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501 Rally/Adv build
« on: December 21, 2020, 11:36:14 pm »
Sooo I've now been in the Netherlands for a couple of years and did a nice 3500km trip to Sweden on my 990S.

I never gelled really well with the 990. Guess I spent too many years on 450's and my ass is a bit light for it.
Its a beast of a bike and handles amazingly well for its size but its no 500 (of course)

I decided to go back to something familiar again, but this time, I wanted to spoil myself.

My now ex-990S


So 1st order of business, finding a bike.

Got a 2017 501 with a fresh topend on marktplaats.


Still in good looking condition

 

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2020, 11:40:44 pm »
Although I'd prefer to support local, the Nomad Adv tower seems to carry its weight a bit farther forward than the Radegarage alternative.

And at almost the same price, the carbon fiber rade part looks pro! (and weighs a lot less)

First couple packages started to arrive and I immediately started with assembly   O0


The tower:


2x35Watt LED spots.
The low beam is road legal  :thumleft:
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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2020, 11:54:26 pm »
The mounting brackets for the tower are nicely labelled with bolts etc stapled to the associated package.

This kit wont fit the earlier model KTM/FE.
From 2017+ KTM reduced the weight of these bikes even more + the frame mounts a bit lower to the steering stem, allowing the tower's top bracket enough space between frame and top triple clamp.

For this reason, I especially looked for a 2017+ model bike.

This package also includes bar risers/steering damper base mount
 

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2020, 12:01:21 am »
First fitment of the tower:


Of course, I found the 1st stripped thread  >:(
 

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2020, 12:15:51 am »
Rade is kind enough to also supply a dash tidy kit.

It consists of a new mounting bracket + carbon cover behind which all wires are to be tucked in.
Really nice looking unit  8)

Although this is an FE, it has no indicators/switch gear/ matching wiring harness, so I had to add this of course.
 

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2020, 12:28:31 am »
I also found that the stock harness was a bit short so i had to split it in two and run it up both sides of the frame.

Some pics of the rear indicators + half of wiring harness running up the other side of the frame:
 

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2020, 12:33:45 am »
And now to tidy up the mess below the dash..
Gotto love cable ties!

Important to verify that nothing gets stretched or scuffed when turning the bars.

Im very happy with the results though  O0
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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2020, 12:39:05 am »
moar  ;D
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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2020, 12:46:24 am »
Moving on to the lights and screen.

Really bling looking lights.
The new Radegarage screen has a separate section for the lights, which reduces reflection.
Also, as can be seen, the surrounding bits are screened off with black vinyl.
 

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2020, 04:39:02 am »
Nice!
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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2020, 06:56:07 am »
Very Naaise  8).

Good choice with Rade Garage (although I love the RebelX stuff at the moment). I have the R/G tower on my 701 and excellent design and value for money. Also great guys to deal with - I have fed back inputs to them that they have applied in later models like mounting the front indicators inboard behind the screen, airbox adjustment etc).  :thumleft:
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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2020, 09:19:04 am »
I like that the whole tower is carbon fiber. I watch this 450L guys videos from time to time and he just got a alu tower from an Italian firm but man that thing looks heavy (6:10) ! Sub.

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2020, 09:59:12 am »
epic stuff.
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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2020, 10:06:22 am »
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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2020, 10:08:03 am »
Very Naaise  8).

Good choice with Rade Garage (although I love the RebelX stuff at the moment). I have the R/G tower on my 701 and excellent design and value for money. Also great guys to deal with - I have fed back inputs to them that they have applied in later models like mounting the front indicators inboard behind the screen, airbox adjustment etc).  :thumleft:

Oh and the lights are superb and Euro spec  :thumleft:
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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2020, 10:19:39 am »
Very Naaise  8).

Good choice with Rade Garage (although I love the RebelX stuff at the moment). I have the R/G tower on my 701 and excellent design and value for money. Also great guys to deal with - I have fed back inputs to them that they have applied in later models like mounting the front indicators inboard behind the screen, airbox adjustment etc).  :thumleft:
I wanted to support Manuel with his Dakar missions.
Building his 1st Dakar bike in his grannies kitchen almost warrants the higher price, but RebelX is almost twice the price of R/G and to be honest I don't see that extra value?
The only part thats better IMO is the patented mounting bracket. The rest is 4mm alu plate vs carbon fiber.

Awesome of you to share design ideas with R/G and for them to take it seriously :thumleft:

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2020, 10:50:16 am »
I like that the whole tower is carbon fiber. I watch this 450L guys videos from time to time and he just got a alu tower from an Italian firm but man that thing looks heavy (6:10) ! Sub.



Yes my youtube also directed me to that guy's build.
(6:50) - its got a bit of heft to it
In contrast the R/G weighs 300g  :thumleft:

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2020, 10:54:59 am »
The indicator part of the switchgear finally arrived.
I also ordered some random LED blinker off Amazon, which i could fit in the space under the seat.

Seems to me the stock battery was exchanged for something even smaller  ::)
 

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2020, 11:12:09 am »
Also included in the R/G kit, is a GPS mounting baseplate.

It's more suitable to the Montana/Zumo etc type deals but I still love the gpsMap variant, so I had to make some adjustments.
I test fitted a couple of different RAM mounting "balls" (not sure what you call them) until i found one that works with my gps.
 
 

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Re: 501 Rally/Adv build
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2020, 11:16:16 am »
Wrapping the crossbar with the same fabric tape that I used for the wiring harness, turned out to be a good idea.

Dont have to crank down that hard on the mounting hardware + it sure protects the parts from being damaged/scratched
I will be rigging the power connection from the light's supply, once the 12v to 5v usb adaptor arrives from Amazon.