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Offline Nice Goat

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KTM Dual Sports
« on: May 06, 2019, 09:39:03 AM »
We have several members who own KTM dual sport motorcycles, so it's about time we had a thread dedicated to them.

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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 09:39:18 AM »
Last month I purchased my second KTM.  The first was the 350 EXC, and while I liked it a lot, it did not have the power character that I wanted.  I'm on the large side, and I like to ride in the lower RPMs, so instead I should have gone with the larger displacement 500 EXC-F.  The combination of larger piston and longer stroke gives it the power character that I want.  So last month, I pulled the trigger and bought a 500 EXC-F.







« Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 09:39:54 AM by Nice Goat »
IBA #63019 - 2019 500 EXC-F (mine) - 2019 KLX 140 (the kid's) - https://nicegoat.smugmug.com/   - Deep thought: "Pie and coffee are as important as gasoline."

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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019, 09:54:56 AM »
I've never been very good at single track or enduro hare scrambles, but this bike is certainly capable of that.  But I intend to use this bike as a dual sport, which means that the seat must be more comfortable and the gas tank must be larger than 2.0 gallons.

First, I changed the stock seat for a complete Seat Concepts seat.  I also have an Alaska Leather dual sport seat cover, for those longer days in the saddle.





Next, I swapped the stock 2.0 gallon tank out for a 4.5 gallon IMS tank with the KTM 90-degree fuel fitting.  I ordered a Profill fuel filter sock from Australia, but it has not arrived yet.



I added 20mm risers and Tusk handguards, using BRP threaded bar inserts for extra durability.  I also added dual sport mirrors and a RAM mount for my GPS, and changed the throttle tube for a G2 Throttle Tamer.





I removed the screen at the end of the muffler to improve the air flow a bit.  Other owners complain of exhaust heat buildup because the exhaust is too closed off.  I also added a Giant Loop heat shield for my soft luggage.





Lastly, I added an Acerbis skid plate and some neoprene Shock Sox.  I also changed the orange frame protectors to black.



Only thing I have left is to put on some proper tires.  I have a Pirelli Scorpion Rally for the front and a Motoz Arena Hybrid for the rear.  I have the Tubliss system to install also, when I change the tires.




« Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 09:58:14 AM by Nice Goat »
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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2019, 10:25:16 AM »
I have that Pirelli on the front of my 690 and love it!

Let me know when you want to get the KTMs together to let them play!

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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2019, 10:59:02 AM »
I wasn't too keen on the new KTM body style when they updated in '17, but that '19 model looks really good!

I really love my 450. I know I've switched dual-sports several times, but this is what I was upgrading towards each time.


I added the G2 Throttle Tamer and switched gearing from the original 13/52 to 14/47 to tame the revvy nature of the 450 and drop rpm's on the road (without really sacrificing capability in the woods). I removed the Throttle Tamer the other day and took it for a trail ride... ??? Big difference! I'm going to leave it off for now as I've gotten more used to the power/throttle since I started riding it. Having the Rekluse and riding a gear higher also helps.

I added the GlobeTrottin' rack to mine before the CO trip last year. It only weighs 5 lbs., but really helps mounting luggage without relying on the fender and minimalist subframe on these bikes to support the weight. It also keeps mud from getting between the luggage and fender/side panels and ruining the plastics. 




Full dualsport-touring load (normally I just carry a Wolfman 303 Rolie with tools/tire plugs/inflator)…






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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2019, 11:12:10 AM »
I have a Pirelli Scorpion Rally for the front and a Motoz Arena Hybrid for the rear. 

I really love the Arena Hybrid. I think I've got @ 2200 miles on mine so far, and I'd say it's at probably 40% tread left and still has a somewhat rounded profile and no torn or chunked knobs at all. I consider that excellent wear for a soft, woods oriented tire that sees a lot of 70+ mph pavement. I've never had any want for traction with it.

I'm currently using a Tractionator I/T on the front, but will probably go with a Pirelli Scorpion Rally or MT21 next. The Motoz front didn't really disappoint and I've got 2500 miles or so on it, but the knob wear went to crap at about the 50% mark and traction is sketchy now.
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KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2019, 07:16:54 PM »
Got my tires and Tubliss mounted.  Adjusted the throttle cables to take up some slack.  Ordered a few plastic pieces in white to break up all that orange.

« Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 07:18:53 PM by Nice Goat »
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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2019, 09:02:57 PM »
Checked my books to verify mileage on the Motoz's.

Front has 2100, rear has 1600. No chunking or tearing of knobs whatsoever. With the Tubliss, I run 7 lbs. in the rear regardless if I'm doing pure dirt or dual-sport, and 11 lbs. in the front.

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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2019, 09:37:08 PM »
I plated this one several years ago. Currently running a Shinko MX216 Fat Tire on the front and a Kenda Trackmaster II on the rear. We need to get all the orange kool-aid together for a Dual Sports ride


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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2019, 06:08:14 AM »
congrats Glenda, you finally got the holy Grail !
just give 'er the berries !

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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2019, 06:46:52 AM »
I rented this 500 last year in Idaho for the IBDR, put about 1250 miles on it, what surprised me is how luggable this bike is, it's not real particular about the gear you are in.


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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2019, 09:00:58 AM »
...what surprised me is how luggable this bike is, it's not real particular about the gear you are in.

To me, that is the biggest difference b/w the 500 and the 350, and the main reason that the 500 suits my riding style better.
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« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2019, 08:54:12 PM »
Swapped out a few orange pieces for white.  Also made some spacers for my Giant Loop tie down brackets and mounted the GL Coyote bag.







« Last Edit: May 10, 2019, 10:12:20 AM by Nice Goat »
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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2019, 07:44:30 PM »
if yall go for a shakedown, holler, ok ? i have a tweety bird stock exhaust now, so you'll not suffer those obnoxious backfires anymore.

(still smells like rotella tho)



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Re: KTM Dual Sports
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2019, 07:55:07 PM »
Ironically, the same day Glenn posted pics of his new bike I had just ordered some new plastics to spruce up the 450.

KTM mildly updated the plastics styling between the '12/'13 models and the '14 - '16 bikes. I ordered a newer set of shrouds and matching side covers. I also went with the newer fender and headlight mask design (fender required an adaptor). This fender is much stronger than my previous version.

Due to the different headlight/mask, I also had to order a different Baja Designs LED headlight. Ordering a new light and selling the old one was cheaper than ordering just the adaptor separately.

 
« Last Edit: May 15, 2019, 08:35:57 PM by KevinB »