ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    Love the also DOT Pirelli MT16, XCMH, XCMH, Scorpion Pro, and the Scorpion Rally.

    Favorite hands down is the MT16

    My go to in DOT Pirelli is XCMH rear, MT16 front. But there are lots of great tires out there if you're willing to experiment a bit
  2. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    I thought they simply killed it as a Pirelli, and now sell it as the Metzeler Karoo Extreme?
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  3. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    The issue is that with fork skins, you still don't have enough clearance.

    Put on fork guards from the RFS models. ~2006. I've replaced all of the wrap around fork guards with the older KTM guards so I can run fork skins.
  4. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    I've been quite happy with the Kenda Trakmaster. It's DOT approved. They wear well and I've never had them do anything unexpected on the trail.
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  5. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junky

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    I've used Trackmasters quite a few times when I know I was going on a big ride that will likely consume a set of tires. No serious complaints, it's got good mileage on pavement and isn't terrible off road. I eventually switched the Kenda Parker Desert, cost isn't much different but for me it handles better than the trackmaster in the terrain I mostly ride, especially the front. It's also a DOT approved tire. I like that you can reverse the tire to choose between intermediate and hard compounds, the trackmaster edges it out for mileage but the difference isn't significant. My only complaint about the trackmasters is i don't like them when they reach about 50% worn, the compound is pretty hard to get it's decent mileage and like some others I've tried (Dez IT and 606) it seems as they get about 50% their performance drops off sharply, the parker does this also but it doesn't seem near as bad.

    http://www.enduro360.com/2010/12/22/products-tested/product-tests/kenda-parker-dt-tire-review/
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  6. moto74

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    That's interesting, the more aggressive Scorpion Rally usually marketed as the 'Desert' version down under (as opposed to the less aggro STR) is still advertised here although out of stock everywhere recently. Hadn't looked at the Karoo Extreme but it does look exactly the same. The Scorp Rally has been my favourite dual sport front for ages.
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  7. nick2ny

    nick2ny Been here awhile

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    My friend has a stock '21 500... how much more beastly would it be if it were uncorked, and how much would that cost ?
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    Lots. And...lots. But not many here will talk you out of it.
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  9. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer Supporter

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    Is he an A rider or Pro ? Racing in competition ?
    Otherwise... do the er... 'stock' low-budget un-corking. (Don't know what that is on a '21 model though.)
  10. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    Remove reeds, JD tuner
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  11. nick2ny

    nick2ny Been here awhile

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    It's my friend's second motorbike after a grom. She isn't a competent off-road rider but is enthusiastic and want's to learn. the 500 already seems like a lot of bike.

    I would like to know whether or not an older uncorked 450 or 525 can keep up with a corked 500...or if I should get a 350 or kdx220. seems like there are so many options. thanks.
  12. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Not sure where you are located, I have a buddy with a nice 350 that has a low seat and lowered suspension. Perfect starter step up bike.
  13. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    I would agree. The 500 is way too much bike for a noob. But while the 350 is a beast in the higher RPMs, the power is much easier to control at the lower end and it also feels more nimble.
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  14. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer Supporter

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    Eh? 450...525...500 The limitations of all of them are in the right wrist.

    New rider ? 250 or 350. A 500 will probably eat a new rider.
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  15. Hukamosh

    Hukamosh Been here awhile Supporter

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    350 for sure, she will acclimate better; I think and a 350 is actually better in the woods and the 4 stk better if she wants to street it too. If a pure woods bike, its hard to beat a kdx200, loads of fun
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    Buildzall Rooster Supporter

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    Nooby,
    girl,,
    500...... Good God man !!!

    my 500 is a "Race Ready" dragster.

    There no way I would put anybody but one or two of my "Experienced and trail proven riding buddies" on my 500.

    This conversation belong over in the WTF Thread
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  17. Buildzall

    Buildzall Rooster Supporter

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    A noob,
    A stock 350,
    A sedate/corked and factory quiet 350 is alot of bike... Way more than enough.

    and can keep up With a corked 500.

    Life is short,
    ...buy the damn bike already.

    And while your taking care of your girl,,
    give her good Knobbies,
    on tubliss ,
    with the gift of Rekluse.
  18. Buildzall

    Buildzall Rooster Supporter

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    Oh and, front tires.

    Shinko is a good knobby
    80/100 for carving soft surface
    90/100 fat rough surfaces-rim protection
    90/100 fat gummy/cheater-extra stickum


    :ricky Fihunnid
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  19. jgas

    jgas Stoogely Adventurerer

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    I hope I've found the right thread for this question. I need a heavier flywheel for an 02 520 exc. It seems that it's out of production. I tried the usual, Trailtech, Baja Designs, and Steahlys. Anyone know of a current manufacturer or have an extra? Prefer 12oz but I'll take whatever I can find. Thanks all.
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