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Thinking of a KTM 500 EXC

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Hate to cut a fart in this big happy KTM party but my concern with a new KTM

Is the increased maintenance.I have owned An LC4 D/S and the Duke 640 and a 950

And all 3 Had reasonable extended maintenance intervals.

What is the current valve inspection interval and top end interval on the 500 ?

How many miles can one expect before pulling the top end ? 25k miles 600 hrs. ?

Also the seat height on all these bikes just keeps going up and seat more narrow.

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Riding the 500 as a true dual sport. like many here do, honestly the bike is not even breaking a sweat. I would say real world that a stock piston could probably go 600 hours in true dual usage, but at half that time I would be looking at it. I consider the bottom end (crank) to be the life of the engine, with good maintenance. They are pretty robust.

Valves--not sure what the factory frequency is but they probably won't need adjusting--possibly they may need an initial adjustment. The valve train on all KTMs now are tough--as good as anything in the class.

I have no idea why people say they have concerns. Yes it is not a WR250 (thank goodness) but this is a proven platform, and an EXTREMELY high performance platform at that. The same bike that piddles around on dirt roads could line up and win a race. Where else you gonna get that?

The only advice I have for those that have a pre-2017 KTM exc or xcw four stroke is to not ride a 2017. The new ones are incredibly good, and a noticeable step up from even the previous generation (which are great bikes as many here already know).

 

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school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

  • 03-02-21, 12:17 PM#1

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    school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I want one:
    -plated
    -ride from home for local 100-150 mile loops (30-90 mins of of slab)
    -can do 65-85mph for 1-2 hours at a time to connect desert sections
    -long range (150-180 miles in Death Valley)
    -power for GPS unit
    -moto minded headlight for outstanding night visibility (paired w' Cyclops Adventure helmet light)
    -LAB2V (skip the hard ways), Pahrump NV, possibly Everride's UT rally, cruising down to the beach (maybe surf board rack), bike nights, 220 mile Julian Pie Runs (and go see A13x at Quinn Knives!)

    Not trying to ride 8 miles of single track in 2 hours nowadays like R7's circuit

    I'll put the small tank on the YZ, gear it 13/52, and just truck that out

    Very little inventory due to covid, but my small data sample suggests:
    -$6,000 (cheapest) to $12,500 (new)
    -$7,500 can get you a 2017 w' sub 3k miles +/- farkles - this is my target/reference point

    I would:
    -change the gearing to match what i'm doing (it's 15/45 stock)
    -add the rade garage aux tank for extended fuel range
    -Seat Concepts
    -KTM windscreen
    -add a rear rack w' a toolpack/tubes

    I rode a counterbalanced motor (690 got it in 2019) and it's maybe 5-10% less vibey

    otherwise, the 2021 has some electrics/graphics but the LC4 has powered it a full minute

    rented one yesterday too



    sumo was fun, but I don't want a sumo wheel set. Dual sport is fine for everything I want to do. I don't want to change wheels.

    watched some youtube videos...didn't get much else out of it

    ya'll know me...mostly dirt w' long legs...pavement is mostly a connector or a recreational cruise

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  • 03-02-21, 12:52 PM#2

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I can't comment on the bike itself, but from everything I've read, with your ride mileage requirements and if you don't care about the maintenance intervals, a 500 EXC-F makes for a much better big bore dual sport. The 500's are supposedly much more bullet proof than the earlier 690's as well.


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  • 03-02-21, 01:38 PM#3

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    let me preface by saying: I'm an odd guy, and my priorities are all out of wack. I didn't grow up riding, never took classes, generally suck, and idc.

    for me, "feel" is a huge part of my experience; but that's subjective, which is why my criteria is wack...that's why I like to rent/demo a bike before I buy it

    so for the 500exc...

    I tried the 500exc for a 230 miles "dual sport" ride from home, and man did it suck. It's too racy of a motor to slab for 1-2 hours, the riding position/stability ramps up the fatigue *much* quicker than a 690/701 (which has more street bias capability)



    The silty sand/tighter stuff the 500 is 40% better



    but the rest of the stuff the 690 "felt" 70% better for the pavement sections, & still good for the fire roads/desert dirt touring I want to do.

    unrelated, but from a reference standpoint against the 500 - even if I'm doing more sandy/silt/technical stuff where the weight punishes you, and I'm trucking over - 2 stroke all the way


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  • 03-02-21, 05:34 PM#5

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Why don't u look at the xr650r.
    No e start but...
    It's. So . Much..

    Fun

    - - - Updated - - -

    But I'm also looking casually at a 690 enduro
    E start is pretty cool


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  • 03-02-21, 06:15 PM#6

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    QuoteOriginally Posted by breakdirt916View Post

    I want one:
    ........
    I would:
    -Seat Concepts
    -KTM windscreen
    .......
    ...pavement is mostly a connector or a recreational cruise

    While my 690 was an older SM, the seat & windscreen made a far larger difference than I would have ever expected. For higher speed / highway riding the windscreen removed 85% of the wind off my chest / head and the new seat, I got a Corbin for a steal, made several hour rides more than tolerable if not comfortable.

    Loved my 690, still miss it, and always scan CL in search of a great deal to put one back in the garage. Other than oil/filter changes & valve checks with no Adj needed it was problem free for 17k miles.

    Good luck, they are not the easiest bike to find used, and the $$$ new would push me to a 790/890.

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  • 03-02-21, 06:56 PM#7

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I’d say if you want something heavy, can do 70mph but also some off-road while not being great at either buy my KLR and put a seat on it & save yourself some cash. It’s better off road than my old vstrom and no low hanging oil filter to smash off some rocks.

    The new models are in the 7k? Range and EFI.

    But then Again I have one and would much rather the 790 or T7


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  • 03-03-21, 08:29 AM#8

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I don't understand the 690 hate. It remains one of the best bikes I've owned. It was reliable as a stone and worth almost as much as I paid for it after 5 years of flogging.


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  • 03-03-21, 01:05 PM#9

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    QuoteOriginally Posted by Paul_E_DView Post

    I don't understand the 690 hate. It remains one of the best bikes I've owned. It was reliable as a stone and worth almost as much as I paid for it after 5 years of flogging.

    Agreed, as far as my 701 goes I feel the same way.

    I think the issue comes in that the 690/701 fall in that middle ground between bikes like the KTM 500 variants and the KTM 790/890 variants which are both better at their ends of the spectrum then the 690/701 is. The 690/701 though not being better at either end are better overall. Guess it all depends on where on the spectrum the buyer falls.

    There are the outliers on both ends that think their bike is good at the other end. 500s that slab to ride/work every day without issue and 790/890s that tear up the single track with their buddies all the time but neither of those is the good choice for the terrain involved.

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  • 03-03-21, 02:17 PM#10

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I took my 500 on the highway once, because I could. The unbalanced knobbies shook so bad at 80mph that I had to stand on the pegs just to see in front of me.

    With the motard wheels, it's fairly smooth on the street but if I were to ride it like that all the time, I would definitely install a cush drive.


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  • 03-04-21, 12:08 PM#12

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Stock exhaust is good, but it gets hotter than the sun. DO NOT TOUCH after riding. lol


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  • 03-04-21, 02:13 PM#13

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    That seems like a decent deal with those miles, good luck.

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  • 03-04-21, 02:27 PM#14

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Despite what I have been told about the 500 EXC-F being the cats ass dual sport, I still want a 701 Enduro in the worst way. That 690 makes me envious.


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  • 03-05-21, 04:22 PM#15

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Well it had some light scratches, and the 2nd owner rode a whopping 500 miles...mostly in UT....He couldn’t really justify a 3rd bike since he has a 450exc (plated, sumo + dirt wheels) and Harley that covers all his riding duties. He may want a YZ250 so he can do some track riding “with the few years he has left to do it.”

    And he had all the supplies for an oil change, and new air filter for a service at 3k miles, And a mix of stock parts.

    Offered him $7,500 and took it home.

    It still has the stock 15/45 gearing (way too tall for dual sport riding), and junk TKC80 tires.

    Going to burn the tires I have for March and get a 606 rear with a Goldentyre Fatty front for April

    Chain and sprockets will change to a 49 rear, and just swap a 14 or 16 front depending on more dirt or more street slab kind of riding.

    Really hoping to replace all the Ninja 500 duty since it was mostly just doing bike nights and cruises down to the beach.


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  • 03-05-21, 09:08 PM#17

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    QuoteOriginally Posted by loudbeardView Post
    Well this thread took an awesome turn. Congrats, dude. I hope this is the one you’ve been looking for. I’d say the usual “be sure to keep us updated on how you’re liking it” but we both know there’s volumes coming on that

    Very cool.

    Also, if you get comfortable ranging out on this thing, meet me out in Vegas one weekend and I’ll find something to rent for a day. I’m out there pretty regularly for work now, can pack a bag of dirty gear anytime.
    Nesr trip to Vegas bike trip

    I'm down

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  • 03-05-21, 09:27 PM#18

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    QuoteOriginally Posted by blackView Post

    Nesr trip to Vegas bike trip

    I'm down

    Have a trip there 3/15-3/19, could extend it to include the weekend. Will book that travel on 3/10 so speak up before then if you’re down. Also a very good chance I’ll be there the following week but I can’t confirm. 2nd or 3rd week of April are unscheduled weeks as well.

    Quick search netted this

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  • 03-06-21, 11:08 AM#19

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    QuoteOriginally Posted by loudbeardView Post

    Have a trip there 3/15-3/19, could extend it to include the weekend. Will book that travel on 3/10 so speak up before then if you’re down. Also a very good chance I’ll be there the following week but I can’t confirm. 2nd or 3rd week of April are unscheduled weeks as well.

    Quick search netted this


    too soon for me I need time to plan coverage, at work and hom e( 2 kids, 1 wife) but if we plan it far out enough like early mid fall ( better weather out there) I'd be down dual sport ride down to LA from vegas no slab.

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  • 03-06-21, 11:09 AM#20

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    QuoteOriginally Posted by loudbeardView Post

    Have a trip there 3/15-3/19, could extend it to include the weekend. Will book that travel on 3/10 so speak up before then if you’re down. Also a very good chance I’ll be there the following week but I can’t confirm. 2nd or 3rd week of April are unscheduled weeks as well.

    Quick search netted this

    also have afrined in vegas who rides but also knows a ton of other riders who know the back roads. I'm sure we could swing a lender bike and private trail ride.

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  • 03-06-21, 12:34 PM#21

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    QuoteOriginally Posted by loudbeardView Post
    Well this thread took an awesome turn. Congrats, dude. I hope this is the one you’ve been looking for. I’d say the usual “be sure to keep us updated on how you’re liking it” but we both know there’s volumes coming on that

    Very cool.

    Also, if you get comfortable ranging out on this thing, meet me out in Vegas one weekend and I’ll find something to rent for a day. I’m out there pretty regularly for work now, can pack a bag of dirty gear anytime.
    when have I been known to post moto stuff online

    to be honest, NESR/forums have been a solid channel for moto talk over the last 20ish years....Facebook/IG started out okay, then got good, then got terrible if not toxic. NESR has been pretty consistent, still a bunch of a holes

    Next weekend won't work for me, but I can definitely get out to ride with ya if you're out here regularly. I honestly don't know the Vegas area very well, but there's loads upon loads of information/tracks/routes/points of interest to ride and EVERY NESRIAN SHOULD COME OUT TO RIDE THE DESERT SOUTHWEST.

    @black - LAB2V is another great ride from the LA area to Vegas over black friday weekend; but I want to also scope out the SB area so you're my reason/connection to come out that way.



    previous owner...looks like he used the pre-load to lower the seat height

    and he lost the plate in UT



    used that as a negotiation point as the CA DMV does charge to issue a new plate...the $300 I saved from my purchase price covered this + registration transfer/title/tax

    zipped over to Cyclegear, bought a universal plate mount (basically a long plate w' a long channel), and use it to adapt the US license plate into that narrow mount



    then tried a 500R duty: Landlord duty run

    30 miles of lane splitting pavement 80-95mph up the 5 freeway....it did fine!

    the 690 can semi-slab. A huge part is the speed - yes you can go 80-95mph, but wind will make you feel like you're getting pulled off the bike. Add a windscreen + slow down to 65-70mph when on the long dual sport slabs. Note: the 350 couldn't do 30 miles at 80-95mph, and it can't replace 500R duty. On the other hand, the 690 looks like it very much can. There's not much more the 500 can do that the 690 can't...including track days if I got sumo wheels.

    Got a desert day planned tomorrow.

    future parts (yes, I have an advocate helping to pick these):
    -$448: Rade Garage Aux Fuel tank
    -$515: Motominded LED light kit
    -$220ish (installed): Dunlop 606 rear, Shinko 216AA fatty
    -$100ish chain/sprockets w' a 49 rear tooth, then 14 or 16 front depending on dual sport slab duty or dirt/desert day
    -$70-$120: windscreen
    ------------------------------------
    ~$1,500ish

    then I should be done

    CABDR, LAB2V, local rides, Geomoto dual sport rides in Temecula, ride to trails 80 miles away, and it can still hoon. I could clutch a 3rd gear wheelie.

    The BDR sections we're going to do will include 2 soft saddle bags: 3 days of underwear, socks, t-shirt, maybe some vans, toiletry. Ride 150-200 miles/day of dirt, then get a cheap hotel, repeat for 3 nights.

    the 690 gets 43ish mpg depending on weight/speed/flog...so w' the aux tank I can get 200ish miles for long slab rides

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  • 03-06-21, 01:13 PM#22

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Wonder if that 43ish is due to tires / gearing, riding like a loon I averaged 55ish, 3.4 gal tank and the light never came on before 165.

    I avoid the slab like the plague, but when I did as you said 80-100 was not a problem, and as I mentioned the windscreen will make a noticeable difference.

    Sounds as if it should fill many of your needs, enjoy

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  • 03-06-21, 04:11 PM#23

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    43 was just my guess based on google

    it may do more! light throttle, lower speeds, and I weight 138lbs

    talked to a friend and he recommended against the Puig windscreen...oem KTM it is! priced about the same anyways

    Madstad also makes a monstrous street touring windscreen too...was thinking of using it seasonally

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  • 03-06-21, 08:18 PM#24

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    QuoteOriginally Posted by blackView Post

    too soon for me I need time to plan coverage, at work and hom e( 2 kids, 1 wife) but if we plan it far out enough like early mid fall ( better weather out there) I'd be down dual sport ride down to LA from vegas no slab.

    Ping me whenever you want to put it together.

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  • 03-08-21, 07:35 AM#25

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I'd be curious what you think of the gearbox. I always wondered why they didn't put a wide ratio tranny in that bike.


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    140,000 kilometers and three years travelling around the world on a KTM 500 EXC-F – Aaron Steinmann tells us about his remarkable dirt bike journey…

    Most people who decide to make a round the world trip have many decisions to figure out. Things like how long, which routes, where to visit, what riding kit...this kind of thing. One big question is also which bike?

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    I have a dirt bike background and have ridden hare scrambles and motocross, so knew I wanted a more dirt-orientated bike. I did a trip in Laos and Thailand on a rented Honda CRF250, so I knew I wanted a lighter bike but wanted something with a bit more power for the grin factor, the 500 ticked that box.

    I also wanted something without a bunch of electronics, something simple to work on. 

    The lowest point was the first day I rode into Mexico from Guatemala... I finally found a place to stay (crappy room) that luckily had Wi-Fi. I turned on my phone and the first message was to tell me my father had passed away.
    Aaron Steinmann

    The sales rep pointed me towards the KTM 690 in the showroom after hearing my plans, and probably rightfully so, but I knew the 500 was the bike I had walked in to buy.

    It certainly isn’t the most comfortable on the road, not for long distances, but the Seat Concepts seat helped and then it was just a case of ‘man-up, buttercup.’

    I guess my main concern was reliability and having so many people tell me they aren’t made to do long distances on the road and that it wouldn’t last. But it did.

    A big adventure bike wouldn’t have been as much fun…

    When I hear a rider banging on about how extreme the road or terrain was and I see he’s on a big Adventure bike with 70/30 tires, multiple GPS units on his dash, loaded up like he’s moving house, I just roll my eyes, look at my little ol’ 5hundy and know I made the right choice. 

    It’s nice to prove you don’t need to buy a massively expensive big adventure bike to do a world trip and the 5hundy will go a lot more places than an overloaded bike. 

    KTM should concentrate on showing us that little bikes can do big things…

    I think the bike is a big part of the journey and if I was going to do it again, I would think about a different bike for a different experience. The bike would need to have the same traits as the EXC-F but there aren’t a heap of options out there. 

    KTM are starting to come around hence the 790 and 390, along with Yamaha bringing out the T7, but I don’t think they have hit the mark yet. 

    Aaron_Steinmann_Morocco_coast_560

    In my mind it would be a modern day XR600. A bike between the 500 and 690 that has a Dakar-style look to it. The AJP PR7 is close to getting it right but could still go on a diet.

    Until then how about doing it on an old school early 90’s street legal KX or CR 500, now that would be a laugh! Or a 300tpi and go super light? (No spare socks and undies). Whatever, it wouldn’t be big and start with a B end in a W. 

    I admit I babied it some days but there were times I had her fully pinned as well…

    I started out doing oil changes around every 1500k but stretched that out to 3000k depending on what type of riding I had done. 

    I did 870hrs/67000k before I had to do the first top-end rebuild. That was from the bottom of New Zealand to the top of Alaska (Prudhoe bay) and back down to Oregon.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BtTe9DGnwG8/

    The second major rebuild was at 1325hrs. The bike was still running great, but I kept wondering how the bottom end was and the next leg of the journey was through the ‘Stan’ countries, Mongolia and Siberia.

    I knew there was going to be a heap of riding in remote places alone so wanted the peace of mind and shipped it back to the States to get the job done.

    My only “breakdown” was when the rear wheel bearings blew out in Canada… 

    The only issues I had with the bike were wear and tear, things like chain and sprockets, fork oil, wheel bearings and clutch.

    I got a set of Haan wheels when I was going through the Netherlands as their factory is there. I got a cush-drive rear which has three bearings, one size up over the (two) stock ones. I haven’t had an issue since then.

    Aaron_Steinmann_parking_560

    I was concerned about the clutch before I went to Morocco, knowing there was going to be quite a bit of sand riding. I’m not a mechanic by any means but the nice thing about the 500 is the simplicity of it. I replaced the clutch next to my tent in the campground without a worry. 

    I think anyone setting off around the world should at least be able to do the basics like an oil change, fix a flat, change brake pads etc.

    Pack light and keep it narrow to get through doorways…

    Doing a trip like this on a smaller bike means you have to think a bit more about the gear you are going to carry.

    I didn’t want to be too heavy or be wider than my bars so I could fit through doorways. That opened up a lot more options for safe parking and accommodation when I could easily bring the bike inside. It also helps with lane splitting in bigger cites, which I normally try to avoid but often ended up in.

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    I think most people overpack and over-think what to take on a journey like this and I was guilty. I started out with two pairs of jeans along with a decent shirt and two pairs of shoes. I’m not sure what I was thinking but it didn’t take long before they got ditched. From then on in I looked like the scumbag dirt biker I am!

    If I’ve been carrying something for a while and haven’t used it then it’s going to get ditched unless it’s a spark plug or chain link.

    I had three pairs of socks, undies and T-shirts. Never more and sometimes less…

    I used the Giant Loop Coyote soft bag to carry my gear in and one Tillamook top bag. The Coyote bag has three dry bags inside. One had my tools, tubes, filters etc. Another had my cooking equipment and the third my minimal amount of clothing. In the top bag I had my tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shoes and a few other things.

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    I have two pouches also made by Giant Loop attached to the Coyote bag and they are a perfect size to fit the Motorex one-liter oil bottles. I also kept a few tools in there so I could tighten my chain or the odd bolt if it came loose without having to dig into my main bag.

    I like to layer so I went with a lighter Klim Traverse jacket and Badlands pants. Both are Goretex, which is great and meant I didn’t have to stop and pull over to put rain gear on when there was a light shower. I had the Klim rain shell top and bottom too, which I used if it was pouring down. Luckily, I had time on my side so often if it was raining hard I would just stay another day wherever that was.

    It is easier traveling with others for the peace of mind if you crash or have a breakdown but for that reason I also like travelling alone…

    On your own it is entirely up to you to work out the situation if something goes wrong. I feel a little more on edge when in very remote places, traveling solo, and I liked that feeling. 

    I like being able to pack up and leave when I want and also pull the pin at the end of the day when I want. It is total freedom. The fact that it’s harder to travel alone makes it more rewarding to me.

    Aaron_Steinmann_KTM_500_EXC_F

    The lowest point was the first day I rode into Mexico from Guatemala. It was a long day on the road and when I finally found a place to stay (crappy room) that luckily had Wi-Fi I turned on my phone and the first message was to tell me my father had passed away. Home felt a long way away that night.

    The second lowest was waking up to find my bike stolen from outside my tent in Australia.

    I really can’t pick a favorite country. Some have great riding but the basics like finding a normal loo is near impossible…

    Countries like Switzerland or Austria are stunningly beautiful but have no real off-road trails. I would have liked to spend more time in Colombia. I had to leave to catch the one last sailing for that year to get to Panama. If I didn’t catch it, I was going to have to fly my bike over the Darien Gap.

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    There were a few times I travelled with other people throughout my journey. I really enjoyed it from Kyrgyzstan towards Mongolia where not many people spoke English and we were camping, often remotely. It was great to have company in the evenings and not feel so guilty for drinking alone (who am I kidding, I never feel guilty doing that!).

    Fast facts

    How many tires? I didn’t always have a choice on tires and would take whatever I could get in the country but over the course of the 35-40 tires I chewed through I used TKC80’s (not a big fan), Pirelli M21, Mitas E09/E10, Golden Tire GT723, MotoZ RallZ, Desert HT, and a few other random ones. I averaged about 5k for the rear and 10k on the front.

    Original plan? My first plan was to ride from New Zealand to Portland Oregon, where I had previously lived for many years. I planned around four months for this journey, and that’s roughly what it took. Little did I know I would still be going more than three years later covering 140,000km through 51 countries on six continents.

    Which tent? I went with the MSR Hubba Hubba NX two-man tent that has a bit of room to feel comfortable and be able to sit up. I couldn’t imagine been stuck in a swag or a small coffin style tent for a couple days and a hammock for long term travel isn’t practical.

    Definitely take with you? I recommend is a Steripen. It’s a little ultraviolet light that sterilizes water if you are unsure how safe tap water is or when out camping by a stream.

    Favorite road or trail? Backcountry discovery routes and some sections of the Trans Euro Trail through the Balkan countries. Oh, throw in there the Road of Bones just because of the area and history behind it.

    Best bike mod? Scotts steering stabilizer.

    Favorite food? A home cooked meal from someone that’s taken me in for the night.

    Most unforgettable moment(s)? The milestones like reaching the top of Alaska, making it to the Sahara or reaching Magadan. But mostly meeting all the people along the way that have shown me so much kindness by taking me in for a night or just coming up to me in a campground saying, ‘I bet you can’t carry cold beer on that bike and handing me one’. People helping me in any way to complete my journey. To all those people thank you!

    More information and a huge range of images from Aaron’s journey can be found on his Instagram feed: braaping_kiwi 

     

    Sours: https://enduro21.com/en/features/latest/i-survived-epic-round-the-world-trip-on-a-ktm-500-exc-f

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    weak_T4R said:

    Thanks Chris!
    Your kind of my inspiration to the 500. Like i said i have a 20 500 with basic mods (compared to you) the get ecu with Tacos program is suppose to get 56hp (yes less than yours). My biggest fear is spending the money on a kit and hating the setup wishing i had the 450. BUT i put supermoto wheels on it and use it to buzz around town as well as out to friends house for weekend fun on land... Plating a 450 in wisco.... no thanks.

    I was looking at the 129. I was going to stay clear of the 120s (too short for me) but the 137 is grabbing my attention more and more now...

    I dont have 7k for a aro3 (although would like one..) but for starting off trying to keep incoming costs low.

    Ill have to look up brocks 500. My thought was all those guys run the 490s like you said.

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    I would recommend you have PR2 do the 44mm throttle bore...and they will reprogram your GET ecu for the bigger throttle body for free generally when you have them do the machine work...they are good guys.
    This will give you approx 4 hp and 4 ft/lbs of torque more, and extends the rev range.
    Get the reeds out of the intake and open up the exhaust or get a FMF can.

    The 129 is a good kit and generally does everything pretty darn well....13/17 on the bike over 17/17 in the chain case works great with the 2.5" track on a new 500.
    you will need to purchase a 17 tooth sprocket from Polaris. Stock chain case gearing is 18/17 on the 129 2.5 kit...and swapping to 17/18 is too low for the 500.

    The ARO137 does have good flotation...but they produce too much ski pressure in my opinion...making it too hard to turn (corner).
    The older MH 137sx kits turned easier due to the rear part of the skid being tilted up 6 deg behind the rear shock to reduce ski pressure...but polaris in their penny pinching wisdom decided it was not worth the extra $5 per rail on the ARO 137's to have them bent up after they purchased TS from Allen.

    Hope this helps,

    Chris

     

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