KTM 500exc RTW...on as much dirt as possible

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Apr 14, 2019.

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  1. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    That thought crossed my mind too when Paul posted about what the guy was saying-did he not notice what kind of bikes they were on? Serious off-road vs Starbucks warrior?
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  2. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    There are many that have never been on a dedicated dirt bike in their life so they have no actual experience understanding the capability they offer. All they know is what it is like riding a overloaded hippo with improper rear sag settings down a dry graded dirt road that could be easily done by a skilled rider on a street motorcycle with 17" street tires.
  3. rkdwp

    rkdwp Axel Anderson Supporter

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    how are you carrying your camera gear? I used a very similar luggage and camera setup with me on a trip but ended up shipping the camera home in favor of using my phone, just because it was always right in front of me. I never wanted to spend the time taking the camera out of the bag on the rear.

    I wonder if that small MM tank bag might be large enough for the A6300?
  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    it fits the a6300 w/ a 20/2.8 and that's it, its full, other gear is in the top bag so easily accessible in a minute or less
  5. rkdwp

    rkdwp Axel Anderson Supporter

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    good to know, thanks!
  6. scout68

    scout68 Been here awhile

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    So true, Fast. I’ve ridden trail bikes for decades, great fun bikes but nothing fancier than stock XRs and CRFs. Then 2 years ago my good friend and I went riding in the smokies in some private land. I was on a stock drz400 having a good old time. Couple of the really steep rocky trails gave me some trouble. My buddy was on his KTM 350 Xc. Thousands in rekluse, ohlins.....lightened-up, tightened-up, and stabilized....fire breathing compared to what I had previously ridden. I asked him how to ride it up the tougher sections, and he laughed and said “stand up, stay aggressive, hold on to the bars, put it in second and pin it ! “ I shot to the top of a quarter mile section that I had previously struggled with on the noble drz. The bike literally floated, deftly bounding over all the rocks and scrabble...I was astounded. Couldn’t believe the difference and the excitement. Hooked.

    I get the dirt bike thing now. The real dirt bike thing. Just hope I’m not too ancient to really get after it when I finally get the time....
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  7. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Ha, you're not even close....but don't wait, life's to short to not have the bike you want. I got mine a couple of years ago and I'm only 75. :lol3
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  8. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    I can only hope I'm doing what you are at that age. :beer
  9. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    Try not to 100% break your body first ;)
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  10. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Yep, nagging injuries are definitely a problem. Damned 8th grade foot ball. :dirtdog
  11. mo_rider

    mo_rider the dude abides Supporter

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    The hub!
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  12. firecrotch

    firecrotch Been here awhile

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    Your a youngin. There is an 85 yr old guy we ride with on singletrack and nobody can keep him in sight hes so fast. He has a retractable cain he uses when he stops.
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  13. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    I get it. These days I ride much better than I walk. :gerg
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    cch13 n00b

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    Paul, excited to follow the new RR, great pics as always, really enjoyed the videos with audio on the last RR, any chance you will be doing that again?
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  15. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I maintain I may be the only guy in town with a walker, a cane and a motorcycle. I too am more at ease riding.
  16. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    Sh*t, I'm only 48 and after years of mountain climbing, skiing, and other pursuits where gravity always wins...I too hurt less on the pegs than off.
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    advrockrider Been here awhile

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    Just goes to show, never stop riding and live for ever! LOL....
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    Thought would bring this up, some may already have seen it. But I always love watching it.
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    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    So friggin' cool! Brought back a lot of memories. Thanks for posting that.

    Mike
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  20. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    out of Lone Pine, you are into the Alabama Hills almost instantly from a short dirt section

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    to massive views of boulder fields and snow-capped mountain ranges as far as the eye can see

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    at ground level, it was in the high 80's

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    Next up the track takes you to a place I had never heard of, not knowing much American history. There had been a celebration here the day before and we were told literally thousands had shown up to pay their respects

    Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese-American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were incarcerated during World War II.

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