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  1. The problem with most reviews is they aren't long term... I'm trying to fix that by adding these long-term notes to my previous reviews which should give a good well rounded view on owning this stuff for a few years. In a nutshell? SUOMY MR JUMP HELMET: very impressed for the first year and especially the relatively low price. Now they are way more expensive and I'm finding the liner isn't built to last. It looks as though quality control may have slipped with the new Asian owners too? GOLDENTYRE GT333 REAR KNOBBY: Love it. Hard wearing, great grip. My love affair with this brand continues despite needing to pay more. EVO AIR FOOTPEGS: I've been using Promoto Billet footpegs for years now, exceptionally good footpegs. But a friend tried the ultra light Evo Air footpegs, wore out so quickly that after only 30 hours of easy riding they were flopping around and he took them off. Promotobillet said 30 to 50 hours life is normal. That sucks. BETA ENDURO KNOWN ISSUES: I recently released a video about Beta known issues, and since then quite a few things have come up. Sloppy electrics, bolts not torqued correctly, stuff like that. But it seems in 2018 things have really slipped badly, with shitty electrics, some bolts only finger tight, and even parts missing from the bikes. Beta dealers and owners tell me quality control in the Beta factory has really slipped the past year or two. Front forks on the Racing editions have been serious too. Earlier models used the Marzocchis which worked well but had sloppy tolerances from the factory, which often caused premature wear and fork seal leaks. The 2017 and 2018 Racing editions changed to a supposedly better Sachs fork. Unfortunately the anodising on the tubes was not hardened, and occasionally was even missing in some sections. CLAKE: A few years back I was using their Clake 2, a very cool combination of clutch and hand operated rear brake. I liked it a lot, many asked why I stopped using it. Pretty complicated and I lacked the mechanical expertise to fit it to my next bike. Also my issues with carpal tunnel and finger strength made using a hand brake too difficult. Then I opted for the Clake One Light clutch. It uses some kind of black magic to make the clutch incredibly light, perfect for my weak fingers. However I've stopped using that too. Why? I worked through a few different ways to lighten the clutch that worked out well, and where possible I'd prefer to opt for simpler cheaper solutions. But worst of all has been very very poor customer support over the past few years. I don't want to be seen using an otherwise good product until they get their shit together and support customers properly. ZAC SPEED: I've been using the Zac Speed armour and hydration pack for ages now. After hundreds of rides and plenty of abuse I can't fault it. The other guys are getting into these too as their old backpacks wear out. For me this has been a brilliant option to those poorly ventilated claustrophobic compression suits... much cooler and more comfortable. The only issue is the lack of shoulder guards. Many viewers asked if it came with optional shoulder guards. I asked Zac Speed over a year ago and they said these were in development but there are still none available. I just made my own by zip tying some old knee pads on. CTi KNEE BRACES: I did a series of vids about knee braces and I opted for the very expensive custom option as both my knees are weak now. I've used the CTi custom braces for a few hundred rides now and not a single issue except I've noticed the enamel finish chips easily. Nothing to do with safety and just a cosmetic issue. One of our guys bought a set back in the 1990s and he's only just had a part fail this year. That's it for updates guys, remember all these dodgy reviews are under a reviews playlist on Youtube. Or alternatively just do a google search that starts with cross training enduro review then the topic. Cheers.
  2. It's inspiring (and often demoralizing at the same time) to watch the pro level riders in an extreme enduro event, like Wade Young in the previous vid. But it's just great entertainment when you see gumbies, track hacks and dirt riding muppets attempting the same obstacles in Australia's main hard enduro event!
  3. It's been months since we did a video about genitals so this new vid is way overdue... my apologies but now I'm rising to the occasion with firm resolve to discuss trouser snakes.
  4. Anyone following the international extreme enduros will see that Wade Young is already being seen as the best extreme enduro rider already.... after being the youngest rider ever to win the Roof of Africa at 16 years old, and now Romaniacs. He flew out to Australia and gave our local guys a good run for their money!
  5. So much fun doing that clip lol. Jazz time for all you cool cats out there. Please note we aren't necessarily guaranteeing you will see a naked dirt rider in this video... and it certainly wouldn't be one of our exceptional female riders over the Canadian summer!
  6. my middle-aged fingers get sore from too much typing so this video is now my standard response to complaints about my voice, choice of music, video topic, riding, editing style, offensive language, KTM bashing, jap bike bashing etc. ­čśü
  7. Some good tips from Tim Coleman at a recent coaching session, the guy knows his logs! Great to see Tim doing well on the international stage... sixth place in the Sea to Sky extreme enduro in Turkey.
  8. Oil transfer issue in 2008 to 2011 four strokes (XC4 engines). This affected many 2008 models and some 2009 models. Might be worth just making sure your 2010 or 2011 model is working okay... unlike other models these engines had separate compartments for the transmission and engine. In the early models many (not all) would allow oil to transfer from one side to the other potentially leaving levels low and requiring constant monitoring. KTM said by 2009 it had resolved the issue.
  9. so much great single track in BC canada, we hooked up with guys who have personally cut 50+ kilometres near the alaskan border.... in one of the supporter vids i asked the leader if i could film him riding these tracks at his usual pace and just about wet myself. incredible to see how fast the local guys can whip through this terrain!
  10. great scenery but what a crap tour lol! yes it's the best worst dirt ride ever... this is just the short public version, supporters are bored to sleep with the tediously long 17 minute version.
  11. seriously guys, is a forum really the place to bitch, whine and carry on? why not take the conversation up with megs personally? i've been running a youtube channel for four years and often i've almost quit because of the incredible negativity from the general public. it's easy to post complaints publicly, much harder (but fare more grown up) to take them up with the person face to face... or at one on one.
  12. A common criticism of KTM and Husqvarna is they bring out some of their innovations too soon and customers become their guinea pigs, resulting in a lot of recalls and ongoing problems. This has probably been true in a limited number of cases, such as the terrible 4CS forks they experimented with, but overall I suspect any manufacturer that likes to innovate will hit problems from time to time... and often the quality control issues can be caused by outside suppliers. In any case it makes sense to know what the potential problems are with a new or used KTM, and fix things before they become a problem. Let's start with product recalls. PRODUCT RECALLS Nov 2007: Potential fuel leak due to faulty sealing area of filler cap and fuel tank. 2006 models: 250 SX-F, 250 SXS-F, 300 XC. 2007: 125, 250SX, 250/450/505 SX-F, 200/250/300/450/525 EXC June 2012: Potential serious injury as the inner fork tubes may crack due to incorrect heat treatment process. 2009 model: 300 EXC Nov 2012: Potential fire hazard as certain fuel hoses may leak fuel at the hose bends or ends. 2012 models: 350 EXCF, 450EXC, 500EXC, 350 FREERIDE 2013 models: 250 XCF, 350EXCF, 350XCF, 450EXC, 450XCF April 2013: Throttle may lock in open position due to production faults in throttle grip housing. 2013 models: 85, 125, 150, 250, 300 motocross and enduro models June 2014: Potential danger from foot brake levers not tightened correctly during assembly. 2014 models: 690 ENDURO R and 690 SMC R November 2014: Potential accidents from possible seizing of the 4CS front forks as the piston rod may detach from the screw cap. 2015 models: 125SX, 150SX, 250SX, 250SXF, 350SXF, 450SXF, 250XCF, 350XCF, 450XCF, 250EXCF 6 Days, 350EXCF 6 Days, 450EXCF 6 Days, 500EXCF 6 Days Husqvarna 2015 models: FC250, FC350, FC450, FE350, FE450, FE501, TC125, TC250, TE125, TE250, TE300 March 2015: Potential rear brake failure due to possible brake line damage during assembly. 2015 models: 690 ENDURO R & 690 SMC R March 2015: Potential front brake failure from possible damage to brake disc, fork tubes and ABS sensor due to incorrectly sized front wheel spacers. 2014 & 2015 models: 690 SMC R October 2015: Fuel hoses can have uncontrolled fuel leakage at the bends or at the ends. 2016 models: 250, 350, 450 SX-F EU & US Model 2015 models: 250, 450 SX-F Factory Edition US Model October 2015: Potential fire hazard due to possible issues with tank breather. 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 models: Freeride 350 & Freeride 250 R Dec 2015: Spokes may break potentially resulting in a crash. 2016 models: 125, 150, 250 SX Models 2016 models: 250, 350, 450 SX-F Models May 2016: Connecting rod may fail or fracture due to deviations in production process. 2016 models: 250 SXF Factory Edition, 250 SXF May 2016: Oil loss may damage to the interior of the shock absorber, posing a potential accident hazard. 2015 & 2016 models: 1290 Super Adventure Sept 2016: Hand brake cylinders may have defective machining, affecting brakes through early wear of the sealing cup in the hand brake cylinder. 2017 models: 250 SX-F, 350 SX-F , 450 XC-F, 150 XC-W, 250 XC-W, 300 XC-W, 250 EXC, 300 EXC Six Days, 300 EXC, 250 EXC-F Six Days, 250 EXC-F, 350 EXC-F Six Days, 350 EXC-F, 450 EXC-F Six Days, 450 EXC-F, 500 EXC-F Nov 2016: Brake system may fail due to conductive brake line overheating and melting due to deviations in the assembly process. 2013 2014 2015 and 2016 models: 1190 Adventure, 1190 Adventure R, 1290 Super Adventure Feb 2018: Possible front brake failure as piston in handbrake master cylinder may crack 2015 and on: 690 Duke R, 1290 Super Duke, 1290 Super Duke R/SE 2016 and on 1290 Super Duke GT June 2017: Potential loss of headlight due to Head Light Control Unit rebooting when riding 2017 model 390 Duke Feb 2017 Potential fuel leak due to faulty hoses 2016 & 2017 1290 Super Duke GT Feb 2018 Fuel tank, filler neck and filler neck gasket may leak fuel. 2016 and on: 690 Duke & 690 Duke R OTHER KNOWN ISSUES Next are all the issues not serious enough to issue a product recall. Each year KTM dealers receive a list of these which we can't access, but you'll occasionally see the issues pop on forums like this one: "2016 KTM 125 SX and 150 SX models have been found to have cracks in engine cases due to incorrect assembly, leading to transmission oil entering the combustion chamber and causing excessive exhaust smoking." Until the new design in 2017, the two stroke starter motors were widely seen as a very unreliable weak design that needed frequent maintenance. We've done a whole video about keeping these suckers working here. Thankfully the new design seems to be working well. Apart from product recalls on certain 4CS forks, they were very widely criticized for being much worse than the earlier forks. I spoke with the suspension specialists at FFRC who tested them on their dyno chart and they said it looked as though the KTM suspension crew went to lunch and never finished the job properly. There are various fixes available, see this video. A minor but persistent problem, the weak sidestand on the enduro models. In the quest for light weight most European bikes have weak sidestands but KTM are probably the worst. If it falls off just buy a decent aftermarket one. A fairly rare issue was the weak idler gear on 2017 models, but it would be a much more common problem if riders used their kick starters a lot. Some riders were finding this was breaking even on their first ride. The best fix possible is to use a longer bolt and tap the thread to make room for this: details here. KTM has fixed this for 2018 and also redesigned the case to provide more support. In 2017, KTM and Husky switched from the mostly trouble-free Keihin to the Mikuni carburetor. Many riders have reported problems with jetting, incorrect installation and float level issues. Eventually the manufacturers released a technical bulletin to hopefully fix the problems, see your dealer for more information. KTM Freeride air boxes were poorly designed. In wet weather the rear wheel would throw water up into the airbox and eventually drown the engine. Just google around for info on how owners designed plastic flaps to prevent this. In 2017 KTM began using their own reed valves and there have been complaints about these breaking or not sealing properly. Some riders have swapped over to the VForce 4 aftermarket option which has stronger reeds, a better seal, reed stops and better airflow. Back in 2011 there was some very handy information posted by the guys at Stillwell Performance after years of racing KTMs. Bear in mind some of these may have been fixed in later models.... Exhaust mount can break right above the footpeg on the 250, 350 and 450 SX-Fs Loctite the chain slider bolt - a notorious KTM problem as it loosens or seizes up and breaks off in there Check the chain guide bolts regularly and loctite them as they frequently become loose The large 19mm bolt for the linkage on the 250 and 350 SX-Fs is seizing - apply a 50/50 mixture of heavy-duty bearing grease and anti-seize Grind down the brake pedal tangs - when you hit a rock the pedal result in a broken case Bleed the brakes immediately - we've had bikes delivered straight from the factory with soft brakes Check your sprocket bolts - these aren't holding as well as they have in the past Check the gas tank bolt regularly as it tends to come loose easily Problems with air filters not sealing, remove the seat and look down into the airbox to make sure it's a good seal. And this brings us up to the new TPI and oil injection. Quite a few riders had their oil tanks splitting, and KTM were investigated by the UK Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. KTM said there was a slight miss alignment and over tightening of the oil tank mounting screws and they have now fixed it. If you have an early TPI model keep an eye on this and see if your dealer will replace a faulty one. In 2017 plenty of riders reported their bikes were running perfectly but a substantial number reported issues with starting, idling and running lean. Hopefully there have been mapping upgrades for 2018 models, but Jeff Slavens has a useful video here on some fixes. Also KTM did not provide a certain part needed to bleed the TPI system and prime the oil pump, again Jeff Slavens has come to the rescue on how to fix this here. Cam chain tensioner problems - the stock KTM cam chain tensioner is hydraulic. It uses pumped oil pressure to press the slider pad against the timing chain. In isolated cases a worn chain can jump teeth with fluctuations in oil pressure, but more commonly the engine will just be noisy when first started until the oil pressure rises. Some riders fit an aftermarket tensioner to avoid these problems. This can affect the following models: 2005 to 2009 KTM 250 four-strokes 2007 to 2009 450SX-F 2008 to 2009 400 450 505 530 XC and EXC models and All models with RC4, XC4 or RF4 engines (including Husabergs) What about KTM frames breaking? Guys love posting these pics online and saying KTM have gone too far with trying to reduce weight. Possibly this is true, but note these are almost always motocross bikes and you can probably find similar motocross pics of any brand. I think a lot more evidence is required before making any judgements on this. Talking of evidence though, a fair number of KTM 1190 riders are reporting cracks or breaks in the frame gussets under their seat. A CONCLUSION OF SORTS So are we KTM's lab rats? Possibly with some innovations, but generally I think all manufacturers will hit unexpected problems every time they make changes. The reality is all the bikes are pretty amazing nowadays, but they all still have their known issues if you dig deep enough. I think this quote sums it up well.... People praise KTM for having a large product line and making lots of changes year-to-year, and ridicule Suzuki for running a stable platform for years and years. Pick what you want: New and 'updated' frequently with a myriad of potential bugs to iron out, or a platform that has been been refined over time and is more trouble free. When you put out new designs, more often than not they are gonna have weak-links and bugs. Like it or not, the OEMs use the customer as their guinea pigs. JAFO92 on vitalmx.com
  13. Heaps of fun over the summer break trying to keep up with Megs Braap. One of the girls suggested we make a film clip and I even convinced Megs to sing.... although she insisted I wear a skirt for the three days of girls-only training lol.
  14. piles of fun in the girls-only training sessions over the canadian summer... i was only allowed to attend if i wore a skirt lol. someone suggested we do a film clip and next thing you know the girls are singing and dancing away. with a bit of arm twisting we even got megs to do the lead vocals....
  15. a lot of viewers say they want more training vids and give me topics to cover, but i'm just slowly working through the topic requests from supporters only... and it's harder to post frequents ones now as i have to keep learning new stuff before i can make a vid about it....