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

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Apr 14, 2019 at 1:06 PM.

  1. advrockrider

    advrockrider Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I should have known better! LOL....
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  2. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    When do you think you'll get to Magadan?
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  3. woodzrider

    woodzrider Long timer

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    IN! This is gonna be good, love the bike.....
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  4. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    Definitely in!
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  5. duggram

    duggram Happy to be Retired Supporter

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    The 500/501 may be the perfect DS travel bike. I had a '17 501 that I used for travel like the Dalton highway and it worked great. When I got home I bought a '18 701 thinking it would be a better highway ride. Since then I traded the 501 in on a '19 TE300i thinking it would be a better mountain bike than the 501. Now, I just got back from riding 10 days in Baja on the 701 pulling a Sherpax trailer. Sure enough, the 701 was very good on the highway, but in the sand it's not as good as the 501, but that might be due to rider inexperience. The 701/690 have a close ratio trans which doesn't help offroad. The 501/500 have a wide ratio and it does seem to be more appropriate for DS riding. I may have to go back to a 501 at some point. At least all the replacement bodywork, lights, and racks fit the 300, so if I do get another 501 I'll have those accessories to put on it for traveling. I look forward to following your ride report. If you get close to T or C, NM please stop by. I have a guest house you can use which is 2 1/2 blocks from our great brewery!
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  6. Kyron

    Kyron Oncler Inds

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  7. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Supporter

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    I will be watching and wishing I was there! If you get to Tucson on your way south you are welcome here. A first hand report on the Can to Mex tracks would be great!
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  8. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    In - like Flynn!
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  9. Long Trail

    Long Trail adv dreamer

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    Awesome! I'm very excited for this. Your RR's are always first class.
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  10. BLucare

    BLucare Inmate At Law

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    I'm VERY in for this one. The bike build so far has been ace :clap Can't wait for this RR to get rolling. Between you and @Aaron.S, I might just trade my TE610 for a KTM :thumb
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  11. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Have a safe adventure Paul. I'm in envy and wish I was doing the same thing. someday...
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  12. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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  13. HandCanonShootr

    HandCanonShootr Been here awhile

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    Subscribed!

    Thanks Paul for your past postings, and great photos. And in advance for this future adventure.

    Mike B
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  14. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    lets do this thing
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  15. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    'ere we go them :clap
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  16. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware Supporter

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  17. Don T

    Don T Bike Addict

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    Looking forward to follow this new chapter of your adventure - and to spend time with you again, when you reach my part of the woods.

    Have fun!
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  18. Dualsport4ever

    Dualsport4ever Been here awhile

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    I usually find these things half way thru the journey. Nice to be here so early at the beginning to follow along. Good luck RTWPaul. Color me envious:-)
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  19. HiJincs

    HiJincs Dreamer Supporter

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    Finally get to read one of your RR in real time . . . Woo Hoo!
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  20. tomdubz

    tomdubz getting there Supporter

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