2012 ktm 500 exc?

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  1. Foot dragger

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    A 530 can get 50 mpg if set up right,what is your 500 getting for mileage?
  2. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    Agreed , but there are some deals out there on the 350EXC. I rode one and I was very impressed. it didn't put the shit-eating grin on my face like the 500EXC, but I felt like I could ride it hard for a long time without getting tired, which I could not say abut the 500.
  3. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    My 530 was getting about 45mpg at best. My 5 hunny is getting 58 to 63 depending on ride...(63 being best so far measured at pump by filling back up to full)...

    I have longer legs than anyone I ride with so I just wait for them to yell NO MAS
  4. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Geared to 14/48, and fully loaded with camping gear, i was pulling in 50 mpg. I felt good about that considering the weight this bike was lugging around...
  5. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    To me gearing has always been a matter of rider style and terrain. I use to think 14/48 was the bomb for around here (sand, piney woods, medium to high speed) but I dropped to 13/48 and was impressed Im thinking 13/50... I know the xcw come geared close to that, but the bike seems much happier with the 13 up front.

    Went riding in the Florida Mountains this weekend. No need to rejet with the EFI.:rofl
    [​IMG]

    Bike ran fine even this high up...
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  7. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    I am getting ready to buy a 500EXC and have been doing a lot of research. Seems like a good number of people say 14/50 is ideal. The good/bad part is that it requires a longer chain, but supposedly the suspension works better witht he wheel further back, extending the wheelbase.
  8. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    A friend had an EXC 350, he traded it in for the EXC 500.
    The 350 is a great bike, but it's no 500. :D
  9. Lolodesiles

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    Personally i use 13/50

    Because with 14 front sprocket i can' t use the 6th gear only around 100km/h which was my "top" cruising speed on open roads...

    But in the small alleys of countryside or forest it makes it a huge beast :eek1 :D

    That's what is good no :huh

    I precise i ride only for fun :lol3
  10. Stu

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    I run 15/52 to cut down on chain wear. Break over force increases by 1/7th with every tooth dropped. 15 to 14 isn't so bad but 14 to 13 starts to really work the chain.

    I found that this gearing works well even in the very tight woods riding. An uphill sharp turn on loose rock might take a bit of clutch work but it is all doable. I use 5th and 6th mostly for grass track or for roads. The 500 definitely pulls 6th easily with this gearing. What a beast.

    Stu
  11. ABYSS

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    While it is true the XCW's come with 13/50 stock and I agree it is the optimal setup for that bike for all around usage.

    I got away from the 13 front because of the swing arm wear. The 13 tooth front wears the chain slider out exceptionally fast. I went to a 14/54 and have retained virtually the same gear ratios but the swing arm expediant wear hazzard is eliminated. The 15 would be evene beter but you would have to have a massive 58 tooth rear to keep close to the same ratio and that is too big for me to have on the back.
  12. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    I am getting close to pulling the trigger on a 350 or 500EXC. While doing my mountains of homework before dropping this much coin, I ran across these guys and was particularly curious if anyone had tried the magic mod for the throttle body and the shock travel reduction. http://bestdualsportbikes.com/dual-sport-bikes/2012-ktm-350-exc/ :ear
  13. Lolodesiles

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    you mean the upper slider on the swing arm? because the chain is "lower" due to smaller sprocket :huh
  14. Stu

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    I went with the JD Tuner. It adds fuel in the ranges that you need (start jet, pilot jet, transition to needle, needle taper, needle clip position, accelerator pump (covers from off idle to end of taper) and main jet circuits from your old carburetor days.) The only issue I have is a tendency to flame out just off idle when pulling hard, say, out of a turn or on a hill. I do not know how to correct this but I am still playing with the tuner.

    I lowered both the front and rear of my 500 1". I lost nothing in handling or on jumps over the stock suspension and gained stability (no head shake so far). I'm still experimenting with these settings (preload, shock sag, etc.). I'm a woods rider with a 29" inseam, not an MX double jump guy so if you are a motocrosser I don't think this would be for you.

    The bike is surprisingly agile and throttle response is, well, the way I like it -- violent.

    Stu
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    I mean the slider that "wraps the swing arm". with the chain being lower it rides more on the upper surface and the lower surfance a well. Something else also recently seen on a friends bike is if your chain is too loose it rides up on the lower side of the front gear and saws right threw the guide.
  17. Hukamosh

    Hukamosh Been here awhile

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    I just had my exc remapped and it fixed all the lean issues I had. I believe you load the euro map first then xcw map. Works great.
  18. Foot dragger

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    Now that's odd,I ride with a friend on a 2012 EXC500,he can get around 50mpg if were not riding too hard,about the same as my 530 does,although his bike boils over on every tight trail we ride on,hes had it remapped a couple times,it runs great!
    Mine has yet to boil water out of the radiator riding the same trails. I can go 200 miles on the 4.2 gallon Safari tank on it,that's really about far enough on any sort of gnarly trails/jeep roads.

    Somewhere around 14 to 1 air/fuel mix is where a bike runs best at,doesnt matter if its FI or carbed. Yet yours gets 63 mpg at times,that's flat amazing. There are more then a few dirtbikes with FI out there,I dont remember any saying they get 13 or 14 mpg better with FI,my little truck surely doesnt get much better mileage with FI.

    Sounds like you got a good one!
  19. Foot dragger

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    Hah! I just noticed you were from Fort Walton Beach,I was out there for a month one time just hanging out with a girlfriend,checking out the whole area. I really enjoyed the body surfing and the beaches.

    I asked a couple shop guys where the local trailriding is,they said maybe Georgia? You must have found some good trailriding around there?
  20. Foot dragger

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    That's interesting you have the DTricks fan on the front of the radiator,they told me it went on the back.
    Wouldnt it kinda block air flow that way? But then,what the hell do I know?:lol3

    How do I get one of those oil coolers? Me Likee!