New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aaron.S, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. CloudSplitter

    CloudSplitter Putterer

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    Well guys, I'm not so sure. If you've been following the Dakar, this year and last, you'll see that Honda is whupping KTM's bottom. Yeah, there's a lot of luck involved, but it looks like Honda finally has it down, and it's just a matter of time until Yamaha gets close. Of course Husky and Beta are also worth thinking about, but. . .

    Anyway, as I see it, the KTM is significantly lighter, which would sway me, but the Honda should need a lot less maintenance, so. . .
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  2. NoelJ

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    I'm not convinced the Honda will need less work. Neither is Honda based on their recommendations.
    But I'm thrilled by the success they're seeing in Dakar. Maybe Mr. Honda's grave-spinning-RPM has dropped a little!
  3. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    They’re only ahead because of the mad # of crashes this year.
  4. CloudSplitter

    CloudSplitter Putterer

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    and last year? Honda, Husky, KTM, Honda (KTM, KTM, Honda), but that's following like 18 years of complete dominance by KTM.

    and who knows how this year will end up. As of today, Stage 10 of 12, it's Honda, Honda, KTM, Honda, KTM, after another leading Honda rider crashed out.
  5. fnatic

    fnatic Been here awhile

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    If you do go the Honda don't go the L..
    Mate and I went light ADV bikes. I got the 500 ktm he got the 450L;
    500 is so much better offroad and lighter, he does same maintenance as me because of how we ride. Now he is annoyed at the extra weight and its quite a bit of weight and most of all that they have stopped the 450L for OZ and so parts are limited to mostly OEM stuff; minimal aftermarket options available... So if you did go 450 go the R.

    love my 500, it awesome.
    He doesn't like his 450 and constantly says he wishes he got the 500.

    Having said that any bike is a fun bike!.
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  6. toomanykaws

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    Awesome report!!! I have a 13 690 from new. Stock. Got an 18 FE501 new. Put a kicker on it. Desmog it. EURO map. Larger tank. Bike feels small to me. Very smooth though. Then I found a few ultra low hour Berg 70 deg 570s. OEM dualsported. I can honestly see taking one half way around the world. So many good choices today for a lightweight dualsport bike.
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  7. radmann10

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    +1 on the KTM, the Honda needs to go on a serious diet!
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  8. caribryder

    caribryder n00b Supporter

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    Yep, Honda=big red PIG
  9. radmann10

    radmann10 Old fart Supporter

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    BRP, that is what my BIL calls his XR650R. He insisted I ride it last summer in ID. I rode it and thought all the while, old tech, slow, heavy, bad suspension, etc. His new Kawasaki 250 2 stroke was much more fun!
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I have to say pretty much all Japanese motorcycles do not stir any emotion in me except the TW200. That's why I own Beemers and KTM's.
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  11. NoelJ

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    Same here, and I miss the Hondas of my youth, when every year or two they topped their previous accomplishments with something better. And the other Japanese manufacturers were doing the same. Now it's a big snoozefest.
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    I loved my XR650R, great bike, not slow and pretty decent suspension. Might be old tech, crap lights and a kick start but reliable for sure
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    You must be a heck of a mechanic.
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  14. skibum69

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  15. Aaron.S

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    Sorry to but in ..
    Much appreciated mate. Good luck on your choice of bike... You know I have to be a little biased towards the KTM. I've always been a big Honda fan as well having had a few old XR's in the day. :)
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  17. strongleftleg

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    MUA? What Port/Terminal you working out of?

    I'm a fellow warfie/stevedore/longshoreman