2012 ktm 500 exc?

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  1. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    I have my 500 exc remapped with the euro EXC map (which was done in west virgina before i shipped it to cali)and it has been great no issues at all.Removed smog crap put on exhaust turned up the idle and have had no issues, and the map switch does work(stock, mild, wild).I am going to be sweep riding on sep 22-23 for my cousin who puts on the yosemite dual sport rides twice a year and "Best Dual Sport Bikes" is going to be there, cant wait to meet them and bend there ear a little. Just went over to Carson City NV over Carson Pass(CA to NV) this weekend with my sumo set up and got 170 miles out of my clockwork 3.2 gl tank.I was averaging 70-75 mph. Everyones preference in final gearing, riding styles and terrain is also going to be a factor in the fuel mileage discussion.Overall I am very happy with the bike its the best I have ever owned. I am also very happy with the products I bought for my bike thanks to the info I gained here and vendors that are active on this site, Big thanks to HDB and Globetrottin for making well built and thought out products.

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  2. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive ridden mine on the road a little,down some of the best sportbike roads aroung here in norcal,I can easily see why guys put the super-moto wheels on them,It seemed to start pulling nice at 70 and Im sure it would buzz to 100,really smooth and fun for a dirtbike.

    The trails around here tend to be steep and tight,probably affects mileage compared to other areas,sometimes just getting up them involves lotsa work.

    I have done some pre riding for www.ironman dualsport.com,out in the Nevada desert we went 800 miles in 4 days,hot each day, on the bikes at 6 in the AM and finish in the heat. I lost 9 lbs that didnt come back.
    I rode my DRZe for that,came home and bought the 530,no mas wrestling a heavy bike in the rocks.

    Whats the name of your cousin's dualsport business?
  3. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    My cousins dualsport business is http://www.familyoffroadadventures.com/ this is just a side business for my family we do it for fun and if it makes a little money thats fine too.I have always been an offroad rider. started riding when I was 5yrs old, a few years back started getting into riding a little street riding in the summers just cause its so dry and hot where I live. I picked up a ducati monster and loved it, it actually helped me with soe of my offroad riding and vise versa. a couple years ago I got into dual sporting so I could ride more with my family instead of just offroad. so when the 500 came out i sold my Monster, my Atk ds, my klx 650 r ds, ktm 453 and bought the 500 with a sumo set up and dirt set up. takes a half hr to make it a street bike and it is very fun, in the tight twisties it would kick my ducatis ass.
  4. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    My DR650 currently has a set of street wheels on it,fat 19" in the front,fat 17" in the back,really fun over on the coast or the backroads getting to the coast. Next trip over will be to Rio Nido for the ADV gathering and the flattrack races.
  5. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    Didn't someone post on here that you couldn't use the cooling fan with the Clockworks tank???
    Anyway, I put down my deposit on a '13 500EXC today :clap
    I am already scheming about a Baja Designs Squadron headlight (need to check on the stator output) and sumo wheels. I like the idea of the KTM rear wheel with the cush hub, and the lower price for a complete Warp 9 front wheel assembly. Has anyone seem them in close proximity so see how similar the rims look? In other words, would it be noticeable if you did that mix-n-match setup?
  6. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    The clockwork tank fits fine with the fan, but the thermostat housing is a little tight. I pulled my thermostat off.as far as using a cush hub or not I start out of that conversation as I have no experience with them.if you are going to be hammering the drive system on road I would get one.I looked set the warp9 sets but found a great deal on DNA set up
    With EBC break rotors and sprocket that use OEM bearings
    for just a little more so I went with them. I'm running 15 frt & 42 rear on the street and really like it.
  7. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Dont the new KTM's have a cush hub in the clutch? This would negate the need for a cush hub in the wheel? Correct me if Im wrong.
  8. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    Yes they do have a cush system in the clutch. Which for my style of riding is fine but if I was a more aggressive rider and really hammering the drive system I would put one on. The cush or no cush debate is almost as vast s the type of oil argument.
  9. bill1960

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  10. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    Been trying to get my hands on one for over 4 months, but they have been out of stock. I emailed them about a week ago and they are hopeing to have some out in a month but have been having some production issues with the manufacturer in china. They have told me they should have some ready in a month for 4 months now. If and when I get my hands on one I will report on it.
  11. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Love the idea, but looks like they only come in 41, 45 & 50T?
  12. ABYSS

    ABYSS KTM

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    god forbid that you pay what everyone else pays...:rofl
  13. ABYSS

    ABYSS KTM

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    the retention mechanism for the cush sprocket isnt perfected. a buddy of mine has had flex issues.Stick with a cush drive its more exensive but proven system
  14. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    That's cool. So Lawrence Borgens is your cousin? I did that adventure ride last year. It's a lot of fun. Not that difficult, but the snow was a lot of fun to play in and the scenery around Yosemite is great. I can't make it this year though. Fiance's bday got me staying home. lol I sent Lawrence a message via his FB page a couple weeks ago. I want to donate a Trailjammer Designs KTM Exhaust Heat Shield for his Raffle. I never heard back from him. By the way, that raffle is awesome. Lots of great product. If you talk to him, send him my way so I can get him one for his raffle. I make them for '07-'11 and all the 2012-2013 KTMs. Check 'em out. sorry. shameless plug. www.facebook.com/trailjammer408. k. Thanks! I'll try calling him too, again.
  15. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    If I were to believe what the dealers are telling me...

    Sales suck.
    They can't move product.

    So if sales are that bad and you can't move product you sell at MSRP to make that extra $500.

    There are no KTM 500's in Washington state, "I" have the only one left, they are hard to find.

    Riiight, I found 12 in the state, one dealership has 4 in stock.

    KTM is discounting their 2012's to the tune of about $1000 on average.

    Is it really that hard to knock a couple hundred dollars off the price of a 2013?

    Last year I bought the last 2011 KTM XCW 300 in Western Washington for $1000 under MSRP.

    Yet this year the same dealer won't budge on one of his two XCW500's or his EXC500.

    I know what my friends paid for their 500's and it was nowhere near MSRP.
    Of course they bought them before everyone know how good they really are.

    If my local dealership had any 500's I could get a deal.

    Finally, one of the dealers called me up yesterday and offered me an XCW 500 for MSRP minus freight and setup, plus he's willing to give me a few more dollars for my 530 as a trade (since here in Washington you get a break on sales tax based on the trade in value of the vehicle).

    If I were to have bought a 2012 when they hit the sales floor I would not expect a deal, however, KTM is selling 2013 models, the bike has been out for two years now. :lol3
  16. ABYSS

    ABYSS KTM

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    while it is true they have been out for awhile the dealers down here cant keep them on the floor, My local dealer has a waiting list for all of his 500 XCW stock what ever he can find the problem is the guys that still have them are in areas where they cant get full boat pricing but that is what they want since the more populated areas are gettng it tey want here peice of the pie. .

    I paid what my dealer was asking and I have been riding one and others havent. It boils down to how bad do you want it and do you want to watch from the side lines or be in the ride. I opted for being in the ride rather than the vulture sitting onthe tree branch trying to get every morsel I can. truth be told I dont regret my decision a single minute. My XCW has surpassed the press and the hype and I am loving it.

    best of luck to you sir
  17. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Replaced my stock rear with a Dunlop MX51. It's slightly larger and not DOT but it sure looks nasty. I got about 1300 miles and 75 hours out of my stocker. I think the new bike learning curve contributed to it's fast demise :D.

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    I'll take it for a proper rip this weekend and see how it does in the Florida sand.
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  18. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    No, not to difficult but the scenery is very nice, with me living 4 hrs away its nice to meet up with them and ride and help out, and the raffle is very cool.I will call him and send him your way asap. it will probably be my Aunt Janet who calls she is the one who handles all the raffle stuff. Hope to see ya there next time. And I will check out the heat shields thats probably the one thing I do not have on my bike, was just gonna wait for the stock one to break but it seems to be holding up well.
  19. Stu

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    I put MX 31s on my 500. At 110/90 they sling sideways a lot. Great for mud. I think I will go back to MX51s.

    The JD Jetting Tumer 6X works great. I had to back off of the suggested setting for the accelerator pump to keep it from suddenly stalling out at low RPMs. It is worth the money.

    Stu
  20. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    I still have a 2011 XCW 300 and a 2010 EXC 530 to ride, so I am far from "sitting on the sidelines". :lol3