1st impressions, new 990 (not R)

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by viverrid, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    I like the bike, knew I would because I rode a friend's identical bike before I bought this one.

    I have a dirt background (since 1968) and I like the way it feels like a big dirt bike. I previously had a V-Strom 1000 that wasn't dirt bike enough, and a F650GS that never excited me. The F650 did everything I needed it to do but I don't ride due to need, I ride due to WANT. I also have a DRZ, armored up & geared down, for actual woods trails.

    I like the way I sit ON the 990 rather than IN the F650.

    The only oddity I've noticed in the 990 is that there isn't much steering lock. So far only a factor in parking lot maneuvers.

    I am about to go in and look for the ACC2 lead that I read about in the Accessories FAQ, for my GPS. Before I waste time doing something dumb, is access just WYSIWYG through the front? Take off the windshield and what else to get in there?

    Due to medical issues this may be my last riding season for a bike of this size & power, but I'm trying to finish strong.

    Thanks.
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  2. alkiviadis

    alkiviadis Adventurer

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    You are hero still riding..The bike is just perfect...I hope you get the most of it and that you really enjoy every minute...:clap
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  3. crofrog

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    Check the steering stop adjustments... Some of them are mis-adjusted either at the factory or dealer not sure which. It doesn't have the lock of a real dirt bike, but I routinely do 12ft full lock turns.
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  4. Massabusa

    Massabusa Been here awhile

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    I think the easiest way to get to the connectors is to pull the left upper panel, just undo the connector for the directional and the screws...
    That should give you enough access, no need to pull the windshield to remove the side panel, it just kind of "tucks" under at the shield...
    Mines a 950 so It might be different...

    Glad to hear you got the big KTM Vince! :clap
    Had a blast at the BTR Big Bike Ride this May, I think that was the largest number of KTM 950-990 I have ever seen together!
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  5. Masa

    Masa Been here awhile

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    Make that right and you're much closer with the 990. Might be difficult to locate at first, but it's there - somewhere..
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  6. viverrid

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    Seems like that would be easier than running it direct from the battery, which is what I've done (with a fused line) on every other bike I've had a GPS on.

    But none of those other bikes had the "chin battery" (have not looked in there yet). Are there any issues with the battery being in the water during a water crossing? (Yeah, in the old days I used to route the BBA through a looonnnggg water crossing....)
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  7. Masa

    Masa Been here awhile

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    I see no point running it direct from the battery, plus it's behind the key.. As for water crossings, the air intake is the sole limiting factor. AFAIK.
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  8. srad600

    srad600 Been here awhile

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    Humm, mine was behind the left (11' 990) upper panel. Looks like the final location may depend on the mood of the prep tech?

    Oh and to the OP, you're doing it right man, fight/ride until you can't any more! :thumb
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  9. Clarkracin722

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    Just found the one on my 08 990 last night. It was tucked right under the accessory plug on the right side. There where leads there for ACC1 and 2. They are actually labeled too. Hope this helps
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  10. crofrog

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    Yep, I've seen some 950 submarines just keep it out of the intake and you should be fine. I personally would keep it below the radiator but I don't like fixing drowned bikes with spark plugs that are hard to get to.
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  11. Masa

    Masa Been here awhile

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    Maybe you're right.. Mine was on the right side tho ('11), labeled as ACC2, as mentioned.

    [​IMG]
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  12. tunp

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    Great to have you here, you'll love it.
    My battery has been under water many times, no issues.
    Also my acc2 was under the left front side panel (as you sit on bike) Basically right behind the 12v plug in
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  13. GZERO

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    Removing the windshield might be the best way, and they are there labeled and all.

    As for your condition, my dad died 4 years ago by cancer and i lived through it. But your attitud towards it is amazing. I hope everything works the best way it can be for you, if you stop doing what you like it'll be worse.
    No best bike to drive and have fun as the KTM, she'll take care of you!
    :freaky

    Best of luck
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  14. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    I'll look for the ACC2 leads tomorrow.

    P.S. - Zumo is 12V (unlike Nuvi that needs stepdown in voltage)? Asking cuz maybe I don't need the inline fuse that's in the Zumo lead I was going to re-use, as the ACC2 circuiy is already fused? (I've heard about people frying Nuvis by wiring them in "direct" without the little converter in the cord.)
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  15. SauceSquatch

    SauceSquatch Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the new 990 and major props for staying in the game.

    I would say for the steering you should absolutely get a 13mm socket and bring your steering stop bolts in (on the triple trees) until you have the maneuverability your looking for, I brought them in as far as it would go until I was just shy of hitting the tank. From the dealership they are out pretty far and it's hard to maneuver tight turns. Also, getting a riser on the bars really helps, I know I feel like I have more control after putting them on.
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  16. viverrid

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    Okay the GPS is wired in to the ACC2 leads, the GPS powers up.

    If I had known exactly where the ACC2 leads would be beforehand, I could have just gone in through the right side. Or even the left and pulled the back of a wire loop towards me, but the open connectors were pointed to the right.

    To find them, I took everything off: windshield off, tipped the headlight assembly forward, took off both the left & right fairing panels. Even then I had to LOOK for it, even got out a flashlight. It was so tucked in behind the speedometer assemblly that even with everything off it wasn't obvious to me. I didn't want to just go pulling random wires, but once I found it I had to pull it out.

    Now here's where Murphy comes in: In the course of doing all this, I loosened the crash bars to make it easier for me to get to the lower fairing bolts. Who knew the outboard lower crash bar bolts (the ones that go in crossways to the bike) dodn't seat in a threaded boss or even a regular nut. But rather in a little sheet metal threaded thingy held on by a clip.

    Putting the left bolt back in, I buggered the threaded clip. The left bar is on with the rear clamp and the forward vertical bolt. I think there is room for a regular nut and a wrench to hold it while I tighten the bolt, so I'll try that first. (I have the long bolt in a baggie in the 'glove box'; the clip broke in pieces when I tried to straighten it.)
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  17. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    I'll look that over.

    Not a critical issue so far.

    Thanks.
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  18. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    I did the very same thing last summer and used a fender washer & a nylock nut to replace that damn clip. I think I had to buy a longer socket head bolt, too. Works great so far.
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  19. 68deluxe

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    I never noticed the limited steering, I just came off a Ducati 749 and did not notice the limitations. No such thing as a 3 point turn on a duck. :lol3

    Have fun with your new bike. Is it a 2012 model?
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  20. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Yup it's a 2012, right off the showroom floor with 1 mile showing on the odometer when I picked it up.

    I don't think I'm going to get much more steering lock. Already, turning the bars one way, the handguard hits the windshield (very lightly). Turning the other way, I could put in another fraction of an inch of lock, but that's all.
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