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Starting a new thread to post up my ride reports, pics and videos of my rides on the ktm 500.
It's not hard to see why this bike has been the most successful in the finke desert race.
They are such an awesome machine and please feel free to post up your rides as well.
 

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Dirt Wizard
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Took the 500 for a squirt today. Not as good of terrain as @AliceNicho and myself went on a few weeks ago, but still got me motor running.
Bloody 500 is like viagra for me.
I had a few moments that tested me, but this machine just rode right through them.
Even managed a better water backdrop pic for @AusPete.
 

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And there I was thinking you were going to talk about washing the wee thing. :p
 

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I've washed it.......once since I've owned it. (That's not a bad effort for me)

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Congrats that beast looks ready to rock! What year is yours? Looks like an EXC-F hey? What is done for ECU/ fuel tuning as it looks like an aftermarket pipe and some other goodies on there.
 

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Congrats that beast looks ready to rock! What year is yours? Looks like an EXC-F hey? What is done for ECU/ fuel tuning as it looks like an aftermarket pipe and some other goodies on there.
Trav mate, It's a 2014.
All the goodies were on it when I bought it. I think it's running the euro map KM787EU14D701. I will have to check it out. I know it's a little lean with the baffle out of the exhaust (pops a little on decel). Other than that it seems pretty sweet.
 

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I know it's a little lean with the baffle out of the exhaust (pops a little on decel).
Could be the fresh air tube off the valve cover that has a little filter / breather on the end that is your culprit. My desmog kit came with a little ball-bearing you plug the tube with and got rid of all the popping after I put the FMF on. Hell, if you have a bolt the right size you could try that too and will get rid of the noise depending on how much it bothers you or not at all.
 

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Cheers mate, I'll have a look.

I am more inclined to just ride the bloody thing at the moment as I have enough of other people's sh-t to work on.
Is yours pretty noisy in the crank area (knock)....obviously all the ktms are a bit, my 525's had a little and other 450's and 530's I have worked on are as well. This one's seems a little noisier though. I figured that's how the injected ones are.
 

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Cheers mate, I'll have a look.

I am more inclined to just ride the bloody thing at the moment as I have enough of other people's sh-t to work on.
Is yours pretty noisy in the crank area (knock)....obviously all the ktms are a bit, my 525's had a little and other 450's and 530's I have worked on are as well. This one's seems a little noisier though. I figured that's how the injected ones are.
Yeah definitely ride the bike and enjoy it for what it is until you feel like tinkering.

Mine was new and now sits at 25 hours so everything is still rather quiet and not a lot of racket from the crank case but only comparison is my 690 which is far more noisy than the 350.

It may be worth it to check your valve clearances and make sure you're within tolerances - that would be my biggest concern purchasing a used bike. Unless previous owner never hit redline and babied the thing but who does that.
 

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nice one ,lots of bug guts on the front?
Nah mate, I live in sunny qld not nsw. Nsw have sh-t tonnes more bugs than us, probably because there's less cane toads:p
 

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Yeah definitely ride the bike and enjoy it for what it is until you feel like tinkering.

Mine was new and now sits at 25 hours so everything is still rather quiet and not a lot of racket from the crank case but only comparison is my 690 which is far more noisy than the 350.

It may be worth it to check your valve clearances and make sure you're within tolerances - that would be my biggest concern purchasing a used bike. Unless previous owner never hit redline and babied the thing but who does that.
Cheers Trav. Valve train is nice quiet....well normal for ktm. Clunky down low.
I will ride the thing until it's due for rings, unless the noise gets worse.
When I slap rings in I might check the crank then.
 

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I've washed it.......once since I've owned it. (That's not a bad effort for me)

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Awright you lose a few points for improper footwear and crooked toes :oops: otherwise she's aces:D
 
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