The KTM 500 XC-W Thread.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Geek, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    Had the weights on my 640 that extend beyond the grips, kept catch on trees where we ride so I took them off. I haven't missed them and honestly don't remember if they helped.
  2. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    BTW, just put about 500 miles on my 500 in Colorado and Moab, never had an issue with vibration.
  3. GNGSXR

    GNGSXR Adventurer

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    Does anyone make a seat that is comfortable up top but also gives you some extra grip on the sides?
    I'd love to have this https://seat-concepts.myshopify.com/collections/ktm/products/copy-of-ktm-2011-16-sx-sxf-exc-xcw-low
    with the rubber super grip sides of this https://seat-concepts.myshopify.com...of-ktm-2011-16-sx-sxf-exc-xc-w-oem-super-grip

    I've reached out to seat concepts and they have thought about doing it but they already have 18,000 SKU's. They probably won't ever create my suggested option.

    It would be nice to relax my bum on the long boring stretches on the wider seat but then turn it up to 11 and grip the sides with my knees when I arrive at the more difficult trails.
  4. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Griping a Dirt Bike is really simple. Stegz Pegs are amazing!

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  5. GNGSXR

    GNGSXR Adventurer

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    Griping a dirt is simple. I'm open to simple solutions that make it even easier especially in wet muddy conditions.

    I'm not a fan of stegz pegs. They seem to force you onto the arches of your feet. I have better control when I stay on the balls of my feet.
  6. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    I apologize because I'm sure the info is buried in these dozens of pages but in a Reader's Digest version;

    Does the 2012 vary in any significant way from the years that followed? Any reason to pass on a 2012?

    TIA.
  7. SteveO

    SteveO scratched and bruised, but not out Supporter

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    I have a 2012, purchased in oct of 2011. It's been a rock solid engine and bike. I now have over 10k miles on mine, still going strong. However, I'm thinking about doing a timeing chain job....maybe
  8. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junky

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    In 2014 they changed the rod from a roller bearing to a plain bearing design. Its a little more durable but the roller bearing has not been an issue. Otherwise the bikes are pretty much identical though that generation.
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  9. Smola67

    Smola67 AdventureTard

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    Fisher!!!! I’ve had them all and Fisher is the best!!!

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  10. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    Thank you both.

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  11. Bungholio

    Bungholio Long timer

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    I think they will do custom seats how you want.
  12. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    you lookin' up in Pasco??... the guy's name ain't Nick, is it???? if so, run away.... far away.....
  13. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    If you're question is directed at me, yes - I'm in Pasco and no, the bike that caught my eye is out of state.

    Tipsy
  14. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Im curious, who makes that Carbon Fiber exhaust guard??

    I've never seen one that wide before...I like it.
  15. Smola67

    Smola67 AdventureTard

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  16. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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  17. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Tips - there all about the same. 500cc's is 500cc's! Kind of the Swiss Army knife of motos. Ya can set it up how ya want. My 12 has been rock solid. 5 summer tours of CO and 3-4 trips up to NC every year.

    You're welcome to take it for a rip in Jan at PBR. Murphy will be there with his new 500 and offers test rides :evil. If your lookin for a seat of the pants comparo.
    And a test ride vid after installing the pool noodle up front 2 weeks ago.

  18. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    Great video. Your backyard looks serene.

    Thanks for the offer. Maybe I'll take it for a quick spin at PBR. I'm sure it's 10 times more bike than I need. You're a graduate school level rider. I'm somewhere between first grade and repeating kindergarten.

    For the time being, I just need to get something together for PBR - which will more than likely mean an engine swap on the Zed. If I find a deal on a 2012+ EXC or XC-W that's too good to pass, I might jump on it.

    Tipsy
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  19. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Wow, long sleeves...must be having a cold snap down there huh?? Drop down to 75-80 did it?? :beer
  20. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    Does the factory instrument panel on the XC-W record mileage or only hours?

    Tipsy