Suspension

The 2016 500 EXC should have be sprung as standard with 4.6 springs in the forks and a 7.2kg spring on the shock. The previous owner must have been a big guy, as my used model came fitted with 5.0 springs in the front, and […]

Cylinder Leak Test

After the valve clearance test, I wanted to test the compressibility of the motor. A standard compression tester can do this, but I think a cylinder leakdown test is more accurate. In order to do this test the bike has to be at operating temperature, […]

Valve Clearance Check

Seeing as the motor on this used (new-to-me) bike has 150 hours on her, and the KTM service schedule recommends a piston at 135hrs, it’s kinda overdue a piston. Before we actually get to installing the new piston though, we’ll do some checking on the […]

Arai MX-V

First of all, I LOVE this helmet. It saved my life. But, I have a small gripe. A feature I don’t like on an otherwise exceptionally good helmet. The vents detach way too easily. To clarify, I really really do love this helmet. It’s comfortable […]

Tyres and Tubes

It seems everyone you talk to is running different tyres and pressures, and everyone has an opinion on what works best. What they really should be saying though, is what works best for them. A tyre that works well in dry sand might not do […]