Adventurizing a KTM 500exc for RTW Riding

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

  1. C-Stain

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    So.... what kind of carbeurator does this one have? :hide
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  2. Mofrid

    Mofrid Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks Paul!
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  5. C-Stain

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    Once upon a time in Newfoundland...
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    Who doesn’t have a bike in their living room in the winter?.
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  7. docwyte

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    Very curious to see how you build this
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  8. timeOday

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    Here's a nice little thread on pre/post 2017 differences for purposes of ADV:

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/500-501-pre-vs-post-2017-models-for-adv.1339183/
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  9. elron

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    Thanks timeOday...That's what I remember...2016 holds more oil and has wider gear ratio after 4th than 2017 and later.
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  10. Fast1

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    That is an experience of a lifetime regardless what you use to follow the lines.. I am biased to a 500 though... Best of luck and be safe out there.
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  13. Neil_The_Wheel

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    Excellent! Looking forward to seeing how this bike gets built for RTW travel and seeing said bike in fabulous locations soon.

    Ride on @rtwpaul...
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    ..so Paul I guess this 500 needs no trailering to ride destinations?
    I admire KTM's from a distance, but I'm an ignorant when it comes to KTM, and pure breed dirt bikes. It seems a very high performance machine built for a very specific, but narrow task. I am really excited to see how you will transform this to suit an overland traveler's needs as reliable pack mule that will munch miles after miles with less than ideal frequency of pampering. The simple fact of mentioning hours of operation on these engines really scares the crap outta me thinking to take one too far from home. Let alone several day's distance. I am surely missing a whole lot of the points here so I'll just shut up and watch you do what you do!
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  15. timeOday

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    That's the great thing, Paul's gonna put it to the test, and we're gonna sit back and watch!!
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    Here is my 2012 XCW set up for DS riding.

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    I opted for the XCW primarily because the EXCs were in such high demand and I couldn't find one locally.

    I am sure you already have your build planned, but if you haven't already decided on a rack, I recommend this one:
    https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/parts/pro-moto-billet-"rack-it"-rear-cargo-rack-p?v=10480

    It's $$$ and a PITA to install, but I put mine on 6+ years ago and have not needed to touch it since.

    Kickstands are a known failure on these bikes. Mine finally snapped off recently and I upgraded to the pro moto billet kickstand:

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    Don't know what you plan for a cockpit, but I have been really happy with HDB rally fairing.

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    I am interested to see what you come up with for luggage. Are you sticking with the Moskos?
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  17. RideFreak

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    I think you made a wise decision getting the prev gen to do this. Nothing against the reliability or usability of the current gen bikes but for DS riding I think they went a little too far in their quest for saving weight in the newer models.

    Between my 300 and 500 it's had to say which has been the more reliable bike, both have been rock solid with zero issues.
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    In!
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  20. benjamin1031

    benjamin1031 Been here awhile

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    Between writing articles, writing ride reports, wrenching on a new steed and writing a build thread (all complete with pictures) it’s a good thing you don’t have a “real job”

    I would say I’m appreciative but there has been enough needless flattery to you already... I don’t want your ego swelling too much until the bike is done...
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