2012 ktm 500 exc?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Visigothic, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Duzitall

    Duzitall old dude

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    Ha! That 300 was never EPA legal anyway, so of course it's only used to race to the mailbox.

    EDIT: What do y'all call your EPA in that 3rd world county anyway? Hahaha
  2. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    LoL Environment Canada. They're c__ksuckers too
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  3. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Jockey

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    OF, I was thinking of pulling the trigger on them till I read your problems with them in another thread, that's allot of $$ if they don't work out.
  4. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Yes, didn't work out for me on the thumper, but think they will be fine on the twin. Don't get me wrong, they are a work of art and have lots of options on the clamp mount. Very nice quality stuff. Cruising and trail riding was no issue. Sustained high RPMs for me during hare scrambles in the desert didn't work. Just got numb. Doesn't happen to everyone. I'm probably just weaker and older than others.
  5. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Dang, sounds like my home made clamp/hand guard/dash panel rig may have been worth the trouble after all. I've got all kinds of old hand, wrist, arm and shoulder injuries. :puke1
  6. oldfuddy

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    ^^^^^^ sounds like you could use a set of flex bars.... I'd love to have some of those.
  7. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    I haven't had any numbing issues with mine at all but I don't race desert and have younger hands and wrists. On the two strokes I've had them on I get some numbing in my right hand every once and awhile. I have thought of going with some reflex racing hand guards.
  8. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Love to have flex bars, if it weren't for the weight and the $$$.

    I might come up with something else that works about as good. :D
  9. jackbyo

    jackbyo @sunnysideup_mc

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    So by stout do you mean they are too rigid, causing vibrations which makes your hands numb?
    I was considering a set but wouldn't have thought different handguards could make much difference to hand numbing
  10. oldfuddy

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    Yes, stout as in rigid. There's different mounting options. I choose the "Big bolt" for the bar end. The big bolt combined with the rigidness and the fact the HDBs mount to the top clamp(s) means the bar ends do not flex. Other hand guards that mount to the bar end and then clamp to the bars close to the triples still allow the bars to flex and allow some dampening. The HDBs with the big bolt for me allowed no dampening and no flex from the top clamp all the way out to the bar end and this resulting in high rpm vibs at the bar ends. Throttle hand first, then clutch side (don't know why it happened in that order). Again though, I can't stress the top shelf quality of HDBs IMO. They are like over engineered good. They are more money, but you get what you pay for. Maybe the traditional mounting on the bar end would have reduced the vibs for me, don't know. Plenty of folks i ride with have them on thumpers with no issues and trail riding I didn't have any issues. That said, I don't see them at the track. Only one ride on my twin with them, but I rev'ed it good with no issues. And the mirrors are a great way to free up bar real estate.
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  11. Stu

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    Bitingdog -- My 300 XC is plated as well so I can also race to the mailbox. I have a similar Sicass Racing lighting setup which I turn on when I am leaping across roads from ditch to ditch. Can't touch the roads. That would be illegal.

    Oldfuddy -- I bought the '16 top triple clamp that has rubber inserts for the handlebar mounts for my '14 300 XC. That cut vibration on the 300 a lot. I used KTM's isolastic mounts for my 500 EXC and that cut the vibration down a lot for me. The new '17 EXC motor may have a different balance factor if the crank is also the newer, lighter one. If that is the case the vibration at higher revs might be different as well. I've been told that the new EXC will also have the rubber inserts for the handlebars in the top triple clamp.

    Stu
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  12. Duzitall

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    Dang, I wish I had a plated 300. I'm certain it has happened but I'd probably do jail time in So. Cal. for even trying. You guys have helped confirm my choice to go with the Scotts/BRP rubber sub-mount stabilizer kit. Since photos of bikes make me happy, here she is clean with my boy, Max.

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  13. oldfuddy

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    ^^^^ not only cleaned up, but it hasn't ate the plate holder yet. Nice.
  14. Duzitall

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    Seems to have lots of clearance since I cut it and raised the plate up as far as possible. It's actually shorter now than it was in this photo. Reflectors are gone too and the axle lives farther forward now with the 50T rear sprocket.
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    I think it also has to do with the plastic flexing down when making your suspension work that hard. Making the underfender move forward just enough for the rear tire can grab it. Hope yours works for you though.
  16. CanadianX

    CanadianX Don’t leave a steaming pile for others.

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    I run grip puppies on my bikes, just slid them over the OEM with a little tugging and cursing and all good to go. Fatter grip fits my big mitts better. Over time they will conform to your death grip but still dampen. I've been running the same set for at least 2yrs on the 500 and much longer on my GSA. <$20 from twistedthrottle.
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    CanadianX Don’t leave a steaming pile for others.

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  18. RideFreak

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    :nod I got a zero mile replacement when you're ready.
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  19. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    The kickstarter hits the stock footpeg too. The kickstart lever has a flat spot on it where it contacts the footpeg to use it as the stop.
  20. Bitingdog

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    Register your 300xc in Nevada or Arizona. You can plate a toaster strudel in Arizona
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