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Old 07-02-2018, 10:04 AM   #1
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Heather's FreeRide Build

It has a plate, so the DS forum seemed appropriate. We picked up a lightly used '16 FreeRide last weekend and I've already started the parts list.




Heather is 5'4", but only has a 28.5" inseam, so the suspension is going to MotoLab for a 3" lowering and springs set up for her weight.

In stock trim she can get both tippy-toes down, but the bike does have Mouse Bibs which allows the trials tires to flex and reduce the seated height.




3" may seem like a lot to take out of the suspension, but she is coming off a TTR 125 (albeit with YZ80 forks) and a CRF250L, so the KTM suspension set up for her weight is going to feel like magic. I hope.


I ordered a real skid-plate and am looking for a pipe-guard. P3 and Eline make ones for the stock pipe, but the PO put a full FMF system on and the FMF pipe is much fatter than stock. It came with the stock one, so might have to put that back on...


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Old 07-02-2018, 10:15 AM   #2
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:51 AM   #3
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

I think these are super trail bikes that are often overlooked. I'll be interested to hear your impression's after she has some time on it.
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:08 PM   #4
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

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I think these are super trail bikes that are often overlooked.
I agree. She does 90% of her riding between idle and 1/2 throttle, so the tame "no-hit" two stroke is a good mix of light weight, torque, full-size tires, and smaller frame size. We also looked at the Beta X-Trainer, but they run a little quicker and still have a punch up top. Found a smoking deal on this one too, so that helped!

I've buzzed up and down the drive-way a few times and the power is all at the bottom. The thing revs to ~5k and signs off, so the power is not going to surprise anyone.
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:24 AM   #5
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

Owning a late model KTM is something new to me and I'm impressed with the quality of the components...except the stock kickstands. I've seen those fold like a pool noodle.

The stock skid-plate isn't going to take much abuse and provides poor protection for the engine, so we upgraded to the KTM aluminum version.




Aside from high quality fasteners and a great fit the kit came with neoprene strips to go between the frame and skid-plate to limit rattles.



Loosely seat the skid-plate and all the bolts and then lift the bike via a center-stand to compress the neoprene before tightening into place.



I have my eye on a set of radiator guards and then I think she's ready for the rocks. Any other protection I should add?
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:47 AM   #6
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

That's pretty. The skid plate makes me a little jealous my Versys can't have one just like it.
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:48 AM   #7
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

Cool bike. Three inches is a lot of lowering for that bike. That is going to significantly reduce ground clearance and foot peg clearance, and change the bike significantly from how it was designed. I am surprised Motolab did not talk you out of that.

I would not go over two inches at the very most. I think that would be plenty looking at the picture and KTM most likely has a low seat option for that bike as well if you need more.
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:26 AM   #8
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I hear ya, but MotoLabs seems to know what they're talking about and have done several bikes at 3.5". This will be set up from a 140lb women with a 28.5" inseam who rides a lot if she can touch the ground easily and doesn't ride if she can't. Simple as that. She'll trade confidence and boot to earth contact vs. performance ANY day.

She's also coming off a TTR125 and CRF250L, so the move to a trail bike that doesn't weight 320lbs and has real size tires will make a lot of obstacles seem much easier. Frankly, I don't know how she rode much of what we've done on the TTR's little 19"/16" tires!
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Old 07-31-2018, 09:31 AM   #9
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

If you're ever thinking about shipping your suspension to have it set up for your height, weight, and terrain a double-gun case works well to hold everything. They have'em at academy for ~$30.



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Old 08-09-2018, 09:30 AM   #10
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

Got the suspension back from MotoLab yesterday. A few turns of the wrenches and it was back together. Now time for some riding.



Other mods on our list are Bulletproof Desings radiator guards, a clutch side case saver, tubliss system, and a Rekluse.
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

Coming along nicely.
I recently purchased a bike for my son with tubliss. I havenít really gotten enough time to decide if I like it.
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I like the suspension shipping idea.

That bike is going to be too much fun I bet.
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Old 08-09-2018, 05:34 PM   #13
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That bike is going to be too much fun I bet.
*in a confessional voice* I actually took it for a ride around the neighborhood before she got home to see it and it's quite zippy. It easily lofts the front wheel in 1st or 2nd even with the lowly stance.

Will be interesting to see how she adjusts. This is the first bike where she'll really need to watch the throttle control.
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Old 08-29-2018, 11:56 AM   #14
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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

That looks like fun.

How much for the TTR125?
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How much for the TTR125?
It was sold some time ago. They're great starter bikes!
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Always thought those free rides would make a great playbike

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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

I could have been cleaner with the cut, but the kickstand is holding up well in its modified state. I cut off the bottom 2-3" and used a vise, large screw-driver, and hammer to drive the hard plastic foot out of the original end. With a little encouragement I was able to push it into the "new" end of the stand. I added a small screw on the back-side to make sure it stays put.

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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

What do they say about an ounce of prevention?

I added radiator guards and a skid-plate, so it only makes sense to do something about the clutch cover. I picked up one of these from Polisport. I need to see if they make something for the water-pump too.

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I could have been cleaner with the cut, but the kickstand is holding up well in its modified state. I cut off the bottom 2-3" and used a vise, large screw-driver, and hammer to drive the hard plastic foot out of the original end. With a little encouragement I was able to push it into the "new" end of the stand. I added a small screw on the back-side to make sure it stays put.

Did she get to ride it yet?

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Re: Heather's FreeRide Build

First real ride this past weekend out at Barnwell.

We were in the parking area next to the pavilion when she started it and it got some attention from the group of older riders next to us. One of the shorter guys swung a leg over the bike and with a big grin said, "I could get used to this!"

Heather hasn't ever ridden a bike with more power than she needs, so in her words "I almost ghost rode it a few times", but overall it was all smiles. The only tip-over was from a stand-still. Otherwise she did great in the rocks, mud, and hills.



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