2012 500 exc cracked frame

Hello Gent's

I have a 2012 500 EXC for the last 5 monthes (im the 3rd owner), and a month ago iv discoverd cracks on my bike's frame. Iv googled it for a while and came across this thread - 

I was absolutly shocked to see the crackes showed in this thread are IDENTICAL to mine - same places in the same area.

Iv contacted my country dealer about this and from the begining they sayd its out of warrenty dont even bother. I insisted they should take a look and went there. They claimed the bike has been raced on and anyway its out of warrenty. I said plain and simple - KTM sells their bikes as READY TO RACE, so how come you claim its been raced on and when you race it your automaticly out of warrenty? Personally i dont think that a performance bike like this should suffer from cracks anyhow. So at the end of the onversation they said tthey will contact the manufacturer and see what can be done. 2 days later iv recived a negative answer back wich says the manufacturer doesnt willing to do nothing in regarding this frame dou to this bike was raced on (how would you define raced on and how the hell do you know?) 

Long story short the manufacturer itself says that the ktm's frame NEEDS TO BE CHECKED EVERY 300 HOURES and get this - REPLACE THE FRAME IF NEEDED!! AS A REGULAR MAINTENANCE!!

So i suggets to all of you that have a 4 stroke 2012-2016 350-500cc ktm to go thrue your frame at the radiators area - you might find a bad surprise there. I was deeply dissapointed from this insident and now i need to take the bike apart to fix it.

Adding pictures of the 2 cracks (A id right and B is left) - one of each side behind the radiators (the holes at the ends of the cracks are done by me to stop them there), and youll be the judge if those cracks can be made from a "competitiv usage" or thats a desing problem.

BE AWARE!!!!!!

 

 

 

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Edited by Earthmover

Any loose motor mount bolts?

Nope. All tied up but i only have it for 5 monthes and the cracks color shows that they are there long befor i got the bike. 

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You going to repair or replace it?

Not going to spend 1500$ on a new frame. Ill probably tear the bike off, fix and reinforce it by a proffetional, sandblast and re-powdercoat it, put it back together and might sell the bike afterwards (still wondering about it) as itll might be my first and last light-weight kato expirience.

When a leading dirt-bike manufacturer says you should check your frame every X houres and REPLACE IF NEEDED thats a poor joke in my opinion regarding a street legal bike.

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Funniest thing they told me when i said "but it READY TO RACE bike isnt it??" they said yes it is - until its got in a race! in these exact words and im not kidding, i even recorded the whole conversation but its not in english.

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You wanted a 4 year warranty ?

winning by 4:1 lol

Wow! That's &%$#@!ed up.
Sorry. A double edged sword also, and sounds typical of a major manufacturer. Unless you can find other owners w/ same issue(for a possible class action lawsuit) a recall is a long shot. Other owners should document this failure for reference also.

Is this bike a good runner? If so, get the cracks fixed and ride on.
Good luck with this and ride safe. , G, in Vegas.

16 minutes ago, mog said:

You wanted a 4 year warranty ?

winning by 4:1 lol
 

I think its funnier that your willing to accept that a manufacturer like KTM basicly saying its motorcycles frames are only good for 300 houres / 2 years.

17 minutes ago, PaydayGabe said:

Wow! That's &%$#@!ed up.
Sorry. A double edged sword also, and sounds typical of a major manufacturer. Unless you can find other owners w/ same issue(for a possible class action lawsuit) a recall is a long shot. Other owners should document this failure for reference also.

Is this bike a good runner? If so, get the cracks fixed and ride on.
Good luck with this and ride safe. emoji106.pngemoji41.png, G, in Vegas.

In the thread iv added at the begining you can see the exact cracks i have but on the guys 350. As for taking it to court im thinking about it and i might try to locate more bikes with the same cracks. In my opinion it is a recall because im not the only one that found these exact cracks in his frame.

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Good luck , in the UK they give a 6 month warranty as long as you have the bike checked at the dealer , a 5 year old bike on its 3rd owner I think your dreaming ....ready to race and lasting for ever are very different requests . I've known tons of brands had cracked frames , I don't think any were ever covered by warranty , they don't exist ....it's good will mostly

winning by 4:1 lol

I think I would clean and weld and keep riding it.  I think all of the manufactures would say the same thing about their frames as far as check and replace as maintenance goes.

My guess?..... previous owners (big boys!) repeatedly got big air with that bike.

Still, I did run to garage with flashlight to inspect mine.

Find a good frame welder and they'll patch it good.

Look for mountain bike frame welders if you cant find MC experienced.

I see threads from time to time where the owners have legitimate complaints of manufacturers' mess-ups regarding QC or build quality...

 

This is NOT one of those threads lol

That sucks,but I would weld it and ride..

Thanks for posting. Should help when riders look at any used bike.

That bike comes with very soft suspension and a powerful motor.  I weigh 150 LBS (68kg) and can bottom the $H1T out of both ends on any dip, you don't need to get big air to do it.  That hard clank is transferred directly to your frame.  I had a 14 450 and had to go WAY stiffer on the suspension before the bottoming calmed down.  I can imagine a fast 200LB rider would generate a lot of force.  

lol you have a 5 year old bike, hit the dealer floors in 2011, and you want something covered under warranty?

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