Advice on buying used 990 Adventure

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by motomatto, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. motomatto

    motomatto Adventurer

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    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a used 990 Adventure. Do you have any recommendations on:
    - Model years to look for, or years to avoid (I'm thinking 2006 and later)
    - 990 versus 950
    - Price point (I'd like to stay in the $7-10K range)

    I'm planning on the typically commuter/short tour/camping/dirt type riding.

    Thanks for your help!
    Matt
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  2. motomatto

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    No replies???
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  3. slipknot

    slipknot Been here awhile

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    Everyone is riding I suppose. Start with the HOW, http://www.ktm950.info/, for some differences between years. There are issues with all bikes and there are upgrades by the factories and the owners so pick your poison. One critical item for any of them is relocating the side stand. Also a real sump guard. Check out CJDesigns and Blackdog for their options, both good. DO NOT put this off because you will find yourself riding into terrain and situations you did not anticipate because the bike is so capable and easy to ride. Busted cases could result. Most riders dump the stock cans (with their CAT) for something cooler, loss of weight and nicer tone. And for serious off road work see about suspension upgrades. The stock items are good for general purpose, better than most factory items, but depending on your demands you might want to look into options.

    Fuel filters are ludicrous in price so check with inmate gefr for more reasonable filters. See his thread here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=874262


    Again, follow the link above to HOW, a great reference and map to both 950 and 990. And don't let the threads in Orange Crush mislead you, most KTM owners ride their bikes harder than owners of other brands and create problems that you can get from other brands by just putt'n 'round the block.
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  4. felixblack1

    felixblack1 Burgers

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    You should take both a 990 and a 950 for test ride. The 950 can be smoother to ride as the EFI 990 can be a bit snatchy on light throttle. I would not dismiss a well looked after 950. Read up on the HOW site Slipknot mentioned. Don't get freaked out on the known issues or too much of the internet hype. Every bike has known issues and in reality most have many trouble free kms/miles. Look out for a well maintained, low mile 950/990 and it will bring a big grin that no other bike seems to do quite the same
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  5. Tessier

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    The one bit of advice I'll give ya is the 2007 and early EFI bikes had bad whiskey throttle issues! There are solutions and you can get past it but its gonna cost so you'll need to do some test riding to ensure these issues have been addressed.
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  6. idahoskiguy

    idahoskiguy Long timer

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    Lower miles better: would rather have a low mile 2006 than a high mile 2010.

    Record of TSBs (technical service bulletin) completed.

    Don't be afraid of the early 950s, great bikes and cheap.

    Lots of farkles! Guys tend to go over the top with add-ons, you win when they sell.

    Be patient, your price range is realistic and cash talks.
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  7. motomatto

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    Thanks for all your advice!

    I rode a 990 yesterday (2012) and the throttle was very twitchy. I had read about it and thought no big deal, but I found it pretty annoying. (I don't mind that on a dirt bike, but on the highway it's a pain).

    Does the earlier 950 (carb) fix this issue, or is that something I need to check for (assuming I can't find one locally and need to fly to buy).

    Thanks again!
    matt
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  8. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    No twitch on my carbed 06. Thought the newer 990's got rid of the twitch.
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  9. Adventure boy

    Adventure boy Been here awhile

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    Ive got a 2012 990 and although it may be better than the earlier 990s its far from eliminated, I was out on it yesterday after 2 months of not touching it and its so anoying Im looking to have a power commander installed as soon as possible, if I had the Mrs on the back we would have needed 2 new helmets, throttle is still like an on/off switch in traffic
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