike were filled with dielectric grease. There is a coolant overflow tank in the airbox (stock bike comes without one). I'd sure love to get a set of black rims eventually. The exhaust system is stock, but I'd like to make it quieter still.
All that is left is to go and get dirty!
Forzato screwed with this post 04-12-2014 at 07:40 AM
|04-11-2014, 02:05 PM||#9156|
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Ely, NV; Grand Junction, CO
WOW! That's Nice, well done.
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night." - Edgar Allen Poe
IBA # 55298- Current; 2013 Ducati Multistrada, 2005 HD V-Rod, 2000 KTM 380 EXC- asst'd others
|04-11-2014, 03:24 PM||#9157|
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: S W France my little bit of paradise
Noow thats fcuking rude
I,M HERE FOR A GOOD TIME NOT ALONG TIME
|04-11-2014, 03:45 PM||#9159|
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: USA - Minnesota
^^ Good to see another Versys rider!
Checkin here if you wish.
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|04-11-2014, 04:06 PM||#9160|
Joined: Apr 2014
Thanks I will
|04-11-2014, 07:39 PM||#9162|
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Hoschton, Ga.
2013 Street Triple R
|04-11-2014, 07:57 PM||#9163|
Joined: Nov 2013
Location: Upstate NY - Columbia County
|04-12-2014, 05:17 AM||#9164|
Joined: Aug 2013
Location: Mumbai, India.... Motorcycle Hell
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