thanks chaps, yeah very happy. people look at it and say great its finally finished but its bloody miles away.
its hit the milestone of it runs and nothing leaks but theres loads of finishing off bits and set up to do
more work over last few days.
the front brake hose was fouling the caliper slightly so removed it, bit of heat and bent it back a few degrees.
new front brake disc, had to fit a new bearing spacer to the rear wheel as it was binding slightly when the wheel was done up.
changed the gearing from a 48 rear to 47. might as well make the most of the torque.
enduro boy last time I was filmed on a 500 I flipped the thing showing off. me and cameras dont get on ?
"enduro boy last time I was filmed on a 500 I flipped the thing showing off. me and cameras dont get on ?".
Been there too, I flipped a yz250 in front of a big crowd..........still makes me whince when I think about it !?
I do have a shorter option from a older ktm if needed and a longer one too . it goes across 1/3 of the peg which looks about right compared to my husky WITH a extended pedal tip.
regarding the pins....
the official reason most do it is it's one less thing to drag on rocks.
I've personally never lost a peg pin whether it's been top or bottom.
depending on where you buy your bike depends on whether they come from top or bottom. new bikes come both ways.
my personal reasons are more about peg replacement. bend a peg and swap it out between sessions i find it easier. some models (rm250 for example) needs brake pedal removing. some dont clear the case either. I dont think theres a right or wrong. just preference.
new manifold for the 500. the stock one comes with a tin gasket. like a piece of cut out coke can wrapped round the manifold. they leak even when new!
the makers claim it makes 4hp more over stock and 2lb ft torque too.
sounds like bollox until you see how badly matched the original manifold is to the cylinder and pipe.
these are made of stainless steel and have built in exhaust spring holders which are very handy.
had its first proper run out today. its amazing. only took it steady but you can feel the brute torque. it's very rideable and in many ways easy to handle.
we had a 2010 ktm 250sx with us for comparison. took 2 mates along as I wanted a honest opinion.
they both loved it. said the vibration was less than the 250 sx, it felt like a new bike and a kid could ride it as you could just tickle it and still go at a good pace.
one commented it would be a good beginner bike (eeek! imagine that) but I see where hes coming from. it's only going to bite you if you do something really stupid with the throttle.
the other said he already preferred it to my Gucci husqvarna 300! bold statement and I'm on the fence on that one.
jetting was deemed to be perfect. didnt get it red hot like a enduro environment but hot enough. theres not a hint of lean or pipe bang. it's pure luck. I guessed the jetting and needle but it seems right so far.
it starts first kick every time too. like a 125.
I couldn't be happier. theres more to come. stic for the carb, rekluse and proper fine tuning.
ship once the stic is fitted it makes them way more snappy so a g2 is quite likely. I'm hoping the taller gearing I'm running 14-47 will calm it down. also using the rekluse should calm it in the sense you can run it in a gear higher.
miner I still remember my first go on one. 14 years old (it was a ktm 500 2 stroke. I couldnt kick start it cold so bought my mate a c90 for 40 quid to follow me about and tow start it lol)
opened it up on my driveway in 2nd gear like it was a kx80 and it threw me straight off the back. lesson learned ?
I think you could build a stock one for a smidge under 5k. the newest frame the rails that are big enough are 2013 450. anything newer you have to tilt the engine backwards which leaves the sprocket to high.
you cant get a decent motor for under 2k. cheapest ratty 500's are 3k complete.
there was a mint 2013 450 with 5 hours on it on ebay that sold for 3k.
by the time you sold the motor and bits it would stand you 1500.
so youd be 3500 deep in it but theres pipe, cables, modern carb etc . it soon adds up. if you get a good deal maybe just under 4k total .... maybe.
stic testing has gone well.
straight off the 300 onto the 500. it definitely helps it rev out bridging the gap between the husqvarna and 500 on top speed.
without sounding like a salesman it's a very impressive piece of kit. bolting it straight on without a jetting change its 98 percent there.
went to bolt the panel and found a rivnut missing ffs so fixed this.
needs a wash (and chain adjusting) then graphics can go on.
just need to sort the suspension now.
right now I cant see it not replacing the husqvarna 300. it's so easy to ride. if the handling matches up with the motor I'll be very happy
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