KTM 525 EXC as an Adventure Bike

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

  1. Datan556

    Datan556 2stroke a day keeps the doctor away

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    Is the oil cooler an absolute necessity, I know it will provide more help to egine and increase oil capacity but should I invest in one asap?
  2. RuckedUp

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    What sort of riding are you planning on? I installed one on my 450 for some desert riding I did in Tunisia last year. For woods/enduro riding I would say its over kill. It is a good conversation starter though. Lots of people ask me what it is. PM me if you would like links to my install.
  3. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    I hate to ask here, but I'm not having luck elsewhere. Does anyone have a headlight lens they want to sell? (i.e., left over after an upgrade). It would be for a 2007 525 EXC, so, rectangular and glass. Let me know by PM. Thanks.
  4. Datan556

    Datan556 2stroke a day keeps the doctor away

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    Well that just answers my question, i will be doing trails and use it in the desert just for a fun. Will not be doing long hauls seeing that it isnt plated
  5. crazybrit

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    I posted this over at ktmtalk. I was sent it by Trailtech a couple of weeks ago. I'll post it here in case anyone ever needs the info (for knowing when it's safest rpm wise to run accessories). I received it as 'KTM stator test 12182009.pdf' but it's easier to host it as a JPG. The tests I've run on my 07 450 seem to confirm the values but if you have questions about it, you should ask Trailtech.

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  6. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    Are those results for a straight stator swap or do they also include an upgraded rotor/flywheel?

    Dave
  7. crazybrit

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    I believe just the stator but I cannot be sure.

    It's probably fair to say that the claims of +8 to +10W at idle for their flywheel should be treated with some sceptism. Perhaps +10% which would be +4.5W to +5W @idle. For a while +10W @idle = +10% @idle, I'll leave figuring this out as an exercise for the reader :D
  8. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    I was going to buy a 950 adv but after talking long and hard with a mate of mine that had done this type of riding for years I went against it. He maintained lighter smaller bikes where where it's at for adventure riding. I've just bought a KTM 640 adv that is weight reduced because of this.

    He himself rides a KTM 690 enduro rally raid.

    I know nothing as of yet about my 640 but will by the end of the summer. But according to him their a very reliable bike. He's had 2. He has 1 now. :D
  9. skianreid

    skianreid Boulder Moto

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    That 640 is a great bike congrats. If baja is your land of Shangra La don't think you can pick a better adventure travel rig. Lot's you can do with that one. This particular thread is about the smaller RFS bikes as an adventure bike. Adventure riding is very personal. Some guys are iron butts dirt roads and haciendas. Others are about double track and some single track .
    One thing about the RFS is it is a great motor design and bomber. The bike itself is fairly light for adventure riding(of course you need to define your style of adventure riding). The ruff thing about the RFS is the oil change interval compared to an LC4 (your 640) or an LC8 (a 950) for long distance adventuring.
    If your riding long doubletrack days IMO the 640 is one of the best bangs for the buck. Great bike easy to work on. On long slab the vibration of that thumper can be debilitating. Plus that stock tank gives great mileage, better than a 950 or 525. If you need a bike that is comfortable doing that but also dez singletrack then the RFS in a 450 525 or 540 is the ticket. Only bummer with the RFS IMO as an adventure rig is the oil service intervals required because of the tight tolerances in the engine. Fuel capacity mods are an easy fix. Oil is a trickier subject.
    I feel the next great class is the adventure 700. When we get a 700 vtwin (less vibration) in a lightweight package thats gonna be the ticket IMO fo radventure. I just hope they dont put EFI on it. Nothing like a carb for adventure travel. Till then we all are here modding our RFS to handle the torture of long days adventuring in the dez.
  10. Capt.saveaho

    Capt.saveaho Been here awhile

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    I probably should have looked first but... I am doing my water pump seal AGAIN and I was looking at thumper racing and they make a larger impeller, is it worth it? Also is anyone running non motorex oil in their RFS?
  11. StanS

    StanS New Guy On The Block

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    I run the mino water pump that Thumper Racing offers in my 613 EXC and two other small bore KTMs and they work great.

    I also run Two2cool oil in all of my bikes and have been for years. No issues! Bikes run cool and no adverse signs of wear.
  12. xr400r

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    I am looking at a 03 525 exc and an 04 525 exc they as reliable as say an 07?
  13. Capt.saveaho

    Capt.saveaho Been here awhile

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    More or less, I own and 07 and have ridden an 03 450 and 06 450 and they have all been solid bikes!!!
  14. RAZR

    RAZR in person I'm actually a nice guy. I promise.

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    what KTM parts site do you guys prefer?

    i live in California FYI.

    i just ordered from Cycle Hutt and it seems that it's going to take them over 1 week to get basic maintenance parts ie; brake pads and Twin Air filter. :huh

    i've used Mike's Cycle Supply and KTM World and was happy with them.

    :ear
  15. crazybrit

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    Powersports Warehouse is 40% off list. Cheapest I've found. Non-existent customer service but I always get what I ordered. They charge shipping based on value of order but seem to have become better in last year. For large orders the 40% really adds up. You also get e-mail notification of tracking. Downside is that they are in South Carolina, so it's like 7 days UPS to west coast.

    Munn Racing. I've learnt it pays to be very clear/consistent in how you communicate with them but their heart is solidly in the right place and they answer questions (better on the phone than e-mail). They charge only what freight co charges them for shipping but you never know ahead of time what this amount is and there is no notification of shipping/tracking. For small orders, this is who I use as they ship fast and will ship 1st class mail, priority etc and always seem to have the items in stock.

    Cycle Zone KTM. Used them a few times. Mike is a helpful guy.

    The one place I unfortunately avoid is my dealer. They charge full price and it's 20 miles each way in a direction I never travel.
  16. zestymac

    zestymac Been here awhile

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    +1 on Cycle Zone...

    I bought a used piece from Chip at Munn and it was a good transaction...
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    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    +1 on Munn Racing.
    Also Slavens Racing, descent prices and when you call, Jeff Slavens anwers the phone.
  18. crazybrit

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    I'm mounting a DDM HID light right now, requires running a wire back to the battery. I'm already pinching 12V power for GPS, electric vest etc, so I was wondering if there was a better way.

    Has anyone found a cool way of mounting a fuse box close to the headlight area? Three outputs (always on) would be fine. I know Ned used a Fuzeblocks FZ1 in the Dakar but I can't see any clean way to mount something that large on a stock bike plus it's overkill for what I need. Obviously the solution is a NAV tower :D

    I started a thread in Thumpers. The Eastern Beaver 3 circuit isn't long enough for where I was thinking of mounting it but these guys sell the Metri-pak 3x fusebox individually so I could roll my own version.

    Not entirely sure on a good mounting location ... I was thinking of making a taller version of the mounting panel where the ktm molex connectors snap into (behind the headlight mask), with room for a second row, but looking closer I'm not sure it will clear with the wiring behind the existing one.

    Seeking inspiration, curious if anyone has come up with a good solution?
  19. G Goat

    G Goat Been here awhile

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  20. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Because I wanted to be able to plug multiple items in near the headlight. I don't really want to have to run multiple wires from a battery located fuse box upto the headlight area. I was hoping to run just one 20A fused wire from the battery to the headlight area, and then mount the fusebox near there.

    Mounting something near the battery box isn't as much of a challenge.