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Offline shorty

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How to ride a 500
« on: April 10, 2012, 04:54:59 AM »
Hey guys. I am 5 foot 4 and getting a KX 500  :-D. Can anyone give me any tips or pointers on things like body position, good cruising gears, is it better to ride high gear, low RPM, or high RPM, low gear? Is there enough seat foam to shave a couple inches off? Any other tips or tricks, or things I should look out for on the trail? I don't wanna wreck it my first run out!

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 12:53:23 PM »
I ride an AF so I can't give you handling advice on the "Steelie". There's a lot of hype around the KX/CR and some of it well deserved. The power delivery stock on the KX is a little more metered than a CR with a little more range about 500 RPM if I remember right before you hit peak but actually makes a couple more horse then the CR because of the power valve. So long as you stay out of the upper RPM range of the pipe a stock KX500 is very tractor like in my opinion.

If you don't want to dig a trench stay up a gear! Also make sure your brakes are in good order! :-D
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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2015, 06:28:07 PM »
First, when you think you are in the right gear, shift up one more time!  Also keep one or more fingers on the clutch & your right foot over the brake pedal...this will keep you from suddenly stamping your butt-print into the hard ground. Mine are still proudly on display in the west-central Texas desert, compliments of my first KX500 ('86 B2).  Second, they are very sensitive to the fork tube position; raising or lowering them can make the difference between it being easy or impossible to ride. And third, if you have never rode a big-bore two-stroke, you can do what I did:  I drilled & tapped my throttle housing in two places for a small bolt that would stop the throttle at 1/2 or 3/4 turn.  When I could ride it without trying to kill myself at 1/2 throttle, I moved the bolt to allow 3/4 and when ready I took the bolt out--try it, it really works!

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2015, 03:25:57 AM »
You ride a 500 like this..   Wot

https://youtu.be/AbeJPhjHsN0

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2015, 05:24:34 AM »
There are so many places in that vid I would have wadded up... Still fun to watch even if it is the hundredth time.  :-D
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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2015, 05:33:38 AM »
Still fun to watch even if it is the hundredth time.  :-D

+1...it's beautiful music.
Excuse me, ma'am...but you've got extremely nice legs!!!...what time do they open???                                                                                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8tCgN3aryQ

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2015, 07:14:21 PM »
Are you going to ride mx? Dessert?
 If mx here are two different methods...
 AIM and shoot! Not the fastest way though...
 You line the bike up for the straights and go wot...
 Or tried and tested method of throttle control, Keep it in the meat of the pwrband use the awesome power available to get up over the bumps and ruts early coming out of the corners, let the bike work for you don't try to wrestle it around.
 Back in my 125 days I was pretty fast, but I wrestled the bike around the track, when I switched to 250 I wasn't strong enough to do that and had to adapt to a different riding style, I switched to the 500 after 2 years and had to refine my now soft riding technique even further, back in those days I was 5 ft 4 in and weighed around 125 lbs, someone said I was the smallest 500 rider in Sweden... Sadly I'm no longer that light... Pushing 200 lbs nowdays but I can still move a 500 cc bike around a mxtrack pretty fast making the young guns look foolish when they get beat by an old fat guy on a bike thats obsolete.... :-D

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2015, 07:33:03 AM »
 Turn it on and leave it on ,, just avoid "target fixation" (dont look at what or where you dont want to go or hit) just my .02

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2015, 08:04:44 AM »
Hey guys. I am 5 foot 4 and getting a KX 500  :-D. Can anyone give me any tips or pointers on things like body position, good cruising gears, is it better to ride high gear, low RPM, or high RPM, low gear? Is there enough seat foam to shave a couple inches off? Any other tips or tricks, or things I should look out for on the trail? I don't wanna wreck it my first run out!

I ride mine exactly the same way I grew up racing 125's and 250's....in a lower gear, in the upper revs, whether I'm on a track or in the woods...it's just something I can't change after 39 years of riding.
Everyone's different, everyone's got a different style of riding....ride it whatever way makes you comfortable...it won't take you long to figure out what works best for you.
Excuse me, ma'am...but you've got extremely nice legs!!!...what time do they open???                                                                                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8tCgN3aryQ

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2015, 09:09:54 AM »
any pointer tips and tricks to how i can improve? https://youtu.be/rrhJeBkvp4c
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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2015, 01:13:28 AM »
i like the lower gears and upper revs myself. its nice to have the lift you need too power over something you werent expecting in your face all of a sudden. only thing i recommend is before every ride check all the bolts that hold your seat your number plates your exhaust pipe your silencer your rear brake master cylinder your kick starter your rear brake pedal your fenders your radiator halves to make sure that they are there for 1 and tight. dont hesitate to get yourself a bottle of loctite. some extra hardware. expect due to the nature of the bike to have to modify the exhaust  mount vibration isolators. expect the mounting tabs on your exhaust pipe to weaken and break off. both my fmf and my pro circuit pipes needed mounting tabs welded back on. the thing about this bike is if it cant rattle the bolt thats holding something on out. then it will break the piece that bolt is holding on eventually,. just stay on top of keeping it tight.
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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2015, 02:36:59 PM »
The one thing I can add about this beast is that you must use your legs to squeeze the tank. You will be done in 20 mins and your bike back on the truck if you don't. Vibration is too much for this bike so I use oversized Thick gel hand grips.

Arm pump is gone. Practice crushing stones with your left hand you'll need it!

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2015, 03:18:18 PM »
Or gain a 100 pounds that would put most at a 170 to 210 lbs try 345 in the woods for 55 to 60 miles.

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2015, 03:50:18 PM »
Or gain a 100 pounds that would put most at a 170 to 210 lbs try 345 in the woods for 55 to 60 miles.

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Re: How to ride a 500
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2015, 04:39:16 PM »
  Hey fat guys need love too..!! :-D