New Zealand to Oregon then Alaska on a KTM 500exc and now.....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aaron.S, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I went to the Giant Loop campout over the weekend over by Bend Oregon. I wanted to say thanks to Harold for putting on the event and it was great to meet some people from on here that turned up. I ended up staying a couple extra days and riding around the China Hat area.
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  2. DC950

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    a friend of mine has a piston on a shelf behind the counter at his shop. It's from his 1980 something Husqvarna 500 two stroke that he ran 53 enduro and hare scrambles races on, getting trophies in most of them. It's still in spec.
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  3. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Oh yes absolutely do the full meal deal while it is apart. All I meant was inspecting the key parts for wear after some 850 hours will be interesting and informative especially with future high milage overhauls in mind. It will provide valuable real life information regarding extended service intervals.
    JJ

    Edit....Maybe KTM would be interested in exchanging your high miler for a new motor to do an examination on yours. Couldn't hurt to ask......or dream!
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  4. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I've knocked on KTM's door with no answer but perhaps I'm knocking on the wrong door. I would think they should be a little curious and whats a top end to them to fling my way in exchange for checking it out. It seems with KTM something like this you have to go through a dealer so it helps to have a good dealer to go to bat for you.
  5. 52xc

    52xc Been here awhile

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    You have definately convinced hundreds if not thousands of us on the long term ability of this machine. For the longest time I was thinking of getting a 690/701/950 ec but dreaded the weight. I would think KTM should give you all you want in exchange for the bragging rights
  6. Hopey

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    KTM are probably not keen on finding out in public as we would most likely keep our bikes longer and not upgrade to a newer model so less sales.
    All about the sales numbers.
    Hopey
    Oh great to follow you, very inspiring
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  7. Proud Highway

    Proud Highway one hand waving free

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    The most common criticisms of this line of bikes are the maintenance intervals and longevity. There's no downside to KTM by establishing this kind of reputation. It will increase their market share by poach sales from competitors, improve resale value, improve brand loyalty and support the KTM price premium.
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  8. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    You would think so. I have had more than one person tell me the only reason they decided on the 500 was because of how well my one had done.
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  9. smuts.g

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    I swear by my 500 and won’t change. There is quite a following developing for this beast.


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  10. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    And the brother 501 husqy. A friend i met on here took me out riding in Washington state on his 501 and 250 Huskies. Both are awesome bikes though I'm partial to the 501 for its power. Handles like a dream, too.
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  12. 52xc

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  13. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I might not be on the move at the moment but I'm still getting out on the bike and have been making some new friends in the area. A thank you to Alpinestars as they sent me some new boots and some t shirts etc in exchange for my old boots so they can look at the wear. I pity the person who is going to open that box up.

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    rastawheel Pittsburgh, PA

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    Are you related to Jake?

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    So here is the piston and head after 869.7 hrs and 67764 k I'm thinking it was probably due. piston.jpg head.jpg
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  17. just jeff

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    Looks pretty carboned up. Maybe from the oil useage..... How did the rings and cylinder look? Just did my brother's Honda atv engine. The rings were worn so badly they fell through the cylinder when trying to measure the end gap!:lol3
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  18. Aaron.S

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    Cylinder looks pretty good but I'm doing it anyway as it comes in a kit so to speak with piston and rings . I'll do the valve kit and timing chain with guides.

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  19. kito

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    Have you measured the side play in the big end to see if that is worn ?
  20. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Looks damn good for the use it got. Might as well do it all while in there (and have kit purchased). Of course the carbon in the combustion chamber doesn't indicate how much piston or cylinder wear it may have. That requires measurements to ascertain. At this point it's academic but it would be instructional to know. As well as ring end gap, valve stem play and seating. Who knows, it seems possible it could have been put back into service with just new rings, honing, valve guide seals, and lapping the valves. Any indication the timing chain is stretched or its guides worn?

    Are you planning to ride back to New Zealand, Aaron?