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Old 04-26-2012, 06:01 PM   #121
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For those not familiar with dirt-bikes, the big KTM needs to have it's forks bled. There is a small phillips head screw in front of the rebound adjustment, after a day off road, put the bike on the center stand then loosen the screw until the air pressure bleeds off then put it back in. Don't over-tighten, it's soft!
...or just put on fork bleeders. Pretty inexpensive.

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Old 04-26-2012, 07:15 PM   #122
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First things to check?

Picking up a brand new 2011 KTM 990 R tomorrow, this thread is helpful so far. Does anyone have a good list of the things to check/lube/loctite with a new KTM 990 bike?

E.g. grease the steering bearings? Loctite the X,Y and Z?
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:23 PM   #123
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Picking up a brand new 2011 KTM 990 R tomorrow, this thread is helpful so far. Does anyone have a good list of the things to check/lube/loctite with a new KTM 990 bike?

E.g. grease the steering bearings? Loctite the X,Y and Z?
Lots of people go through their new bikes thoroughly, regrease everything, check all the bolts.

Lots of people just turn the key and ride.

I typically go for option 2...
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:59 AM   #124
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Lots of people go through their new bikes thoroughly, regrease everything, check all the bolts.

Lots of people just turn the key and ride.

I typically go for option 2...
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Picking up a brand new 2011 KTM 990 R tomorrow, this thread is helpful so far. Does anyone have a good list of the things to check/lube/loctite with a new KTM 990 bike?

E.g. grease the steering bearings? Loctite the X,Y and Z?
As a relatively new owner (got my 2009 mid-January), I have a pretty good perspective on the whole "crash course" on all things 9X0... and from that perspective, I can recommend just doing your first oil change. (I think it's already posted in this growing thread, but watch this YouTube vid... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AAcpbgJ5CM ~ He walks through it in extreme detail). By the time you're done, you'll have a pretty good feel for the bike and stripping off the parts needed to get to the juicy bits.

Like everyone else has said repeatedly (cuz it's WORTH repeating), if you're planning on taking her off-road, then invest in a new skid plate and SOME flavor or side stand reinforcement/relocation.

From there, simply start at the beginning of this thread and familiarize yourself with known issues. (Geek's tips about getting some anti-seize on the header bolts and chain tensioner are excellent, as is drilling some small holes in the swing arm to allow water drainage) But, many of the things that plagued 950 owners have been addressed in the 990. There's so much history in Orange Crush and most guys are nice enough to report when new/weird things pop up. Just keep an eye on the OC from time to time. Between the OC and the HOW you're pretty well-covered.

Most of all... enjoy your new bike: she's a keeper!
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:50 AM   #125
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Lots of people go through their new bikes thoroughly, regrease everything, check all the bolts.

Lots of people just turn the key and ride.

I typically go for option 2...
It really depends on if it's Winter or Summer.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:05 AM   #126
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Protection

Thanks for feedback, Black Dog plate and relocation kit already ordered, and I pick up the bike today!
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #127
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Picking up a brand new 2011 KTM 990 R tomorrow, this thread is helpful so far. Does anyone have a good list of the things to check/lube/loctite with a new KTM 990 bike?

E.g. grease the steering bearings? Loctite the X,Y and Z?

At some point make sure the chain adjuster bolts have anti-seize on them. Beyond that, skid plate and side stand relocator as previously mentioned. You should be good to go.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:38 AM   #128
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Lots of people go through their new bikes thoroughly, regrease everything, check all the bolts.
I'm one of those guys. Too much experience with Japanese dirt bikes in my past I guess.

When I stripped down the KTM, I found that things were tight and there was ample grease on the bearings already but I still re greased everything anyway.

Doing this is pretty anal, but if nothing more, its a good way to get familiar with the bike and to start assembling your field tool kit.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:11 PM   #129
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Great idea

As a brand new 950 owner, this sort of thread is great for answering a lot of basic questions - trying to educate myself on the bike and its quirks and general maintenance. Many thanks from a new guy.

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Old 07-20-2012, 11:51 PM   #130
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took some slack out of mine - one of the first things I did - 2011 dakar edition
what is the worst thing that can happen ? - you have to loosen it off a tad - big deal
I hate having a ton of free play in throttle - not acceptable to me
no issue for me - just somebody being PARANOID - in my opinion
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I also took some slack out of mine throttle cables. There was way too much slack in those cables. She runs awesome, have had no issues.
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:56 AM   #131
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I have a couple things to add / question here. First, I don't understand this 2 into 1 adapter. The diameter at point C is the same as A & B. I'm not a pipe expert, but it would only seem logical that the pipe's diameter be larger at point C, otherwise it becomes restrictive. I know a lot of people have this setup and say it works for them. The exit diameter just seems small.



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The cylinders rarely, if ever, exhaust at the same time........
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:07 AM   #132
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I also took some slack out of mine throttle cables. There was way too much slack in those cables. She runs awesome, have had no issues.
Steer left and right and at adjust so there is a little slack on the tightest position or you can tear your throttle cable.
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:31 AM   #133
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KTM 990 Screen Issues

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I have fitted and tried 4 different screens no my 990 and still find the buffeting and messy air a problem. Does anyone have any suggestions or is this a design issue with the bike?
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:22 AM   #134
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I have a couple things to add / question here. First, I don't understand this 2 into 1 adapter. The diameter at point C is the same as A & B. I'm not a pipe expert, but it would only seem logical that the pipe's diameter be larger at point C, otherwise it becomes restrictive. I know a lot of people have this setup and say it works for them. The exit diameter just seems small.




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The cylinders rarely, if ever, exhaust at the same time........

Its also important to not upset the harmonics, the exhaust gases travel in a pulse wave, the leading edge is higher pressure and the tail end is at a lower pressure that kinda of encourages the next pulse of gasses along and help draw air and fuel into the engine. An inmate here built his own titanium exhaust with larger diameter pipe and has lost considerable hp, might be fixable by making the pipe diameter smaller after the collector.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:52 AM   #135
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I have fitted and tried 4 different screens no my 990 and still find the buffeting and messy air a problem. Does anyone have any suggestions or is this a design issue with the bike?

Haven't been around here long, have you?

If you search the O.C. for windscreen, you will find more info and solutions than you know what to do with. And every opinion for the solution will be different. Good luck.
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