Adventurizing a KTM 500exc for RTW Riding

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by rtwpaul, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Time for a new bike for me, a 2016 500exc six days, time to prep it and get it ready for more RTW travel.

    This is the blank canvas, so to speak

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    Over the last ten years or so I've been collecting gpx dirt tracks, I've accumulated over a million km's of them and have put together a crazy route using a few of them combined...

    Time to get this KTM ready to see how much of a dent it can put in this orange line...let the adventurizing begin

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  2. radmann10

    radmann10 Derf Supporter

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    Cool Paul, I'm in for the duration!
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  3. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Nice one - let the games begin.

    It is a used one I guess. How many km / hours of duty already?

    IN
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  4. shrederscott

    shrederscott Long timer

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    Hi

    Great bike to build on ! !

    Look forward to this story

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  5. fagro

    fagro Been here awhile

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  6. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    I have read several of your ride/build reports but only found you on ADV less than a year ago.
    So finally, I will be following your report from day “one” (actually day 2 cause you started last night after I hit the sack)
    But glad to be here for the full ride.
    Looking forward to seeing where we go.

    Thanks for all your previous RR and most excellent images.
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  7. 06motorradman

    06motorradman Been here awhile

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    Your wife lets you park your bike in the house? I'm in.
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  8. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    Wife lets him park inside the house? obviously you may need rethink the possibility of that..
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  9. THRASHED

    THRASHED In your helmet, no-one can hear you sing, I hope.

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  10. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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  11. benjamin1031

    benjamin1031 Been here awhile

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    Let the bike porn begin!!!!
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  12. greasyfatman

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    "Roads? Where we're going we won't need roads.?

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    Immediately what I thought when I saw the bike.
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  13. TropicalDale

    TropicalDale The Adventures of Peter Pan

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  14. Requiem84

    Requiem84 Riding around the world @gravelforbreakfast.com

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    The 500exc seems to get more and more traction as a sensible ultra light RTW bike!
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  15. Bt10

    Bt10 Been here awhile

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    Hopefully KTM doesn't "fix" it for a few more years. I'd love to see this come into its own right as a lite weight offroad adv.
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  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    The story goes something like this

    • Guy #1 buys 2016 500exc scares him to death sells it after one ride
    • Guy #2 buys it from guy #1 laughing as he pulls away, after one ride he's scared too...trades it in on a minivan
    • Guy #3 (the car dealer) who I bought it from, rode it once then it started snowing, then stored it in his office hoping for a break in the weather that luckily never happened, casually lists it to see if there was any interest, not expecting a sale in the dead of winter, he's in Michigan...then I come along.
    He had kind of heard of me, so was he interested what I would do with it and where I would take it, he was about to pull the listing but I got him to change his mind.

    I picked up a 2016 500exc six days with 24 hours and 543 miles on the clock, so basically just broken in. This was a few weeks back, at the time I was in Colombia, selling my DR650 that I'd just put 44,000 miles on thru the Americas

    The pending sale of that bike made me look for the next bike...this.

    I wired the money over had it shipped to AZ and it arrived a few days before I did, looking like this

    The bare canvas so to speak...

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    let the madness begin...







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  17. jays100

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  18. eakins

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    How are you going to luggage / tools / parts that rear up? Looks like thin pickings back there to me but I know you're a wizz.
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  19. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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  20. TDC_ERock

    TDC_ERock Been here awhile

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    Good stuff... depending on timing I may join the kickoff party at the starting line up in NC.
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