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  1. hillbillypolack

    KTM SM demo day in MI!

    Already getting my 17"s specifically for that event. I'll have my 520 in the truck, and I know 4 others who will be tagging along (with bikes). I know Dave has been getting bummed with some of the turnout, but I think you can call me a fixture at the tracks from here on out.
  2. hillbillypolack

    Supermoto tracks in mich.

    you got it bro. Jackson has a day on the 16th that looks like it's getting some numbers going to it. That'll be my first track day with the 17"s. Looking forward to that. Hope Dave keeps it going next season, I'm all over a day full of motard sliding!
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    KTM motard suspension

    Derek, That was what I thought. I know a few guys selling '03 forks that I might pickup since they're not asking a lot. One last question, is it preferable to get the forks lowered when getting them serviced? Thanks for the info.
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    KTM motard suspension

    I have a 2002 520 EXC and was wondering about setting up for a motard suspension. Currently, I enjoy dual-sporting it on fire roads, back roads, and possibly even getting some moto time in. But I'm more familar with sportbikes, and would like to set it up for motard also. My question is, should I find a spare set of forks and shock to make the transition "easier", or can I do it with the same suspension after I switch to 17" wheels? Also, since it is a 2002, and has 48mm forks, can I use 2003-and-up forks with 26mm axles? I have heard there is an axle kit(?) Thanks for any advice
  5. hillbillypolack

    Glucosamine

    It does work, and I'm not just saying in a psychosomatic way. I had a bad wrist break in '97, and it helps a bit of range-of-motion on that arm. Also, I was motarding, and slapped my foot pretty good. Sore as hell for about 10 days, so I went to see what was up. Turns out I have minor arthritis in the ball of my foot (big toe joint). 6 weeks later, after continuous glucosamine, I feel like I could start running regularly again. The reports I've read indicate to be sure to get a reputable brand. Sundown or Rexall get good reviews. BTW, Glucosamine is basically cartilage and cellulose from cow and shellfish sources. Not an artificial or chemically made supplement.
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    Difficult question, 450 or 520 EXC

    Oh, and one last thing-would it (could it) be possible to bump up to a 520 bore when the service interval meets with the need for more power? Sorry if this is a blasphemous question (blush). Just have seen many big bore parts.
  7. Been looking to get a dual sport bike, and I guess I have my mind made up to get a KTM (clapping hands). I'm really looking forward to it. I'm trying to get some riding in on dirt roads, an occasional track day, and spanning the 8 miles I have to commute on surface streets. Riding into late fall and early spring is really what I'm looking forward to also. But the guy who's looking to sell me the 450 EXC also has a 520 (2002 model). My question is, which bike would be more (or better) suited to what I'm describing? I've got 14 years doing sportbike track days, and have had a few twin-cylinder bikes, so I'm used to torque. I weigh 175 lbs, and consider myself an intermediate rider in the sportbike track events. the 450 has the 48mm forks, the 520 has the 43mms. Any and all advice sure would be helpful, though I know I really can't make a bad decision. Thanks.
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    KTM 525 EXC; yay or nay?

    That's a great question. one I'm actually in the middle of. I'm looking for an EXC 450 (and) 520 that a guy is selling. I would most likely dual-sport it, short-hop commute, and occasional track day with it. I'm coming off 14 years of street riding with twin-cylinder bikes so I'm all about the torque. I weigh 175, and consider myself an intermediate at sportbike track days. If ths is any help, what would you consider to be a sane bike to choose and develop some other motorcycling skills?
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    Considering three bikes. . . .

    Now that I'm ready to jump right in to the Orange fold, the guy who's selling the 450 also has a 520 he'd like to offload. I would be using the bike for mixed purpose, dual-sport, and commuting. I weigh 175 and am more experienced at street riding. The bike would be a short-hop commuter and occasional track bike. Is the 520 too much? The 520 is already set up and streetable.
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    Torn between three bikes. . .

    Thanks for the quick posts. Yeah, I'm kinda new to the recent dirt bikes. I used to have an old YZ back in the day, but haven't done much with bikes that steer with the back tire lately. I've ridden a CRF 450, and it's a completely amazing bike-just think and it's doing what you want. I just can't see the maintenance that's required on a Honda. The Duc I have isn't that finicky. As far as who I ride with, There are guys owning CRFs and a KTM. I just haven't ridden the XR400. It sounds like a solid nike, I'm unsure if I'd outgrow the performance of what it offers.
  11. New to Thumpertalk, and I wanted to first ask possibly one of the most frequent questions: which bike would I be best suited to? The three I am considering are a basically new XR400, a low-mileage CRF 450, and a KTM 450EXC. I'll probably use the bike at some point for dual-sport and extend my riding into late fall and early spring with the possibility of light MX or trail. I already have a Ducati, so I know the drill for high-maintenance bikes, but I'd perfer a more reliable bike if I'm out in the elements. I have done some reaserch on weights, power, and valves. But in real-world use, how do these stack up? Thanks for any opinions.
  12. hillbillypolack

    Considering three bikes. . . .

    New to Thumpertalk, and I wanted to first ask possibly one of the most frequent questions: which bike would I be best suited to? The three I am considering are a basically new XR400, a low-mileage CRF 450, and a KTM 450EXC. I'll probably use the bike at some point for dual-sport and extend my riding into late fall and early spring with the possibility of light MX or trail. I already have a Ducati, so I know the drill for high-maintenance bikes, but I'd perfer a more reliable bike if I'm out in the elements. I have done some reaserch on weights, power, and valves. But in real-world use, how do these stack up? Thanks for any opinions.
  13. hillbillypolack

    Torn between three bikes. . .

    New to Thumpertalk, and I wanted to first ask possibly one of the most frequent questions: which bike would I be best suited to? The three I am considering are a basically new XR400, a low-mileage CRF 450, and a KTM 450EXC. I'll probably use the bike at some point for dual-sport and extend my riding into late fall and early spring with the possibility of light MX or trail. I already have a Ducati, so I know the drill for high-maintenance bikes, but I'd perfer a more reliable bike if I'm out in the elements. I have done some reaserch on weights, power, and valves. But in real-world use, how do these stack up? Thanks for any opinions.
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