Adventurizing a KTM 500exc for RTW Riding

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

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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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. Time to get this KTM ready to take on anything I can throw at it

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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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    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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    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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    "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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    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

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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

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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

    jays100 Been here awhile

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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... Supporter

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  20. TDC_ERock

    TDC_ERock Been here awhile Supporter

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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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