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Old 08-27-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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My ktm 525 and my journey to enduro.

The journey to buying a ktm 525 and entering the world of enduro at almost 40.

I have wanted to have a dirt bike ever since I sold my Suzuki TSR125 in 96.

I got back to biking purely by accident with me taking a BMW 1150 GS in as a trade against a Subaru Impreza STi I. I wanted back on bikes and the opertunity presented itself I jumped at the chance as I realised this bike was my way back after 19 years away from them.

I was going from cars back to full time biking so comfort and usability became paramount and has stayed that way since, with the BMW, Africa Twins. I did have a 640 adv for a short period but sold it for a more user friendly ktm 950 adv S.

The want to get dirty and compete on a bike has always been there though. I did the Paddy Dakar here in Ireland twice just to scratch the itch.

I wanted an enduro bike. I had a good think about what to buy. I was thinking big at first (xr650r maybe) but everyone pushed me smaller/lighter, and to be honest I know they where right.
I was looking at suzuki drz 400 e models and almost bought one but my mechanic who rides only ktm and who converted his business partner to ktm enduros talked me out of the drz and onto a more focused enduro bike. I tried a Yamaha wr450f and a wr250f and they where fine but my mechanic rides a ktm 525 exc and swears by them.
Ktm just seems to be my bike of choice personally though. It just feels right regardless.So I looked around for ages and found this 525 exc with lights and road reg.

Any way here's the story of me and my Ktm 525 and our beginnings as we enter the world of enduro riding for the first time. Loads to learn. I'll try document it here if anyone has an interest.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:47 PM   #2
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The setting up begins.

Full service carried out by GP motos finglas before I even get to touch it. Oil, oil filters, air filter, coolant flush ed and replaced, sprocket and chain changed out for a spear one I got with the bike. Smaller rear sprocket to give more top end and less bite until I see how everything is.


Got it out for an hour then just to see if the changes I made suited me. Bar raisers and different gearing felt great. Delighted with it. Pulls great and handle better then my abilities.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:49 PM   #3
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A few bits from Kriega added.

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Old 08-27-2014, 01:50 PM   #4
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Got a CRD bash plate for it.

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Old 08-27-2014, 01:53 PM   #5
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Fitted an hour meter so I can keep on top of the service intervals with the 525.

Shows hours, revs and you can set the service interval.

Nothing else to do with it now except for getting it dirty.

Black tape is purely there until the bonding cures.

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Old 08-29-2014, 03:54 PM   #6
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Good luck and enjoy! My 525 was my favorite bike of all time...sold it for a 690. 690 is great, but not as nimble. That RFS will not let you down.


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Old 08-30-2014, 03:31 AM   #7
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Thanks for the reply RB450.

I was looking at 690's but for the money I just couldn't justify it here in Ireland. Especially for what I wanted it for.

A few lads I'll be riding with pushed me onto the Rfs motored 525 as they think it's the best ktm built.

Looking forward to getting it out next weekend.
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:48 AM   #8
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I've got a plated '06 EXC 450 (RFS)that looks almost exactly like your 525. I love it. It's perfect for rough dual sport riding.

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Old 08-31-2014, 03:23 PM   #9
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Their a nice bike the 450. Theres one I know of forsale on a 08 plate I think but out of my price range.

I have to say I'm loving getting to know the 525. My daily runner is the 950 and I've only had it off road a few times as there not many places you can ride it off road here in Ireland so to come from that to this is a massive difference.

Hopefully out this coming weekend in some proper dirt.
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