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Old 12-15-2014, 12:11 AM   #1
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What to look for on a ktm 950

So I'm back in the market for another bike.
Looking at a ktm950

Are there any major problems/headaches that other owners have had to deal with like warranty recall things.

And what should I pay close attention to mechanical wise and quiz the previous owner on.

I've seen a few and about 30k and higher KM's seems to be the norm with out wanting to sell my left nut to own one.

Advise, hint, tips welcome

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Old 12-15-2014, 12:21 AM   #2
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Given the 950 was superseded in2005 they will pretty much all have higher kms. Isnt necessarily a problem, mine has 110k on it & is running great. Ive done the water pump seal & shaft( wasn't leaking did as pre-emptive maintanence) timing chains, guides & tensioners ( same thing) & replaced the fuel pump with a vacuum mikuni because the electric one failed. Other than that all the usual servicing. I think the very first ones had a bit of a crank & head gasket issue that got sorted under warranty at the time, cant think of any other common problems. Be prepared to spend a bit of time on the servicing, they can chew up a bit of time with oil changes, valve sets etc.The pay off however is in the riding, best thing I've owned in 35 yrs of riding--- woohoo!!

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Old 12-15-2014, 02:21 AM   #3
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Just look for the usual stuff , make sure the owner had the services done etc . Then grin like an idiot every time you ride it . Mine has over 50 k on it and goes just as well as it did with 10 k on it .

The only thing I have replaced other than consumables is fuel pumps , onto about # 5 or so . I think our shitty / dirty fuel is as much to blame for that as anything though .
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:30 AM   #4
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So I'm back in the market for another bike.
Looking at a ktm950

Are there any major problems/headaches that other owners have had to deal with like warranty recall things.

And what should I pay close attention to mechanical wise and quiz the previous owner on.

I've seen a few and about 30k and higher KM's seems to be the norm with out wanting to sell my left nut to own one.

Advise, hint, tips welcome

Cheers
Mendo
Don't get too much of a chubby with" farkles",have a good look at driveline/wheel/suspension/brake components,there was a add in motorcycle trader a while ago that offered condition reports if in market for used bikes,maybe worth a look.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:12 AM   #5
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:40 AM   #6
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What to look for on a KTM950??? A grinning idiot of course!

As has been said, check the usual drivetrain stuff, check for servicing, etc. Also, original rims are SOFT and the front, if still OEM may have a ding or two, or three or four.....

Rear brake master cylinders are a bit prone to failure and can get hot, maybe the two are linked?

Mine has OEM water and fuel pumps.

People these days seem to panic about bikes with 30-40K + on the odo, but engine technology is good and provided the maintenance has been kept up and good oil used, then there shouldn't be any reason these things can't do 150K+ before major rebuild time.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:42 AM   #7
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on the LC8 950 motor the only common issues were the waterpump (seal and shafrt/bearing), the fuel pump*, as OFBM mentioned.

* Being anal about the quality of the filteredfuel you fill with is critical... I always used a filler neck filter (missed only once when a mate filled from a borrowed Jerry can... and it bit me in the arse... clogged pump a week later).

The clutch slave cyl. can need a seals kit put through it if you hard on the left lever/ride particulary technical stuff, and pay some attention to the jetting on the rear carb/cyl. It can run a touch leaner than the front one in hot conditions.

Other than that pay attention to the usual, chassis, drive line and wheel/suspension link bearings condition etc.

Lot of 60,000 km + 950's out there that still have plenty miles in them, one that has been serviced and maintained right from day one, would be a good buy.
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:20 PM   #8
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pretty sure there was a write up on these by hartley in trailzone mag? full of top tips

i cant find the back issue sorry
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:06 PM   #9
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Thanks gents
Seems nothing out of the ordinary.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:48 PM   #10
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sell one of ya kids an steep up to an 1190





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Old 12-16-2014, 08:50 PM   #11
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:54 PM   #12
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sell one of ya kids an steep up to an 1190





ya know ya want to
I've got 5 kids so I should be able to get a bike for the misses too
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Old Yesterday, 03:25 AM   #13
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Sounds fair

Swapping a bike for ya missus. ..ya better be careful she doesn't find out....;)


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Swapping a bike for ya missus. ..ya better be careful she doesn't find out....;)

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950s were the best.
Owned a couple 990s and the EFI stinks
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