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« on: January 09, 2019, 06:19:27 AM »

So I'm thinking about building a KX500 SM. I loved my DRZ SM but it was lacking in power, 450s require to much work and I love two strokes (Husky WR300 is my other bike) so the KX500 makes sense. That being said, to those who have done a KX500SM would you do it again?
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 08:29:02 AM »

Hi PeteFro, welcome to the site.  You've come to the right place for SM info, as several guys on the site have completed conversions.  It make take them a little while to respond, but you should get some really solid information. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 10:18:25 AM »

Hi PeteFro, welcome to the site.  You've come to the right place for SM info, as several guys on the site have completed conversions.  It make take them a little while to respond, but you should get some really solid information. 

Thanks, I'm going to look at a street plated KX this weekend.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2019, 10:15:50 AM »

Yes. If I was younger I would probably still have mine and would have tuned it tighter. Probably would have gotten some tickets too! Definitely not an 'only' bike, but it was fun while I had it.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 10:51:16 PM »

I built one and also bought Brutes. I would do it all over again..
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 06:22:12 AM »

I had one.  I left dirt tires on it so that may change things a little.  My impression was that it was awesome for a few miles but got old quick.  If you were on a tight twisty road it was a blast.  If you were on any kind of straight away it would wind out quick.  Being stuck behind a car was awful, my bike would surge pretty good if you weren't on the gas.  Not noticeable on the dirt, but annoying in traffic ( you could tune it out but then it was a bit rich).  It wheelied everywhere which was cool, but its definitely a cop magnet.  I was always polite and am a bit older so everyone was nice enough. I thought I would ride it on the road a lot more.  At the end of the day it was cool to drive like a maniac for a few miles, but not even close to a drz.  I would not have wanted to drive it over 10 miles on the road.  Great option for connecting trails.  Awful option for actual travel.   
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 06:21:37 PM »

Well thanks for the input guys. I picked up a plated clean as hell 2003 K5. I'll be SMing it just for local back roads and maybe the occasional rip to work. I'll be starting a build thread soon.
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