New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

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

  1. CanadianX

    CanadianX Don’t leave a steaming pile for others.

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    Lol, both the bike and the balloons and the juxtaposition of the two with a spectacular back drop. Its a very artful appeal photo with the imagery and colors. Admittedly I do have a slight bias to the 500 exc as well.
  2. gr8grins

    gr8grins Been here awhile

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    First rate! Thank you for all your efforts to take us along on your ride.
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  3. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Shes at 102000k (kilometers) and about 1320 odd hours. Yet to get the bottom end checked out. I'm a little afraid of the cost involved but I'll get onto it shortly after I get a bit more work and money coming in
  4. BronNowo

    BronNowo Been here awhile

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    over 100k km and only one top end...amazing!
    you're either lucky or this bike is really that good, better be cause I own one :)
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  5. firecrotch

    firecrotch Been here awhile

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    They really are insanely reliable bikes. Anyone looking for a lightweight easy to work on reliable adv bike theres nothing that comes close to the 2012-16 500’s(or pre efi too). I laugh when I see ads for a 500 for sale with like 5k miles on it and the buyer has “concerns” about the “high miles”. These things are our generations XR’s
  6. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I tend to agree because after owning a '82 XR200 a '85 XR200 and a '85 XR250 when I was a teenager I reckon it influenced my choice.
    One of my best mates had a XR200 RE ( '84) at the time and we used to be little shits doing wheelies after school and generally tearing stuff up we could find.
    We had often talked about buying the XR600 to do a top to bottom of N.Z on.
    Doesn't seem as big of a task now but that was part of my thinking in that it was like a sleeker modern day XR600 and hey treated right it's a solid motor so fingers crossed she'll do alright.
  7. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Hot off the press.
    Tess trying to prove she's an adventure bike again.
    It really was a spectacle to see and it's great to be able to get to share a little part of it. 20181127_084708.jpg 20181127_085408.jpg
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  8. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

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    Hey Aaron, what are the white and blue circles in your photo?
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  9. FR700

    FR700 Heckler ™©®℗

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    Mirrors?
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  10. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

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    Thanks :roflnever saw it!
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  11. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    Thanks for taking us along for your ride, and thanks for not bombarding us with a single selfie until almost the end of the RR. :jack I'm excited to hear about internal work Tess will need.

    I just came across this thread after my 2 most recent rides, totaling over 3000 miles, were done on my 2012 500 XCW. I finished those rides thinking how refreshing it was to ride a small bike vs. some of the bigger ones I have owned. Crazy fun, great mileage, easy to work on, easy to pick up, easy to navigate in traffic, etc.

    Gratuitous shot of 500 sexiness:
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  12. BronNowo

    BronNowo Been here awhile

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    I only hope 2017 and up models didn't lose any of these qualities as I own 2017. At 200 hours still all good though.
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  13. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Aaron, need any donations toward your trip funding / engine re-build?
  14. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure if anyone says no to money!!!
    I'm not quite sure what the best way to go about it is to tell the truth.
    Some people have suggested a Gofund me but I kinda feel that is for people who are sick and really need help not for someone who decides to just stop working and go ride.
    If it comes from a company as a sponsorship I would be all over it but I feel a little guilty for taking money from a hardworking person.
    Anyone reading please chime in with your thoughts on this topic.
  15. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    My friend has the 17 with 300 plus hours and it's running great.
  16. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks!!!
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    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Back to it in the Hood! Mount Hood Oregon.

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  18. Gedrog

    Gedrog 1000 mile stare a 1000 stories to tell

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    I have to agree with you there, however if I really enjoy a ride report and someone is in a real bind an unexpected major failure then I feel that I would like to help that person as for some people the a 1-4000$ failure can make the difference between them able to complete their goal and provide a few extra months worth of entertainment rather than it ending abruptly with the sense of failure.

    But as far as day to day running costs that needs to be self funded as it should be part of the budget I am less likely to support someone that books themselves into hotel every night
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  19. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    I think there are some followers with the means that would like to support a ride report and rider from time to time when needed. It's a little tricky to do it on this site because of the rules....but a donation thru PM or email should remain private between friends. :evil
  20. mo_rider

    mo_rider the dude abides Supporter

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    I'd support you, Aaron. Hell if for nothing else than for the royalties on my awesome desktop background picture :lol3

    I can send you some funds via PayPal. What's your PayPal email address?
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