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RFS + Dual Sport Kit?

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Has anyone dual sported their KTM RFS? I have a 520 EXC on order, and want to get it street licensed so I can ride some of the thousands of miles of dirt roads around here legally. I don't plan on using it as a street bike - the only pavment it will see is getting to the start of a trail. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had experience with any of the manufactured kits, or if you've done it yourself. I know I could do it a lot cheaper myself, but might opt for the convenience of a manufactured kit. Also, does anyone know the requirements/procedures in Texas for getting it licensed?

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Here in Europe (germany)the RFS EXc come fully strret legal with low/high beam, indicators and horn. I imagin you should be able to order the parts right from KTM or I could possiblly find someone here who has removed the parts and is willing to sell them to you. My dealer could also get the parts for you if they are not available Stateside. As for the EPA thing, well that's another story.

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It is a no-brainer getting it registered in Texas. Did my 300 and WR400.

All you need is a brake lamp, license plate lamp, and a high-low working, plus a mirror and squeeze bulb horn. You are supposed to have a high beam indicator I am told as well, but no-one has checked for mine.

Have to take it to the right place to get it done with no problems. I made the mistake of taking my RXC, a factory street legal DS bike, to the local Harley dealer. They refused to inspect that G-D dirtbike.

Baja Designs will sell you a rugged hi-low switch for the front and banjo bolt switch for the rear. They will also give you some hints on wiring the rear. The front is really easy.

Shoot me an email if I can be of help. A local KTM rider and DRN member (forget his handle, but think it is KTM520) had his 520EXC done by the dealer before he picked it up, inspected there, and the title wen thru as a regular title (no offroad only). I got the WR400's title converted from offroad only to a regular one with just one form down at the tax office. Once you have the "green sheet" in your hand saying it passed inspection it is all down hill from there.

You DON'T need to spend the big bux to pass in Texas. If you need or want turn signals, Kevin Hines has a REALLY SLICK deal out now. He integrated the blinkers into the headlight shell and taillight/plate holder and has an all-in-one switch assembly. Really sano. Check it out - http://www.elineaccessories.com/gifs/E-Line2.jpg

Good luck getting it working and enjoy your new ride!

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Thanks for all the good info. That eline setup is pretty nice, but the price tag is a bit much. I'm glad to hear it's not too tough to get it to pass here.

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The Australian version of the 520EXC comes street legal as standard. Lights, blinkers, horn etc. Am sure you could order these from KTM - as for the price?

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DRN member: ktmrider has 'converted' at least 2 RFS bikes to be registered in Michigan. Drop him an email, I don't think he'd mind sharing all the details. I've seen the bikes, and he has done an A1 job.

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I street legalized mine using all the KTM Euro Parts. You will get a parts manual with your bike, you can work out what you need from that. Definitely go with the KTM switch assembly no matter what you do. All the other dual sport conversions use cheap japanese moped switches. The KTM stuff is the way to go.


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One very major point of concern. I understand that you are planning to use your 520 (or 400 for that matter) for very short trips to get on and off the trails. That's okay. Remember, your KTM was designed as a "RACE BIKE" and not a street bike. I know that there are certain models of 520's out there that have street kits on them because I've seen them. My dealer had one and I passed it up upon his recommendation.

Remember the amount of oil that is in your bike is limited, the gearing is set for the trails so limit your street riding to whats really necessary.

Riding enduros is one thing and thats okay because you mix the slow and fast speeds and thats what the bike craves. Some guys will forget the real reason the bike was made for in the first place and thats racing. They will ride the street all the time and cause unnecessary wear on the drive train for which it was not intended.


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I totally agree. The RFS's tranny was not made for street riding. What we have here in SW Texas is thousands of miles of dirt roads through the desert and mountains. Since they are public roads, your bike is supposed to be licensed to drive on them. Even though the chances of being stopped and the bike checked out are pretty slim in such remote areas, I still like to stay within the law.

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Originally posted by creator8:
I street legalized mine using all the KTM Euro Parts.
Were you able to order the needed parts through your local dealer? How much did it cost? I would love to do the conversion using KTM parts.




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A word of caution here -- and I don't mean to be a stick-in-the-mud -- but KTM strongly recommends that you not dual-sport an RFS. 5th and 6th gears are wimpy, as they are intended only for rare and occasional use. Apparently oil temperature and engine temperature are also of great concern, although quite frankly I'm not sure I understand why. There may also be issues of extended mono-speed operation with the cam and timing chains.

CAN you do it? Of course. SHOULD you do it? I'm not certain whether it's a good idea or not. Might better check carefully with someone who is truly knowledgable about KTM four-strokes before you get in too deep.

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It can't be all that bad if they come already dual sported from the factory in the European and Australian markets.

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Full Time Dual Sporting. I'm sorry but I've got to much invested to go and try attacking any warranty issues when written disclaimers abound.

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For someone interested in full time dual sporting, KTM's LC4 based bikes would be a much better choice. I might even have considered them if the seat height wasn't too much for me.

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