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  1. First I'm going to give a little history of how I got to the point of buying a 2018 KTM 500 EXC. Bikes to date: 1970 Fox Thunderbolt (awesome first mini-bike) 1978 YZ 80 (bullet proof, great bike, I put 1000's of miles on this thing) XR 350 (so-so, very heavy) 1987 YZ 490 (biggest piece of $hit I ever owned, work on it for 2 hours to ride 1), 1988 CR 500 (power, power, power), 1994 CR 500 (great bike, power to burn, bullet proof, fun, did I say power to burn) 2000 CR 250 (reliable, pretty fast, not a 500), 2005 KTM 250 EXC (reliable, not as much power as CR 250, light, nimble, good bike, passed on to my 16 year old son), 2018 KTM 500 EXC. The fox, YZ 80, and XR 350 were all bikes of my youth while growing up on a farm in Eastern Nebraska. Gravel roads, dirt roads, terrace jumping, ect. The YZ 490, CR 500, CR 500 were the bikes I had while living in Albuquerque New Mexico, what a great time in my life for riding!! The CR 250, and KTM 250 were bikes I had to ride with my son's back here in Nebraska. Mainly trail riding that is over an hour away from my home. I'm a dirt biker at heart, never have had a motorcycle license, or rode a street bike. The reason I bought a KTM 500 EXC is it is a dirt bike, that you can just happen to get licensed. Nebraska has very few places to ride publicly, almost all the ground is private farm ground. 2018 KTM 500 EXC 180 Miles In The Good: 180 miles in...........this thing is a dirt bike. It is not made to ride on the street for long distances. This is exactly what I wanted. Power.....I'm guessing 15 hp less than a CR 500, but still plenty. Great low end power. This bike is fast. Suspension......excellent for off road. Wheelies........not a problem with good traction. Oil Change.....I've done 1 at 1 hour. This is a big complaint from everything I've read. Easy and quick to do, oil is expensive (I knew this going in). Not sure what I'm going to do after warranty is up on bike, may switch to cheaper synthetic oil? Looks.....yep it is a beast and it looks like a beast. My use.......I can ride 1 mile from my front door and be on a gravel road, that connects to 100's of miles of dirt and gravel roads, and I can do this legally, unlike in my youth, and in New Mexico. I can load it on my pickup and go ride it with my kids on trails or at the motocross track, I can load it on my pickup and ride single track in the black hills, I can load it on my pickup and go to dual sport adventure rides anywhere in the United States. It is exactly what I wanted, and is perfect for my plan of use. The Bad Tires......the stock tires suck for off road, good thing it spins the rear constantly, shouldn't last very long.... License plate holder........looks cheesy, looks cheap, is cheap. Don't like it. Seat.......very uncomfortable if riding on road for long time, long time = 10 miles on this bike. Wheels.......out of balance, need to balance. Modifications in works now Bark busters ordered Skid Plate Tank Bag Trying to wear out stock tires as fast as possible. Tubliss Rear license plate??? (might try to modify myself, don't need to spend $150 on this) Overall, love the bike, it is exactly what I wanted, a full-fledged dirt bike that you can license. I ride about 95% off pavement, if you are a 50% on pavement, probably not the bike for you.
  2. I'm jumping into the dual sport scene. After 40 years of only riding dirt bikes....MINI BIKE, 1978 YZ 80, 1982 YZ 125, 1988 YZ 490, 1989 CR 500, 1994 CR 500, 1999 CR 250, 2006 KTM 250 EXC, and now a 2018 KTM 500 EXC. I joined a facebook group a few months ago call Omaha Adventure Riders, it looked like they had a great time riding gravel, and dirt roads here in Nebraska. Only problem was I didn't have a street legal bike, nor a motorcycle license. My kids and I ride off road, now I will be able to ride on and off. I'm picking up the 500 EXC this Saturday, I will ride it Sunday off road with my kids, I have already passed the written motorcycle test, next Wednesday I take the driving test, and hopefully will be legal after that. My house is 1 mile of pavement to gravel, and then there are literally 100's of miles of gravel and dirt "minimum maintenance" roads to ride. Some almost single track type. Any advise? Thanks Noplclkneb

    New member looking for advise.

    Nebraska requires street legal from factory, so even KTM’s won’t work before 2007.
  4. Hello, I'm new to the forum but not new to dirt bikes. I'm wanting to get back into riding, and have been looking at dual sports. I live in Nebraska, and Nebraska has very little public land. Most of the public places to ride are about 3 to 4 hours away from my home. But Nebraska has a lot of gravel and minimum maintenance roads. I live in a city of 50,000 and I could be on a gravel road within 2 miles of my house and could drive gravel or dirt for 100's of miles. To drive on these roads the motorcycle must be licensed. My history. I'm 47, 6'2" 250lb. Bikes I've had over the years. Mini-bike, YZ80, YZ 490 (age 25-26) CR 500 (26-27) CR 500 (27-33) CR 250 (38-42) When I had the YZ 490, and the CR 500's I lived in New Mexico and had numerous places to ride. My favorite thing to ride was in the National Forrest. What I'm thinking is 50% of my riding now would be gravel and minimum maintenance (dirt) roads around my home, and 30% national forest that is 3 to 7 hours away. (weekend trips), and 20% motorcross tracks with my kids. I would also ride with my kids on the National Forrest Trips. I've narrowed it down to 3 bikes.....unless you guys change my mind. All used. KTM 500/530exc, or KTM 450exc, or XR650L What do you guys think? Thanks Rob