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    • Location: Tauranga
    • Bike: KTM 540exc - modified
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Having used my ’01 KTM520exc for everything I could (Tauranga to Invercargill and back for Burt Monroe, day to day transport to work and back, trail rides, and adventure riding) I have now taken it off the road and use it solely for trail rides.
    I rebuilt it not so long ago into a 540 with big cam, high comp, porting etc… full ground up rebuild of the whole bike…

    Anyway, I have been given a complete running ’88 XL600r with rego on hold.

    A good mate sadly passed away and it was left to me.

    It hadn’t been run for 20+ years but I rebuild the carbs, tuned them and it starts and runs pretty good now.

    I’ve fitted a muffler from a CRF450 as the original is stuffed.

    Other than that it’s bog stock.

    It shows it’s age obviously and will need a tidy up cosmetically eventually..

    Is this a good bike for adventure work as well as general road riding?

    Essentially I want to use it for all the stuff I used to do on the KTM except the trail bush rides..

    Yes or no?


    • Location: Whakatane, Bay of Plenty
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250, CB500X
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    yes, why not?


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    • Rank: 650cc Rider

    Tried many bikes, now I use an ’82 XL500R, and love it.


    • Location: Tauranga
    • Bike: KTM 540exc - modified
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Might as well then I reckon.
    It pulls like a school boy, has a mountain of torque so it should lope along pretty well…
    It’s a big old couch compared to the KTM but that suits me just fine…

    I think I’ll throw some new oil and a filter at it and just use it for a while…. see what happens.


    Mark Claasen
    • Location: Auckland, NorthShore
    • Bike: 1200GSA KLR650NE WR450 RMX250, DR750,
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    Awesome, If you are on FB you could Join our XR/XL page (I have a road registered XR500 twin shocker but sadly its a garage queen)

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