View Full Version : My new ride (motorcycle content)

07-09-2009, 07:42 PM
Got it yesterday. KTM XCW450. 4 stroke electric start wide range tranny trail bike for anyone not down with KTMs lingo. 2007 street legal and taged. reklus clutchless. rear brake on the bars. Slavens suspension for a guy 15lbs heavier than me done this spring. Scott steering dampener, bleaders on the shocks, skidplate, bark busters. New tires, new sprockets and chain. Jetted for Leadville.

07-09-2009, 08:21 PM
is it possible to be orange with envy?

J Kimmel
07-09-2009, 11:52 PM
HOT...post up once you ride it how you like the Rekluse, I have been eyeing one for my YZ450F, seems it ought to help out quite a bit on the trails :)

07-10-2009, 11:52 AM
Very nice, that should get you around just fine. Curious to see how the Reklus works for you.

07-10-2009, 12:00 PM
Wow... that is UBER cool!

07-10-2009, 12:26 PM
you use a clutch? must be a dutch thing...

07-10-2009, 12:58 PM
Incredibly awesome first time trail bike.
Like learning to drive in your uncle's Bentley.

07-10-2009, 01:59 PM
And hopefully the 100 will have a matching paint job soon. That'll grab some attention while cruising through Vail.

Beautiful bike!

07-10-2009, 08:02 PM
Very cool Farnham, the only thing I'm jealous of is the 450 vs. my 250! :thumb:

07-10-2009, 08:32 PM
very nice

07-10-2009, 10:34 PM
Thanks everyone. Just back from my 1st ride with it. And to put my lack of skills into context. Today was day 3 on singletrack and my 6th time ever on a motorcycle. I lasted a whole 45 minutes before I tested out the bark buster, turned the bars sideways and did the tuck and roll down the embankment over a log. I droped it a few more times but not at speed. The reklus is the greatest thing ever. I've been a mountain biker for 20+ years. Having the rear brake on the bars has given me control of the rear brake. It'd be nice to have the front brake on the left and rear on the rt MTB style, but I'm adjusting. I'm useless at finding the rear foot pedal. I'm starting to get the peel out the rear wheel thing. sort of.

I learned to crash in 1st gear my first day. 2nd gear my second day. Rode in 3rd gear on trail on the third day. I'm making progress an have more than gotten my money's worth out of my protctive gear.

07-11-2009, 08:48 AM
have you bought stock in advil yet?

07-11-2009, 09:46 AM
800mg last night, 600mg this morning. Anyone that thinks riding a motorcycle is less work than a mtb is wrong. My arms and back hurt as much as my legs and rear end ever did.

I don't think I could get a mayo jar open to save my life.

07-11-2009, 12:45 PM
Some of the best athletes in the world are motocross racers, bar none. As proven in medical testing.

Hey, there are some great dirt bike courses around, including through MSF. Also, my friend Ned Suesse is a former A class enduro rider who gets some side money from first rate dirt classes, any level. He is a superb instructor. And former MTB rider. Search www.advrider.com for Neduro and 'class' (user name).

07-11-2009, 04:14 PM
That site is dangerous. My wallet is crying in agony already.

07-11-2009, 06:38 PM
Wait till you vi$it ADVrider.com. :lmao:

07-12-2009, 01:06 PM

02-28-2012, 11:59 AM
Well 60 emails back and forth to Farnham later, and with the funding created by one less Land Cruiser in the garage, I have finally joined the KTM family here. :woot:

I'll get a picture up tonight. 2007 KTM 250 XCF-w. street legal, wide range transmission (6 speed), 4 stroke.. ~230 pounds. Short term needs are some protective gear for myself. Then probably upgrade the stator and do some turn signals, steering stabilizer, maybe the auto clutch. Also want to learn more about the "ham in the helmet" mod that Bruce did. Today's project is insurance and registration, will take a picture tonight!

02-28-2012, 01:05 PM
Also want to learn more about the "ham in the helmet" mod that Bruce did.
This guy worked good for bike (the human powered type) commutes. Minimal wind noise, not too awkward. I liked it until I left it someplace and now it's gone.


The one thing I did not care for was that the band around the back of my head did not work super great with any helmet yet. Also can't say I liked having the boom in front of my face 'cause I'd smack it with the water bottle every danged time.

So I'm thinking of getting a earphone type to see if it works better, probably the kind that picks up vibration through your ear. One thing to avoid are throat mics, they sound terrible unless you get the ones that go for $200 and up and even then it sounds like you're swimming or in a fish tank.

02-28-2012, 01:17 PM
Nice Tim! I've got a 2008, it's not a bad bike! Not sure why you need turn signals or a steering stabilizer, but a Rekluse or similar is cool if you get into stuff where shifting is a pain.

Don't hurt yourself.

02-28-2012, 01:20 PM
Makes me want to buy one so I can go out and have some fun with you guys :D

Hmmm...With all you guys with motorcycles, maybe I should post up a for sale ad for my motorcycle trailer :hill:

02-28-2012, 01:51 PM
turn signals is so I can shift and/or steer with my left hand while making turns in the city. They have LED ones now that are integrated into the bark buster deflectors... :cool:

02-28-2012, 01:56 PM
The stator puts out enough to power the headlight and tail light. The turn signals don't add enough to amount to anything. A heavy duty cooling fan or heated grips will leave you wanting more watts out of the charging system.

02-28-2012, 05:41 PM
The stator puts out enough to power the headlight and tail light. The turn signals don't add enough to amount to anything. A heavy duty cooling fan or heated grips will leave you wanting more watts out of the charging system.

Well the guy who sold me the bike said the shop who did the recent engine work (Apex (http://www.apexsportsinc.com/)) suggested he upgrade the stator. My understanding is your EXC has a better one, since it came with lights, but the XC line didn't come with lights so they have a weaker stator with lower charge rate.. which means I'd want to upgrade to a EXC-level stator if I really want to run lights a lot. Which I do.

Hey can you point me to your helmet speaker kit?

02-28-2012, 05:44 PM
my stator does fine with headlight and LED brake light. Not sure about how it would handle turn signals.

02-28-2012, 05:52 PM
I don't see anything... :dunno:

02-28-2012, 05:53 PM
Matt you have a XCF-w as well?

I just got off the phone with the insurance company, brace yourself.. $39.91 a year for full coverage. :eek: guess is pays to be old? :(

02-28-2012, 07:30 PM
2008 KTM 250 XCF-W. Yep.

Caribou Sandstorm
02-28-2012, 08:24 PM
Nice work Tim! Can't wait to see it. Man I am envious. I gotta get on that band wagon. I miss those days.

02-28-2012, 09:07 PM
Motocomm for the helmet speakers and connection to the VX-R7:


Although I can't get the product detail pages to load.

02-28-2012, 10:08 PM
Let's ride!!! Thinking about heading up to Green River the weekend before C.M. Found some unreal singletrack out there last year! If I can swing it, my plan is to ditch the camper in G.J. so that I don't have to pull it over the divide the following weekend. BTW, get the biggest stator you can find and run a 100w headlight. If you ever get cought in the dark you'll be glad.

02-28-2012, 10:08 PM
2008 KTM 250 XCF-W. Yep.

Sweet!! Looking forward to riding with you

Ok, a pic for Wes:

02-28-2012, 10:16 PM
baja: You got a KTM too? A group of us are headed to the Lake Powell area that weekend, with plans to stay down there until Wednesday then up to Moab- if you have an offroad camper it'll make it, but slowly.. you could also ditch it somewhere on the way. send me a PM if you want more info.

I like your stator & light suggestion, I've had dim lights before and yeah they blow- more is betta fo sho!

Chris: free spin around the block with any rack purchase. :)

Bruce: confusing on that site exactly what to get, I'm going to call them during business hours I presume they know? thanks for the link

02-28-2012, 10:21 PM
THAT is awesome Tim! :D

here I was going to buy an old School honda fat cat or yamaha big wheel. I might have to rethink

02-28-2012, 10:31 PM
That thing looks sweet dude.

Congrats. :)

02-29-2012, 08:12 AM
I got the Motocomm FGL-559 kit. It comes with an extension cord that I have never needed so the shorter version (FG-559) should work just as well.

This is the case I use. With a very minor mod it fits the radio nicely.


02-29-2012, 10:57 PM
Bummer, can't make the Powell trip... Family is coming with me to CM but please keep me posted on future rides. No on the KTM but someday I'll join the orange team. I'm currently riding a titled YZ250 that's set up for enduro/distance riding.

03-01-2012, 09:09 AM
I guess this is the unofficial KTM confessions thread.

Here's mine, a 2008 KTM 250 XCF-W, bought brand new in January of 2009, now with Probends bark busters (the plastic ones didn't last long):




03-01-2012, 09:25 AM
Awesome pics, Matt! I psyched we have the same bikes, I have a lot of questions for you...

I actually started another "confessions" thread just now, but either one will do. Maybe in time this one will be buried in the abyss but the other could be more on top? Either way, thanks for playing.. hope to see you next week.