1988 KTM 500This is Steven Beattie’s 1988 KTM 500 that he restored.

Steven Beattie found a 1998 KTM 500 in a shed in Ireland. This is his story.

“This is my 1988 KTM 500 that I found in a shed in Ireland. It needed brake calipers and a master cylinder rebuild. I put on a DEP silencer, new plastics and custom made Chesterfield graphics and seat cover. I modified late 1990’s footpegs that were slightly wider. I also made the shifter longer to avoid false neutrals. I got the forks and shock serviced, put a new linkage on and got new head tube bearings. The parts for this bike were hard to find. I had to source them from all over the world.” –Steven Beattie from Ireland.

1988 KTM 500The KTM 500 engine. 

1988 KTM 500

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