Adventurizing a KTM 500exc for RTW Riding

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

  1. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Haven’t talked to Paul in about a month. He suggested the TCAT, might end up being the best option in our current world.
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    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    Sorry aussieadv, i dont know what came over me, wont happen again.:lol3
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  3. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Yeah, but you have to know what he means by his "backyard." For him that means doing a couple of BDRs in succession in the southwest!
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    Dusty Rider Seeking Neverland

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    My bike cost less...
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    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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  6. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    I dont mind scrubbing up my $300 Kriegas but it wouldnt go down so well (pun?) with $1,300 MM’s.

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    Thank you for posting that video, good info!
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    eakins Butler Maps

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    So were are you holed up Paul during all this world craziness?
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  10. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter

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    He was spotted in Louisiana last week.

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  11. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Sounds like how people talk about Big Foot or Elvis!!

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  12. counter shaft

    counter shaft Adventurer

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    In total lockdown here so the adventure plans are on hold.
    Have luggage and extended tank ready to fit, home made nav tower is setup and working with 12v power, lightweight tent etc.. but don't see the point in fitting it all till we at least have a departure date in sight. Which could be very late in the summer (or even 2021) the way things are going.

    Still, got an opportunity to put her back to standard trim and get some test rides in.

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    G/L Coyote

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    Standard trim

    I have all the original 6d plastics but prefer KTMs to be orange. The airbox covers I ordered from KTM are the type to match the bigger tank and they don't fit with the standard tank, hence the original covers there.
  13. kubcat

    kubcat Long timer Supporter

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    what brand and size is that tablet you have mounted on the nav tower?
  14. counter shaft

    counter shaft Adventurer

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    That's an old 2013 Google Nexus 7. Runs OSMand without issue. I didn't choose it for this job, it just happens to be my old tablet, and it works.
  15. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Very nice nav tower there!

    How about a post detailing how you made that...unless you are too busy at the moment!
  16. counter shaft

    counter shaft Adventurer

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    Yeah I did. It's a few pages back. On my computer this is page 81 and the nav build posts are on 74/75
  17. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Oh, well...that's embarrassing. :loco

    Thanks for the info.
  18. advrockrider

    advrockrider Long timer

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    Question about the build, I don't remember seeing it discussed? Your bike had come with a rekluse clutch that you removed and sold. Just wondering what your take on it is? I avoided using one for years and then after trying one I'm not sure I will go without one on future bikes. Hope this wasn't covered, I did look. Amazing build, report and photos.
  19. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    For RTW riding its just not a good idea because (the one I had) it uses proprietary clutch plates that are difficult to get outside the western world. Also, if the bike was drowned the recluse plates can break down quickly and disintegrate putting plate fiber into the oiling system which could be catastrophic.

    The original planned route (pre pandemic) first section was Portugal to Siberia and included a massive amount of water crossing so chances of a drop or drowning in a river crossing were high and in my mind too much of a risk using the recluse
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  20. advrockrider

    advrockrider Long timer

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    I was wondering if the concern was parts and keeping it simple, total makes sense. I've been having the same internal dialog about putting one in my new 500 when I build it for a TDF ride? Thanks for the reply.
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