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Old 10-28-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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maintenance on a 990 adv

I'm considering a KTM 990 ADV for a cross canada run 2-up. I hear all of these things about KTM's being very fussy, and more difficult to maintain, I just want to hear from a KTM rider's perspective what the REALITY is, and their personal overall opinion of the machine. I am green to the adv motorcycle segment so, any insight will be helpful.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:34 PM   #2
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I'm considering a KTM 990 ADV for a cross canada run 2-up. I hear all of these things about KTM's being very fussy, and more difficult to maintain, I just want to hear from a KTM rider's perspective what the REALITY is, and their personal overall opinion of the machine. I am green to the adv motorcycle segment so, any insight will be helpful.
They aren't the easiest thing to work on but they aren't hard either. I think it'll depend on how comfortable you are at working on your own bike.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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Worth the trouble, but probably not the best bike two up.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:38 PM   #4
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Compared to most Japanese bikes the maintenance takes significantly more time. But what you get in terms of a high performance bike is well worth it. Not sure I'd call it "fussy." I beat the heck out of my bike and it rewards with a ton of power and plenty of grins!
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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Yes maintenance is fiidly, but with the oil change every 7,500 km and valves, coolant every 15,000 km there is a lot of riding between maintenance intervals so whether it is 1 hr or 4 hrs to do the oil change does it really matter compared to the enjoyment.

The most important is to do the first time in the comfort of your own garage to get your head around it and become familiar with the bike and list the tools that you should take with you if you think that you will need to do again in the field.

People have added a valve to the oil tank but I think it makes it more vulnerable.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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You will get good at changing tires
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:08 PM   #7
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Many people have taken long trips 2 up on them; I'm heading to Alaska next year with my wife. These were built by KTM, and KTM builds race ready bikes, so you have to TAKE CARE of it. You can't ride it ragged and park it like a Japanese bike.

That being said it is incredibly easy to do general maintenance on and with the OC here we can talk you through just about all of it.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
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You can't ride it ragged and park it like a Japanese bike.

If you dont take care of a DR, and especially a KLR, they will leave you walking home as well. You need to look after any bike. The routine work on the KTM Adventure is just more of a PITA because of all the shit you have to take off to get to it. The SE is quite a bit easier because of that IMO.

As far a toughness, the 990 is one tough bike. I've thrashed mine pretty hard and even zip tied it together and rode it 500 miles home after I got hit by a truck in Baja. Its not fragile, thats for sure.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:58 AM   #9
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Did the paper work

Ok guys I went and did all the paper work at the stealership on Saturday to buy a 2010 .

I should here from the finance dept today if all is well I plan to pick up this Saturday .

I keep looking for negetive input about his bike ! So far unable ? Don't get me wrong like I say the plan is set , But is this bike really this good ??

Is there any thing I need to know about as far as Expence to be ready for or that I need to leave the dealer ship with ?

Should I buy the warrenty ??

I plan for this bike to not be sold a way .
I am getting off a KLR . And I am a mechanic doing maintance is not a problem .

Just Curious Thanks
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:30 AM   #10
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Ok guys I went and did all the paper work at the stealership on Saturday to buy a 2010 .

I should here from the finance dept today if all is well I plan to pick up this Saturday .

I keep looking for negetive input about his bike ! So far unable ? Don't get me wrong like I say the plan is set , But is this bike really this good ??
Better than you can even imagine.

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I am getting off a KLR . And I am a mechanic doing maintance is not a problem .
HA! Your mind will be blown after getting off a bike that's as much of a turd as a KLR.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:24 PM   #11
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Is there any thing I need to know about as far as Expence to be ready for or that I need to leave the dealer ship with ?

Should I buy the warranty ??

I plan for this bike to not be sold a way .
I am getting off a KLR . And I am a mechanic doing maintance is not a problem .

Just Curious Thanks
As a former KLR owner, let me tell you, you're going to be one happy dude. I'm talking shit eatin' grin happy.

KTM does things a little differently from the Japanese manufacturers, so you'll have a little learning curve the first time you work on it. But if you're like me, you will learn to appreciate the engineering. I didn't get an extended warranty because I plan on doing most of the maintenance myself
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:46 AM   #12
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Let me give you some positives.

My wife and I have just completed UK - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Deadhorse (Alaska) - New York - UK. 53,000 miles and nine months.

We were two up with camping gear. Seven sets of tyres, three sets of brake pads, one set of fork seals and serviced every 4,500 miles. The bike performed amazingly and the only thing that broke was my GPS mount, once on the Carretera Austral (Chile) and the other time on the Dalton Highway (Alaska)

Much of South America was gravel and sometimes worse. I had the seat re-worked before we left the UK and we sometimes did 450 mile days no problem.

I Also have a BMW 1200 GSA and bought the KTM because I thought it was more suited to this journey (two up riding). I was right.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #13
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Let me give you some positives.

My wife and I have just completed UK - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Deadhorse (Alaska) - New York - UK. 53,000 miles and nine months.

We were two up with camping gear. Seven sets of tyres, three sets of brake pads, one set of fork seals and serviced every 4,500 miles. The bike performed amazingly and the only thing that broke was my GPS mount, once on the Carretera Austral (Chile) and the other time on the Dalton Highway (Alaska)

Much of South America was gravel and sometimes worse. I had the seat re-worked before we left the UK and we sometimes did 450 mile days no problem.

I Also have a BMW 1200 GSA and bought the KTM because I thought it was more suited to this journey (two up riding). I was right.
bravo!
there is a lot of crap talked about maintenance. I bought my 950A last year and have maintained it without any problems. Once you have done it once (sorry about the grammar) e.g. oil change, it really is simple. Taking off the left tank takes, what, 5-10 mins? No problem.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:55 AM   #14
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I'm not a very good mechanic, or am comfortable doing maintenance on my bike. Unfortunately, I don't have that skill, I enjoy to ride the machine! My journey will take me through some remote stretches of Canada, and I want to make sure that the machine I chose is not only capable, but reliable to get me, my passenger, and gear across and back without being stuck in the middle of nowhere. Many people are giving me mixed messages about the 990 ADV, saying "It's not a good bike for the journey 2-UP Especially!" "Parts, are difficult to find" "Maintenance, is tough to perform on these especailly on the road, AND not just anybody can work on KTM's" "You need to baby it, because its such a HI-PO machine, you can't ride it the way you ride any other bike"

With all of these things being said, I'm not sure what to make of the KTM? I love and respect what it can do, but are all of these said things true? Is it the right machine for my XC journey 2-up. Is it 100% dirt biased? That's why I pose these questions to the KTM OWNERS and RIDERS to help me figure out if this machine is the weapon of choice for my battle.

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Old 10-29-2012, 10:08 AM   #15
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I'm not a very good mechanic, or am comfortable doing maintenance on my bike. Unfortunately, I don't have that skill, I enjoy to ride the machine! My journey will take me through some remote stretches of Canada, and I want to make sure that the machine I chose is not only capable, but reliable to get me, my passenger, and gear across and back without being stuck in the middle of nowhere. Many people are giving me mixed messages about the 990 ADV, saying "It's not a good bike for the journey 2-UP Especially!" "Parts, are difficult to find" "Maintenance, is tough to perform on these especailly on the road, AND not just anybody can work on KTM's" "You need to baby it, because its such a HI-PO machine, you can't ride it the way you ride any other bike"

With all of these things being said, I'm not sure what to make of the KTM? I love and respect what it can do, but are all of these said things true? Is it the right machine for my XC journey 2-up. Is it 100% dirt biased? That's why I pose these questions to the KTM OWNERS and RIDERS to help me figure out if this machine is the weapon of choice for my battle.

Thanks
IMHO if you need to ask you have already answered the question. There are may bikes to chose from and you are unlikely to get responses in this forum that will chase you away from the KTM. When it comes down to it and you really want the 990 (Who doesn't its a great bike) buy it and learn along the way or plan your trip with planned stops at KTM dealers along the way. It is also true that you can't ride it like other bikes but so much harder, the normal putt through the woods or highway would drive most KTM owners insane with the burning need to destroy the rear tire. Plenty of folks have ridden these bikes RTW passing some of the most hostile environments in the world. Just make sure you buy the bike that makes you comfortable and speaks to you when you get on the saddle. Yamaha Super Tenere for instance has scheduled maintenance for valve adjustments in the 26K mile range and shaft drive so you don't have to worry about the chain (everything has a minus shafts too). all in all get what calls to you everything else will be the journey.

Good Luck!
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