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Offline stevewfl

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2013, 09:32:43 am »
The Shorai found its way into my bike last night.

I just want to show the difference between a shorai 14 amp and a "standard 12 amp" (from my C14).  The weight is the real difference though:



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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2013, 05:59:25 pm »
right on, I don't know how to ride this bike yet so haven't been in a hurry =)

The linkless rear makes spring choice very important.  When its right the bike floats over the hack, have it wrong and it finds the bottom of every bump, whoop, rock or root.
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2013, 10:17:59 pm »
The linkless rear makes spring choice very important.  When its right the bike floats over the hack, have it wrong and it finds the bottom of every bump, whoop, rock or root.

Thanks for that tip.  I heard the bike was set up for a 180 pound rider, I'm 180 plus gear.  I will have that rear done per your advise.  Suspension is #1 for me on all my performance oriented street and track bikes, I won't skimp on the dual sport toy  ;D
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2013, 10:19:33 pm »
After wrenching every night this week I said "I won't do anything friday night".

But I got home tonight, seen that long billet powder-coated sidestand on the dining room table

So I had to take action

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2013, 07:41:04 am »
Way cool stuff.
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2013, 10:19:32 pm »
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fNS0JpJ34c#t=47


Steve, wanna hit the snow?

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2013, 10:41:49 pm »


Steve, wanna hit the snow?

yeah but on the studded tires, not the tank tracks  ;D
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2013, 11:24:13 pm »
I gotta figure out how I will convince SWMBO that I NEED one of these.  O the places I could go on the mountain!!!!!

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2013, 02:54:52 pm »
Ok it was time to put my own damper on instead of seeing that one I posted above with comment "it should look something like this when done"...

And Teressa has been baking cookies from scratch all day, major carb cheat day as I'm helping her by handling the "sampling and quality control" as each batch comes out the oven


Out of the box the bike porn comes



take the bike to nothingness once again



Put it back together and its done.  Kudo's to Scott's for that "cable management" black piece the throttle cables are going through. That little bit right there made me glad I didn;t go with Ohlins damper.  Not to mention I'd have been drilling my bike with the Ohlins instead of the Scott's submount.  Also kudo's for Scott's because I had the option of raising my handlebars 25mm and went that route. 

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2013, 03:34:58 pm »





Cool pic with the 9 in the background.  8) :thumbs: :chugbeer:


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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2013, 03:45:11 pm »
I'd love to say your gonna love the damper, but, well, the risers RTW!!  Start with a setting lower than you believe you will need, betcha end up going even lower.  I have got to the point I have the EXC at zero and the GS at a 1.5 (zero when I have the bike loaded and doing dirt/gravel).  Not sure why I didn't mention it before as it is a good chunk of change for something that adds very little value for the riding I/you will be doing.  It will give you a false sense of security and if set too high makes things worse.  The bike needs to be free to move at slower speeds and a damper set too high is the same as riding tight on the bars.  Something that takes a really long time to trust is just how light the pressure should be off road.
An example you can relate too, on the track, just how much pressure do you use in a corner and which hand is applying the pressure?

So, you are likely more familiar with the internet and how those who spent the money on an item and rave at how great it is.  For us mere mortals a damper is one of those items not needed, but it sure looks purty :)

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2013, 05:25:55 pm »

Cool pic with the 9 in the background.  8) :thumbs: :chugbeer:

Thanks you sir  :D

I'd love to say your gonna love the damper, but, well, the risers RTW!!  Start with a setting lower than you believe you will need, betcha end up going even lower.  I have got to the point I have the EXC at zero and the GS at a 1.5 (zero when I have the bike loaded and doing dirt/gravel).  Not sure why I didn't mention it before as it is a good chunk of change for something that adds very little value for the riding I/you will be doing.  It will give you a false sense of security and if set too high makes things worse.  The bike needs to be free to move at slower speeds and a damper set too high is the same as riding tight on the bars.  Something that takes a really long time to trust is just how light the pressure should be off road.
An example you can relate too, on the track, just how much pressure do you use in a corner and which hand is applying the pressure?

So, you are likely more familiar with the internet and how those who spent the money on an item and rave at how great it is.  For us mere mortals a damper is one of those items not needed, but it sure looks purty :)

promise I'll use it. I was hating I elected not to put one on the KLR after I rode another KLR on the rocks that had one =)

next I need to sort a plastic KTM skid plate (which I've seen take more abuse than the aluminum in the rock gardens and the big tank.  Both are in the garage.  Also the bling jewelry ironman rear sprocket.... and a chain and a front sprocket for good measure
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2013, 05:39:18 pm »
http://shanewatts.com/schools-2/upcoming-classes/

Worth the $$  ;D


Thanks, I'll be attending some local classes shortly while the weather is nice (before the scorching and I move on).  If they are half as much fun as my road racing classes were I'll be addicted quickly.  There are pro's out west going to give me one on one when I make it back out there.  Seems those guys really appreciate when a noob rides a KLR all the way across the country to ride in the desert with them  :D
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2013, 05:48:19 pm »
I can safely say it is more addicting, track times are limited and can be costly, trail time??  I/we can go balls to the wall and have no fear of Mr LEO and if you have the flexibility of riding on weekdays the ORV parks are a blast for skills development.  3 years ago I swore I would never sell the Connie, but here I am, 3 days away from seeing her go to a new home.  Still love the street, but I love DSing even more ;D