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Old 06-14-2011, 03:52 AM   #46
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I didnt mean to imply that the carbed 950 was snatchy. It is definitely not sntachy. I thought that the 950 motor had poor low RPM fueling that was rough and not very smooth and progressive until over 4k.
As I remember, I had to alter the airbox and raise the needles to remedy that.
Sommer's KTM in Germany makes a "sportluftfilterdekel" kit for them.
But all of that stuff is in a 950 thread somewhere.



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Old 06-14-2011, 10:37 AM   #47
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For those of you who want to try the opposite of snatchy,
try test riding a 750 Dorsoduro.
I was completely underwhelmed by its fuel injection
and throttle response.
Whack open the throttle, and it just sits there for a moment,
and then grrrrrrraaaaadually takes off.
I just couldn't live like that.




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dorsoduro has multiple engine modes, something like touring, wet and sport. accessable through a switch next to the grip.

which mode were you in?
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:38 AM   #48
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[QUOTE=fixinbones;16155075]I didnt mean to imply that the carbed 950 was snatchy. It is definitely not sntachy. I thought that the 950 motor had poor low RPM fueling that was rough and not very smooth and progressive until over 4k.[/QUOTE]

and that is why I spend very little time under 4,000 rpm - on any bike I've owned 'cause they aren't Harley's.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:51 AM   #49
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dorsoduro has multiple engine modes, something like touring, wet and sport. accessable through a switch next to the grip.

which mode were you in?
All of them I think.
This was over a year ago, so I don't remember all the details, but I looped back to the dealer twice during the test ride,
to get off of it because it was so weak, that I just wasn't interested, and he either showed me how to change the setting or changed the setting himself or something, I don't remember exactly. But he asked me to take it out TWO MORE TIMES. He really sounded like he wanted to sell it bad, so I'm pretty sure that if there was a switch, he got it onto the sportiest setting at some point. Actually, I'm pretty sure he said that he was the one who had put most of the mileage on this particular demo, so I would hope that he must have known something about it.

The lack of acceleration was the ONLY thing I didn't like about the Dorsoduro, so if there was a different setting, and he didn't get it onto the strongest setting for me, HE LOST A SALE!



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Old 06-14-2011, 01:15 PM   #50
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The lack of acceleration was the ONLY thing I didn't like about the Dorsoduro, so if there was a different setting, and he didn't get it onto the strongest setting for me, HE LOST A SALE!
Everything I read, reviews etc. pointed to the bike being too aggressive on the sport setting. Very responsive and quick off the throttle, to the point that it was suggested that mode only be used for track days because it was too harsh for street riding.

Sounds to me like you went out three times in rain mode!

Oh well, you would have been bummed when the 1200 came out a year or so later anyway.
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:20 PM   #51
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Everything I read, reviews etc. pointed to the bike being too aggressive on the sport setting. Very responsive and quick off the throttle, to the point that it was suggested that mode only be used for track days because it was too harsh for street riding.
You mean twitchy?
Remember what you said about perceptions.
(and I agree with what you said, by the way)
Let me know what you think if you ever get a chance to test ride one.

Sounds to me like you went out three times in rain mode!
I suppose that's possible if something was wrong with the switch (or the dealer). Now you guys are making me want to test ride ANOTHER one just to make sure!

Whatever happened that day, it led to me ending up with the 990.
And I'm sure not sorry about that.




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Old 06-14-2011, 09:45 PM   #52
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Whatever happened that day, it led to me ending up with the 990.
Mike

I believe you mate, like I said "Everything I'd Read". I never threw a leg over one. It was on my short list when I was ready to buy, but the price tag was a bit steep I thought. Anyway I have no reason to ride one now.

I finally went back to page 1 and saw your pics, very nice. I was beginning to think I was the only one who owned a camera. Now we just need to see Al's pics from Vegas... I mean Colombia.
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:55 AM   #53
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Mike
I finally went back to page 1 and saw your pics, very nice. I was beginning to think I was the only one who owned a camera.
Maybe you are.
Actually that was _Anatic's camera,
and he's the one who knows how to put the pics on advrider.
I'm grrrrraaaaadually learning a little computer literacy,
but I'm not there yet .

Too busy to learn it any faster.



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Old 06-15-2011, 05:45 AM   #54
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Thumb Glad to see this thread taking off

The bike is different enough from the 950 to merit its own thread.

I test rode one at the KTM raly last week on a perfect road for it: 5.5 miles of twisty heaven, elevation changes, rises, some bumps, g-outs, gravel in turns, etc., and it was spectacular.

One of the things I've always liked about my 950SM is that it felt like a single (granted, a large one ). Well, the 990SMR takes that to another level. Another spectacular KTM street bike!

However I won't be upgrading-- the bike is just too intense for me; it would have to come with a pre-paid ticket book and I doubt that I could spend a day riding it. It would be like drinking a couple quarts of Red Bull. Also (and I know this could be fixed)- the 990SMR might have the most uncomfortable seat in the KTM lineup- which is quite an accomlishment.

So have fun, and wave as you wheelie past me
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:16 AM   #55
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So have fun, and wave as you wheelie past me
FYI SMR 990 owners

Speaking of wheelies... I noticed that if you ride a wheelie while on reserve it is more than likely to kick it off reserve. It takes quite some time for it to reset, BUT when it does its counting from zero up as if you just went on. The lesson here is if you have 10 or 15 miles on reserve and your in the habit of riding with the front in the air, when you do notice the reserve count, it might be closer to empty than you think.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:24 AM   #56
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I'm grrrrraaaaadually learning a little computer literacy,
but I'm not there yet .
Looks like you have full command of colored typography and have mastered the art of Smilie usage. What else is there? Your good-to-go.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:14 PM   #57
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i had an 06 950 sm and loved it,sold it to get a 990 sd,loved it,then i saw the 990sm for sale in pasadena,but 12k is just too much for me.id love to get one or even the 690 smc,sadly my equity in my home magically dissapeared,and now im down to only my 08 husky te 450,maybe if i keep saving...next year ??????,or maybe the kawi ninja 1000,but i like twins
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:36 AM   #58
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i had an 06 950 sm and loved it,sold it to get a 990 sd,loved it,then i saw the 990sm for sale in pasadena,but 12k is just too much for me.id love to get one or even the 690 smc,sadly my equity in my home magically dissapeared,and now im down to only my 08 husky te 450,maybe if i keep saving...next year ??????,or maybe the kawi ninja 1000,but i like twins
Sorry to hear about that.
I hope this economy isn't "the new normal."

The 690SM-C & 990SM-R are both tons-of-fun here in the land of
extremely twisty roads, and yet so different from each other.
I'm glad I don't have to choose between the two (yet?).
Once I got the 690, I sold all the others due to lack of use, then added the 990.
I ride both regularly, and I recommend either or both
(IF you live where the roads are not straight. That would be torture).




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Old 06-17-2011, 03:01 PM   #59
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Right the Akpapovics are on order,they ain,t cheap but they are sexy!
Lets see if the engine temp drops like it did on the ADV
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:17 PM   #60
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990 SMR Advice....

Very Close to pulling the trigger on SMR in LA… need some advice…

I test rode SMR 6 months back so my memory of it limited… just remember it was blast…

Need some advice on the first steps:
> I plan just to ride the bike… after I get little cash....
1. Fueling under 3k ? is it better or worse then SuperDuke?
2. Can you smooth the power delivery on the stock exhaust ? with PCV? or Autotune?
3. Would it be possible to use the Motoholigan box on a stock exhaust ?
4. Whats the Fuel range stock exhaust vs Akras?
5. Any Known issues ? or deal Breakers
6. Any high Mile guys out there ? is that a problem on SMR ?

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