Ktm 500 Oz Adventure bikes

Discussion in 'Australia' started by bigbrad, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. bigbrad

    bigbrad Been here awhile

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    Grabbed myself a 500exc 2016 model for a new adventure steed.

    Thought I would post up my adventure build of it as I go for those contemplating the same.

    I chose the 500 after much research as I wanted a bike I could still do enduro on with my son on his 200exc as well as adventure ride doing day rides and overnighters. Essentially the 500 fits the bill perfectly as is a weapon off road as well as capable of sitting on 100kph comfortably with power to burn for the road.

    I come from an Enduro racing background in my younger years ( now 53 ) and have spent the last 18 months on a Dr 650 to get the feel for the type of adventure riding I wanted to do.

    So here is the bike as it arrived

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    I will be posting the build as I go .

    These are a few ideas I am doing that I have got from other 500 adventurers.

    First the old inner tube cut down and used to prevent the throttle cables getting hooked up when removing / installing the larger tanks.

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    This makes it very easy to slide on the 20ltr Acerbis tank.

    When the tank is fitted the radiators are just swinging in the breeze so using the tank rubber attached to the side prevents either tank or radiator from beating each other up.

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    Next was the airfilter. The standard catch for the airfilter has been upgraded to the factory one so it stays put and won't move around.

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    More to come.
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  2. rocketwheel

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    Nice Brad
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  3. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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  4. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV Long timer

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    Excellent Brad, looking forward to it's progress and congrats on the new bike. Great choice.
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  5. Lizard of Aus

    Lizard of Aus Team Husky

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    I'll be watching this!

    Now my Husky is gone, I've narrowed my next choice of steed down to the 500EXC or WR450F. Very interested to see this build take shape.
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  6. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Did you consider the Husky variant at all for your new bike?

    will be good to watch what you do with the 500.
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  7. bigbrad

    bigbrad Been here awhile

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    I went with the 500 due to 6 speed basically an overdrive gear for the highway and better fuel consumption with heaps of low end grunt. My last enduro was a Wr450 and it was a good ride also but the Ktm seems to lend itself better to adv work imho

    Like the Husky but preferred the aluminium rear rather than the composite. Very similar bikes otherwise, linkage would have been nice but the sons 350 was pds and rode it for 2 days straight with no issue on a Dalby moto ride.
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  8. bigbrad

    bigbrad Been here awhile

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    Got the tank and cush hub rear wheel to go on now.

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    mmmmm pretty
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  9. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    nice work, if you choose your add on's carefully, you should be able to make this thing almost as good as a WR450F :jjen
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  10. Hoots

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    Too true, but you forgot to add a hyperlink to the fully adventurised WRF that's for sale in the flea market
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  11. craig525

    craig525 Ktm nut

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    Great choice a few years ago I did the same to 7/ 525 then to a 10/530 thay make a great ADV bike if I was to return to ADVing that would be my choice.
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  12. bigbrad

    bigbrad Been here awhile

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    More function less bling for this one Paul.:beer
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    Why isn't there a 'Not Like' button!!
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  14. Out6ack

    Out6ack Whale Rider

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    Oh man that is one helluva nice bike.
    Are you running TUbliss to have that much balance weight?
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  15. bigbrad

    bigbrad Been here awhile

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    No , no tubliss just heavy duty tubes and a 606 rear. Front is currently std tyre with only 2 weights but will change out to Hp4 off my Dr soon.
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  16. bigbrad

    bigbrad Been here awhile

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    Here is the only bit of bling on the bike so far. Enjoy it lads as probably wont be much more.

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    So did you pick it yet??

    Subtle but I prefer it over the stock item.
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  17. bigbrad

    bigbrad Been here awhile

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    Acerbis 20ltr tank fitted with 90bend in outlet which tidies up the fuel line and tucks it out of the way.

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    Close up of 90 angle , makes quite a difference compared to stock and well worth the extra few dollars.

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    The one down side to the larger tank is the side covers need to be trimmed to allow tank to fit correctly. This had been done and supplied by old mate I got the tank off. Awfully nice of him, so my unscratched side covers remain boxed up. The trimming is not perfect but I am a happy chappy all the same.

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  18. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    I prefer the black, it helps to hide the Orange

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  19. bigbrad

    bigbrad Been here awhile

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    The seat was next. I was looking at the Seat Concepts one as have the Gel seat already on my Dr and quite like it.

    However a good friend had this hard parts soft seat available for the right price so on she went.

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  20. bigbrad

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    Radiator bungs were next on the agenda.

    A choice between Bunnings door stops for $2 each or Ktm original rubber tank guides was an easy one to make.

    Left side was a simple bolt on affair

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    The right side however was a tad more complicated by the horn.

    Ended up reversing the horn bracket and drilling out the large hole even larger so it would fit over the proud nut sert in the frame. This allowed the screw enough length to grab the thread and tighten up correctly.

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    A slight spin of the horn to clear the mudguard and all was good again. May reposition the horn to another part of the bike but for now it is fine.

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