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Ktm 500 Husky 501 Oz Adventure bikes

Discussion in 'Australia' started by bigbrad, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    I'll offer a differing opinion.
    Fitted a HT to the rear of the 690 before last years KTM Tas rally. Day 1, ok.
    Day 2 onwwards, ie once it had lost its edges, it was just plain horrible on anything other than dry bitumen.
    No grip, no traction. Sand, maybe due to the paddle shape of the centre lugs. Gravel or rock, crap. Hardpack, garbage. Anything damp, forget it. Pure shite IMHO.
    Each to their own though I guess.
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  2. Hoots

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    Thinking it had way too many gears
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  3. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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  4. Camel 640

    Camel 640 Been here awhile

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    Nice looking bike Fnatic ( I could be a little biased :lol3 ) Good to see you have the 500 back up and running , hopefully the tank repair went ok. you are certainly spoilt for choice of tracks up your way.
  5. fnatic

    fnatic Been here awhile

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    Thanks mate.... Yeah I like her and certainly have a few nice spots close by.... That lookout is about 2km from my house so not too far :-)....

    Tank repair??? (Probably forgotten) Was that fitting the steg pegz under the tank issue?
  6. The Doc

    The Doc Been here awhile

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    I'll second that.
    You didn't mention ridiculously noisey and very prone to picking up punctures. I think I had 5 flats on the first 4 days of the first and last time I'll ever use one!
    The lack of traction was truly unbelievable, Pure shite!
    I threw that fucker in the bin before it was half worn, and I never do that :D
    Im amazed at how many times Ive seen people rate them though.
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  7. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    Any thoughts about likey engine life for a 450 vs a 500?

    Seems that the wide ratio gearbox is the same, with the difference in HP otherwise the only real concession

    450s are a fair bit cheaper
  8. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Basically the same hours.

    Bottom end should be the same. The stroke maybe different.

    Nothing wrong with the 450. The 500 will have a little more torque though but the 450 wont be lacking. Good air in, exhaust out and fuel corrected and the 450 will go nice.

    Ill check on the stroke length out of interest.
  9. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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  11. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    Tks - and yes, that was my understanding re' longer stroke in the 500 but otherwise the same

    Same gear ratios / primary drive

    Like the power of a 450 - had an older 450EXC (RFS motor) and more recently the WRF

    The 450EXCs and FEs probably don't resell as well as 500s, but certainly cheaper
  12. nzrian

    nzrian renegade master Supporter

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    I like mine, running tubliss though.
    Did 3000 km on that trip, no probs whatsoever.

    IMG_20200212_104101.jpg
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  13. Camel 640

    Camel 640 Been here awhile

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    No something about a recessed thread in the tank needing repair? obviously all fixed and running. will give you a shout next time we are up your way.
  14. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Bloody soon. Hangin out!
  15. fnatic

    fnatic Been here awhile

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    Oh yeah..! forgot all about that.... Was a loose thread plate that was recessed into the tank but spinning.... Able to pull it out, epoxy/glue it back in place and all good.... no worries since!...



    Yeah give me a shout!!... Always up for a ride!!
  16. Bleh

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    I've been looking at getting a 450 for a bit of trail riding and the occasional weekend trip. The more I've read, the more interested I am in the 500/501. I don't have the budget for a new one, so I'm looking at probably a 14-15 model. Seem to be able to get them with around 100 hrs for $6k, give or take a bit.

    I have a few questions for the brains trust:
    The issue with them running lean, does that apply to the older models also, or is that just the 17+?
    Does it also apply to the 450's?
    If I'm picking up a bike with 100ish hours on it, and it hasn't been remapped, realistically how much damage is likely to be done from running lean? i.e. am I buying a ticking time bomb?
  17. Olmatey

    Olmatey Been here awhile

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    Buy that Beta....there was a link posted for sale a little earlier here, 8k with 30 hours
  18. Bleh

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    Too much over my budget and they haven't been on my radar, so I know nothing about them.
  19. fnatic

    fnatic Been here awhile

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    If it's been serviced and taken care of with regular filter/oil changes then you'll have no worries... .

    Once you get one send your ECU to Rex for a remap, you won't regret it!......
  20. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    The worst tyre I have ever used, should be renamed the Non Tractionator.
    Agree with all that Richo and Doc wrote about the rear.