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ktm 525 dualsport

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how do you think the 525 would hold up as a dualsport? ive never owned a ktm, just tossing this idea around.
 
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Ive pondered on the idea as well but there was a warning about ds 520 and 400s back when they first came out. I believe it was something about 5th and 6th gears being 2 weak for the loads. They backed the theory by saying they are rfs 4st. other words racing four strokes.

I wouldnt steer clear from the street just not at highway speeds. i would use it to jump from one trail 2thanext if they are only a few miles at the most apart.

The ktm 525 would be my choice of a new bike but dont get one to cruise the streets.
 
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I too am looking into a 525 dual sport. I know of a few locally and they all seem to be doing well. I did post a question in the thumper forum about valve train reliability. It seems there is a fix for the older bikes and I assume the newer ones are good to go right outa the box.

I have ridden the 520 on the street and it does quite well. However the revs seem a little high for fast roads. I know the bike will top 100MPH in stock form, yet the gearing is still not ideal for the street.

I can think of no other bike more worthy of dual sport conversion.

Chris
 
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the clutch basket and rear sprocket are not dampened at all this combined with added traction of road riding would prematurely wear 5 and 6 gear as well as others 5 and 6 are thinner narrower there for are not made to handle the torque load implied
 

bsmith

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I think another one of the concerns was oil capacity.

If I were into Dual sporting and didn't mind a little extra weight the 625 might be an option!