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Old 02-12-2013, 04:37 AM   #23
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Location: Riga, Latvia / Bergerac, France / Colchester, UK
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Originally Posted by Pops of the desert View Post
Purchased a 2008 990 last spring, best choice for a scooter I have ever made. Put 4000 miles on it before the snow flew and shut us down. One oil change and 1 rear tire was the extent of maintenance. Were some small repairs after a rather hard brush with a tree but that was not the bikes fault. I came off of a XR 650 R that was dual sported. Oil change is a pain, but you can get it done before you finish the 6 pack. The only reason the oil change is a pain is all the plastic that needs removed, the task is not difficult just time consuming.

I hear all this crap on OC about unreliability, it is BS. Probably posted by girls on BMW's.

Admittedly I am probably a bit above average in mechanical skills, but I have not had to use them.

By it you will not regret it, if you do they are very easy to sell. Pops
4000 miles! What do you know? Get back to us when you've done 10 x or 20 x that. I had no trouble with my KTM 950 ADV during the first 4000 miles.

Each year I join a group of around thirty friends for a week of hard-ish riding. There are five KTMs now, but three have joined in the last two years. It's a standing joke that the KTMs are always the ones needing attention - oil top-ups to more serious stuff. The only other bikes to have broken down over the fourteen years was a Honda VFR 750 - an aftermarket alarm was playing tricks with the electrics (not Mr Honda's fault) and an old Suzuki SV1000 that suffered terminal engine failure through poor maintenance (read none).

What's wrong with girls on BMWs?
KTM 970 Adventure (2004 with carbed 2008 SD 990)
Yamaha WR 450 F
Honda 650 Dominator (1988)
Kawasaki KLR 650 (1988)
Yamaha RD 350 LC (1984)
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