2012 ktm 500 exc?

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  1. Mountainhound

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    Well yesterday just wasn't my day, I was supposed to meet a guy for a ride and on the way there the caribiner at end of strap came off tie down on truck, how I've no idea. Then when I got to meeting spot I got bike and all gear out of truck and go to start getting ready when I realize I am a complete dumb ass, I forgot my boots. So didn't have no ride in the woods only on some woods roads ;( 20200925_114130.jpg
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  2. timeOday

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    Would have been so much worse with a trailer hitch rack
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  3. Mountainhound

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    Isn't That truth, always a bright side.
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  4. todd83-900t

    todd83-900t Been here awhile

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    Most of your oil questions can be answered by sending a sample to Blackstone for an oil analysis.
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  5. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junky

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    if the trailer hitch rack uses straps :-)
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  6. timeOday

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    This has probably been answered somewhere but with the kind you put bolts through the footpegs, isn't it more of a problem when you run low on ground clearance driving through a ravine? Then instead of sliding the rack on the ground you're dragging the bike wheels sideways.
  7. Bungholio

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    Don't drive through a ravine. The kind with hydraulic lift raise the bikes pretty high, ultimate mx hitch hauler for instance. Now the kind with the wheel tray that protrude 2 feet behind the vehicle might be an issue.
  8. Kyron

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    You are changing the oil filter and cleaning the screens..... right

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  9. DIRTLER

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    Yes, the oil doesn't really look dirty its just that it used to be clear in the site glass for a few hundred miles and now its dark at only 25 miles.
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  10. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    I thinks it is a good observation. I wouldn’t panic either. I would think about what might be behind the color change—coolant as suggested, clutch plates, some kind of sludge buildup breaking down, ???? Kinda old school, but I might flush with diesel or solvent and see what comes out. FwIW
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  11. oldfuddy

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    Mine doesn’t drag in the AZ mountains/desert. I can run bike binderz or straps. It would drag in a deep ravine though, especially when I run it in the front when I have my trailer on the back. In the back it’s way up in the air as the truck is a 4x4 and clears the ground good.

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  12. RideFreak

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    Obviously the truck's approach angles are seriously affected but the carrier hasn't dragged getting out to the parking areas which isn't always easy. No straps
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  13. oldfuddy

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    Nice, I went with BikeBinders for strapless, didn’t think of making something like you have there.
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  14. timeOday

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    Oh, you do have a rail. I thought without straps we were talking about the mx hauler where the wheels dangle.
    I have never seen one set up like yours.
  15. Mountainhound

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    I have a ultimate mx hauler and have only hooked bike to it a couple times but I did drag tires backing truck up this small hill in my driveway and I must say that soured me about using it. The truck it was on is a 19 f350 with the fx4 package which puts truck on 34" tire so the hitch isn't low, in fact when when ultimate mx hauler is on there I have to lift bike in order to get it on it at its lowest point on flat ground. I really like the idea of it, just not sure it's for me because I always find myself on unlevel ground. 20200927_100501.jpg
  16. jm19328

    jm19328 2020 KTM 500 Exc

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    I have the mx hauler too, super heavy duty
  17. sonic reducer

    sonic reducer Been here awhile

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    i need a new hitch hauler, mine is pretty rusty and a little tweaked too. what would you guys recommend for one that can withstand some harder driving on pretty bad roads? fwiw going on a 2002 toyota tundra 4x4. has a canopy on permanent or i would probably just haul in the bed. i thought about building a new one, i do have the steel for one on hand.
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  19. renogeorge

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    I’ve been using the Ultimate MX Hauler for 20 + years and swear by them. Never had a problem on rough roads or interstates. Easy to store, load and unload with no tie downs needed. Makes a good work stand when you need both wheels off the ground. FWIW
  20. Bungholio

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    Don't know about the hauler but the readyramp is interesting. From joehauler
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