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Old 12-26-2012, 04:05 PM   #3031
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Until that last pix it's hard to tell where it's bigger. Looks good. Curious to see what kind of range you can expect over stock.

And yep the black looks better . I had to vinyl mine. Along with black plastics.

Rain today here at the beach, should pack down the sand in the forest. Changed the oil and cleaned the chain. Valves look fine.70 hr and 1800 miles. Bike has been great, rider just ok .
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:08 PM   #3032
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #3033
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Anyone have the part number for the little pop in plastic clip that holds the vent tube from the gas tank against the frame? Seems like a never ending pain in the ass. I was just going to switch to a shorty with a one way valve, but have heard from too many people having problems with them.
In have the shorty with the one way valve. What kind of problems are people having? Mine seems to be working fine, it the one from KTM hard parts. Drips out a little fuel when you tip it over, but not to bad. I have the same tank and love it.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:31 PM   #3034
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In have the shorty with the one way valve. What kind of problems are people having? Mine seems to be working fine, it the one from KTM hard parts. Drips out a little fuel when you tip it over, but not to bad. I have the same tank and love it.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:42 PM   #3035
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Hmmmm, that's not good. Guess I'll have to pay closer attention to my vent. Thanks
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:06 AM   #3036
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Want bigger tank!

Hello
I've been planning to install a bigger tank to my bike (500 EXC -13).
I want to more than 250 km range so I have planned acerbis 20l tank.
But ... I wonder, If the bike handling will suffer, because all of the weight will come as far forward (may also install some navtower).

Another alternative is of course to install 13l tank, and a rear tank in addition. But it is a more expensive option, and harder to do. (getting fuel from the reartank to front).

If anyone has tried one or both options, so thank you!
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:29 AM   #3037
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Hello
I've been planning to install a bigger tank to my bike (500 EXC -13).
I want to more than 250 km range so I have planned acerbis 20l tank.
But ... I wonder, If the bike handling will suffer, because all of the weight will come as far forward (may also install some navtower).

Another alternative is of course to install 13l tank, and a rear tank in addition. But it is a more expensive option, and harder to do. (getting fuel from the reartank to front).

If anyone has tried one or both options, so thank you!
The bigger tank definitely effects handling when you want to turn or are in the technical stuff. Other than that it is quite manageable. With that said I am almost always running the bigger tank these days, even if I have technical riding to do.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:26 AM   #3038
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Hello
I've been planning to install a bigger tank to my bike (500 EXC -13).
I want to more than 250 km range so I have planned acerbis 20l tank.
But ... I wonder, If the bike handling will suffer, because all of the weight will come as far forward (may also install some navtower).

Another alternative is of course to install 13l tank, and a rear tank in addition. But it is a more expensive option, and harder to do. (getting fuel from the reartank to front).

If anyone has tried one or both options, so thank you!

I have the 20 L Acerbis and if you are not on a long distance ride just fill it half way, this way you don't feel it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #3039
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Has anyone put more dual-sport oriented tires on their KTM?

I'm thinking along the lines of the Heidenau K60's.

"Why?" you may ask... Well, we have had a butt load of snow in the past week (6' give or take) and my new bike sits in the garage. I want to take her out for the 1 hour break in, and to put her through some moderate paces w/o hitting full tilt dirt and rocks. At least until Spring.

Am I off base? Should just grind off the knobbies (even w/ crazy cagers slipping and sliding on the roadways) or just wait?

Anyone put K60's on their bike, and if so, how long did they last?
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:49 PM   #3040
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Air filter maintenance...
The sticker on my '13 says the filter has Motorex/TwinAir Bio Oil on it. That stuff is a lot more expensive than the No Toil version. I am assuming the No Toil cleaner will work fine to remove the existing oil and I can go forward using the No Toil products, right?
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:53 PM   #3041
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I swear I read most of this thread before buying my EXC, but I didn't think to MAKE ANY NOTES! So, hopefully someone will take pity on me. Looking to install my heated grips. I need a switched wire for the coil of the relay. Is there an unused one in the bundle behind the headlight? I am also assuming there isn't a spare heavy gauge wire right from the battery laying around for the actual load...
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:55 PM   #3042
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Has anyone put more dual-sport oriented tires on their KTM?

I'm thinking along the lines of the Heidenau K60's.

"Why?" you may ask... Well, we have had a butt load of snow in the past week (6' give or take) and my new bike sits in the garage. I want to take her out for the 1 hour break in, and to put her through some moderate paces w/o hitting full tilt dirt and rocks. At least until Spring.

Am I off base? Should just grind off the knobbies (even w/ crazy cagers slipping and sliding on the roadways) or just wait?

Anyone put K60's on their bike, and if so, how long did they last?
I would just "use up" the stock knobbies. I actually like knobbies on the street; they break traction very easily and predictably. I get in more trouble on stickier tires that have me over my head by the time they let go.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:58 PM   #3043
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Tank vent

Had my tank vent fail also. The little bee b was stuck down.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:52 AM   #3044
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Air filter maintenance...
The sticker on my '13 says the filter has Motorex/TwinAir Bio Oil on it. That stuff is a lot more expensive than the No Toil version. I am assuming the No Toil cleaner will work fine to remove the existing oil and I can go forward using the No Toil products, right?
The oil on the twin air filter won't come off with No Toil cleaner, you have to use the twin air's cleaner. I tried that on mine and it didn't work very good.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:27 AM   #3045
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Thumb Re Heidenau K-60's for 500EXC

To Patrick M, Post #3039 Yes, I bought an extra set of wheels and put the K-60's on my 500EXC for the summer when I tend to run a lot more on the asphalt and hard, dry dirt. I have several thousand miles, including a lot of dirt/gravel in Ohio, and they have held up incredibly well, hardly showing any wear at all. They are extremely good on pavement, wet or dry, and on hard dirt and rock, not so good on slick, wet dirt. I run them with about 25psi rather than the recommended 36psi but you should not air down much below the 25 and it won't help enough anyway. Don't make the mistake of thinking they're knobbies as they just don't have that kind of grip, but they are wonderful tires and I also run them on my BMW R1200GS Adventure and ride that 2-up much of the time. I am extremely happy with them on the big bike and have ridden a lot of Forest Service type roads on the big bike with no issues of any kind and superb wear - like almost NONE !!! I had trouble believing comments I read elsewhere on ADVRider from guys saying they got as much as 8,000 - 10,000 miles out of them on a 600lbs+ bike, but I'm quickly becoming a believer !!! I'm 68, 6'3" and about 225 at the moment, so you know this isn't coming from the more normal 160 lbs guy the 500EXC is designed for !
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