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  1. i love it! Its got renthal twinwall bars and new plastics since pics were taken. sorry about the size i dont know how to resize them...
  2. what gearing do the SMRs have? im looking into motard wheels for my 525, ive been drifting it around on the tar road with an old set of dirt tires on it, haha its got a wicked powerplant...so much power...everywhere!
  3. nice vid but that doesnt look like a 450! looks tiny. get a coulple of tonnes of dirt and extend the landing and make the lip sharper...more height+distance=fun. braaap.
  4. gday, just a quick question, i have a 2004 525EXC, that i bought second hand. everything has been perfect on it, but just recently, the bolt on my counter sprocket came loose and i lost the washer and the nut. when i was just about to stop the counter sprocket(and chain, obviously) came off the end of the shaft. as i was just about to stop, the wheel locked and skidded for about 1 foot. the sprocket didnt take any big bites out of anything, so thats ok. ive since replaced the bolt and washer, and ive noticed there is a very small amount of oil leaking out from behind the cup washer. i am assuming this is because my seals on the countershaft are stuffed. but it is a very very small amount of oil. like i could ride ~200km and would only have to wipe it off with a rag, its not like its constantly dripping oil. im pretty sure its engine oil too. any thoughts would be appreciated, im not sure as to what i should do. i dont want to pay some guy $85 an hour to tell me what you guys\girls can probably tell me. and also: - is this something that i can replace myself(im pretty mechanically minded) - how much are the seals going to cost -what other damage may i have done? (the shaft is not bent) -what damage could happen if i leave it this way? thanks again stu
  5. J_DOGG: no one cares that we ride there...the cops in town have other things to worry about and if the greenies even looked at our region they would focus on the impact of the mines more then my kato throwing dirt around yeah its a nice place to ride...not as good as in the east where there is green stuff and rivers! yz440e: ktms are probably about as common as the other bikes, all the smart people ride them...because they go hard and the people who make them think about what they are doing to the bike(apart from the sidestand...damn u ktm!)
  6. <first of all..i couldnt work out how to get the pictures in the actual threads...im using the tags but no sucess...anyway the pics are still there you just have to click them.. > hey guys, just thought i'd show you all what sort of scenery i see when i got for a ride...ive got an '04 ktm 525 exc This is my first post on this site and my first long ride on my new toy…an ’04 KTM 525EXC!!! Im living in Kalgoorlie, western Australia, and there is some pretty interesting places to ride around here, although it all tends to look pretty similar after a while…and the whoops get tiring! Here is a pic of the bike at my first stop. I have no idea where I am at this stage, but I didn’t go further then 4-5km from town and can use highways, water and gas pipes, and powerlines to find my way around. (isn’t that KTM pretty ) Second stop...more bush and dirt there’s a bit of fun to be had riding up the old mine waste dumps(the ridge to the right) I found a few little bits of tighter fire trail, I mainly stuck to the open stuff though Early on I found an old open cut mine, the colour of the water was pretty amazing, I couldn’t get the bike in the picture because there were 8ft windrows to get over. More bush…and red dirt(it’s a pain to get off too…loves to stick to everything!) This is the ONE hillclimb I found all day, it was about 200m long and was mostly boulders and loose gravel…but I’m originally from New South Wales and I’m used to long long hillclimbs that take hours to get up…there isn’t a lot of that around here! …Halfway up the hill, its not particularly steep but there’s not a lot of grip, especially considering my back tire is almost bald The salt lake…boy I had some fun on this…those KTM’s love to do wheelies, the best I got it up to was 136km\h when the front wheel hit the ground…after about 2km of being airborne! (no pics of this as I was riding alone) Some old nickel buckets at a rest stop on the side of the highway, I was just getting a little snap happy and decided to take pictures of anything Trying to match colours here, the Kato almost blends in… The water pipe from Perth to Kalgoorlie, there is a fair bit of history associated with this pipeline, I won’t go into it so you’ll have to take my word for it. After the ride I went out with my little cousin and had a bit of fun…the Kato sure does love to make roost while going sideways… And go on the back wheel…. Finally, to top it off here’s a picture of my fun machine after a wash, this thing is a weapon… I did about 140km in about two hours, I was pretty close to an empty tank but I gave the bike a good fang most of the way.
  7. im having a bit of trouble setting the suspension up on my '04 ktm 525. i weigh 180lbs and mostly ride enduro. with the odd mx every month or so. i bought the bike second hand and the guy had played around with it a fair bit, it was ok but not really that good. so i set it back to the stock settings, and it was horrible! the front end just wont hang on around the corners now, and the back wheel wont hook up sometimes. so if anyone weighs around the same as me and has the same bike..then could you give me a few settings to try? im new to playing around with suspension and need some help! thanks
  8. im having a bit of trouble setting the suspension up on my '04 ktm 525. i weigh 180lbs and mostly ride enduro. with the odd mx every month or so. i bought the bike second hand and the guy had played around with it a fair bit, it was ok but not really that good. so i set it back to the stock settings, and it was horrible! the front end just wont hang on around the corners now, and the back wheel wont hook up sometimes. so if anyone weighs around the same as me and has the same bike..then could you give me a few settings to try? im new to playing around with suspension and need some help! thanks
  9. youve got a lot of control, even if some of it is done in stupid places you sir, have some skill
  10. yeh on my 525exc you have to put effort in to keep the front wheel ON the ground
  11. heres another 525 exc..still pretty stock..has the ktm factory sx muffler on it though. i could only just afford the bike i cant afford to do it up yet! theres some nice aussie country..mate! http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f248/ktmstu/22%202%2006/IMG_0979.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/stuarttaylor/My%20Bike/IMG_0944.jpg
  12. ive got an '04 ktm 525 exc and it still has the stock excel rims on it...ive had no problems whatsoever with them. no dings, no flat spots. the spokes all stay tight. and i dont go easy on it...it gets a fair hammering in the enduros and on the mx tracks
  13. i think it is a little different on a MB to a dirtbike...you have a lot more intertia\momentum on a dirtbike ive gone over the front of my old bike(wr250f) and it never landed on me and i never even bent the plastics. im still getting used to the balance of my ktm so i havent tried many stoppies yet. dwight: im interested as to why you take that stance on stoppies? its just a bit of fun..isnt that why we all ride bikes? plus who doesnt like showing off a little in front of the right crowd
  14. first of all im sorry to hear about your injuries and hope you get well quickly. BUT i really dont think its right to say the brakes on the kato's are too strong...and to blame your accident on them i used to have a wr250f, the brakes on it, while acceptable were not very powerful. i jumped on my new ktm when i got it and instead of pulling the lever into the handlebars riding on sand, i tested them to get a feel of how strong they were. a lot of people have been coming to me blaming accidents on their bike instead of themselves. complaining of strong brakes is like complaining the engine is too responsive or some crap like that... i dont complain about the fact that i can flip my bike at 140km\h, or flip it in any gear... anyway even though i probably have i hope i didnt make too many people angry..it just annoys me when ppl whinge about this sort of thing...if its too scary for you then DONT BUY A MOTORBIKE. cheers