So as some of you may know I picked up a Ktm 525sx with 30 hours and some mods.
It had been sitting for a couple of years but was run a couple of times briefly this summer.
The bike is in pretty good over all shape with only a few minor scratches.
The mods done include an oversize tank (I put the stock small one back on) a recluse clutch and the transmission has been upgraded from a 4 speed to a six speed.
I also has acerbis bush guards and I think bar risers.
So I bought it on tuesday and had my mechanic pick it up and take it back to his shop for a complete fluid change ,valve check ,carb clean and general tune up.
I had never ridden it and Dasein was kind enough to help me pick it up and transport it to Mcnutt for its first ride.
At first everything seemed to be going fine and the recluse seemed to work well for the most part but as the trails got tougher it stalled on me about 6 times when going over roots and coming to sudden stops.
I increased the idle a little then a lot to stop from stalling then after some time decided I would just use the manual clutch most of the time and slowly seemed to be getting better.
I should mention trying to kick start a 525 with no kick stand half way up Pristine over and over is no easy task.
So once I got the bugs out things went better but the bike is too fast for the trails and I think some gearing changes are in order.
As we found some tougher and slower trails another issue developed, if stopped for more than about 30 seconds the bike would overheat spewing big clouds of steam as coolant overflowed out of the rad cap overflow onto the engine.
I guess being a supercross bike and not an enduro it was meant to be running fast around a track and not 10 mph crawling over roots and rocks.
I guess I will be hooking up a fan and maybe an overflow bottle.
I also read that cutting the exhaust core will reduce heat held at the engine,but this may result in having to re-jet.
It seemed to handle fairly well but being geared to tall it tended to want to take me for a ride that at times seemed like the bike was a run away dog dragging the owner behind it.
I have not been up on the mountain for some time and it showed.
I am sore but as sloppy as I was I only fell over a few times.
Over all I think the bike was a good buy even though it is much more bike than I need,once I get the overheating thing figured out and maybe a smaller front sprocket it should be much better then I will have no excuses and only have my fitness level and riding skill that need to be modded.