2012 ktm 500 exc?

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  1. Zuber

    Zuber Zoob

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    1000x. Corbin has screwed me over for the last time. Cheap materials, leaky seams, very hard foam, and usually a VERY HEAVY seat. If you ride in and get a custom seat you have a chance of getting what you want before you pay them. But after, forgetaboudit.
  2. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I've got a Seat Concepts seat, and I'm loving it.
  3. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    I have found through the years that seats are a very personal preference item. For some reason I like the very dense and firm foam of Corbin. Other seats I have tried with softer foam are too soft for me.

    Sorry to hear some have had a bad experience with Corbin and I'm sure what has been reported here is accurate. That would drive me away as well but I have had a good experience through the years with them but I have always done the "drive in" to get seats made so I always know what I'm getting before I leave.

    The seat cover they made for me a few months ago, that I picked out, turned out to be too slippery so they are replacing it with a non slip material for "no charge".

    Does any other seat manufacturer have the same dense and firm foam as Corbin? That is the main reason I have stayed with them. My riding buddy has tried their seats and also doesn't like how firm they are so I understand the personal preference people have regarding seats.

    The Corbin seat base is very heavy but the first custom 500EXC seat they made for me used the stock base. I think the Corbin base, even though it is very heavy, provides a firmer base for the wide seat.

    To be fair, I have only tried one other brand of seat other than Corbin.

    Just my 2 cents.
  4. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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  5. ngads

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    This may seem like an insane question but why do you have a 2012 and a '13? Arent they the same minus some graphics changes :huh
  6. YAHBO

    YAHBO Grip and rip since 1983

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    I am about to dive into some mods to my 13 500EXC including a full titanium FMF system. Forgive me if it has been mentioned before but can this exhaust be used straight out if the box without fooling with the FI? It has the XCW map installed by the previous owner and it is desmogged.

    I runs very well now with no fueling issues/popping/flame outs...
  7. oldx

    oldx Long timer

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    Mine runs great with full FMF
  8. MJG2

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    Looks great -
    Did thought turn signal plug in -come with connectors on already
    Did they mount to that new under fender
    And what license plate holder you use
    Doesnt that tail lamp have a tag lamp in it too
  9. MJG2

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    so what are the items in the bag -SAS plug and kick stand bolt
    what are other small bolts and washers and the other plug?
  10. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Yes they are just about identical except for a few minor differences. I ride one and my son rides the other one.

    I had two DRZ400S's we were riding and my son does better on a lighter bike so a year ago I sold one of the DRZ's and bought the 2012 500, my first KTM purchase.

    I wanted to see if I liked it and how reliable it would be. After trading the two bikes back and forth with my son, so we could both compare the DRZ to the KTM, I decided the KTM was a keeper and then sold the other DRZ last fall and bought a second 500EXC. The DRZ and KTM are very different bikes and I like both of them but since I can't have both, I settled on the KTM.

    So far I'm very happy with this particular model and have done a variety of dual sport rides on the 500.

    I have been riding with my son for 21 years now, he started on a PW50 at age 5, and we have logged a lot of miles through the years and I still enjoy riding with him.
  11. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I'm not sure, I don't recall using them.... They gotta be for something....but' I dunno.
  12. Johnnyktm

    Johnnyktm Been here awhile

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    This is a great father-son relationship! I wish I had been able to do this with my dad :clap
  13. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    OK got off the plane from Thailand to land in So-Cal and finally get a look at the 500 and take it round for a spin. Not 15 minutes later i was already pulled over by LEO:huh. Jeez "Toto we're not in Kansas anymore" was going through my head as I got pulled for something that would not even deserve a glance overseas. Wish I had a camera on me to take a pic and send back to my mates in Thailand.

    Anyway back to the bike, so I'm in the midst of a desmog and Golan filter install and came across the lustrous OEM FI hose clamps. Holy shit are these a pain in the arse. Has anyone figured out a way to undo the damn things? I want to retain a curve in the OEM fuel line so don't want to cut the clamp off. Are these clamps removable?
  14. Harpoonalt

    Harpoonalt Been here awhile

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    Ok, still going round and round on my next bike. Originally another xr650l, but. I am 54 headed to 55 and said "shit! , get a bike you really want" I thought F800gs, then "nah, too heavy, too much money and My longest rides will be a couple of hours at most" , so it's now down to 690 vs 500. Sat on a 500 and impressed with the quality feel of everything and it's weight. Frontrunner as of now. I can do the maintenance and learn to do valve checks. My qestion is what major engine work needs to be done and when? And what kind of costs are we talking. My mechanical ability ends at checking valves and even that makes me nervous, but I'll learn. I do 1 or 2 hour fun rides of twisty pavement, dirt roads and limited single track. I hear stories then hear of large amounts of miles with no problems. I'll pay to play but just how much?
  15. bill1960

    bill1960 Been here awhile

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    Those little tangs that lock the clamp can be filed down flush. You can then get a thin screwdriver or similar between where the clamp folds over itself and pry it open.
    Btw, with the Acerbis 3 gal install, I didnt cut the oem hoses to fit the Golan. I simply added a 40mm length of FI hose between the QR and Golan. Also added some protective sheath to the oem hose between the golan and the throttle body as this was rubbing in several areas prior to any modifications.

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  16. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    From what you are describing, especially 2 hour fun rides on pavement and limited single track, I would suggest the 690 because it comes with a cush hub to protect the drive chain from all that traction you will be getting on blacktop.

    I asked my dealer, who is also an avid rider, about putting a cush hub on my 500. He asked if was going to turn it into a Super Moto and I said no and that I would be leaving knobbies on the bike. He said it wouldn't need a cush hub.

    If I planned to do primarily black top and only limited dirt with my 500, I would put a cush hub on my 500 anyway just to be on the safe side, but then again, I think the 690 is more suited for this kind of riding as I believe it is a beefier setup for pavement.

    I probably ride 70% dirt with my 500 and some very technical single track and rocks, so I like the light weight of the 500.

    All that being said, I have a friend with a 690 who can ride it off road much better than I can ride my 500 off road. It may just come down to your skill level.

    The 690 and 500 are both very good bikes and very different.
  17. Zuber

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    The small bolts and the washers are for the battery, but the battery includes them. I think the other plug is for removing the fan switch on the radiator.

    This kit came with the early bikes, to 'tweak' it for the magazine editors and other testers. The dealers weren't to hand them out. Later it only had the kick stand bolt and the battery bolts.
  18. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Thanks for the description Bill.
  19. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    My $.02,
    The 500 will put a bigger smile on your face. I take 100 mile street rides one day then do serious off road riding the next day. I use Knobby tires for everything and settled on Dunlop 606's as a good compromise between tire life and traction.
    My 500 has 5000 miles and 200 hours on the engine without any maintenance other than changing the oil and checking the valve adjustment. The suspension is stock except for a heavier spring for the rear shock. The whole bike is stock but the engine has been desmogged and the ecu has been remapped. I go with the theory "If it ain't broke don't fix it."
    For twisty two lane roads the 500 will be better. If you like the interstates then the 690 will be more comfortable.
  20. bill1960

    bill1960 Been here awhile

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    500 xcw with 160 hrs 7100kms of dualsport riding.
    Valves havent moved.
    EU map from new. Never overheats. No oil consumption between 15hr changes.
    I'm running the Geomax MX51's which the xcw comes stock with, but thats partly because we dont have many choices in Cambodia. Good tyres for offroad and stable enough on slab.

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