2012 ktm 500 exc?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Visigothic, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    I would just "use up" the stock knobbies. I actually like knobbies on the street; they break traction very easily and predictably. I get in more trouble on stickier tires that have me over my head by the time they let go.
  2. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Had my tank vent fail also. The little bee b was stuck down.
  3. Wentjo

    Wentjo Been here awhile

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    The oil on the twin air filter won't come off with No Toil cleaner, you have to use the twin air's cleaner. I tried that on mine and it didn't work very good.
  4. Upsandowns

    Upsandowns Adventurer

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    To Patrick M, Post #3039 Yes, I bought an extra set of wheels and put the K-60's on my 500EXC for the summer when I tend to run a lot more on the asphalt and hard, dry dirt. I have several thousand miles, including a lot of dirt/gravel in Ohio, and they have held up incredibly well, hardly showing any wear at all. They are extremely good on pavement, wet or dry, and on hard dirt and rock, not so good on slick, wet dirt. I run them with about 25psi rather than the recommended 36psi but you should not air down much below the 25 and it won't help enough anyway. Don't make the mistake of thinking they're knobbies as they just don't have that kind of grip, but they are wonderful tires and I also run them on my BMW R1200GS Adventure and ride that 2-up much of the time. I am extremely happy with them on the big bike and have ridden a lot of Forest Service type roads on the big bike with no issues of any kind and superb wear - like almost NONE !!! I had trouble believing comments I read elsewhere on ADVRider from guys saying they got as much as 8,000 - 10,000 miles out of them on a 600lbs+ bike, but I'm quickly becoming a believer !!! I'm 68, 6'3" and about 225 at the moment, so you know this isn't coming from the more normal 160 lbs guy the 500EXC is designed for !
  5. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    Both oils work well in my experience but Twin Air oil is a beeyotch to clean. You have to use HOT water to help break down the oil. Hotter than you can touch. I got some Twin Air oil at a closeout for cheap, but none of the cleaner. I've been using TSP.
    I also use Filter Skins to prolong the service interval of the filter.

    Garrett
  6. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    Am I the only 500 rider out on his bike? I got a chance to ride my bike the last two days here in the mountains on studded tires. First of all this is a seriously fun bike! If you're on the fence you should go and get it. It's a blast and really nice to ride. Winter riding is a hoot as well and highly recommended if you've not tried it before.

    Garrett
  7. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Awesome Garrett! Lets see some pics of your bike out there. :) pics or it didn't happen...hahaha j/k yeh you're the crazy one riding in the snow. 30's I'm dieing. brrrr
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    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    We are too busy riding to post! :thumb
  9. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    Yeah I know, I have some that I'll post up once I upload them to Photobucket.

    In the meantime Happy New year!

    Garrett
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    advdoctor n00b

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    I'm no rocket scientist, so someone is going to have to explain that you tube video spewing out gasoline to me.

    If there was pressure build up which you would expect with vaporized gas (which has a higher degree of volume expansion with temperature change than a fluid does), it would burp air. To spew fluid gas, he must have filled it up to the rim at very cold temperatures, not consumed any fuel and let it get fairly hot.:patch
  11. Wentjo

    Wentjo Been here awhile

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    I saw the same thing happen on a 4-wheeler, and his vent tube wasn't blocked. So I'm not sure how to explain in myself.
  12. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    Yesterday and the day before a group of buds got out on our bikes with studded tires and enjoyed some spectacular winter riding west of Calgary here in Alberta.
    My buddy Andy "likes" my 500 a bit too much. It was a little awkward...
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    SeatConcepts seat is a must!

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    We took a break on this frozen river, it was like a curling rink and really slippery.

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    The 500 ran flawlessly and winter riding is a blast. I'm going out again next weekend as long as it doesn't get too cold. Today was about -8 celcius. we were riding in areas that you can't ride in summer, marshy bogs and steep slick hills are frozen and easy to navigate with the studs and the 500 tractors really well. I'm still getting to know the bike so I haven't done any suspension setup yet. I'm thinking the bike would benefit from a steering damper as it's quick and light to steer. I ended up making 4 or 5 inadvertant "snow angels" over the last 2 days but it's good fun!

    Garrett
  13. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    One more shot...

    I didn't leave my 500 alone this time. KDX guy is taking the picture. :D

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    It's because the cap at end of hose ball bearing in there gets stuck
  15. Atomic Wedgie

    Atomic Wedgie n00b

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    Am I the only one not thrilled with the 500 EXC? So far I've had two ruptured fuel ines (ended up replacing the stock FI line with Gates FI line and a Golan filter). And I'll be damned if I can't keep the bike from flaming out and stalling, so far I've removed all of the smog equipment, put an FMF Q silencer on, and have added a JD Jetting 6X tuner...and this bike refuses to run right at low RPM's. I've had a couple of near get offs when approaching gnarly g-outs, crack the throttle and the bike bogs or just plain flames out. I've ridden Yamaha WR's for the past ten years and those didn't take near the work to get them to run right.
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    Yeah, A.W. how many hours on your bike? It takes about 15-20 hrs to get it running good. Ditch that JD tuner and have your dealer put on the Acrop/Aus map. It runs great, esp with an open muffler.
  17. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    I can only speak from my experience riding a '12 350XCW and '12 500XCW at a KTM demo ride, plus the '13 350EXC-W I now own.
    The 500XCW I test rode ran perfectly like an FI bike should. I had my '13 350 desmogged by the dealer and re-mapped with the unrestricted "Euro" map. It runs perfectly. If I could think of a word better than perfect, I would use it. I wouldn't plug in an aftermarket tuner at this point if you paid me. It runs better than the '12 350XCW I demo'd. Originally, you couldn't re-flash the ECU's and the aftermarket tuners made sense. Now that your KTM dealer can unrestrict them, I think that is the way to go. If it was my bike, I would get a dealer to re-flash it and take the aftermarket tuner out as a baseline and then see if you need any changes. You will love it once sorted.
  18. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Happy New Year to all you 5Hunny riders out there...and well everyone else too...


    I thought I would post up some vids of our New Years Day 100 ride near Pensacola FL.

    Sun was out and temps we in the 70s. 15 of us rode just over 100 miles... almost no pavement.

    Just trying out my new Countour. No Music to offend anyone... no commentary...


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC5yDOODJMo&feature=youtube_gdata


    Atomic Wedge ... the bike has some minor teething problems but this scoot is awesome. Hope you get it sorted out soon.
  19. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Yea been out once a week for the last 3 weeks. I think I'll go 45 min inland and ride the Ocala National Forest tomorrow or Fri. I do enjoy seeing everyone pix. Here is one from my last ride. Wandering Wiregrass Trail - south ONF.

    The snow pix are make me go :huh. Wonder how much it's like sand? I would guess a whole lot of :muutt.

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    Typical winter swamp pix.
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    And Vic that vid looks like Georgia :D. I'm shootin for Tree Man. Ever done it?
  20. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Yes I have been the last two years. Last year is where I rode my first 5hunny. Bought mine as soon as I could find one...

    Hope to see you there. It a great ride. I will be in camper up by the tree line.