If urban exploring wasn’t exciting enough, get yourself a supermoto, dual sport, enduro, or mini-moto. There are many practical reasons these hobbies mesh.

No more parking problems: You can park your bike anywhere and it can be easily hidden.
Great Community: Urban Exploring has a great community of like-minded adventurers that love to get the blood pumping. The same can be said for the supermoto, dual sport, enduro, and mini-moto communities.
If you love adventure you will not regret picking up a motorcycle. Trust me.

Dayton SUPERMOTO Adventure | Urban Exploring Ohio

Join us for our annual Halloween Supermoto ride in Dayton Ohio. Taking a tour of Abandoned Places. We explore Dayton's secret abandoned places on motorcycles. Would you rather have supermoto, minimoto, or dual sport for this adventure? Urban exploring is even more fun...

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MY RIDE: 2003 KTM 525 EXC

I picked up this gem at the end of 2017. A 2003 KTM 525 EXC RFS with 160 hrs. It would start with starting fluid and from 20 feet away was in perfect condition. I bought the bike for $2,900. The main selling points were that the engine had never been opened, one owner bike, lots of enduro engineering hard parts, 6 speed, street plated, ran and shifted smooth. The first thing I did after bringing how was adjusting the valves and rebuild the carb. Installing the JD Jet Kit was as first.  No more starting issues. I rode the bike a couple months before really digging in. Replacement of all cables and bearings were the first changes. The bike is a daily commuter and I want bulletproof and never having pulled the motor apart after 15 years made me nervous so I split the cases. That process took way longer than I had planned with a variety of issues. The bike had lots of engine noise which the internet will lead you to believe this is normal. IT IS NOT! Trust me. She is dead smooth and silent not

KTM 525 Engine Noise Culprits:
Loose crankshaft nut
Bad cam chain tensioner
Bad clutch bearings
Bad rod bearings
Bad main crank bearings

Build Breakdown:
Warp9 17″ Supermoto Wheels – Bought used but wish the rear was a cush hub.
Front Tire – Avon AV79 3D Ultra Sport 120/70ZR17
Rear Tire – Continental ContiMotion 150/60ZR17
Enduro Engineering rear disc guard
Neoprene fork covers
Vertex High Compression Piston
Wrapped header
Chain and sprockets
Moose fanny pack modified to fit
Motion Pro Coolant Overflow Bottle
DJH Manual Cam Chain Tensioner

Highline Recreation Tugger Lift Strap, Rear
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

JD Jetting Jet Kit
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Tusk Clutch Kit
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Tusk Motorcycle Enduro Lighting Kit
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Tusk High-Pressure Radiator Cap With Temperature Gauge – This is a higher pressure cap. Helps with coolant loss.
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Mylers Silicone Radiator Hose Kit
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Twin Air – Air Filter
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Tusk Billet Aluminum Gas Cap
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Clarke Oversized Fuel Tank (3.1 gallons)
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Neutron Gripper Seat Cover
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Odi V2 Rogue MX Lock-On Grips
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Cycra Probend Alloy Bar Pack Handguards
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

Tusk Folding Shift Lever
Click to get from Rocky Mountain

KTM 525 Free Mods:
Cut air box cover
Removed 2nd throttle cable
Cut front & rear fenders for Supermoto
Cut large stock plastic fenders

Tips for RFS owners:
Installing a 450 head gasket on a 525 will work but the engine will be a little louder but run. The bike was low on power and made a knocking noise. After riding I pulled the engine back apart and discovered my mistake. This $10 gasket required me to replace my piston again as well as replate the cylinder and replace the rod. I will never forget to make sure the head gasket sits outside of the cylinder wall. I made the mistake of listening to all those RFS owners that say the engine is loud. If the engine is loud it needs a bearing somewhere, the crank nut/key tightened, cam chain tensioner replaced, the valves adjusted, or the head redone.

If you hear a rattle that sounds like a chirp the throttle slide is often the culprit. Once diagnosed it can be left alone. To check, touch something against the slide while running.


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