Kartman´s ´98 LC4 Adventure & ´99 660 Rallye Diary Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by *kartman*, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    I´d like to start this thread in order to documentate some of my trips, changes and repairs of the bike and so on ;)

    So let´s start with a few pics I took on saturday, while riding to baja saxonia, which is a rally through an open pit near Leipzig, Germany...

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  2. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Beautiful...









    Did the aliens abduct everyone in Lepzig?????
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  3. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    If you mean the last one... this was back in good old Cottbus, my hometown :rofl
    Saturday evening, about 8 p.m. .... and the town center really was almost completely empty :huh:eek1
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  4. liferider

    liferider Never It's enough

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    You are in the no-dirt-land!
    I like my bike when it's dirty, but here it's covered with dust even when she stays in town.
    Some times It would be great to be able to keep she like yours just for a change.
    Nice pics, Kartman!
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    header Chris

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    Ive been thinking about a thread like this one for myself, I think they would be great fun.

    I really like your pictures and your bike.

    This should be a good thread with time. :lurk
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  6. thechickencow

    thechickencow Been here awhile

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    Those are nice pics, great start!
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  7. endurists

    endurists Adventurer

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    Hi!

    Nice bike and nice pictures!
    Do You like this exaust? Is this something special or OEM for this year?
    I have the same bike and the same exaust and can not to decide change it for SXC exaust or not :)
    http://www.getaway.lv/gallery/image/22235

    Kalvis, Latvia
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  8. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    I think the HXC exhaust is pretty okay....but mine still has the sieve in the end cap and so it´s very quiet....
    For rally / racing purpose I´m thinking about to buy a SXC....
    Akrapovic and co are too expensive....:huh

    By the way, I´m actually planning to get a bit of rally-flair for the bike ;)
    I want to add a rally skid plate, keihin fcr 39, foam grips, roadbook and some other changes :evil Any other ideas I could add ?
    If you want to, I could document the work and post some photos here :)
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  9. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    You did the Baja Saxiona on those tires? [​IMG]

    R-E-P-S-C-E-T! [​IMG]
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  10. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    lol no, of course not.... I watched the Baja Saxonia ;)
    I wanted to see if I would like it... and I´m thinking about to take part next year :evil
    The Metzeler Enduro 3 tyres really are mostly for street use... but I used them in deep mud once.... without falling down :rofl
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  11. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    So you want to use your bike for amateuer rally use? (no typo)

    If so, take one other good look at that shiny bike because you are going to ruin it! Scratches, dents, bent subframes, dirt everywhere, and you are going to love it at the same time! Hahaha.

    What kind of offroad riding do you already do (on another bike probably)?
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  12. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    I´m not doing any dirtriding so far.... bought the Adventure last octobre and so now I´m starting "to get dirty" :D
    Maybe next year is too early to take part, because of course I need practise an so on... but we will se.
    First I want to prepare the bike and then do some training.
    Unfortunately our local offroad track has closed due to some problems with environmental protection :hack
    And it´s hard to find legal dirt tracks or proper areas for offroad riding here in Germany :(:
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  13. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Can I give you some advice? I only started riding offroad like 4 years ago. I started with a meticulously prepared BMW F650 GS Dakar with WP USD forks, rally dash with roadbook/IMO, 18"/21" wheels etc. No scratch everywhere.

    I joined some roadbook ride-outs from the Dutch GS Club, did my own allroad/offroad riding. Fell every once in a while of course. After 6 months I got fed up with it. For my lack of riding experience that bike was just a handfull too much. Still quite heavy, vulnerable and simply said not the easies bike to ride. I bought myself a DR650SE (which I know these can be had in germany for around 2000 euros). Played with it to no end. Now that was fun! 35 kgs lighter, lower center of gravity, hardly anything to break and easy to pick up after you fall. After 2 years I sold it for what what I paid for in the first place. While the F650GS Dakar was already sold long time. Now I have an Xchallenge which I love to no end.

    My advice to you, get a cheap, oldish DR650/TTR600 type of bike and use that for learning your skills, mud puddles, sand washes. Only after you feel confident start using the Katoom Adv. You will love it even more that that old learners bike, but in the meantine you've kept the learning curve low enough, and you haven't crashed that very nice KTM Adv of yours.


    (my €0,02)
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  14. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    Maybe you won´t believe me, but I (in general) bought this adv as a cheap bike for playing in the dirt.
    It was the cheapest one which I could find in the Internet....but it also seemed to be one in best condition :eek1
    I really made a great deal for it.... So it´s really a dilemma... on the one hand I have a cheap bike... but on the other hand it´s to nice for riding it in dirt :huh

    And to buy a third one (I own a 2004 LC4 Prestige Supermoto, too) .... everyone would declare me completely nuts :rofl

    I already thought about buying another (used) tank, because the original one is in perfect condition and I think this is really rare.
    The other plastic parts (except the wind shield :huh) are relatively cheap, so that would be no problem to replace them sometime, I think...
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  15. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    Before....
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    And after :evil:evil:evil:D Keihin FCR 39 MX :clap
    Of course the choke cable is missing on the pic, but in general that´s it.
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    Due to the shape of the frame it is really tight :eek1

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    I got major problems with attaching the throttle cabels...
    The original Dellorto PHM 40 uses only one cable, which has a small nipple on the carb-side and a bolt on the side for the throttle grip.
    The Keihin uses two cabels (open/close, but of course you know that ^^), which have no bolts.... so my problem was to attach them on the original throttle grip. After boring out the thread of the throttle grip and adapting the cables to the grip, I determined that the cables are damaged in the inside, because they get stuck sometimes :huh:cry
    I know ordered 2 new ones including a dimono throttle grip....
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  16. wrk2surf

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    yeah thats funny when you order the throttle you get the grip .. wheres the other one???, they should offer or give you the other ... had to cut mine off... funny
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  17. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    The grips aren´t the problem, I anyway want to mount foam grips ^^
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    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Go Bacon Go! :D
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  19. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    HMhmh... does anybody know which tripmaster remote switch fits to my KTM ?
    May I can use the one from the new EXC models (and change the connectors...) ?
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  20. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    Hey guys, here´s an update:

    Just mounted some lower rally footpegs :evil
    I´m pretty tall, so I had problems with riding upright, but I think this problem is solved now :1drink

    A comparison between old (left) and new footpeg.
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    Isn´t it nice ;)
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    Furthermore my KTM now has foam grips...

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