The KTM 500 XC-W Thread.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Geek, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Tried to find some elevator music, but couldn't find any good stuff. I thought about Barry Mannilo, but..... then thought better of it.
  2. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    That sucks, and you're right - that could have been a serious disaster, but shit happens. Everybody makes mistakes. To me, what's most important is they get handled. And from what I've heard, Clockworks has done just everything they could to clean-up this mess and make it right. I haven't found any tanks that rival Acerbis fit/finish/quality, but hear mostly good things about the Clockworks tanks.
  3. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    Since I bought this from Just Gas Tanks, Clockwork told me I had to go through them. They couldn't do anything. I rather suspect Just Gas Tanks will point the finger at Clockwork. :rolleyes Which is really just another reason why I'm not going to waste any more time on this.

    I've heard a lot of folks say kind things about Clockwork tanks and the customer service from Clockwork. I will never be one of those folks.:D
  4. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Before the net if you sold a good product or service your customer would tell 1 maybe 2 people. If the experience was bad they told 10+ people. I guess Clockwork doesn't get it. Now, good or bad, thousands of people hear your story. Customer service can be one of the most important aspects of any company.
  5. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    I am running a 15 tooth countershaft sprocket.
    Works great in the tight woods.

    I just want to know what rokit sientist at KTM thought it would be a good idea not to have throttle adjustment at the throttle. :bash

    This bike is a blast to ride. :D
  6. jtmajors

    jtmajors OCD with motorcycles

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    I have a sicass switch for when I made my 500 xcw street legal. I was out riding the other night and flipped the headlight switch to low from off and no lights! I've had the switch on and has worked fine since June. Problem is it's blowing a fuse under the seat when switching from off to low. I've checked all wires and cannot find an exposed wire. All connections are tight an ground seems to be fine as well.

    I called sicass and they blame it on a bad voltage regulator on the bike saying there is a spike in voltage causing the fuse to blow. They say it's not the switch. I haven't called my dealer yet, but what do yall think?
  7. Riding4fun

    Riding4fun Adventurer

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    Can you hook up the old blinker switch and see if it blows fuses too?
    If so it's not the Sicass switch, if not it is the Sicass.
  8. jtmajors

    jtmajors OCD with motorcycles

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    Its an xcw so no blinkers. With the switch set to off the running bulb comes on just fine as well as the taillight. As soon as I switch to low the fuse blows and then also lose the running lights. Brake light still works though.
  9. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    Picked up a slightly used 2013 500 XC-W last night:clap:clap:clap:clap
    Can't wait to hit the durt tomorrow!

    See tag line for first ride impressions . . .
  10. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    Picking up my brand new 500 XC-W this afternoon and trail riding tonight with some friends:lol3 Very excited!
  11. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    :clap
  12. theantipaul

    theantipaul Reforming Neandertal

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    Well, so how'd it go Aaron? Is that bike any good?
  13. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    It's even better than I thought! Picked it up at 4 pm and was trail riding it in the dark by 7:lol3 We rode some two track covered in leaves, which meant slimy roots underneath and the occasional rock that waits to throw you in the woods.
    I'm amazed how good it is right out of the box, I haven't adjusted the sag yet or even touched a clicker..... I'm almost afraid to:lol3

    My KTM dealer told me that a good trail ride is perfect for breaking the motor in, with the variable throttle and of course, the terrain we rode wasn't good for WOT anyway. I did get into the power just a bit to see how it liked to wheelie.. 1-5 seemed to work:lol3

    I'm like an excited puppy, I might accidentally piss on the floor I'm so happy!


    I have a set of .49 springs for the front, I'm sure it probably has .42's in it
  14. Too Tall

    Too Tall Been here awhile

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    Just picked up a '13 500EXC yesterday and guess what, no owner's manual came with the bike. Apparently "backordered".

    Plan to change the oil frequently the first few rides. What is the oil change amount/volume for an oil w/filter change? Drain plug torque? What is the stock spring rate for the front forks?

    Thanks in advance. Let the fun begin!
  15. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    Put a 15 tooth front sprocket on it.
    If you have a friend with a 2012 or 2013 EXC trade him.

    I put a 15 tooth front sprocket on my XC-W, it works great.
  16. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    I really liked the gearing, it was plenty low enough and I could cruise at 50.
    The 500 will be my Enduro and Hare scramble bike, not for DS riding. My 690 is my hard core DS bike. Will the 15 be better for my uses?
  17. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    Here is the video from last night...

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b78gba_8b4o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Zimzooma was filming on his 500 EXC and I'm the wookie in the blue jacket on the 500 XC-W. This is actually a little more open than I normally ride.
  18. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    I just got back from my first dirt (mostly single track, fire road, two track, and this bike is absolutely awesome! It handles like a 250, feels very light, and wheelies in the first 5, like you said. I would not even consider a 15 tooth CS sprocket on the bike. I think it is geared perfectly for off road with the stock 13. You would have to slip the clutch alot with a 15; it would not work for endure/hare scramble. A 14 might be doable if you did a lot of really fast fire-roads and dual sports, but a 15 would be just wrong for this bike IMHO.

    Love it, love it!!:freaky
  19. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    That's what I was hoping to hear, thank you for taking the time!
  20. Wentjo

    Wentjo Been here awhile

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    I have a 13 48 ratio on mine and I love it! Bike will cruise around 65 or 70 on the road comfortably.