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Old 02-08-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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Quick report, as the saga continues.
Bought an '04 KTM 950 Adventure off an inmate here, made the deal, sent the money and a couple weeks later flew to Phoenix to ride it home. Everything went smoothly, mounted up and started out.

Bike ran well, took a little while to get used to the height of the bike (I'm 5'10) but had a good time off roading it. Compared to my R100GSPD, the KTM is a monster. In the dirt the rear wheel does not want to stop spinning, and the bike is very composed. Had a good day.

Stayed overnight at Lake Havasu City, visited some redneck bars and slept in a super cheap, super smelly motel room. All good.

Somewhere on the CA/AZ border:


Started out the next day after a hearty b'fast. Made it to Joshua tree, where I stopped by the side of the road. Went to start it up - and nothing. Dead. Dead dead dead. Checked the ground, checked connections, zip zero no power. Long story short and a very expensive tow home (250 miles!!), I think the problem is a bad battery. Just got the replacement, haven't installed it yet.

Stranded!


I just hope this is one anomoly and doesn't taint my overall experience. Already, this bike has gone from a reasonably good deal on a stock, well maintained 950 to a bad one. Maybe I should have stuck with the old GS pig afterall!!
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:59 PM   #2
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Nah, it'll be fine KTMs are pretty solid bikes
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:20 AM   #3
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Nice bike. Keep checking connections elsewhere if the battery isn't at fault. I like your method of getting both high and low fenders home without strapping one to the rear.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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Hope its just the battery

Probably something simple like that dont let it worry you to much. I also went from a GSPD to a KTM Adventure. Nice up grade your gonna Love It..
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:55 PM   #5
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i guess a 950 twin is pretty hard to bump start by yourself,on a flat gravel road.Brings a new meaning to the term....that sinking feeling huh?Could it be a starter problem?I have had a string of no starts that seemed like a power problem but was actually the starter on my gspd.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:04 PM   #6
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If it is the battery, don't put in a cheapy like a Batteries+. I've been through a couple like that. Splurge for a Yuasa. Also, they get abused here in AZ with the heat from the pavement and their proximity to the motor.

If you would have had Progressive Insurance, your tow would have been free.

Let us know how it goes.




ps - Good choice in starting off with the slower color.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:37 PM   #7
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slayer-

don’t sweat the battery, if that’s the problem - we’ve all had those issues before.

PS - Great looking bike - I love the stealth look.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:31 AM   #8
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Hope you got it sorted out Slayer. If not PM ASAP and I'll come up to have a look. I know a little about 950s, even though I don't have one.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:15 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies, all. I'm trying not to feel jaded, I know it's a good upgrade. But it's hard - I've gone from 2 decrepit bikes to three. And yes, best I start with the slow black one. Move up one step at a time, no?

I did get the bike home, and did spluge on a yuasa the other night. I haven't installed it yet to know if that's the problem, but I'm hopeful.

And it was a blast in the desert, before it crapped out. Can't wait to spend more time in the dirt. Only planned farkles at this point are crash bars and bash plate. I'll need them.

Cheers!
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:18 PM   #10
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It should have a kicker. That would be cool. Not much of a RR?
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:21 PM   #11
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Not much of a RR?
I know. Kinda an ignominious start to a new relationship.
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