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Old 03-28-2013, 04:53 AM   #256
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rack

have a spare rack that i just lifted from an inmate...I just wanted to keep the wolfman bags. any interest lemme know

http://yahbo.smugmug.com/Other/500-E...ZpZ6M&lb=1&s=A

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Old 03-31-2013, 06:35 PM   #257
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Is that the lighter or heavier globetrottin rack?

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have a spare rack that i just lifted from an inmate...I just wanted to keep the wolfman bags. any interest lemme know

http://yahbo.smugmug.com/Other/500-E...ZpZ6M&lb=1&s=A

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Old 03-31-2013, 07:45 PM   #258
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Is that the lighter or heavier globetrottin rack?
Looks like the older model Heavier rack...It has the pannier brackets, but the newer models pannier brackets are a little more squared. It is a sold rack, I bought one from www.globetrottin.com
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:46 AM   #259
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2012 model

Are there any left in the country? My local dealers are all sold out. Any left at your local dealers?
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:41 PM   #260
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Are there any left in the country? Any left at your local dealers?
Here's what Cycle Trader says, but I don't always trust the dealers actually _have_ the bikes on hand, YMMV Cheers, M.

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Old 04-18-2013, 02:41 PM   #261
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Simple Windscreens

Lets see some pics and ideas of simple windscreens for those of us that are going to keep the stock lighting and want some wind protection.
I assume the 690 screen does not bolt up. I havent had one in hand to check that. Anyone else put something together that involves using the stock light and number plate?
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:43 AM   #262
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OK. You've convinced me. Time to test ride an 500 EXC
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:07 AM   #263
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:04 PM   #264
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:09 PM   #265
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:26 PM   #266
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Just put a deposit on my dealers last 500 EXC. I want to install heated grips (Symtec). Where's the best place to pick up 12V positive (switched)? And where is a good place to mount the low/off/high switch?


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Old 05-10-2013, 06:48 PM   #267
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I don't know about this thread. I have a 2012 350 EXC-F. After owning a lot of dual sport bikes (KLX, DR350, DRZ400, XR's, TT's, RXC's, TE's, KDX's, etc.) I do not think that these new KTM's make good "dual sport" bikes, in the truest essence of the term. To me, they are just too "hard edged". They make great barely street legal, dirt bikes, but the softer edged others seem to make better do-it-all mounts. With any of them, gearing, and comfort are the real issues. Once you gear a new KTM down far enough to be great in the dirt, they become nearly useless on the pavement. If you leave them geared tall (14/45 stock, on my 350), they are so uncomfortable on the pavement that they just don't make sense.
To me, a DR350 was a better do-it-all bike. That said, I love my EXC. I bought it because I just wanted a high performance dirt bike that could get from trail to trail, legally. With its current 13/48 gearing, cruising pavement at 45-50 MPH is only OK, and carrying a passenger for any distance is pretty much out of the question. Get it in the dirt, though, and there are few bikes that can out perform it.
I guess that it all depends on how you want to define the term "Dual-Sport".
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:43 PM   #268
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I don't know about this thread. I have a 2012 350 EXC-F. After owning a lot of dual sport bikes (KLX, DR350, DRZ400, XR's, TT's, RXC's, TE's, KDX's, etc.) I do not think that these new KTM's make good "dual sport" bikes, in the truest essence of the term. To me, they are just too "hard edged". They make great barely street legal, dirt bikes, but the softer edged others seem to make better do-it-all mounts. With any of them, gearing, and comfort are the real issues. Once you gear a new KTM down far enough to be great in the dirt, they become nearly useless on the pavement. If you leave them geared tall (14/45 stock, on my 350), they are so uncomfortable on the pavement that they just don't make sense.
To me, a DR350 was a better do-it-all bike. That said, I love my EXC. I bought it because I just wanted a high performance dirt bike that could get from trail to trail, legally. With its current 13/48 gearing, cruising pavement at 45-50 MPH is only OK, and carrying a passenger for any distance is pretty much out of the question. Get it in the dirt, though, and there are few bikes that can out perform it.
I guess that it all depends on how you want to define the term "Dual-Sport".
I've always said the same thing. These bikes aren't the best "dual sport" bikes. They are awesome dirt bikes that are street legal.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:46 AM   #269
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I've always said the same thing. These bikes aren't the best "dual sport" bikes. They are awesome dirt bikes that are street legal.
I also think the same
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:39 AM   #270
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These bikes aren't the best "dual sport" bikes. They are awesome dirt bikes that are street legal.
I'm pretty happy with my dual sport setup, though, as others noted, kind of depends on the definition. Here's my first little DS ride on the 500: http://trailimage.com/camping-by-willow-creek (video at the bottom). I've made tweaks since then and definitely plan to do longer rides.
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