After I got the bike back home from it's foray on Salter fell, I stripped it down for a good clean and then set about sorting a few bits, like setting up the suspension, refitting lights and tidying up the wiring as I hate those blue plastic insulated connectors (the type you can buy in Halfords) and there was a few of those in the loom. All were replaced with 3.9mm "Japanese style" connectors, that are virtually identical to OEM equipment.
A new LED rear light (from one of the boxes of bits I got) was grafted onto the rear end but the headlight was a bit problematic, the standard headlight fouls on the mounting block for the nav tower and as I was taking the bike out on the Baker Man's Run on Salisbury Plain on the 29th December, I didn't really want the nav tower on for it's first proper ride out.
The answer was provided by the trusty CCM, the headlight mounts slightly further forward so would avoid the mounting block. A couple of zip ties and some temporary wiring and all was sorted!
2006 KTM EXC 450 / 525
KTM 13 litre tank
Reprofiled seat with gel pad
New Polisport Plastics
LED rear light
Trail Tech side stand
MotoRally Services Nav Tower and carbon fibre road book mount
F2R Road book holder
RNS Tripmaster "ICO"
Lazer LED headlight (but this may change)
KTM handguards (nicked off the CCM)
The bike is fitted with Michelin Desert Mousses
Alloy bash plate
So why is it going to look different?
I have the carbon fibre so called "toilet lid" fairing that previous owner Mike campaigned the bike with last year but I was waiting for the arrival of a Dottorri fairing (thanks again to Mike) which will be grafted on. Once I've got my greasy mitts on it, I shall decide if I'm going to run it with the standard headlight (as it's designed for) or whether it can be modified to retain the Lazer headlight.
I thought the road book would get in the way but not really that much different to riding my KTM 990 Adventure off road with its screen and if anything it helps your technique by making you look ahead and not at your front wheel (because you can't see it)!
After the day's ride I got it out to take a closer look. Mike had warned me about the rough finish and that it would need proper prep and painting, luckily I had popped into see my mate Radu at his car repair workshop on the way back from the ride and he said he can do all that for me as well as fabricating brackets etc.... result!
Just had to try it for size.....
Orange to match the tank?
Or black to match the rest of the plastics?
A few more photos