New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

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

  1. NoelJ

    NoelJ Long timer

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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!
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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

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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.
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. radmann10

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

    caribryder Adventurer Supporter

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    Yep, Honda=big red PIG
  8. 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!
  9. 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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  10. 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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  13. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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  14. 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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    Aaron.S Long timer

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  16. strongleftleg

    strongleftleg Party Guy Supporter

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    MUA? What Port/Terminal you working out of?

    I'm a fellow warfie/stevedore/longshoreman
  17. SELDOMSEEN

    SELDOMSEEN Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the feedback boys. Don’t know where you all are but it seems that the Europeans (who by the way seem way more verbal and video with ADV feedback and fun ) lean to the KTM’s more than the Americans. I’ve wanted KTM’s for a long time going back to the Super Adventures, then the 690 and now, the 500EXC-F. It may be the end of my Marriage but hey, we’ve had 30 years, that’s enough.
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  18. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    What the hell happened to my thread? I just logged on and the last page has nothing to do with this ride report. Bloody hijacked.
    How about you take your Dakar KTM vs Honda someplace else.
    On a lighter note, I've just done another lap around the South Island of New Zealand so I thought I would share some pics.
    I feel like I cheated as I had my bike on the back of my car for most of it.
    I would set up camp and do day trips.
    I caught up with a couple of different groups of friends while down there and met some new ones as well. I had a fantastic time and it was also nice to catch up with family.
    It was great not having to ride fully loaded.
    I went back up to that hut I drowned my bike at last time. Much easier this time as the river was lower and could easily see and follow 4x4 tracks.
    The starter motor finally shit itself.
    The magnet bonded to the housing had come off and ground down in there.
    Can't complain though.
    Other than having JB weld that radiator mount again she ran fine. 20210227_165317-02.jpeg 20210228_143955-01.jpeg 20210227_162456-01.jpeg 20210306_100648-01.jpeg 1020705-04.jpeg-1.jpg 20201018_030929.jpg 20210227_162254-01.jpeg
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  19. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Here are a few more.
    If these don't make you want to come to ride in N.Z I'm not sure what will.
    I'm feeling so lucky to be able to roam free and not having to really worry about the Covid like many other places.
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  20. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    Welcome back, pal! Nice to see that you're still the cheery bloke we've come to know :lol3

    Looking forward to your interview with Dave on MAD TV.
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