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Offline Kenzogs

KTM500exc
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:50:50 pm »
Hi,
I am considering an orange bike as I am impressed by the reports and brief ride on the 500,  and need to replace an aging dual purpose Husky. My main area of concern is the required/recommended service intervals as i cannot afford to drag the bike all the way from Moz to Nelspruit every 15 hours running. At present I service both my Husky and Tiger 800 myself but need to know if there are any specialised requirements for the 500. Also how resilient is the rear subframe to a loop type bag? Any other changes or things to consider before buying one - probably second hand.
Thanks
Ken
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Every road has to lead somewhere - even if it is a dead-end.
 

Offline Xpat

Re: KTM500exc
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 10:14:46 pm »
Hi,
I am considering an orange bike as I am impressed by the reports and brief ride on the 500,  and need to replace an aging dual purpose Husky. My main area of concern is the required/recommended service intervals as i cannot afford to drag the bike all the way from Moz to Nelspruit every 15 hours running. At present I service both my Husky and Tiger 800 myself but need to know if there are any specialised requirements for the 500. Also how resilient is the rear subframe to a loop type bag? Any other changes or things to consider before buying one - probably second hand.
Thanks
Ken

Prescribed service intervals are for racing use. I service mine after every trip, mostly between 1500 - 2000 km. The oil and filter change is easy even for dumbo like me. I had mine for less than 2 years and it has 16000 km on now. I that time I have to replace fuel pump because in Kaokoland I dropped plastic ring from bottle into the tank and two trips later in Kaokoland it supposedly broke the pump. I say supposedly because I didn't notice anything as I was mostly riding low revs in Lesotho where it worked fine, but Runner said that at higher revs it wasn't pumping properly.

At about 14000 km (that is very many trips if used properly) Runner replaced rocker arms because he felt that the bearing was getting a bit loose (unfortunatelly one cannot replace just the bearing on them. I'm on second clutch.

Now all these I consider very fair considering that I have spent many thousand km slipping clutch in first and second gear through the peaks of Lesotho due to my lack of talent.

Subframe is fine - I have ridden it through Kaokoland, Botswana, Lesotho many times, Mozambique (from Joburg to Vilanculos and back) with all the luggage I needed for 2 weeks trips and didn't shy away from whipping its ass - and obviously I was riding proper offroad, otherwise 500 doesn't make sense. And the frame is just fine.

It is the Dual Sport king right now (by dual sport I mean the original meaning of the word - plated enduro used for trips, not current heavy adv bikes). It is proven platform, reliable (yes reliable KTM, because simple - not much electronics to screw it as in bigger road going KTMs), powerfull, good suspension and very light.

The main source for info on this bikes is this thread: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=219441.0

Here are some rides done on 500 by people on this forum:


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=225655.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=235874.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=236081.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=222953.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=232705.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234804.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=225655.0
« Last Edit: April 15, 2019, 10:17:59 pm by Xpat »
 
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Offline Kenzogs

Re: KTM500exc
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2019, 05:17:44 am »
Thanks Xpat.
From your ride reports I have always wondered how your bike holds up in terms of the use you get from it and from what you have had done it sounds reasonable. I am not going to be frequently slipping clutches doing Roof of Africa type trails (trails??? - exploring where a horse would battle)  in Lesotho or racing it around. More the sand and gravel roads around Matola. The kind of maintenance you have done is quite manageable here.
You have also lowered your suspension. Have you found this any problem when rock-hopping or on other occasions? The one I test rode had lowered suspension and it was so good to get both feet firmly on the ground.
Regards
You can never get lost - you just reach a different destination.
Every road has to lead somewhere - even if it is a dead-end.
 

Offline Xpat

Re: KTM500exc
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2019, 06:36:20 am »
No, for my kind of riding lowered suspension works great- even in rocks, as I can use my legs which helps. And it also makes bike a bit  more stable while cruising. It still has 27 cm of travel - more than almost any other bike on the market. And in Mozambique with minimum rocks this is complete non-issue - and In Lesotho unless you are Birch it is actually advantage as you can use legs.

Offline miks

Re: KTM500exc
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019, 04:14:37 pm »
Hi,
I am considering an orange bike as I am impressed by the reports and brief ride on the 500,  and need to replace an aging dual purpose Husky. My main area of concern is the required/recommended service intervals as i cannot afford to drag the bike all the way from Moz to Nelspruit every 15 hours running. At present I service both my Husky and Tiger 800 myself but need to know if there are any specialised requirements for the 500. Also how resilient is the rear subframe to a loop type bag? Any other changes or things to consider before buying one - probably second hand.
Thanks
Ken

Prescribed service intervals are for racing use. I service mine after every trip, mostly between 1500 - 2000 km. The oil and filter change is easy even for dumbo like me. I had mine for less than 2 years and it has 16000 km on now. I that time I have to replace fuel pump because in Kaokoland I dropped plastic ring from bottle into the tank and two trips later in Kaokoland it supposedly broke the pump. I say supposedly because I didn't notice anything as I was mostly riding low revs in Lesotho where it worked fine, but Runner said that at higher revs it wasn't pumping properly.

At about 14000 km (that is very many trips if used properly) Runner replaced rocker arms because he felt that the bearing was getting a bit loose (unfortunatelly one cannot replace just the bearing on them. I'm on second clutch.

Now all these I consider very fair considering that I have spent many thousand km slipping clutch in first and second gear through the peaks of Lesotho due to my lack of talent.

Subframe is fine - I have ridden it through Kaokoland, Botswana, Lesotho many times, Mozambique (from Joburg to Vilanculos and back) with all the luggage I needed for 2 weeks trips and didn't shy away from whipping its ass - and obviously I was riding proper offroad, otherwise 500 doesn't make sense. And the frame is just fine.

It is the Dual Sport king right now (by dual sport I mean the original meaning of the word - plated enduro used for trips, not current heavy adv bikes). It is proven platform, reliable (yes reliable KTM, because simple - not much electronics to screw it as in bigger road going KTMs), powerfull, good suspension and very light.

The main source for info on this bikes is this thread: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=219441.0

Here are some rides done on 500 by people on this forum:


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=225655.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=235874.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=236081.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=222953.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=232705.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234804.0


http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=225655.0

What Xpat said  :thumleft:

I have a 500 and love it!
After I bought the bike, I pulled it apart over two months doing but by bit until I was satisfied with everything being 'good to go'.

Its scary how fast you can pull plastic bikes apart, and put them back together  :bueller:
 

Offline Kenzogs

Re: KTM500exc
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2019, 08:31:25 pm »
Thanks for the responses. Now to start looking for a good second hand one - and I even have my wife's blessing to do so  ;D ;D ;D
You can never get lost - you just reach a different destination.
Every road has to lead somewhere - even if it is a dead-end.
 

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Re: KTM500exc
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2019, 08:55:46 pm »
If you are interested I have a 2018 six days - 43 hours (1800km) on the clock.

Extra set of plastics and fmf pipe. Suspension done by Blue note suspension.

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Offline Kenzogs

Re: KTM500exc
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2019, 06:03:37 pm »
Serf, Please email me pics and price. 6 Days with 43 hours may be a bit more than I was planning but the piggy bank can stretch.
Regards
Ken
You can never get lost - you just reach a different destination.
Every road has to lead somewhere - even if it is a dead-end.
 

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Re: KTM500exc
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2019, 06:14:38 pm »
Serf, Please email me pics and price. 6 Days with 43 hours may be a bit more than I was planning but the piggy bank can stretch.
Regards
Ken
Hi,

Will take tomorrow afternoon and send it.

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