100 hr review, KTM 500 EXC-F. Best bike ever!

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100 hours, 6000km, 18 months riding. Here's my thoughts.

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  • I need to get out and ride more ... my 18’ only has 58 hrs on it lolll glad someone is enjoying

    tjlovesracheltjlovesrachel3 päivää sitten
  • What kind of mirrors are on there. I need to ge me some of them

    Marty SMarty S4 päivää sitten
    • I love my HDB mirrors. A popular alternative is the Enduro mirror from Doubletake. RAM-mounted, they can take a beating and easily fold in.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson2 päivää sitten
    • @Keith Jobson Thanks, I just bought the 2021 500exc-f. I love it, the mirrors are crap, lol

      Marty SMarty S3 päivää sitten
    • Hi Marty. Mirrors from HDB... check this vid fiboth.info/like/videot/omZ4eaLV2Lu6nos

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson4 päivää sitten
  • I'm getting one after that intro.

    Timothy VineTimothy Vine4 päivää sitten
  • Gentlemen, great review and videos! I'd like to ask you your opinion about engine threads. A friend of mine told me that they are VERY delicate and it's almost impossible to avoid to damage them during maintanence operations. Is it true? What is your direct experience? Thanks a lot Paul

    Paolo ZuffiPaolo Zuffi6 päivää sitten
    • Well... go slow! When inserting a bolt ALWAYS turn it BACKWARDS at first... when it "clicks" you will know the threads are aligned, then start turning it forwards. Never, ever, force a bolt.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson2 päivää sitten
    • @Keith Jobson mainly oil plugs, oil filter cover and clutch cover.

      Paolo ZuffiPaolo Zuffi5 päivää sitten
    • Which engine threads are you talking about?

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson5 päivää sitten
  • This is the Swiss Army knife of bikes. It does everything good to exceptional. It does nothing poorly. I bought one and love it. If I could only have one motorcycle for the rest of my life this would be it.

    Throttle JunkieThrottle Junkie9 päivää sitten
  • No not “thanks to the coronavirus” you live your life how you want not how a virus wants

    Queens Cop WatchQueens Cop Watch11 päivää sitten
  • Awesome bike! King of adventure!

    Nikos ArvanitisNikos Arvanitis12 päivää sitten
  • great stuff!! 2019 ktm500...16500kms 263hrs ish..just maintenance, a rear brake spring broke once and i had to replace the muffler mounts....thank you ktm!!!

    jd hartjd hart12 päivää sitten
  • Have you considered Honda CRF450L ?

    Calin FlorinCalin Florin15 päivää sitten
  • Awesome video! Thank you for taking the time to make it

    Kate SimpsonKate Simpson19 päivää sitten
  • Any chance you would be able to ring me on 0417222254 as I have a few questions about your bike grant mason from shepparton

    Jo MasonJo Mason20 päivää sitten
  • Love my Husky FE 501, which is almost the same bike. You're averaging 60 km/h, but I'm approx 30 km/h (it rarely sees tarmac). Great all-rounder you can use for Enduro, Trails, light ADV or super-moto. Cheers

    Gloss BlackGloss Black23 päivää sitten
  • How long does it take you to perform the valve clearance check?

    Byteman72Byteman7224 päivää sitten
    • @Keith Jobson Wow I wasn't expecting it to take such a short amount of time. Thanks for the prompt reply.

      Byteman72Byteman7223 päivää sitten
    • maybe half an hour? not long.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson23 päivää sitten
  • thanks Keith. I bought a 500 exc for the same reasons - enough power for highway, but still very light and agile so I can go anywhere I want to go. Even places I have no business going at my age :0)

    Larry DykesLarry Dykes29 päivää sitten
  • Thanks ! Ride !!

    Jeffrey KroutJeffrey KroutUukausi sitten
  • Does it have a Cush drive hub?

    TMTMUukausi sitten
  • Hey mate, what headlight is that? Plug and play?

    JordanBullJordanBullUukausi sitten
    • Baja XL80, in a MotoMinded surround. Yes plug and play.

      Keith JobsonKeith JobsonUukausi sitten
  • Amazing video love the ktm

    jammy dodgerjammy dodgerUukausi sitten
  • Hey Keith. Nice review, loved it. Thanks for sharing. Thought to buy a KTM 500 EXC-F as well and use it for similar things. I'm wondering though what year the bike is if missed it? 2020 or a 2021? And the map that you showed, whats the furthest you have traveled with the bike in Km? (To and from). Thanks in advance. Kind regards.

    Emperor KHANEmperor KHANUukausi sitten
    • Thank you for the reply and information.

      Emperor KHANEmperor KHAN16 päivää sitten
    • It's a 2019 model. Furthest trip from home about 1500km

      Keith JobsonKeith JobsonUukausi sitten
  • Great video! Been riding a KTM 350 XCF-W (not plated) on the trails in Colorado for going on 6 years now and genuinely believe its the perfect bike, but videos like yours are only stoking that little voice in the back of my head that keeps telling me to consider moving up to the 500 EXC. First world problems for sure! Again, really enjoyed the video.

    Single Track ScottSingle Track ScottUukausi sitten
  • Nice review! What tank bag do you have on it? I have a larger bag but it's a little too big.

    CrushingDemonsCrushingDemonsUukausi sitten
    • @Keith Jobson thanks!

      CrushingDemonsCrushingDemonsUukausi sitten
    • It's the Enduristan Sandstorm 4x tankbag.

      Keith JobsonKeith JobsonUukausi sitten
  • Did you consider the 690 enduro ? I currently own a tiger 800 n I’m getting tired of the weight . I’m looking a 690 or dr 650 which are much lighter ..

    Davyboy ColonDavyboy ColonUukausi sitten
    • @Keith Jobson i get what ur saying ..

      Davyboy ColonDavyboy ColonUukausi sitten
    • @Davyboy Colon my experience of the DR was that it is light(er than the Tiger), cheap to buy, tons of accessories out there, reliable, and capable of most things. Round the world? No problem. But - it's just not exciting... ;-)

      Keith JobsonKeith JobsonUukausi sitten
    • @Keith Jobson thanx for the info .. still not going to be an easy choice i guess .. but the dr is about 100 pounds lighter then the tiger n half the price of the 690 so .. who knows cheers

      Davyboy ColonDavyboy ColonUukausi sitten
    • yes considered the 690, and owned the DR650, after the Tiger 800. But the 690 is still a heavy bike and not ideal for the type of riding I mostly do. The DR is even heavier. Perhaps I'll do a video on this subject...

      Keith JobsonKeith JobsonUukausi sitten
  • Good job on the review. Can I ask where you got the little windscreen?

    AlexAlexUukausi sitten
    • G'day Alex. It's from Bajaworx. Check out this video: fiboth.info/like/videot/omZ4eaLV2Lu6nos

      Keith JobsonKeith JobsonUukausi sitten
  • Does the seat height ever bother you?

    Steve CSteve C2 kuukautta sitten
    • Can be awkward when stopped, for sure. But not really.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson2 kuukautta sitten
  • Hey mate where did you get your hand guards with the mirrors intergrated?

    Life Behind Our EyesLife Behind Our Eyes2 kuukautta sitten
    • highway dirtbikes. This video goes into detail: fiboth.info/like/videot/omZ4eaLV2Lu6nos

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson2 kuukautta sitten
  • Hi Keith Love your work. Is the RHS luggage strap bracket a proprietary item or something you made yourself? Thanks Andrew

    TambomanTamboman2 kuukautta sitten
    • Check the Mosko panniers video for more about the brackets. fiboth.info/like/videot/gnimqZHW2NHPaak

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson2 kuukautta sitten
  • Thank you Keith for the review, appreciated. I’ve been looking for a 690/701 but I think all stellar reviews made me consider the 500, instead. Especially for Colorado riding.

    neehooyaneehooya2 kuukautta sitten
  • Few roads, few opportunities show cross-country ability, speed, difficult conditions of passage ... I would like less words and more driving. I put my finger down.

    Svyatoslav KosyukSvyatoslav Kosyuk2 kuukautta sitten
  • Love the black tank! I want to get the same one for mine.

    7arsenal7arsenal2 kuukautta sitten
  • The only issue I see with these bikes for multi days would be oil change at 1000kms normally I would not go past 500kms on single track rides obviously because u give them curry.

    Bigals. ktms.Bigals. ktms.2 kuukautta sitten
  • Hey mate had a 2015 Six Day and loved it until I broke my leg I am about 90kg’s love the 500 ability to throw around. Can you do more detail on the luggage as I could never get this right and ended with a backpack which takes it out of you. Thanks in advance. Gee

    George LeameyGeorge Leamey2 kuukautta sitten
  • What a beauty

    PetePete3 kuukautta sitten
  • Do you think buying a 500exc f at 10 000km used is a good deal or should I find a lower mileage one?

    Antoine LacasseAntoine Lacasse3 kuukautta sitten
    • If the price is right and is hasn't been raced I would think it's perfectly fine.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • I've got the best of both worlds right now a 2018 KTM EXC 500 and a KTM 690 Enduro R. I would love to know where you got the windscreen? Where can I purchase it? How much was it? I live in the United States in Nebraska.

    chiptaxfreechiptaxfree3 kuukautta sitten
    • Thank you!

      chiptaxfreechiptaxfree3 kuukautta sitten
    • www.bajaworx.com/

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
    • I'm in the United States in Nebraska.

      chiptaxfreechiptaxfree3 kuukautta sitten
  • Always enjoy your posts! Keep it up. Nice build!

    Brett BakerBrett Baker3 kuukautta sitten
    • I appreciate it!

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • Did the Moskos bag set up hook on a rack on the bike or just fit over the fender? What size bags are they? Thanks. Keep riding!!!

    CHRIS HARTCHRIS HART3 kuukautta sitten
    • @Keith Jobson That would be cool. A few guys I ride with are looking into these bags and the mounting. Your bag look like the perfect size for the bike so you can still ride it on trails. Thanks

      CHRIS HARTCHRIS HART3 kuukautta sitten
    • They are the 40's. They come with two straps at the rear/top of the bag, that most people would loop through small D clips (like the ones I have for the lower mounting straps), that would be bolted to the fender. However I came up with a different way to mount it without use of the clips. Perhaps I should do a video...

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • Really miss my 500 but got a cracking deal on a 690 only because I’m riding further and longer so who knows when I’m finished wandering I may make it back to owning another and you’re right it was the best bike I’ve owned but the new 690 is running a very close second at the moment

    Peter AndrewsPeter Andrews3 kuukautta sitten
  • Who makes that windshield? Looks like it fits over the stock headlight.

    D GD G3 kuukautta sitten
    • www.bajaworx.com/

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • Mr Bean?

    ShockcomadeathShockcomadeath3 kuukautta sitten
  • I have a 2019 500 excf and the only thing I had to for sure change is the headlight. Terrible and dangerously dim.

    D AndersonD Anderson3 kuukautta sitten
  • '20 were hard to find '21's were not available ended up getting a '21 FE 501s. So far so good working up to my 100 hours.

    Carl S.Carl S.3 kuukautta sitten
    • I have a 2021 500😆

      Abc123Abc12316 päivää sitten
  • Love mine too brother

    Max UtterMax Utter3 kuukautta sitten
  • Same here Love it I did try the bmw 650 sertoa for about 6 months but in single tracks with snotty hills the extra 70kg was noticeable. I am happy with the 500 exc and using as a dual sport with a set of road tyres i can go anywhere. Did sealake last year and was perfect, with mainly road bu also got to some dirt roads up there.

    fistfullofthrottlefistfullofthrottle3 kuukautta sitten
  • Good review, no substitute for weight and power. I want a tractor to explore the high country, but I'm not into speed so the Kato might be overkill.

    Daniel DDaniel D3 kuukautta sitten
    • The torque is fabulous on the 500. It is so easy to ride. On the WR I could do everything, IF I was in the right gear and kept the revs up. With the 500, you have so much more range with each gear choice, especially down low.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • Enjoyed my 500 but developed a few gremlins after awhile. Look forward to your 20,000km review 👍

    White UnicornWhite Unicorn3 kuukautta sitten
    • What were the gremlins?

      Scott DrewScott DrewUukausi sitten
  • nice review. how many hours did the old 500 come up in? (2017) why did you change? which spoket do you drive with? I myself drive a 2017 with 230H

    JeppeJeppe3 kuukautta sitten
    • I sold the 2017 after an injury meant I wouldn't be riding for some time. Also, having owned the 2017 I had a better idea of the accessories I wanted, so figured I'd start from new.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • Love mine too. 30hrs on it, upgraded front and rear suspension to heavy lard arse, bigger tank, fuel filter mod like you did, set of Midwest levers, tool bag on rear guard and some basic frame protection. Great bike.

    Robbo67Robbo673 kuukautta sitten
  • In the states here with a 500 EXC-F and couldn't be happier as well. Just over a thousand miles so far. Been getting inspiration from your channel as well as well as RTW Paul and others. As Adventure Spec likes to say: "Light is Right".

    Mike RMike R3 kuukautta sitten
  • If you purchaaed again would you consider a 350 instead of the 500

    david cohendavid cohen3 kuukautta sitten
    • @Keith Jobson I’m sure you’d see (like I have) the 500 is capable of riding the toughest narrowest of single track. I outride my buddies who are on 300 2 strokes all the time. Don’t underestimate your ability or the bikes ability Keith. Love the channel btw!

      Scott DrewScott DrewUukausi sitten
    • Probably not. Maybe, if I was younger and fitter and was solely riding more difficult tracks. But I find the 500 is a good balance for all terrain rides including more open roads.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • Great bike.Nice to hear your views.Cheers.JHB-SA

    Bruce KendallBruce Kendall3 kuukautta sitten
  • I noticed you used Fuelly for you tracking? Do it find it accurate? I’ve been using FuelMapAustralia and was wondering if there’s a better app out there.

    PHOENIXPHOENIX3 kuukautta sitten
    • Fuelly, it does what I want, i.e. somewhere to record km and litres, fast. I use the web-version not app.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • Don't jinx yourself!

    Ou812Ou8123 kuukautta sitten
  • I love mine too. I have 8000km on mine, mostly around tasmania

    Stephen BradshawStephen Bradshaw3 kuukautta sitten
  • Nice review Keith - at what km range-/hrs would you rebuilt the top end?...

    Stephen LittleStephen Little3 kuukautta sitten
    • @Keith Jobson from the general vibe i personally have gotten worldwide for dual sport riding its about 600hrs for a top end. bearing in mind this is no excuse for poor maintenance,i have 3 airfliters i replace often and do oil and filter regularly..yes they are beasts!!!!

      jd hartjd hart12 päivää sitten
    • It would probably be gone before I'd even consider a rebuild. Meaning, I don't know, 500 hours? Really got no idea. Given I don't ride it as an enduro, I think it'll last a loooooong time.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten
  • Have always wondered how many hours your bike has done thanks keith

    SamSam3 kuukautta sitten
  • Love my 2016 500. The power and weight are great. The biggest problem is getting my leg over when I have adventure bags on the bag (I'm 6 foot). I might have to do yoga.

    Paul BartschPaul Bartsch3 kuukautta sitten
    • @Paul Bartsch hahaha, good point.

      TheMadMagician87TheMadMagician873 kuukautta sitten
    • @TheMadMagician87 yoga might help there too.

      Paul BartschPaul Bartsch3 kuukautta sitten
    • The biggest problem I have is getting a leg over too....and I don't even have a KTM 500. Do bikes make it even harder? :-)

      TheMadMagician87TheMadMagician873 kuukautta sitten
  • I have a 2017 KTM 500 that has 185.2 hrs - 5117 miles and it is still going like a champ! Just changed the oil yesterday! I should probably do an overview of the things I've done to my bike too. Great video and I'm glad to see you're loving your 500.

    Jakob CrawfordJakob Crawford3 kuukautta sitten
    • 330 hours on my 2018 500, with about 8.5k miles. Just checked valves today, they are all still in spec, have never needed adjustment. The bike has been so reliable and dependable. Truly a blast to ride. I take mine down the toughest of single track and keep up or out gun my buddies on 300’s. It’s all in the gearing: 13/52 makes it a low end tractor in the tough stuff, but, does limit your top speed to about 60-65mph unless you are comfortable going more than 1/3 throttle... but I don’t like pushing the beautiful engine.

      Scott DrewScott DrewUukausi sitten
    • I would love to see a review! ;)

      Fynn825Fynn8252 kuukautta sitten
  • Query! How tall are you? Inseam?

    Martyn GassonMartyn Gasson3 kuukautta sitten
    • about 5' 11" and 31-32" inseam. It's a tall bike that's for sure.

      Keith JobsonKeith Jobson3 kuukautta sitten