KTM 525 EXC as an Adventure Bike

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

  1. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    I usually kill the engine at long lights in heavy traffic. I did the same thing with my 640. But I also ride in some of the worst traffic in the country.
  2. Whodatschrome

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    I have most of the sizes of tanks for my 525. I also have a cooling fan. The tanks i have are the 3.1 Clarke, 3.4 MXC, 4.1 Safari, 6.6 Acerbis. The Acerbis is HUGE looking! That's all i have to say about the Acerbis. My MXC tank is still my favorite by far.
  3. Guoseph

    Guoseph Been here awhile

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    Yeah I guess maybe I should hunt down an MXC tank and give up on the bike being pretty in black.
  4. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    Post up in the Fleamarket that you're wanting to buy a black Safari tank for a RFS?
    I liked my Clarke tank as well, but the MXC tank provided more protection for my radiators. If I was just using my bike on the road and wanted to color coordinate, I'd go after a Clarke tank.
  5. Guoseph

    Guoseph Been here awhile

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    Thanks, worth a shot.
  6. Scribe

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    The starter on my 07 450 crapped out. Battery checks at 13 volts, no loose connections I can find. Ideas? Starts with 1 or 2 kicks, so not an engine problem.
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Clarke tank is 3.1 gallons? What kind of range are people getting from them? My clutch is still slipping but I have a couple of new ideas to try to find the problem.
  8. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    You can buy the brush kit and fix your starter motor. Usually dirt and worn contact brushes cause failure before windings do. Also check your starter relay and fuse.
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  9. falcn

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    That or but a new starter.
    Brush kit = ~40?
    Starter = 80-90
    Or do both and repair your original to have a spare always ready.
  10. drewjb7

    drewjb7 Been here awhile

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    I have this Clarke tank in black I could let you have for a pittance:

    http://www.justgastanks.com/ktm-450-exc-xc-clarke-gas-tank/

    I typically get 46-48 mpg on my '05 450 EXC with a mix of woods, gravel roads and pavement. But I'm an old slow guy so take that into account.

    PM me if you're interested in the tank.

    Drew
  11. SierraCB

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    Another RFS question... my rear brake SUCKS. Tanks to much movement to engage and when it does it just kinda locks. What's the best solution for bleeding?
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    Make sure the plunger has enough movement to fully return, then push the caliper piston back into the caliper, this back bleeds the system. Remove the old fluid and refill with new. Adjust the pedal and operate until the pads are back in contact with the disc (make sure the fluid level stays topped up) repeat if the pedal is still soft.
    Also check the state of the pads, I've had the pad come away from the backing plate and this give a lot of pedal travel and a crap brake.

    Steve
  13. Whodatschrome

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    30-35 mpg with my 450 of all single track mixed with rocks and roots. I haven't checked mileage yet on my 525.
  14. falcn

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    Also check the bearings on the brake pedal and plunger, and also check your slider pins that the pads slide across.
  15. enduro16

    enduro16 Been here awhile

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    Just get out and ride the old bitch, old school is cool takin yesterday, 525 still BMF, I like this bike a lot better than my 500 EXC in a some ways 20171005_153326.jpg
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  16. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

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    It's all them torques! :D

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    Sean :-)
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  17. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Hey Enduro, what is that left side engine case?
  18. Grreatdog

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  19. Indy Unlimited

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    I have been running the HT oil cooler for over 10 years on my 525. Great bullet proof design makes the total oil capacity about 1.5 quarts.
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  20. bobfab

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    We rode ~500 miles of mostly off-road Moto-camping last weekend in western co and ut. The 525 did awesome! The 400 rfs did good too! Incredible machines [​IMG]


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