Ktm 500 Playing in the woods. A perfect January day down south.

KTM climbing a hill

KTM climbing a hill

A couple of days ago, I had the luck to ride my KTM 500 in 3 separate wooded trail areas. All of the trails are lightly used. All total, we probably rode 10 trails all within a few minutes of each other. This is where having a license plate is so nice.  I have never has an issue with the police even back when a bunch of us rode KDX 200’s, but it is an extra piece of mind being street legal.

The KTM 500 I ride is crazy tall.  The suspension travel is extraordinary.  On my old KDX both feet were flat on the ground, on the KTM I can barely touch one toe in boots.   I have been fortunate to be able to log quite a few hours seat time in the past 10 days. I am starting to really understand how to make this bike do the dance. Not there yet, but I feel my riding getting more and more fluid. The other half of that equation is getting back into riding shape.

If you are in the market for a street legal dirt bike, KTM is a good place to start.  It is not a GS, DR, Vstrom etc. Those bikes can do dirt and gravel, but not much more. They are just too heavy, plus they don’t have a proper suspension.  I personally decided not to get a compromise, so I have both my BMW K1200RS and the KTM. Some of the places we go or obstacles we must clear halt most riders before they begin.  Funny thing, all the obstacles that caused a pause now are the area’s you look forward to hitting.

Youtube has a wealth of riders better than I will ever be who do a great job of explaining how to use advanced techniques that are not common sense to make obstacles stress free. Seat time is key, but if you learn proper habits from world class riders, you will find an enjoyment in nature that is pretty indescribable. Even after riding more than 40 years, I still find their are things I can  improve as a rider.

Here are a few videos from the 20+ miles we rode. 72 degrees in January…amazing  –   high 30’s today… bummer.  Click here to go to my Dirt Bike Video Page



 

Fun day Riding KTM 500 in North Mississippi Woods

Turbo and Bosco in the forest

Turbo and Bosco in the forest

What a crazy month. Highs not above 20s one week, then warm and wet the next.  However; yesterday,
we awoke to a beautiful blue sky and day time temps of nearly  70 degrees. Massive storms rolled
back in hours after I put the bike away. Today feels like January again.

I rode with a friend in an area of North Mississippi I had never ridden. Thankfully the woods did a fantastic job of absorbing the massive amounts of rain we have had recently. Other than a few areas, it was not bad. Of course it did have slippery spots, thankfully I was on a new front knobby and have a  massive hybrid rear tire.

I tested 960 48fps a few days after the video’s below; I like it much better. 960 format in the woods is spectacular and the faster frame rate helps tremendously with the constant movement of off road riding. Riding later today, will post some of the new footage soon.

Chillin' on a Jaunary Afternoon

Chillin’ on a Jaunary Afternoon

Here are the videos from yesterdays ride. I just wish Youtube looked as crisp and clean and the video prior to upload.

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BMW K1200rs Maintenance

BMW K1200rs Maintenance – dealer not required

BMW K1200rs without body panels

BMW K1200rs without body panels

As an avid 2 wheel fan, be it bicycling, mt biking, riding dirt bikes, or my big Beemer, maintenance can never be overlooked.  I just completed the yearly service on my BMW K1200rs and have started doing the same on a friends. The most intimidating part of the job is stripping the bodywork. It is basically a puzzle in that the pieces interlock over each other and have hidden tabs and holders you must understand before you begin.

Youtube is your friend and a great resource.  Amazingly,  you will find you are not the first person who wishes to save some money and have the satisfaction in knowing that they understand and can service their own machine.
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Time for some off road fun on a KTM 500 Exc

Spring is here which means it is time to ride my new KTM 500 Exc.

Andy and KTM 500

Andy and KTM 500

This spring I purchased a friend’s 2012 KTM 500 Exc. Unfortunately, it has been an unnaturally wet spring. It has recently started to dry out so I was finally able to enjoy a few rides as I get myself back into riding shape.   In preparation,  today was day 69 of the P90x3 program I started back in February. I am stronger and leaner than I have been in too long to admit. I have by no means reached my goals, but I can honestly say this program has shown amazing results. I have  shed 10% of my body weight since I began the program.

However… man handling a 510cc beast through the woods and in the mountains will take your fitness to an entirely new level. Off road motorcycle riding is an entire body workout. The cool part is getting strong and in shape is purely a natural by product of doing something fun and satisfying. No funky gym locker rooms for me.

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Tail of Dragon, Moonshiners 28 and Cherohala Skyway – Pure Joy!

The last week of April, 2015, I took my K1200RS BMW on a road trip. I left Memphis and headed towards Knoxville with a side trip through Fall Creek Falls, Deal’s Gap aka The Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiners 28 and ended up in Sapphire North Carolina.  It was unseasonably cool, with riding temps in the 40’s and 50’s.  One week later we were back to the upper 80’s.

Riding the Dragon

Riding the Dragon on a BMW K1200RS

Below are videos from my first pass on the Dragon. 600 miles into a 1500 mile journe

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