New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

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

  1. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    It might be a bit same old same old for those of you who have read this thread through or listened to the few podcasts I have done but I just had a chat with David Darcy for his youtube channel Mad TV. ( Motorcycle adventure TV).
    I think he will tell you it took a little bit of work on his part to get me to finally commit to a time to actually get it done.
    If you are interested here's a link or just head over to his channel and check it out.
  2. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Here's where she hit 1850hrs. Little gem that she is.
    New Zealands highest mountain in the background.
    Mount Cook/ Aoraki. 3724m 20201019_041508-02.jpeg
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    Thanks.
    I'm not that much of a grump, am I? Okay don't answer that haha.
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  4. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Great to see you out kicking about @Aaron.S, been a long time since I’ve checked this thread.

    Those pics and many other aspects of NZ have me pining to come ride your beautiful country. Hell, if I didn’t have two boys to consider, I’d strongly think about migrating...though I know we’re not quite welcome at this time. Sure would be nice to have a fresh start though.

    Appreciate you sharing the pics and chiming in, nice to see the sun and scenery.
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  5. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer Supporter

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    Same thing happens when you leave a girlfriend alone for a while.
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  6. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University Supporter

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    Great stuff Aaron
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  7. Aaron.S

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    Too funny. :)
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    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I'm considering moving to NZ but the last spate of earthquakes around there is a little troubling.
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  9. Cycle_Path

    Cycle_Path Been here awhile

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    Well....you cant complain you didnt get your money out of that ktm. Lol. Great picts
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  10. SR1

    SR1 Going to America!!!!

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    Hey all, I'm sure this has been posted, I'm looking for it, but could you point me to how many times and at what intervals the 500 has had to be rebuilt in this thread? What were the travel solutions? I think I saw the OP joke about just having a new engine ready?
  11. Franque

    Franque Nilé na sohakélwa manga

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    Not too much, one time as a precaution at around 200 hours I think he replaced the piston, but I think he went over 1k hours before a complete rebuild. It was at least 600. You can do a search on the thread itself if you're curious, I think he also did oil changes every 1.5k km.
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    I recall he did the top end including a new head at over 60,000 kms and a full teardown at 100,000 + km. He put in the new head because it worked out as more economical due to where he was at the time. All arguments as the the reliability of the 500 have been put to bed by Aaron and now rtwPaul.
  13. Homer GSA

    Homer GSA R1200GSA 2008

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    why did the head need a rebuild at 60k?
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    anadel Been here awhile

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    My recollection is that he needed new valves, possibly the clearances were beyond tolerance but he had the opportunity to get a whole new head so he took it. I think he said that it worked out no more costly than getting the valves done in a normal manner but it was due to where he was at the time (I think, I'll stand corrected on all this)
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    Homer GSA R1200GSA 2008

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    Thanks arandel