2012 ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. charlie27

    charlie27 Adventurer

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    i went with the Dunlop D606 too in 130 width.

    So far so good. Traction better than the OEM tire from what I can tell - or maybe because it's new
  2. Dirty in all

    Dirty in all Adrenaline Junkie

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    That second number is a ratio to the width, took me a long time to get over that fact so because it's a 90 doesn't really mean it's taller or not as much taller than you would think.

    I don't know if this calculator really applies exactingly but it kind of does the job. It really helped me with understanding sizes at least.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tirecalc.php?tires=140-80r15-130-90r15
  3. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    If you have your rear sag set at 4 inches try increasing it to 4.5 or 5 inches.
    For me it made the bike handle better and it lowered the bike. My bike is set at 5 inches rear sag.
  4. DiVango

    DiVango Been here awhile

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    Installed the new 14-50 gears and chain. Very impressed with the new gearing. Now I can chug around the trails in 3rd gear and 1st is good for really tight stuff. 6th is now high gear instead of an overdrive. Chugs in 6th gear at 45mph which is perfect for most of my street use. Still can hit 75+ if I need the higher speeds. IMO this should be the stock factory gearing for this bike.

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  5. StevenD

    StevenD Hmmmm, dirt!

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    It is, in Europe, at least on my '13 exc!
  6. mmjsport

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    It's also the stock gearing in the US now for the 2014.
  7. Bungholio

    Bungholio Been here awhile

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    If KTM did that nobody would be spending money on new sprockets and longer chains :D

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  8. DiVango

    DiVango Been here awhile

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    That is the truth! Would not have a pretty Orange Sprocket and Gold Chain. I am pretty sure they make me go faster:)

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  9. lukeinlondon

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  10. Vinnie the Snake

    Vinnie the Snake Long timer

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    Picked my EXC500 up today.....Hope this thing turns out to be a winner for me......all in now...:evil
  11. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    I am still hopeful too although I have owned one for a few months

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  12. MasterMarine

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    I broke my kickstand on the first day of an 8 day 1330 mile ride in Nevada last week. Does anyone have a suggestion on which aftermarket unit to buy? Damn thing fell over on the gravel shoulder of a paved road and folded the kickstand up under itself.

    The bike was fantastic for the trip. I need to get it re-sprung and lowered a bit. I must have dropped it at least 10 times just because it is so tall and hard to get on and off of for me. Especially when loaded down with the Giant Loop and a tank bag. 14:50 gearing was spot on. I got between 40 and 50 mpg depending on how hard the trails were. Awesome bike! :clap
  13. YAHBO

    YAHBO Grip and rip since 1983

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  14. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Sounds like an awesome ride. Yeh, ProMoto is probably the best aftermarket choice for the kickstand. Sounds like your bolt may have just fallen out. :(
  15. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    If you want to replace the whole kickstand, PMB has the best and most durable one.

    If you just want a bigger and more sturdy foot, Brap has an aluminum replacement.
  16. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    I should have been more specific. The actual kickstand broke right at the pivot bolt. It kind of ripped as it bent. So, I need the whole setup. I had not seen in this or the other 500 threads where anyone had replaced a kickstand so thought I would ask for input.

    It was an awesome ride and I will make a Ride Report for it but it will probably be a while. A lot of my life was on hold in preparation for the ride and now I am going to have to get some of that stuff done first.
  17. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    Can you post a copy of the GPS track if you have one? It would be nice to see where you went.
    Thanks
  18. YAHBO

    YAHBO Grip and rip since 1983

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  19. Nice_Rumble

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    Too tall seems to be a common theme with the EXC. I'm 5' 9" and while I could touch tippy toe style I felt for safety reasons to lower the rear shock 1". I had Factory Connection here in NH take an inch of travel out of the shock. I then slid the forks up the same amount to balance out the bike. I then reset the sag.
    I can now "almost" flat foot when stopped. $240.00 for the work on the shock but I dropped it off and picked it up. I know Motolabdirtbikes ($200 plus $40 shipping) in AZ does the same thing and may be a better choice as it may be closer.
  20. mtbmitch

    mtbmitch n00b

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    I run 14/51 gearing on my 13 350 xcf-w here in Idaho. I first tried a 14 with the stock 52 rear and found that the bike just revved out to quick and did not pull in the lower gears, then tried a 50 and could not go slow enough in 1st for the tight stream and switch back stuff (trials back ground). The 51 is just right for me. I also run a dirt tricks cooling fan. Like the idea of extra air over the radiator in the tight stuff.