KTM 525 EXC as an Adventure Bike

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  1. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Thank you
  2. Northwoods Snowman

    Northwoods Snowman Adventurer

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    Being a constant mesh transmission, what is going to shave the tips of the gears off?
  3. thirsty 1

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    The ol girl still has all of the power I could ever use. @108 hours she’s a keeper! 05 525

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  4. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    Probably a broken tooth, unfortunately the real answer is, open er up and see.
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  5. skibum69

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    Now I’m looking at getting the monster Ascerbis tank for mine for Siberia next year.
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  6. KrogothCore

    KrogothCore Been here awhile

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    I have one for sale.
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    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    You might look into heavier fork springs. I have one of those Acerbis super tankers, and it REALLY compresses my forks when i've filled it full!
  8. skibum69

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    Good to know, it shipping from you to me will be EXPENSIVE!
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    woodsxr Been here awhile

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    I had one on my xr650r and would only fill it 1/2 way until I needed the extra fuel
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  10. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    I put heavier springs in mine for the MXC tank. Might have to go heavier for the Acerbis tank??
    I placed my 640 tank on my 520 and it looked like that tank might work with a few mods?
    It also carries about the same amount of fuel, but is not as wide as the Acerbis tank.
    Take the one of your 640 and give it a try.
    Cheers
  11. skibum69

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    Thanks for the tips but I know I don’t want to use my 640 tank, it’s too pretty.:lol3
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    Yup
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    Ned1 Don't be a knuckledragger

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    I see no fins, mask, snorkel or standing agua. Say it ain't so :clap
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    One more primo week, then it's back to Lake Tahuya.
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    Yeah right! Ha! It’s coming for sure. Get the good while I can.

    I’m on the hunt for a chain and rear sprocket. Mines absolutely shot. What are you guys running? I have a stock front and up’ed the rear by 3 I think? I’d have to look. Good deals on the net?
  17. skibum69

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    Ok, back to gearing. There’s a 48t on the back now and I have a brand new 49t Supersprox to go on. There was a 14 on the front geared for Dakar but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be higher than I want for Siberia. Anyone out there have any thoughts on what I should look at for sensible gearing?
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    Sprocket center has packages and knows how many chain links each bike needs, convenient, fast, but not necc. the lowest prices.
    If not in a rush, I piece them together off Ebay, takes more time, thinking, etc, but usually less expensive. Mostly what you save is "shipping" and "tax" in most cases. I always go steel sprockets and x ring chain, fwiw.
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    https://www.gearingcommander.com/

    Plug in your bike details, you can play with the numbers till speed/rpm is where you want it. If you'll be riding long distances (thousand of KM) I'd run a 15 tooth front and figure out what size rear gave the speed/power you want. The 15t cs will last longer and be better for the chain and rear sprocket over a long distance than a 14t.
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  20. skibum69

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    Thank you again for the beta.

    Edit: I never looked at that website before, pretty interesting info on there for sure. I think I’ll run that 49 and carry a few fronts to change it up as needed. On my 640 I can handle 3 different sizes at least with no chain adjustment.