The KTM300 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GasGas300, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. 911

    911 Been here awhile Supporter

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    New bike to ride when i am cleaning and working on the 300
  2. seancampbell

    seancampbell Long timer

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    After experimenting with the different power valve springs and screw adjustment over the past few weeks I went from my old favourite Green to Red and then Yellow.

    I rode the same 70km loop each time that includes tight single track, technical rock steps, good hill climbs and also a little transport section. I've been going back and forth between Red and Yellow springs.

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    I'm hoping the rare Blue spring will be the answer. I'll let you know this Sunday.
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  3. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I tried all three springs and ended up liking the yellow one. I also disconnected the grey wire. That's my favorite for single track trails. (2013 300xc)
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  4. LC8TY

    LC8TY must......find........fuel

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    Whats the "Grey wire disconnect" ?
  5. crudmop

    crudmop eTard

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    The Hi/Lo ignition map
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  6. seancampbell

    seancampbell Long timer

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    All KTMs have a wire running on the left side of the frame to just above/behind the radiator. This wire is just looped back onto itself with a simple pull apart joining plug.

    If you buy the $150 hard parts map switch, it plugs into that.

    When the plug is disconnected (opening the loop) you get the "Soft" ignition map.

    I bought a $5 eBay headlight switch and wired it to this wire. Works exactly the same as the hard parts map switch.

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  7. LC8TY

    LC8TY must......find........fuel

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    Thanks
    My new to me 13 300 came with the hard parts switch but I haven't played with it much
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  8. 300man

    300man Been here awhile

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    Rode my then new 02 300exc with yellow spring until I started riding more technical single track with it. Then switched to the green spring. With my 06 300xc I switched to the green spring right away for the 07, 08 NETRA enduro series. With my 11 300 XC and now with the 18 TE 300 found the yellow springs to work best in technical singletrack. I set the dowel adjuster out about 1/2 turn from stock.

    BTW the Husky came with the handlebar switch marked l and ll. The manual says something about l being for low traction/mud conditions. I tried it once in the rain and after 5 minutes went back to ll and that's where it stays.
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  9. cal08

    cal08 Long timer

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    I found not much difference, but when it gets super slippery and wet, the soft map is better for me. I don't switch it much but I'm glad I can.
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  10. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    78 year old Bruce the Legend on the Bridge of Sighs. He wanted to be the first to ride it. After walking the length I managed to convince him that it could be dangerous. Just getting here requires advanced skills, about 8 miles up the mountain. Bruce rides a 2019 KTM 300 XCW TPI, and rides it better than I can. Keep practicing Grasshopper.

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  11. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    On my 2013, there is a grey wire that changes the electronic ignition curve when it's either connected or disconnected. Disconnected is the friendlier power curve and that's better for my 68yo skeleton.
    Looks like I'm late to the party.
    Been covered already
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  12. cal08

    cal08 Long timer

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    Your bud Bruce kicks ass. I hope I'm that fit at 78. Awesome for inspiration.
  13. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    Sunday was a day of huge accomplishments on the mountain. Literally years of practice and preparation, combined with perfect conditions, cleared the way to place a team of 3 riders on the summit: an honor enjoyed by only one rider previously. This historic second ascent was led by a very stubborn 64 year old guy on the White Goat, my old 2019 TE 300i. You know, the same bike that went 430 hours on the factory top end. I should never have sold that one...
  14. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    It is only fair that I post my own failed attempt which ended far down the route.
  15. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    Four successful summits, four different bikes:

    2019 Husqvarna TX 300
    2019 Husqvarna TE 300i
    2020 Husqvarna FE 501
    2017 KTM 300 XC?

    I guess it’s the rider, not the bike.
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  16. timeOday

    timeOday Long timer

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    They're all the same bike!

    OK not quite, but are people thinking that FI over a carb, or 15 extra lb in a 500 is going to mean the difference between making it or not? Bah!

    I am really just agreeing with you- but within this narrow range of top-shelf hardware, how meaningful is that?
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  17. mylsmkj

    mylsmkj Long timer

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    4 top of the line modern bikes.... I agree with rider statement but these are all great bikes
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  18. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    I think it is notable than no Japanese brands have topped out yet. They don’t sell bikes focused on hard enduro conditions. Electric start is essential for this. Similarly the carb bikes tend to flood when laid over, especially if you are too exhausted to pick them up right away. The KTM/ Huskies also have the best clutch in the business: something that is worked hard on this route.
  19. SierraCB

    SierraCB wadahp

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    Man that looks fun. Makes me really want to move up north into the PNW and learn the ways of the cascades!
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  20. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    It’s even better in BC.
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