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    Default Re: Best years for 500 exc????

    Quote Originally Posted by md2020 View Post
    I got a 2013 500exc, which is an solid bike and great year to buy.

    but regarding the kick starter... have you ever tried to kick a 500? Not so easy to do. It will wear you out after a few kicks. the only time I used my kick starter was when I screwed up and let the battery go dead. Don't screw up, and you'll never need to kick it. I never screw up any more. Also, I have a small jump box and some jumper cables. THe jump box will start the bike no problem.

    Oh, and I personally don't mess with lithium batteries any more. First, it can be tempermental when starting cold in cold weather. I know that there is a routine to warm up the battery. Also, you need a special battery charger for the lithium batteries. I have a quality lead acid battery that works just fine and is better in cold weather (no routine), (I am not knocking lithium batteries)
    I try to stay in kick start shape, usually one kick start per ride, due to the height of the bike, I either find a ditch to put the bike in or a large boulder to rest the left foot on, starts first kick normally. But yeah, without the leverage and starting easily, it can wear you out real fast.

    The key on the litium is getting double the required cca , that quelchs the issue.

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    Default Re: Best years for 500 exc????

    I think they updated crank bearings in 14. So a 14 15 or 16 450 xcw or a 500 xcw. Personally I like the 450 much better.

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    Default Re: Best years for 500 exc????

    newer ktm 500s vib to much
    Look at a beta 500 almost no vib and also great bikes

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    Default Re: Best years for 500 exc????

    They dont vibrate that bad

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    I love my 2020. 1 point higher compression than 2019. Awesome bike. Carry a pocket jump start battery if your scared of no kickstart. New suspension is awesome once you adjust it for your style. Tires are great for the road but worthless when it's loose. I have replaced with moto z desert tractionators. luv em!

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    I love my 16, if you get one just make sure it has the euro tune. As for the kicker it's been said but not a fun bike to start in fact couldn't do it, I kicked and I kicked and I kicked and finally I was done and just went and bought a new battery, had it been out in the woods I would have been walking.

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    I had a 15 and it was a solid bike, wish i still had it.
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