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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-24-2015, 02:10 AM
Replies: 1,330
Views: 153,519
Posted By DesertSurfer
Resonates with me...

This article represents what many of us have known and have been begging manufacturers to follow for many, many years.

However, it was explained to me that it's far more profitable for...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-23-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,822
Posted By DesertSurfer
^^^vvv what he said vvv^^^

That's the cold hard truth about these bikes. They are very much the Ferrari's
of adventure bikes. And with all fun speed machines... you pay to play.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-22-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 20,640
Posted By DesertSurfer
I've seen the Rottweiler high fender kit...

I've seen the Rottweiler high fender kit installed on a newer 990. With the fork guards ( I think sx85's) and the stock brake lines mounted to the fork guards, the front metal bracket was all that...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-22-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,822
Posted By DesertSurfer
Have you tried some of the remedies for the...

Have you tried some of the remedies for the snatchiness?... Removing SAS/Desmog, upgrading exhaust, open air filter and new mapping?

Many others have been quite happy, so they say.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-21-2015, 11:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,228
Posted By DesertSurfer
Another thought...

I've seen some 950 SE's also floating around in the flea market as well. They're slightly lighter and a bit more nimble for offroad riding. Maybe a tad less comfortable for high speed touring. Not...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-21-2015, 12:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,228
Posted By DesertSurfer
The extra time spent will be well worth the...

The extra time spent will be well worth the wait...

Look in the flea market. And be open to fly and ride.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-20-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 25,958
Posted By DesertSurfer
Adv Inmate Aurel was one of the first KTM 950...

Adv Inmate Aurel was one of the first KTM 950 owners who documented a RTW ride and was somewhere around 175K. Of course there's Pyndon's thread which I think he was at 90k before having to change his...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-19-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 942
Posted By DesertSurfer
Procycle

They had a sale on their Galfer wave rotors a couple weeks ago....
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-18-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 952
Posted By DesertSurfer
You'll have a great trip!!!

You've got all the bases covered. Glad you have a shop lined up. Nice to know there is an infrastructure for touring the KTM!

It's nothing serious and you'll be able to make your final destination...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-18-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,090
Posted By DesertSurfer
OK, you've got me...

I thought I'd be one of the naysayers about going back to stock... But I'm sold now.

Seeing your bone stock Erzberg SE reminds me of when I walked into the dealer and saw one for the first time....
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-15-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,231
Posted By DesertSurfer
^^^What they say^^^

Take a step back and get some fresh air...

Then start assessing the damage... Taking out the motor and inspecting the issue. This will at least give you a point of what you need and where to...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-14-2015, 09:22 PM
Replies: 12,114
Views: 2,678,205
Posted By DesertSurfer
New tread...

Mounted up a fresh rear tire. Out with a worn Scorpion Rally after 3200 miles. In with a TKC 80.

http://phx.smugmug.com/Other/Local/i-CHz6WKD/0/L/IMG_2958-L.jpg

Washed the remnants of a Big Sur...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-14-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 1,330
Views: 153,519
Posted By DesertSurfer
I'm surprised it hasn't been touched on in the...

I'm surprised it hasn't been touched on in the fact that Honda mentions there will be a handlebar button "paddle" shifter on the DCT version specifically for off roading. This completely dissolved my...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-14-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 25,958
Posted By DesertSurfer
High mileage durability questions...

Yes, the KTM Adventure twin has been documented going 200k, but only by very few in comparison to say, GS Adventures. The 07 and newer LC8 motors had quite a lot of refinements and possess even...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-14-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By DesertSurfer
Carb cleaner fuel additive...

I had a similar problem years ago (when I vowed to not ride my 950 leading up to my wedding) and the bike sat over the summer/ fall.

I ran some Lucas carb cleaner and Yamalube ring clean. The...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-14-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 11,631
Posted By DesertSurfer
Great points...

There hasn't been a proper mapping circulated for the adjusted flow of this new 2 into 1 mid pipe with Yosh single exhaust yet. But the guy at Rottweiler is a full on tuner "geek" and is probably...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-12-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8,306
Views: 1,378,501
Posted By DesertSurfer
VVV This VVV

I'll be impressed if this bike comes in at 400lbs. Does it look tempting... Yes. But is it my ultimate wishlister...?

No. I'm still hoping someone ( preferrably Honda) will come out with a mid...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-11-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,899
Posted By DesertSurfer
In over his head... :rofl

In over his head...

:rofl
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-11-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,899
Posted By DesertSurfer
Can't help but replay this...

It's humorous... knowing no body was seriously injured... and it was someone else.

If the terrain was questionable he was carrying too much speed. Probably not concentrating on the line beyond the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-10-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,822
Posted By DesertSurfer
What's there to regret?

It's an offroad adventure bike designed to run up to 120 mph for stretches. And you can load it up and explore long distance offroad routes.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-06-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 8,306
Views: 1,378,501
Posted By DesertSurfer
Loosing interest...

Just did another 4 day 1000 mile long weekend ride on this...

http://phx.smugmug.com/Journalism/Temecula/i-7cnZ9wZ/0/L/image-L.jpg
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-05-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,670
Posted By DesertSurfer
Another possible culprit...

The voltage regulator/ rectifiers can/do go out on these bikes. Causes vary but one symptom is overcharging and frying batteries. If you have been running with a bad battery that's been pulling a lot...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-05-2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 12,114
Views: 2,678,205
Posted By DesertSurfer
Did a small group ride

Just returned from So Cal to Big Surhttp://phx.smugmug.com/Journalism/Temecula/i-7cnZ9wZ/0/L/image-L.jpg

En route via country twisties. Santa Inez wine valley.
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-01-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 11,631
Posted By DesertSurfer
I want to see pics on this...

I want to see pics on this...
Forum: Ride reports 04-29-2015, 01:32 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 21,156
Posted By DesertSurfer
Wow, How did I miss this RR

One of the few benefits of having divorced parents as a young kid was growing up between Southern California and Northern Oregon. This ride report brought tears to my eyes, reminding me how adding a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-28-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 19,619
Views: 8,287,972
Posted By DesertSurfer
Beautiful bike!

Makes me want to ride!
Forum: Ride reports 04-28-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,851
Posted By DesertSurfer
And the pipe in Upland... The good old days. ...

And the pipe in Upland... The good old days.

SLO will bring us up on the new breed... boards on bikes.
Forum: Ride reports 04-28-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,851
Posted By DesertSurfer
Thanks SLO!!!

I've been thinking about surf rack ideas and yours seems like my answer. I have two bikes and I think your rack can be set up universally to both bikes. Now I have something to start on.

Thanks...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-27-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7,835
Views: 3,652,044
Posted By DesertSurfer
My experience was that the 550 (around 1976-77)...

My experience was that the 550 (around 1976-77) was a better ride then most of the Brit bikes I'd begged, borrowed and stole for the night from friends back in those days... (comparing to the BSA's...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-27-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7,835
Views: 3,652,044
Posted By DesertSurfer
One would think using a 1978 CB550 F2 front end...

One would think using a 1978 CB550 F2 front end including hub for disc which has factory rebuildable rebound adjusters (originally designed to straddle the weight of a 440 lb bike)... And capable of...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-26-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 647
Views: 137,579
Posted By DesertSurfer
Those endorsements for the Senora Pass make me...

Those endorsements for the Senora Pass make me want to start planning a ride up there soon. It's been too long. Thanks for the extra nudge.
Forum: Old's Cool 04-26-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7,835
Views: 3,652,044
Posted By DesertSurfer
I'm confused here... You can judge how the...

I'm confused here... You can judge how the suspension is going to perform in a photo... without knowing anything about what's in the forks and how the builder set up the springs, the stacks, the...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-26-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 7,835
Views: 3,652,044
Posted By DesertSurfer
x1000!!!

x1000!!!
Forum: Old's Cool 04-24-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 7,835
Views: 3,652,044
Posted By DesertSurfer
Pretty much all rubbish without knowing more...

Pretty much all rubbish without knowing more details about the bike and the builder's ideal rider and purpose of the bike.

What is the intended riders weight and ability? A Bostrom would have no...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-24-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,623
Posted By DesertSurfer
And a lot more money you can throw at a 990......

And a lot more money you can throw at a 990... Power commander, auto tune... Yada yada yada...

It's a blessing and a curse all wrapped up into an addictive screaming machine.

Enjoy the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-24-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 447
Views: 80,958
Posted By DesertSurfer
What's to love in that front fender? Or the gap...

What's to love in that front fender? Or the gap between the seat and frame. And the random look of the front screen. These are unsightly details at any angle.

I love this thread and feel a...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-24-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7,835
Views: 3,652,044
Posted By DesertSurfer
The emerald green accents on an emerald isles...

The emerald green accents on an emerald isles bike really works for me. A really sweet take on a classic.
Forum: Ride reports 04-23-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,726
Posted By DesertSurfer
I just noticed inmate "Creekside" posting about...

I just noticed inmate "Creekside" posting about riding his 990 on dirt roads in Arkansas on this thread:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=26644900#post26644900

Maybe he can offer up...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-23-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 19,619
Views: 8,287,972
Posted By DesertSurfer
Explored some canyons at lunch...

http://phx.smugmug.com/Other/Local/i-Sk7rD8B/0/L/image-L.jpg

Found a fun power line trail...

http://phx.smugmug.com/Other/Local/i-CvL8dMh/0/L/image-L.jpg

Traversed a ridgeline with views off...
Forum: Ride reports 04-22-2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,726
Posted By DesertSurfer
Here's to your exciting fly and ride...

Just my opinion, but you've made a bunch of top choices already...studying the 990 first, buying a clean used one, doing a fly and ride, asking for inmate advice on packing and routes... And putting...
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