New Zealand to Alaska on a KTM500exc now RTW!

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

  1. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Houston the eagle has landed....both bags made it safely!!
  2. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    Sweet bike!
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  3. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist! Supporter

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    Effing outstanding @Aaron.S! Welcome back to the PNW man. And the Texan inmates might get a bit miffed...no 'a' in Houston...LOL.

    Glad you were able to get through without any issues, crazy that you flew with your motor :patch:patch

    How's it feel to be back state-side? Likely going to be a bit weird for a while as you adjust, huh.

    Again, welcome back :beer :beer :beer
  4. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Well I get to know what a Friday feels like for the first time in quite a while as I worked this week.
    It's a good thing because I have a motor to get rebuilt and it won't be cheap.
    I got a message from Adventure Bike Rider that they want to use the photo from Cappadocia in next years calendar.
    I guess the goal should be now to try for three in a row next year with a photo from Mongolia, Russia.... who knows but I'm sure we can find some epic scenery somewhere along the way.
    We have so far huh!

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  5. Blumtnman

    Blumtnman Rider

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    ^ Really like that pic, mind if I nick it for my desktop?:D
  6. Frank.Wagner

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    Hi Aaron,

    great trips :-) and thank you that we allowed to travel virtually :thumbup

    two question:
    What are the key changes on your KTM 500 EXC before and behind your trips ?
    And which activities do you have to do to maintain the 500 EXC on the road ?
  7. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I kept her pretty stock starting off with except adding the tank,seat, Renthal fat bars and Barkbusters.
    The big changes I've made now would be the Scotts sub mount and the Haan wheels with cush drive.
    Also little things like adding break away levers, oversize pegs , Boyseen super cooler with hose delete kit, different clutch cover, grab handle, rear disc guard , shift lever.
    On the road it's the norm of oil changes, air filter, chain sprockets,guides and a couple times I've had the suspension done. Valve's checked but not as often as they should be. Few clutches in there.
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  8. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Go for it. Buy me a beer sometime.
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  9. Mackayla01

    Mackayla01 Been here awhile

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    Did you notice any difference with the cush hub?
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  10. Blumtnman

    Blumtnman Rider

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    No worries, Ta.
  11. Duzitall

    Duzitall old dude

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    This is a great question


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  12. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Not a huge amount but mainly pulling under low revs when lugging.
    I think one advantage is that there are three wheel bearings instead of two and with the Haan they are a little bigger than the stock bearings.
  13. Mackayla01

    Mackayla01 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the feedback Aaron, much appreciated :clap
  14. Frank.Wagner

    Frank.Wagner Adventurer

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    Aaron - thanks :)

    I kept her pretty stock starting off with except adding the tank,seat, Renthal fat bars and Barkbusters.
    The big changes I've made now would be the Scotts sub mount and the Haan wheels with cush drive.
    Also little things like adding break away levers, oversize pegs , Boyseen super cooler with hose delete kit, different clutch cover, grab handle, rear disc guard , shift lever.
    On the road it's the norm of oil changes, air filter, chain sprockets,guides and a couple times I've had the suspension done. Valve's checked but not as often as they should be. Few clutches in there.
  15. roberto.poschmann

    roberto.poschmann Adventurer

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    Hey Aaron,

    Im absolutely impressed by your 500 exc and how rocksolid the engine just did. Do u know or have u heard something about the new models? Well the ones since 2017 I mean. They made the engine smaller and lighter. Do u think they are as durable as yours?

    Greetz

    Roberto

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  16. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I think time will tell on the new ones as people put bigger hours on them. My friend has a 17 with about 300hrs on it (pretty hard hours) and the things held up great.. Less oil in the newer ones but if you are concerned you could put the big oily on it.
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  17. CanadianX

    CanadianX Don’t leave a steaming pile for others.

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    Hey Aaron, what's the recap on hours and miles on the bike and motor since new and since you had the top end done (I think you had the top end done)? Amazing trip and that pic with the balloons, 1 in a million.
  18. duggram

    duggram Happy to be Retired Supporter

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    That scene happens every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for nine days straight.
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  19. CanadianX

    CanadianX Don’t leave a steaming pile for others.

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    Pretty spectacular but how many pics have a RTW KTM 500 in them ..:D
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  20. duggram

    duggram Happy to be Retired Supporter

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    So it's not the balloons it's Aaron's bike. You must be really excited by all the bike pics in this thread. Good for you. I appreciate this thread too.