KTM 525 EXC as an Adventure Bike

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Karnage, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    OK, last post on this subject...

    I had a chance to use the DDM Tuning HID light this past weekend. I put about 300 miles on the bike, mostly in the mountains on jeep roads, but also a transit of about 70 miles. No problems with the HID system. I also compared the brightness to two other 525s, with stock lights, and the DDM system is MUCH brighter.
  2. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Here is my improvised version, short piece of hose on the little elbow, and a bolt with two hose clamps to block. Have about 25+ hours on it and it never leaked or made any other problems, probably not enough pressure in the system.

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    Don't know if it cools any better, but if you ride in cold weather sometimes I would keep the thermostat.
  3. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    Found some slop yesterday. Not sloppy enough that the bike wouldn't stand up in it on its own... but slop nonetheless.

    Between Phin and Saravan, Laos. Justin kept a straight face when he told me "there's about 20km in this section that's a bit rough".... make that 45km btw... Seven hours to do about 140 km. Ran out of juice at 100 k after this... Fabulous bit of track.

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    Got some help in a couple of places....

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  4. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    i'm looking at the fan kit, and where it bolts to my EE rad guards. there is a hose that wants to be in the exact same place as the fan, and i have a friend who has had that hose fail due to rubbing on the fan housing.

    i thought if it improves cooling as well, i'd do it just for that, as well as fan clearance. but sounds like i should keep it (it does get cold around here!)

    anybody have any pics of their fans mounted to EE guards, and how the hose routes by it? :ear
  5. bhorocks

    bhorocks Been here awhile

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    Got Light?

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  6. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    holy crap, what are those?
  7. bhorocks

    bhorocks Been here awhile

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    Baja designs onx lights. They are bright... no joke..

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  8. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Holy cow! I want to see a night shot of those things in action. Night ice racing this winter anyone? Nothing like blinding your competition.
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    I'm with B, send us a night shot and some poor sucker with burnt out retnas:lol3
  10. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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  11. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    Well, there used to be a bridge here.... sure glad I wasn't on the Super Enduro here...

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  12. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Never trust anyone that says:

    * the checks in the mail
    * Its only a cold sore
    * Its only a short section of rough stuff.

    :lol3 Glad you;re having fun and that section is indeed a real fun section. The pictures don't show the part that is dropping off boulders up and down the gullies. That section was sooo awesome I did not stop to take any pictures either.

    Remember when we talked about approaching mud holes and looking for alternative ways around the hole that have been hacked out with machetes and such??? In the above picture looks like ya jumped in without looking:deal. haha don't worry as I've kicked myself bunches of times doing the same thing and being knee deep in the muck only to notice the alternative path off to the side. Keep having fun on the bike:clap.
  13. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    I'm thinking an 8" HID spot on top of that bottom row would make a good setup for the Baja 1000.
  14. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Over at the local auto parts store (napa here) I picked up a package of rubber hose caps of various sizes. One of them fits perfectly over the aluminum nipple. Just add a little hose clamp and whala.
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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  16. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Now you're just going to confuse averyone with that Frenchy stuff:scratch And I don't know nothin about no musical instruments either:tough
  17. bhorocks

    bhorocks Been here awhile

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    Really want to get it out for some night shots but had to go out of town. When I get back I'll provide!
  18. Bungholio

    Bungholio Been here awhile

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    Exactly what I did on my 530 since the thermo switch supplied with the fan didn't work. :cry
  19. espressodrinker

    espressodrinker Cape Town Wanderer

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    I was looking in a lighting store today and they sell Osram 4 watt 12 volt A/C LED lamps for down lights.
    Now I know that the stock headlight is A.C. and nominally 12 volt, so would this work as a spotlight globe?
    If the stator is giving out single phase power, than at 3600 rpm the frequency would be 60 Hz, so a lot of the time the globe would be running at very high a/c freqquency, but would it matter?
    The specific globe is
    Osram LED STAR MR16 20 25.
    Just for a laugh I put one across the headlight and it seems to work fine.
    Don't know how long it will last though because I think the stator isn't very well regulated. I measured 30v A/C across the headlight !
  20. BHW

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    2005 525 EXC....things to look for, avoid, etc for that particular model?