2 stroke Dualsport ?

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by rgp332, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Assuming you meant one of the KTM 550's I posted:

    Mine, the dirt bike, was a 1994. I swapped out the front end for a Honda CRF Showa unit and grafted some 2008 plastics onto it.

    The road bike was a 1989 Honda NSR250 chassis with more modern bodywork from Tyga Performance.
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  2. junglemototours

    junglemototours trailplug

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    It all depends on how much street you'll ride.
    The exc is a factory "dual sport" with a stator that'll power and light connections.
    I have my '08 300exc plated, in Costa Rica. I run 13/50 because I like dirt more than street, but it'll do 50-60
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  3. Pmason

    Pmason Been here awhile

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    I use mine for dual sport riding. I don't have any recent pictures. There is lots of fun to be had. Would a 450exc be better as an all rounder, probably but I don't mind the trade offs.


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  4. pdxjim

    pdxjim Two Stroke Terror

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    ^ My dream bike.
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  5. Bucho

    Bucho Long timer

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    I have a 99 KTM 300exc. Its plated and I love it. For short street/dualsporting its not too bad. I generally just use it for offroading though. However now that my DR650 is tied up with sidecar duty the smoker might end up doing a bit more true dualsport riding.
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  6. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    i had a 87 ktm 500mx
    my normal tight trails
    it was scary
    warp drive

    too much fun
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  7. junglemototours

    junglemototours trailplug

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    What frame is that stuffed in?
    Dual sport? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh3-nb0Ha5c
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  8. RebelYell

    RebelYell Been here awhile

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    Ill be getting an 02 kx 500 next month:deal:clapDoes baja designs make a total ds kit for it or do I need to send it out to ricky stator?
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  9. Motorrad

    Motorrad Been here awhile

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    Mzb ignition is best solution

    Can only get them through Kxriders.com One of the vendors has the rights to the K5 system..
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  10. barryadam

    barryadam Diamond in the back

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    I have an e-line stator coil in mine. It's OK for a Baja Headlight, but not if you really need to see anything in the dark. Takes a lot of revs to get good light. Lots of revs = lots of speed. Lots of speed and off-road riding the 500 at night is not a good combo. Damhik. :rofl

    The Baja kit is the generic bolt-on, where almost everything is self contained in the headlight mount.

    Keep your Visa card on file with BD, as EVERYTHING on the 500 is a "wear item". :deal

    I've replaced lights, LEDs, relays, horns....heck, the BD aluminum main mount bracket broke from fatigue cracking.
    And, yes. I did have my crank trued.

    Barry
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  11. barryadam

    barryadam Diamond in the back

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    Truth. :clap
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    ('cept maybe a CA plated KDX220 instead of the XR. You know - two strokes.)

    'sup 'RAD? :freaky
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  12. Motorrad

    Motorrad Been here awhile

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    4 pokes have their place... mostly going slow, watching the scenery and not carrying oil...
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  13. Rock Junkee

    Rock Junkee Been here awhile

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  14. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    DO IT DO IT DO IT!!!..the 2 stroke 3 hunny makes sweet power, light weight, will outrun most 450-530's. And is SO MUCH easier to flick around. (and pick up:deal) Properly jetted stock 3.2G tank will give you a reliable 75+ miles. I have an side plate tank with an extra gallon or so, easy 100 miles range, from Baja Designs, the headlight is weak, especially without a battery, you can fit a battery in the airbox with an oem KTM battery tray, bolts right in, all the street kit is easily fitted. DISCLAIMER...don't do anything before you make sure you state's DMV will let you have a plate.

    The only downside of these is that most organized DS rides don't have very much terrain that actually taxes a KTM 300.
    Put a rekluse clutch if you have the cabbage and it's like CHEATING:evil
    CHEERS
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  15. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    I wouldn't want to ride it around the world, but it sure is a hoot to ride around town. Not to mention showing its perfectly legal taillight to almost anything else street legal on tight trails. It drinks more gas than my 640, probably vibrates more and is still one of my all time favorites.

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  16. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    :D
    That's a nice looking bike...wish mine was that clean :thumb
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  17. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    4 gal tank helps.
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    Street tagged but I just use it to connect trails, I'd get in too much trouble riding it around town :evil
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  18. Seavoyage

    Seavoyage Been here awhile

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    Challenges with a DS 2-T: range, vibration. For overland travel: relatively frequent piston ring replacement.

    Probable. I have a California plated Gasser EC300. Here are anonymized and nondescript photos: (Note mounted license plate)

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    I agree. The Rekluse clutch and a Trials rear tire at 7 psi. makes this EC300 rider look very capable.
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  19. bchunter

    bchunter Been here awhile

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  20. CousinLarry

    CousinLarry Ridin Dirty

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    I have been "dual sporting" my KTM 200 EXC for about 6 months now.. I don't know how many miles I have put on it, but a few thousand at least...

    I have a Vapor unit for speed/tach. I have a headlight and brake light.

    I love riding that damn bike as much as humanly possible.. I try to only use the roads to get to the trails though. It's not bad on the roads, just more fun off the road. I have brought it on the highway and if I keep it to about 55-60mph it is spinning around 5-6k RPM. I try to not keep the RPMs constant or to coast too much, and if I am coasting or steady RPM I'll drop a gear and rev it out a little to get some lube in the cylinder.

    Also - I don't notice bad gas mileage.. I have the stock tank on it and I hit reserve at about 60-70 miles.. So I'm guessing almost 80-100 miles off a full tank. For oil I carry a Lucas fuel additive bottle in my fender bag. It has enough oil in it to fill the gas tank one more time.. Very rarely do I go over 100 miles in a day, and if I do, I have the oil backup at all times.

    It's all in how you treat it really. Treat it well and it will treat you well :)
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