Krannie you sure build some nice bikes with lots of mods. Did you happen to let a KTM Fan Boy ride this bike to see if they felt the same shitty response and handling that you did? I remember you posting this bike and some of your other builds on another forum and thought WOW you go all out. I'm curious though really if anyone other than you felt the same after riding the KTM.
Did you take the KTM to the scrape talk yard and have it crushed, sell it, trade it? Where is this POS bike?
Sold both bikes via craigslist.
Both buyers were dumbfounded when they saw the low hours and trickery and extra parts.
Yes, I let a D37 open expert ride it.
He rides everything but KTM.
His words " dang, that thing takes way too much effort to ride fast".
I also let most of my trail riding buddies ride it, most who ride older KTM's......but they are under 30, under 200lbs, and under 5'10", so they of course thought is was ok accept for not being able to drift with the rear wheel when turning, and the f'ed up power delivery.
The 500 was obviously a serious lemon. Even the dealer I bought it from (TO powersports) was dumbfounded. But he was directed by KTM USA not to change any ignition parts, period.
This is right when KTM was hit with a dozen nasty fines from CARB and EPA for letting dealers change maps and change ECU's on XC-W's and EXC's...which was then deemed VERBOTTEN for any dealer to do. I was stuck in the middle. They would replace my Throttle bodie (TPS, MAP sensors dying from heat), but would not re-map or re-ecu. The JD Jetting piggyback tuner helped, but it was still so far off from running well, or even running safe, that it was nuts. The throttle response was not linear. You could go up a hill in 3rd gear at 1/2 throttle one minute, and have to go up the same hill in 2nd at full throttle the next. The bike was borderline dangerous. It would loop out in first gear, then require tons of clutch to get moving the next time. Totally random power.
KTM USA would not return my calls or emails after a certain point.
That's when I made the decision to dump it while it still looked good (after replacing rims, bars, plastics, skidplate, front disc and pads, and all my ergo stuff).