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Discussion in 'Australia' started by bigbrad, Jan 2, 2017.
Great hub, cheap bushes.
Here she is ready for her first hit out tomorrow
Nothing like a nice new speedo
Geez that came out bloody good.
Drove 2 hours to get the right man to do it.
Dr Joe from Jebtech strikes again. See him in the Vendors section.
His attention to detail is awesome.
Had a look at his Yenkro front fairings for the 500's and am very impressed. Can be put on and off in a matter of minutes to change it back to a single track racer. Seriously considering one as also has dramatically better light.
I like the sound of that. Exactly what I've been wanting for the Berg.
He is seeing a possible client soon who has a 570 for a fit up / check out.
Send him a message next week and see if it was viable
Brad can you share the details on the 90° tank outlet fitting? I've seen the OEM one which is rather bulky, yours is a fair bit shorter with less vertical protrusion.
Brad got the tank and fitting off me.
I bought the 90 degree fitting here.
That should help Hoorang out.
Did 370klm today and still heaps left in the tank. Should be good for 400 plus easy.
Couple of things I noticed, need a seat concepts seat as whilst the hard parts soft seat is good it is still skinny and the seat concepts is nice and fat towards the back for the road bits. Will use the hard parts soft seat for the enduro rides.
The bike stops ridiculously quick and I was undershooting corners by a good 10-15 mtrs lol. Even after almost 400k I am still not used to it.
The bikes suspension actually works and all the pucker factor 10 moments for a Dr were handled with aplomb on the 500.
The 14/50 gearing was fine and could easily go 15/50 but will wait until after an enduro only ride on that decision.
Here is the first dirty pic
The new exhaust tip by Jebtech worked a treat with no heat issues for the indicator.
Job very well done DrJoe
Was admired by those on the ride also lol
I have a Seat Concepts on my 530 and I actually swapped it for a high version of the same seat. I'm only 5'10" but find the high seat really comfortable with the extra high foam and the riding position is even better for the seated to standing transition.
Plus, as I got it second hand it was already worn in and soft.
if you go to an upholsterer who has done bike seats they can custom make to your requirements for around $110-120. Widen, raise, soften, harden etc. I bought a second hand seat with a torn cover and got that done so I still have the original seat.
All this talk and dirty pics of the 500 is giving me serious pause to consider this as a alternative to a 701 (up coming 40th being the excuse to upgrade). The only hesitation is longevity given I would use it for commuting as well as ADV riding = 10k per year. That's probably new rings every two years. What's the ball park figure on a top end refresh on these bikes?
@DeLewis .... Mate ~ have a read and a laugh: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ktm-500-exc-f-just-right-adv-light-or-too-much-maint.1194149/
NZ - USA: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/new-zealand-to-oregon-on-a-ktm-500exc.1181912/
A.Riemann Motology (Motonomad) proved a few points as well: https://motologyfilms.com
Great bike build going.....
Had my sons 2012 350 exc done with timing chain also and cost $1100 from a mechanic but cheaper if doing yourself obviously.
At that price alone it would be 40-50 000 klm just to get to the difference in purchase price alone
Yeah good point - hadn't factored that in.
My take on a few other bits n pieces.
The bike will be a constant work in progress as it evolves I shall keep you updated.
Tyres - I changed the rear to a Dunlop606 as they are a good all-rounder for a knobby and I usually get around 4k out of them. This may decrease on the 500 though but I wouldn't think by much as am a smooth rider generally.
The front I left as the standard Maxxis that comes with the bike brand new. I have a Hp4 to go on ( Starcross hp5 hard is the new model ) which is a brilliant front dual purpose knobby but after my initial ride the std Maxxis has done very well so shall leave it on.
Vibrations - In the dirt I did not notice any vibration through the bars at all. On the road there were some vibes as the bars are solid mounted unlike the old Dr which are rubber mounted. Noticed the vibes first up but doing the 100k return leg at end of ride I didn't notice at all.
Ktm make a rubber type mount for these bars and shall look into it after next ride if I feel it to be an issue.
May simply have been not being used to it initially but fine at end of ride so shall keep an eye on it. May try the cheapo fix of an old inner tube cut up and wrapped around bar join just for a laugh.
"May try the cheapo fix of an old inner tube cut up and wrapped around bar join just for a laugh."
Nothing wrong with that if it works. if you go this route, keep us posted.
Nothing will put a bigger smile on your face than a 500!! So what if you have a few hours more shed time per year than a boring bike!