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  1. This is my first thread here, been searching online for some help with no luck. I have a 2001 wr250f i picked up for 1600. Someone already did the conversion to dual sport. Well, my control switch went bad and i got a k&s universal one. Now nothings working. Been trying everything. I was hoping someone has put one of these switches on before and could help me out a bit. I have gotten the headlight to come one. But only the hi beam.
  2. Preordered my 2018 500-RR-S yesterday! Time to start buying parts! The bike should be at my dealer the first week of September! So far my parts list is below. Feel free to suggest additions! Cycra hand guards, front disc guard, rear disc guard, slave cylinder guard rad guards, rad hoses, 3 gallon tank Hyde skid plate
  3. Time Left: 25 days and 11 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Street legal, Baja kit[everything works], 2300 miles, Adult owned, new knobbies and extra set of studded trellborgs, bark busters, most of my gear[ktm helmet,ktm googles,ktm gloves, boots, stand, skid plate,and more].

    $3,600.00

  4. Time Left: 4 days and 12 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    2014 KTM 500EXC NC tagged, de-smoged and flashed KTM EU- Unrestricted 216 miles 14.4 hours Garage Stored, minor wear marks and a few marks. excellent condition Kenda Millville 2 rear tire Bridgstone Motocross M59 front tire Recluse Core 3.0 autoclutch KTM Progressive Handlebar Dampener System 3 Ram Mount Balls PG Designs Gripper Graphics White Plastic Replaced With Black OEM (traditional KTM look) Plastic skid plate KTM 14T Renthal/ 50T Supersprox/ New Chain Universal KTM OEM Waterproof offroad gear bag OEM bolt kit/ extra rear brake pads/ 2 extra air filters/ 3 oil filters oem Steg Pegz Seat Concepts seat standard height Kytech Machine Rear Rack (Strong frame mounted can be used to lift bike) ProTaper pillow Grips MSR Hand Guards Wired switch/ fused for USB dual outlets/ battery tender plug/ helmet light plug Lightweight Lipo Battery Handlebars have been cut to 31” to outside of handguards for woods riding New set of orange KTM Fatbar matching factory bars included if uncut wanted Comes with Wolfman saddle bags (new), all original plastics,smog gear,chain, sprockets, clutch parts, factory tool kit Have an additional set of like new OEM KTM Six Days Black wheels with Supersprox and Kenda tires for more on road.

    $9,700.00

  5. Hey All! Reposting my first post from touring/adventure touring - thought this forum would see more activity. Here it is: 7/18/17 Hello Thumper Talk Community! This is my first post here, just created my account a few minutes ago. I apologize if I violate any type of forum rules or formatting, but I'm sure I'll learn as I go. To begin with: I've been riding dirtbikes since I was 8. I am currently a 19 year old University student in upstate NY, and I am riding a 2006 Honda XR650L that I bought myself when I turned 16. I've attached pictures of it (taken today, as I wrote this post) to illustrate the condition it is in, what it looks like, etc. While I have been riding for an extremely long time, and consider myself a safe and competent rider, I have a very limited mechanical knowledge of motorcycles. My dad introduced me to bikes and taught me to ride, but my riding experience over the years has been on my own, and my mechanical knowledge is self-taught and basic maintenance of my bike at best - nothing fancy whatsoever. He and I don't really speak anymore, and therefore I don't have any type of guidance or reference points when it comes to bike mechanics (or mechanics of any kind, for that matter). Nevertheless, I am very interested in modifying and improving my bike and possibly beginning a project to convert it into a café racer or scrambler-esque bike. I rarely go off-road anymore and use my XR as a daily driver, but I find the traction of off-road tires to be favorable and have never had street tires. Therefore I'm debating whether or not to keep my off-road tires (or get different ones), making the bike more of a scrambler - or to use street tires making it more of a café racer. If I'm using terminology wrong and have no idea what the f**k I'm talking about, then please always feel free to correct me. I am using Daniel Peter's custom XR650L café racer, and Ready Moto's brat/cafe racer as inspiration. I think both are beautiful bikes/rebuilds, and want something very similar as my final product. However, I think Daniel Peter's bike is tricked out in a very expensive (and unnecessary to me) way (i.e. antelope seat, c'mon dude). I also want to preserve my passenger seat and pegs, if possible. I have absolutely no idea where to start, and have no current access to welding or fabrication machines of any kind. I'm asking for a full walkthrough and as much help as you all are willing to give me. Because I'm in school, I have a very limited budget. Basically, I'm willing to do my short term modifications and enhancements, and probably put the conversion project on hold until the spring. This is particularly dependent upon the advice I get. I don't need the bike as much in the fall, because I live on my college campus, but it's nice to have around in working condition (I know the project would require pulling it all apart and not riding for a while). So if any part I need for this is expensive but necessary, I will save up for it and make it happen. If there are cheaper, reasonable alternatives to achieve the same goal, then I will do that. I'd appreciate all advice along those lines. I just replaced my battery two weeks ago, and am going to attempt to replace the brake pads (a simple job, I know, but with luck/mechanical ability like mine, it can be quite daunting!) The chain is new, the frame has been reinforced at certain points, but everything else is stock! What I Want Out of This Bike (Short Term) 1. I'd like to put the battery underneath the seat - what are the benefits/disadvantages of this? To my knowledge it'll just slim the profile of the bike when I take off side paneling and prevent the battery from getting wet or as damaged in a drop. 2. I want to clean it up, particularly the rusted parts, and possibly repaint/replace them to make sure the bike looks better. (Need guidance for this, as I'm unsure how to remove rust/how to go about repainting parts - why I posted pics, so hopefully this community can identify where my "problem areas" are on this bike). 3. Learn how to properly winterize and maintain bike. Currently I check oil regularly, fill it with premium gas, lube the chain once or a week or more, and wash it (probably not enough) and spray WD-40 on various pieces. If I'm an incompetent fool, tell me. 4. Replace footpegs, throttle, handgrips. 5. If feasible with my current bike, put in a circular (brighter) headlight instead of the stock square one. Am willing to get rid of red plastic housing, or find an alternative. What I Want Out of This Bike (Long Term) 1. A full café-racer type conversion, styled similar to what I linked above. My dream "bought brand new" bike currently is a Triumph Bonneville converted to a scrambler (provided a pic) to let y'all know what I'm interested in, aesthetically. 2. Switch out stock carb (40mm) with a 41mm Keihin FCR-MX flat slide. I've been doing lots of reading, and it looks like this will drastically improve bike performance and throttle response in many ways, not limited to AFR and starting. I know nothing about AFR...or carbs. 3. Repaint the sucker! I've read online various opinions, the main camps seem to be either (a) don't do it yourself, have a professional do it or (b) you can do it yourself very carefully. Sorry for the giant wall of text, I appreciate those who have read this far. Please ask any questions, give comments, critiques, advice, anything! I look forward to hearing what the TT Community has to say. Cheers! John UPDATE 07/22/17 I replaced both front and rear brake pads because I had irresponsibly been using very worn-down ones, and the friction subsequently wore down my rotors. Not bad enough to replace rotors (thank goodness, I'm too cheap for that right now), but still negligent on my part. Started taking the most rusted bolts out and WD40+steel wool scrubbing them, then putting grease on. I don't have any never-seize, but I'll get some at some point. For now, grease should suffice. Going to wash the bike soon, scrub everything down and then get to polishing up....everything!
  6. Time Left: 13 days and 19 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Nearly new, excellent condition Aloop seat and tank set for XR600. Retails for $500. First $300 (plus shipping) takes the set. Check the link for more information. http://www.aloop.com/Seat-Tank-Kits-600.htm

    $300.00

  7. Time Left: 12 days and 20 hours

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    • USED

    Ok this is it, the 93 has been replaced with a mint '94 nearly identical. Thumpertalk helped me keep this thing going for a long time. Some great people here, some have loaned me tools thru the mail. I kept it because its was going to run again, its been sitting under shelter about 5yrs. I'm selling it all, there are some modified parts like the LED rear tag mount and the shorty clutch lever. Some parts off earlier models, like the gas tank. Mostly just stock. The main thing wrong with the motor is there is something wedged in the somewhere locking it up. Happened when I was trying to kickstart it after repairing some previous damage. Just msg me for a price on whatever you need. I will get a pic up soon, have all the plastics plastered with stickers btw. I can post a pic of anything you want to see as well. My terms are I get paid first at our agreed upon amount and i'll mail the item via snail mail, UPS or FED Ex, whatever suits you. I guess I can ship COD If you pay just shipping in advance. Sell parts or the whole bike for $800 I will return your money for any part you pay to return in its sold as condition as long as you do it within 10 days of getting it.

    $800.00

  8. I'm looking at these two bikes as dualsports for the price and mpg. Even though I just said I'm looking at these two as dualsports I plan on putting slicks on them because I already have a dirt bike. I don't plan on any crazy mods with them except for maybe an exhaust. Which one would you recommend and why? And if you want you can throw in the CRF250L rally model as well.
  9. What do you guys think of this guy's conclusions?
  10. Time Left: 9 days and 10 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Selling a koubalink that was used on my 14' CRF250L for 1800 miles. Have no need for it anymore, nothing wrong with it, been sitting in a box since last July. Lowers the bike by 1 inch. $120 paypal'd and shipped to lower 48 states

    $120.00

  11. Time Left: 24 days and 9 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Please delete, i posted this in wrong section.

    $120.00

  12. I am considering buying a crf 250l dual sport. I like the size and seems like the perfect lil bike to whip around town in. Its my alternative to a scooter. Not to mention the price tag is very attractive. I'd like to make it into a scrambler. My buddy told me this would be difficult because this particular bike has a perimeter frame, and a metal gas tank wouldn't properly fit. Also the radiator is up front under the plastics and would stick out funny. Any ideas and could someone school me on what a perimeter frame is and why a cool looking metal gas tank won't fit? Any ideas on how to make this possible? I know the xr 650 could work but I like how small and cheap the 250 is. Thanks
  13. So I live in Cook County and i was looking into buying a dual sport, however i wont be driving on roads until i get my license(1year). So i was wondering when i buy the bike do i need to get insurance for it anyway and license and all that. Or I dont need to, since ill be only riding on private trails and forests. Im thinking of buying the Yamaha 250r, 2016 or 17.
  14. At 620 miles, KTM wants you to change out the 20 micron in-line fuel filter. The procedures are not listed in the owner's manual, but I was able to figure it out with another rider's youtube video and working my way through it. Husqvarna 701 Enduro and Super Moto owners, to access the fuel line & filter, all you need to remove is the left side radiator shroud and side panel. It's a little tight working inside the frame tubing, but totally doable and much easier that the KTM. You can complete this job with everything in your factory tool kit, save a small pick for removing the factory installed fuel filter. KTM part number 78141013190 The 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R airbox must be removed to access the fuel line. It is held in place with 4 rubber spacers with threaded inserts, 2 front and 2 rear. The two rear bolts and front left are easy-peezy to pull, but the front right took a little patience. You must first remove the two voltage regulator bolts to to reveal an access hole in the plastic trim. However, at least on my bike, the main wiring harness was in the way, so I had to push it aside carefully with a small screwdriver while threading the bolt out, being careful to not let it fall into some PITA to remove crevice or falling onto the floor and rolling into the hardware Bermuda Triangle. Later in the process, I removed the airbox lid to make getting the complete airbox off the bike easier, so in hindsight, doing so allows you to move the wiring harness out of the way with your fingers from the inside of the frame cradle. Access hole behind voltage regulator for the front/right airbox mounting bolt. Two front mounting locations for the aibox from inside the frame. Once the 4 airbox mounting bolts are out, all that's left is to disconnect the breather hose on the left side behind the radiator shroud, the sensor plug at the tail-end of the airbox, and loosen the hose clamps that connect the rubber airboot to the throttle body intake bell. KTM was kind enough to orient the upper hose clamp in a way that I couldn't get a flat blade screw drive on squarely. But, I was able to loosen it via nose picker method with a 6mm open end wrench. Note: before you separate the airbox boot from the throttle body, not a bad idea to use a little compressed air to remove any loose dirt or sand that might fall into your intake. My airbox came out fairly easy with a little wiggling and pulling with moderate at best force. You shouldn't have to be pull hard for it to come out. I started by tipping up the front of the airbox, pulling it rearward, then working it side-to-side. With the airbox removed, stuff a clean, wadded up paper towel into the throttle body intake bell so that nothing makes its way in. Below is what you're looking for... Can't miss it really. Squeeze the metal tab and pull the two sections of hose apart. I put a few folded paper towels below the filter because I wasn't sure how much fuel might leak out, but it was minimal. Press metal tab and pull to separate the ends of the fuel line. There isn't much if anything to grab to pull the old filter out of the fuel hose, so I made a small pick out of a finish nail that worked like a charm. Be sure the new filter is fully seated in the line and you'll know that your line connection is solid when you hear & feel a "click". Buttoning things back up is simply the reverse of that you just completed, but a few tips... Put a LIGHT film of WD-40 in the inside lip of the airbox rubber intake boot and on the outer edge of the throttle body intake bell. I sprayed the lube on a clean cotton swap to apply it. You don't need much, but it will help the rubber airboot slide back into place more easily. I pre-positioned both hose clamps so I could easily get a screwdriver on them through the frame openings. You only need to tighten them JUST enough to hold their position. Once you begin to push the rubber boot onto the intake bell, you'll likely have to loosen the hose clamps slightly as the rubber spreads. To seat the rubber boot fully, push forward and slightly down. You'll feel when it has slid into place, but you should also visually verify it. Off the bike. On the bike. For the upper hose clamp, try to orient it for airbox clearance, but also so you can get a screwdriver on it reasonably square. The first time is always the slowest, but having done this once, I bet I could do it in half the time on the next go around. Hopefully I've given anyone interested a few tips/tricks that will help make your first time as easy as possible. Hit me up in the comment section below if you have any questions or if you have anything to add. I'm a decent wrench, but hardly a pro. If I've missed something or done it the hard way, I'm appreciative of constructive criticism. All the best! Bryan Bosch (690 ER) & Steve Claus (701 E) - #dualsportduo
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    2012 Honda XR 650L set up for LAB2V New: front and rear breaks, rear rotor. Front and rear sprockets and chain, starter, Battery. Also lowering link, smog block, after market bars, uni filter, stainless rear break line, skid plate and Xr's only exhaust, balanced front wheel, rim locks. Spark plug socket tool, pro motion valve feeler gaug. Registration good till June 2018 4200.00 obo

    $4,200.00

  16. With approximately 450 miles of back-roads, jeep trails, and even some sandy, whooped out single track, what's the verdict on the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R? Is the new bike honeymoon over? Did it live up to rather high expectations? I'll cut to the chase and say that I absolutely love this bike and have zero regrets on my purchase! Why? Keep reading and I'll do my best to explain. Currently the engine, suspension, and brakes are bone stock. Mods coming? Oh yes... There WILL be mods! Bryan Bosch taking a mid morning break from the sand whoops - Croom OHV Brooksville, FL That Motor! The 690 Enduro R power plant in many ways defines this machine. It makes BIG boost from bottom to top in a very linear fashion that always puts a smile on my face. On the street, whack the throttle wide-open and the front tire lofts as you row through the gears. You're not trying to wheelie, the bike just pulls that hard. If you're a wheelie guy, this bike makes it easy. From the factory, there is a sticker that warns you not to exceed 100 mph, but my guess is that it will pretty easily. My buddy has the 701 Husqvarna and we dragged on a flat, long, deserted dirt road. We decided to back 'er down in the mid 90s, but both bikes had more legs left. Off-road, the gearing is a little high for tight single track, but this bike really seems to be the most at home in more open, flowing terrain. In ski racing terms, it's more at home on the giant slalom course. Not that it's not nimble or capable of tighter terrain. The bike has tons of low-end and a 'butta smooth Magura Hydraulic Clutch, so I find myself in 3rd a lot, just rolling on the throttle. But, a surge of power is a clutch pull away. I'm more of a short-shifter, so this torquey motor suits my style. Where we ride, it's just about all sand and even in tighter, slower sections, the bike is hard to stall, even with lazy clutch skills. Is the motor buzzy or vibey? Sort of a tough question because that's personal perception. I will say, before I bought it, this was my biggest worry. I've had Carpel Tunnel surgery on my throttle hand with mild nerve damage in both wrists, and things like string trimmers cause my hands to tingle after 10-15 minutes of use. I even had some issues with my ultra-smooth Triumph Tiger 800XC in-line triple. Maybe it's certain resonance frequencies, but I'm not having any issues with the 690. So, very, very relieved. And, word on the street is that after a couple thousand miles, the motor smooths out a bit more. For back-road dualsporting on the stock DOT knobbies, vibes are pretty mild, but as the speed picks up, so do the vibes. If you want to pound freeway, I'd suggest different tires. The stockers are happiest below 55, maybe 60 mph @ 20-25 psi. Not a fan of highway slabbin', so I'm keeping these tires. Suspension I really have no complains here. It's never harsh or chattery and always feels planted. Keep in mind that in central Florida, you couldn't find a rock if your life depended upon it. Most of our trails are soft sand, but there are plenty of sections with exposed roots. On Memorial Day, we rode an area called Croom and despite the unrelenting, deep sand whoops, this bike surprised me. For its 326 ready-to-ride pounds, it tracked through the whoops straight and both ends stayed pretty poised. However, I'm not going to say that sand whoops is where the bike shines. Most purpose built off-road race bikes would be a better choice, but I wanted to see how she'd do and it was surprisingly well all things considered. But, I hate to ride sand whoops all day, so not high on my list of performance criteria. Still nice to know what the bike can do. Brakes The over-sized Galfer front wave rotor and dual piston Brembo caliper with ABS offers plenty of initial bite & power, enough to tax the grip of the Pirelli MT21 DOT front tire on dry pavement. When the pavement is wet, this is where the ABS rocks. Off-road, ABS is easily turned off by pushing and holding a single button on the gauge cluster. However, it sucks that every time you turn the bike off, it defaults to ABS on. The aftermarket has options to fix this, but I'd prefer my last setting to be remembered. I'm sure a KTM lawyer will disagree with me. At least there is a button vs. having to nav to sub menus to turn ABS off like my last bike. Handling When compared to a dirt bike, say the KTM 500EXC, the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R is a big girl on paper. However, I think it rides a lot lighter than the numbers would suggest. With the rearward fuel tank mounted low and relatively central to the bike's mass, it's slim in the mid section like a 450 and remarkably light on its feet. Even in tighter terrain, weaving the bike through the trees is easy and overall, the bike feels pretty nimble. About the only time you feel the mass is when you get the bike crossed up in deep sand and mistakenly grab a handful of big bore. For me, the most fun is rippin' down a sandy trail, power sliding from corner-to-corner. This is very easy with all the power the 690 has on tap and the handing is very predictable. Around town and on back-roads, the bike is a sweet heart. It will do freeway speeds without issue, but without a windscreen, longer runs would be a chore IMHO. All Kittens and Rainbows? Hmmmmmmmmmm.... no. Where do I think KTM came up short with the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R? Here's my list so far (not in any particular order): 1. How tall do they think most of us are? This bike is tall! I'm 5' 10" and it's still tall. With boots on, I'm still just slightly better than on my tip toes. Thank God for the strong steel kickstand for getting on the bike. At the lowest point of the seat, it's 37". 2. For almost 11k before taxes & registration, no fuel gauge? This is a premium dual sport KTM. You made the tach sweep up and back at start up like a race car, but no fuel gauge? Booo! But, at least there is a low fuel light, just before you run out. 3. KTM, you still can't make a comfortable seat? I know you love your sporty, sharp angles, but they create pressure points that don't feel good on the ass after a few hours. Can't you compromise a little aesthetics for comfort? For 11k, I shouldn't have to immediately order a functional dual sport seat. And even worse, the seat pan rubber bumpers? I have extras in my garage b/c they fall out if you look at them wrong. 4. Handlebars are too low for standing. I understand that we all come in different shapes & sizes, but I'm much closer to the average that otherwise. 5. No power port for my phone or navigation? I appreciate the power with key on Accessory 2 wires in the loom behind the headlight, but again, premium dual sport. For the money it should come with this. But then again, dummies like me pay what you ask, so... 6. The shifting action is good, but if you're not very deliberate, a missed shift is pretty easy. I happens to me a couple of times on every ride, mostly upshifting into higher gears. There is an aftermarket fix that I might install if it really bothers me. My Bottom-line My biggest regret is the two year detour riding a 500lb. ADV bike. The 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R has re-lit my fire for dirt biking. I'm once again excited for the next ride because this bike is just so much fun to ride. All of the gripes above are either completely livable or fixable in the aftermarket and none are show stoppers. I think that the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro is an amazing dual sport and for my needs, I absolutely made the right choice to sell my 2013 Triumph Tiger 800XC. I was a little worried that the 690 Enduro R might be a dirt bike with a license plate (had a plated KTM 450), but there is no question that it's a purpose built dualsport that is better on the road than a dirt bike and far better than a big ADV bike off-road. For me, I've found the middle ground that I was looking for. Fathers day is this Saturday and when my wife asked what I wanted, the answer was easy, "I'm going ridin' hon!" Bryan Bosch & Steve Claus #dualsportduo Got sand? We do and plenty. - Croom OHV Brooksville, FL Richloam General Store - Withlacoochee National Forest Exploring some sandy single track - Withlacoochee National Forest Lunch on the way home at a fav BBQ pit - Zephyrhills, FL If you have any question for me, hit me up in the comment section below. I'd appreciate hearing from you. If you want to follow our blog, click the "follow" button up top.
  17. A key part of the dualsportduo blog is to test parts & accessories for the KTM 690 Enduro R and 701 Enduro platforms and share our experience with you. For the last month or so, I've been riding on a new product from Fasst Company called Impact Adventure Foot Peg. Outside of being really nice over-sized foot pegs, the unique feature is that the foot bed is isolated from the foot peg body by an elastomer whos job is to squelch vibration and shock. Here's a side-by-side shot with the stock KTM 690 Enduro R foot peg. I knew they were lasering in the TT logo, but my name came as a surprise. Is that like a monogrammed sweater? I'm going to take crap from my riding buddies forever! Here's a shot of what the elastomers look like: Installed Shot: You can find my full review @ If you have any questions, hit me up in the comments selection below. What do you think of these foot pegs? Interested in hear your thoughts! Bryan Bosch, Steve Claus - #dualsportduo
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  19. Time Left: 4 days and 10 hours

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    2006 Honda xr650L, well-loved dual sport machine. ~12,000 well maintained miles. Top end completely rebuilt and bored over to 675cc ~2000 miles ago. Bike starts and runs perfectly. CA registered with clean title in hand. This machine has never let me down, I bought a new bike and don't need two. Cash in person only- $3200 obo. Test rides require cash in hand. Includes Clarke 4.7 gallon tank. White bros pipe Stage one jet kit Airbox mod Aluminum skid plate. Rear rack. Custom XR400 oil cooler mod as seen here: https://www.thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/681902-xr650l-oil-cooler-kit/ call text or email 831-594-5566 JasonDC102@gmail.com

    $3,200.00

  20. in a month or two I'll be in a market for a new helmet. coming from purely street riding and a lots of long distance riding, I always had some good Shoe or Arai helmets. now using the bike to commute and off road I am looking at those "new", "adventure" helmets. i want it to be dot and snell certified. so, what do you have, what do you like/dont like etc. oh and riding in Vegas, good ventilation is a must !
  21. Ok, first things first I haven't posted in a while and yes I have searched. Just need some more opinions. Riding a KTM 450 EXC. Mostly used AlpineStars Tech 3-8 boots. Decent but needing waterproof boots and something way more protective than the average "adventure" boot that offers little protection. I'm not doing Xtreme Enduros but relatively aggressive at times. Any opinions on AlpineStars Toucan, Sidi Adventure, Forma Terra, AlpineStar Corozal, TCX, etc. Thanks.
  22. dualsportduo

    I think a lot of motorcycle riders are like us... even if they love their current bike, they are always wondering what's better. We spend countless hours reading magazines and forums, watching YouTube, and talking with the like-minded about what their "ideal" ride would look like. We all know that this perfect bike doesn't exist, but we keep searching for it. A few years ago, after 35+ years riding dirt bikes together, Steve and I were bitten by the ADV bug. The plan: to load them up with all kinds of cool gear and equipment, and to set out on long weekend adventures, camping along the way; just seeing what there is to see in this big ol' country! But, the road of good intentions doesn't get you far, and our plans didn't quite materialize the way that we had hoped. We ended up living in different cities (Tampa & Denver), and between work and family obligations, our ADV bikes (Triumph Tiger 800XC and KTM 990 Adventure) ended up being weekend dual-sport machines at best. In fact, our only real taste of adventure riding together was last summer, where we both just happen to have been in Portland Oregon visiting family and decided to rent a couple of BMW F800GS ADVs for the day. We had a great time, but Steve kept pointing out that anytime we'd talk bikes, I'd always mention how much I missed skoochin' up on the tank, sticking a leg out, laying the bike over, and rippin' through a big sweeper-turn, off-road. I know that Chris Birch makes this look easy on 500+ lb. ADV bikes, but I'm not Chris Birch. A couple of months ago Steve called me up, all excited... "Hey Bosch... I have news! I took a new job and we're moving to Tampa!" Coming from a man that takes cold shower sand spends most snowy Colorado days running around in shorts, I was more than a little surprised since it’s kind-of hot and humid here in central Florida for half the year. Regardless, It didn't take long for the motorcycle planning to begin. 1st order of business: sell these big ADV bikes. The KTM 990 sold in a matter of hours out in Colorado, and interestingly enough, I sold my Tiger to gentleman that was moving to Colorado Springs, the same place that the buyer of the 990 lives. How's that for coincidence? The 2nd order of business: NEW BIKES! And, we both already knew what we wanted. Steve had a Husky 510 dual-sport that he loved when he lived in Idaho, and I wanted to be back on KTM, having drank the orange cool-aid back in 2008. So, the Husqvarna 701 Enduro and KTM 690 Enduro R it was! The crazy part is, outside of reading and watching videos on these bikes, neither of us had ridden either of them. In faith, we just plunked down the silly amount of money they ask for these bikes and hoped they were what we were looking for! Exactly what is it that we’re looking for? More comfort & road-worthiness than just a plated dirt bike, and more capable and fun off-road than the typical 500+ lb. ADV machine. Not too much to ask, right? We're excited to begin putting some miles on these sexy bikes to see if they are the "just right" bikes that we hope they are. Considering the price, our wives have made it clear that come hell-or-high-water, we better be prepared to love them...No pressure! We'd love to take you on this journey as we share our experiences with these bikes, including our riding impressions, bike mods & problems, parts & gear evaluations, and hopefully lots of interesting pictures and video; we even plan on picking up a drone so that we can capture on-the-move video and awesome vantage points. This will be our first blog, so we’re totally open to feedback & suggestions on how to make it better. We're just a couple of long-time, middle aged dirt bike guys that are pumped about riding together again, and thought it would be fun to share it all with our ThumperTalk peeps. Thanks for checking out the blog! Bryan Bosch, Steve Claus - #DualSportDuo Links: KTM USA Husqvarna Motorcycles WMR Competition Performance Nihilo Concepts
  23. Hi everyone, I bought a ’87 XL600R running and riding about two weeks ago. A few days later I was struggling to start it. I checked for spark which it didn’t have and while doing some diagnostics I found the stator had low resistance (140ohms vs the range in my manual 230-320 ohms). I picked a new one from RickyStator and threw that in with no luck. I then got some advice from a relative and replaced the spark plug wire which did fix my problem, I fired up the bike and took it on quick rides upwards of six times that Sunday (new bike, woo!). Monday I go to fire it up again and the bike refuses, no spark again. Tuesday I clipped the end of the wire and got it to spark again but not start. And today, Friday, I’m stuck with no spark. So to cap this all off I have a couple of questions: 1. The manual I have says I can check the primary and secondary coil resistances for the ignition coil but its for an 83-84 and the coils changed over the years, so I have no idea how to check it. Guidance on how to check these values with a multimeter would be great. 2. Is there anything else you would try? Ive seen lots of talk about faulty CDI’s but it never seems to be the final problem with no start bikes. If so, steps to check this unit would also be greatly appreciated. 3. A fresh link to a free download a more current manual would be fantastic… if there is one. Thanks in advance, Ben D.
  24. For months now I've fell in love with the wr250r. However lately I have been checking out the KTM 350 EXC-F. I just don't know if the wr250r makes sense with all the amount of money I'm going to dump into it just so it can run like a KTM. The wr250r is around $6699 and the KTM is $10,199. I know the KTM price seems steep but with the Yamaha I'll spend a grand on the full exhaust mod then another grand on stiffer suspension and thats not factoring in all the other little mods I'll buy. Price isn't really a issue due to the fact I'm financing ( I know its bad lol). So should I just go for the wr250r and save some money or just go balls out with the KTM.