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How far can a KTM 500 really go? — 12 Comments

  1. I purchased a 2014 exc 500 in summer of 2016 with 50 miles on it. I put a acerbis 5.3 gallon tank on it, and routinely do 200 mile day rides. Longest day ride of 350 miles. Think biggest weekend was 750 miles. All on gravel or single and two track. I did 1500 to 2000 mile oil changes. At end of 2017, I have 7800 miles and 262 hours. Getting oil consumption and currently in process of rebuilding motor. Prior to this bike I had a 450xcw that I did 1000 mile oil changes and did not have oil consumption at 8500 miles when I traded it off. I know people with over 10k on their machine, running fine. Given what I know now, I will return to 1000 mile oil changes.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with the 500. It sounds like you and I ride our bikes similarly (with the exception of single track). A 200 mile day is pretty typical for me, consisting of both paved and off-pavement riding. I have around 6500 miles on my bike so far and have been doing oil changes every 1000 miles. No oil burning yet.



  2. I have a 2013 500exc, which unfortunately has seen less riding than expected and 2 years sitting idle (back on it again now). Still, I have over 500 hours and 20k miles on it without ever looking at the valves. Isn’t starting as easy these days, but planning on a valve check and expecting that to remedy it. Oil changes at 2,000 +/-. Always wanted to send oil in for analysis, but never have.

    • I still have the bike – which is near miraculous since I tend to only keep bikes about 2 years before moving on to something else. At just over 10,000 miles on the odometer the bike started to smoke a little bit so I had my local KTM dealer do a top end job (piston and rings) on it last month. Aside from that I have not had any issues with the bike.

  3. Have bought Husky fe501s 2.5 months ago. Riding daily around 50km in Bali (temp ~ 30C), changing an oil every 15 hours (2 weeks/700km). Already 3.3k km. So good so far.

  4. I have a 2015 EXC 500 with 10,00 miles 525 hours I change my oil every 3-400 miles all off road miles. I’ve checked the valve clearance 3 times every time still on the money Just recently I have noticed some oil burning smell out the exhaust but with no noticable consumption between oil changes I am considering a new piston and rings this year

  5. I have a 2020 exc-f 500 at 220 hours
    Over 12000 km never had to adjust the valves
    Oil change done a little less than
    1800 km no problem
    Drives like new Perfect bike

  6. I have a 520 2000, I purchased it third hand not sure how many kms on it. I have put about 4000 on it. I change the oil and filters regularly. It runs sweet uses no oil and no smoke at all. It is a great bike. I would rebuild it if there were any signs but it simple runs like new. So unless it starts to loss power, smoke or i find bits in the filter i am just going to enjoy it.

  7. I have a 2015 500 with a bit over 22k km and ~450 hours. Previous owner had changed piston and rings while changing countershaft bearings (nothing else) at ~250 hours.
    Last Winter I decided to check the top and bottom ends preventatively. Change the main bearings, a few other case bearings (preventative), intake valves (worn), 4 valve springs (1 out of spec), both oil pumps (preventative), all tranny gears bearings/clips/shim washers (preventative), cam rockers/pins (preventative recommended by mechanic) and piston rings (always a good practice when opening top end). No piston and no crank. 40+ years KTM experience mechanic looked it over and said all looks like new in there (excpt 2 chipped tranny gears 😐 ). I did all work myself, except case split and tranny, and it cost me ~$3k in parts (I’m sure I changed things that I could not have bothered to, but, since it’s all apart, it’s cheap insurance).
    Bike never burned oil, and valves did need shims changed 3 times since I’ve had it (~175 hours, once after rebuild likely due to seating).
    Oil changes done every 15-25 hours depending on riding conditions, and air filter changed accordingly too (1-2 rides). I ride mostly 1 & 2 track with some dirt roads, very little asphalte.

    Hope my experience help you out 🙂

    P.S. I like the 500 so much that I also bought a 2017 😉 I ping pong between both.

  8. I have a 133 hours and 3633 miles on a 2022 KTM 500 XCF. I have changed the oil every 25-30 hours, twice the recommended interval. Almost off slow off-road rocky mountain mining roads It’s nearling the 135 overhaul interval, and I am not even thinking about checking the valves yet. Maybe its gonna blow up at 135 hours, but seems to run fine now.

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