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Old 07-19-2015, 12:33 PM   #121
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:29 PM   #122
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Are there beginner loops in the SHNF?
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:42 PM   #123
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Are there beginner loops in the SHNF?
not really.....they are all equally challenging!!

Don't be discouraged though....only way to learn is to just go and ride. U can just take short trips from the trail head down a trail and back the same trail to get use to the terrain. Don't ride alone.....if anything bring your wife to sit and chill at the trail head while you go out a few hundred yards and ride back.....
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not really.....they are all equally challenging!!

Don't be discouraged though....only way to learn is to just go and ride. U can just take short trips from the trail head down a trail and back the same trail to get use to the terrain. Don't ride alone.....if anything bring your wife to sit and chill at the trail head while you go out a few hundred yards and ride back.....
Are the trails more less one way? I'd hate to encounter a speedy guy head on.
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Are the trails more less one way? I'd hate to encounter a speedy guy head on.
Two way if u can believe that! Wait till u encounter a quad coming at u!!
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Are there beginner loops in the SHNF?
They are all pretty much the same but none are so hard that it will take you 1hr to go 40 ft. My wife as a super noob could go on the trails relatively easily although extremely slow. Definitely nothing out there to scare away a noob.
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Old 07-19-2015, 06:42 PM   #128
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Mark if you want to ride the forest as a noob/beginner, I'll ride with you. We'll get in trouble together.
Sounds good. I should have a bike in a week or two.
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First time out at SHNF with the new suspension. I love it. Thanks to Patrick and Bobby at Motorcycles Unlimited for getting it set up.

Night and day difference. Much less effort to ride it now.

Some pics from the ride...

My route today. Only rode 20 miles. Probably took 3 hrs. I'm so slow. Dropped the bike three times once on my leg. That was interesting.

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Is it busy on saturdays? I feel like I'd probably people off and maybe get ran over, if there is a lot of traffice. I havent ever been out, so I know Ill be creeping along for my first few trips.
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There is not a lot of traffic. Encountered two bikes head on and was never passed. And you know how slow I am.
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Finally installed the radiator guards...

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Old 07-26-2015, 11:13 PM   #135
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Curt, do some research on the TPS adjustment, this made a big difference on all of the 350's, I'm unsure about this issue on the 500's but worth checking into for sure.

It's an easy fix/adjustment with the tool and a meter.
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Old 07-29-2015, 04:05 PM   #138
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Sunday at SHNF, the KTM wasn't running right. It was bogging at low RPM's requiring a twist of the throttle to keep it running. For a noob on the trails, that's not a good thing.

Got the bike home and decided to take a look. Simple triage rules... look at air, fuel, and spark. Pulled the fairings, tank, and seat off for the first time ever. While it was apart, installed the radiator guards shown in the posts above.

After installing the radiator guards, fired up the engine and had the same bogging happen. Checked air filter... looked fine. Checked fuel pump... fine. Spark was ok. Learned about the fuel filter and check it; looked fine. Had trouble with the fuel quick disconnect - specifically getting it to reconnect. When the bike was put together, the button for the disconnect was turned to the inside making it hard to push. Messed with that a lot - ultimately removing it and repositioning it correctly.

Put it back together without a new hose clamp on the tank side of the connector; just to start the bike and test throttle response. Bad idea... fine spray of fuel everywhere after the pump was activated. Went to the store bought and installed the new hose clamp. Put everything back together... no change.

Pulled it apart again... looked at smog closely after doing research on google. Read that draining the smog at the overflow can help if there is fuel present. The bike has been down a few times now so of course there was fuel present. Drained it. Zipped the bike back up and started it. Good throttle response.

Put everything back on and took the bike down the street for a ride. Got to the corner and the bog was back. Limped it home and took the bike back apart.

Started looking for pinched hoses and wires. Found things that weren't routed properly and fixed it. Tested--- good throttle response. Put the bike back together and went down the street. Again... it reappeared.

Decided to check the TPS sensor; my cousin who is a bike wrench and rides a big husaberg said he'd heard of that being an issue. Checked it... seemed fine. Researched on google to figure out how to set it properly without the KTM tool... got that figured out and it tested at .629... a good number. put things back together, started the bike and got the bog again with the bike on the stand.

Started wiggling wires... still thinking a crimp, particularly since the fuel pump cable was not routed properly. Grabbed the ground strap on the battery... it was fine.

Lifted the cover on the positive battery terminal... LOOSE AS . Sigh... 24 hours of diagnostics that ended up being a loose positive battery cable.

Tightened it and went inside in disgust.

Came out a couple hours later, confidently dressed in full gear. Installed the seat and secured the tank. Rode for an hour without a single bog or misfire.

Unfortunately, in my worries about the fuel disconnect I went ahead and purchased a new one.. $50.00 for both male and female. New fuel filters 4 @ 6.50 each. KTM hose clamps, in case I want to be OEM.

A tool for setting the TPS... $100.00. New exhaust tip... $169.00... smog removal kit...$15.00....

All in with overnight shipping... over $400...

because of a lose positive battery cable.

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Been there before... more times than i will ever admit. Glad you got it sorted out.
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I just had the air filter start leaking on me and started freaking out as I thought it was coolant coming from the back of the bike guess I shoulda checked the air box by now

I'm at approx 1,000 miles and 20 hours on her, and all i can say is I love this bike! going to adjust the chain tonight and go on a short hooligan ride around League City.
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