Great to hear. We can use another motard guy out there.
You'll love it. But do yourself a favour and get some axle sliders made up and install some bark busters to help protect the bike. Even with those you may scuffup some plastic like the rad shroud but the replacements are pretty darn cheap compared to sportbikes.
I got the cheap wheels from Sportchek for something like $18 and thought I was getting ripped off. I suspect you can find cheaper but I was in a hurry.
3/8 threaded rod and nylock nuts and regular nuts from Home Despot or use 5/16 if your axles don't have large enough through holes, fender washers (the big ones with small holes) regular washers.
Start by figuring out the proper length for the rod and cut them off with a hacksaw. Dress the ends with a light touch on a grinder or with a file. Put the regular nut onto one end so the rod is just sticking out a little. Now use a ball peen hammer or a chisel and regular hammer to flatten and rivet over the exposed end. Congrats, you just made a bolt... Or if you're a cheater you could touch a welder to the end.... BUT WHERE"S THE FUN IN THAT!
Add a regular washer, skate wheel, fender washer and tape the snot out of the bolt near the wheel to act as a bushing to center the bolt in the side with the larger hole. Add a bushing of tape to the other end to match the smaller end. Congrats, you just produced some custom made spacers. Add another fender washer, skate wheel, regular washer and one of the nylock nuts. Tension to snug but not tight. Done.
The Home Despot part shouldn't cost more than about $10 total. Get a few extra nylocks so you can replace them when teh nylon isn't holding anymore.
One important practical piece of info about the single threaded piece axle sliders. When you crash and the wheels hit the ground, you will bend the threaded rod. And it will be a royal PIA to get the sliders off.
The way ktm axle sliderswork is that is has a single piece in the middle, and 2 bolts on either side that thread into the single bar. When you crash, the exterior bolt on the outside may bend. You simply unthread the opposite side, pull the whole unit out, replace the bent bolt.
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