Jump to content

2012 500 exc cracked frame

Recommended Posts

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!!!!!!

 

 

 

A1.jpg

A2.jpg

A3.jpg

A4.jpg

B1.jpg

B2.jpg

B3.jpg

B4.jpg

Edited by Earthmover

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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. 

Edited by Earthmover

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Edited by Earthmover
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Edited by Earthmover
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You wanted a 4 year warranty ?

winning by 4:1 lol

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Edited by Earthmover

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Reply with:


  • Similar Content

    • By Urbanpoacher
      Hello everyone, I am new to the page and to the world of ktm. I recently purchased a used 2008 ktm xcfw with a 300 big bore kit, not sure who made or installed the kit. I am looking to see if there is any way to buy a new carb that is set up for this bike with the 300 BB. Any help would be great. The fuel inlet is leaking and there are a ton of stripped screws so I’m thinking getting a new carb might be the best way to go but i don’t really have the skill or knowledge to tune and jet a stock one myself. Thank you!
    • By christophe19912
      i am currently checking valve clearance on 2013 sxf 250 with 70 hrs. bike was bought new and never been apart(as far as i know). when setting TDC the notch on the crank when it is aligned to the whole, has the cam gear marks intake totally up and exhaust totally down. are these the wrong marks to look at or am i missing something. bike does run just a little difficult to start.
    • By gyodock
      2016 KTM 350xc-f - Olins Fork Cartridge Inserts, FMF 4.1 RCT Muffler, Pro Circuit Linkage Arm, Torc1 Reaction Shift and Rear Brake Lever, P3 Carbon Pipe Guard, Acerbis Skid Guard, Mobie Linkage Guard, Acerbis Swing-arm Guards, RYD Crew Aluminum Handguards, Sicass Racing Tail Light Kit with Flush Mount LED Rear Turn Signals, Sicass Racing Handguards with Built-in LED Turn Signals, Rental Sprockets, Trail-Tech Stator Upgrade, ktmandhusky.com Fuel Rail and Anti-vibration Bar Ends, Guts Seat Cover, USB Charging Port, Misc Anodized Orange Aluminum Bling. My wife is getting jealous of the attention I am giving my bike!
    • By Dandeliongardens
      Hey all. I’m a newbie here so let me know if  I’m in the wrong place. 
      I’ll get straight down to it. I’m in the market for a new bike and have been thinking about what’s going to be best for me for a long time. Until recently I finally came to the conclusion that a new YZ250FX is my best option. My last bike was 2015 Yz250f which I loved.
      Now just yesterday I saw a local dealer advertise left over 17’ FX350’s for almost the same price as the YZ. What appeals to me about the Husky is that extra grunt. What doesn’t appeal to me is the suspension and handling and the reliability of the machine. Now I’ve never owned a KTM or Husky so I am basing those two factors on word of mouth only. Like I said, I loved my Yz250f and felt very at home on it, it has probably been the best bike I’ve owned to date. Yamaha reliability is also second to none which adds to my peace of mind on purchasing the YZ. One thing I wish it had was more power though. Obviously it’s only a 250f so you can’t expect it to go like a 450 (not really interested in 450s).
      I ride mostly trails and the occasional day at the mx track. The trails I ride are gravel based, loose, rocky, single trail, and also wide, fast, flowing, sand trails which is where I think my yz250f really shined, and where I had the most fun. I’m only a small rider at 145lbs which is why I’ve steered away from 450s. 
      I’ve read a few forums and others have said the ktm and Husky 350s are unbeatable on the trail which is why I am in this dilemma.
      So basically what I’m trying to decide on is if that extra power is worth compromising for the YZ suspension, handling and usability. Feel free to make any other suggestions, including other bikes as I was also considering the YZ250X 2T.
      Thanks guys
       
    • By element9
      The story begins with simple installation procedure of a BIG BORE kit that we ordered from USA . The manufacturer (CYLINDER WORKS) and the dealer send us the correct kit and so far so good ! .
      The bike is a KTM 250 sx-f ,2011 model and bellow there are some photos for you, just to see how careful I am throughout the process .
      .. .. .. .. I change the valve seals and the exhaust titanium valves and springs with the PROX steel kit and make a little polishing on the intake and exhaust
      ......
      Put the cylinder-piston on and always with guidance from workshop manual and correct clamps...
      ..
      AND READY
      ...
      Until now we where happy !!! We start the engine ,and everything seems to be ok!
      Began to make the first ride and…… DISASTER !!!
      The engine start bleeding OIL from the hose-tube !!!!!!!!! I thought its normal if it is one-two drops but unfortunately didn’t STOP .
      We did one more ride to see what happens and still BLEEDING. Back to the WORKSHOP.
      DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT TO CHECK OR DO ???
×