Anyone hit 100,000 miles on a 990 yet?

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  1. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    So here's the deal. I just hit 40,000 miles on my 2007 990 Adventure and I feel like its a decision point...invest or trade in.

    The bike has been meticulously dealer maintained (thanks to a three year service contract) and has no issues nor has it ever left me stranded. I've done the usual wear stuff, a couple of water pump rebuilds, brakes, chain etc.

    The service contract has expired so now keeping it up is on my dime and I'm facing a BIG service, another water pump, chain, brakes...etc.

    This summer I officially become an Old Fart (60) and my enthusiasm for chasing 30 and 40 somethings around on their thumpers has all but disappeared.

    But I love the bike, just don't want to deal with major engine or tranny issues in the near future.

    So anyone had any real life experience with a 990 Adv in that 50 to 100,000 mile range?

    I should add that work done will have to be shop work cuz I just barely have time to ride it...no time to work on it.
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  2. Sumi

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  3. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Keep it. :D Sounds like a great bike that's been well taken care of.

    (or let me know how much you want to sell it for) :deal

    That's not BIG service, take care of it and enjoy it for another 50,000 miles.

    I've got over 100,000 miles on mine, it's kind of a work in progress..... but I won't get rid of it for anything else, nothing else out these in this class impresses me the KTM does. Even with it's short comings.

    You'll be hard pressed to find another bike that can do what these do.

    Plus, I find once I get to know the bike, I don't like to start with a new can of worms. Newer doesn't always mean better.

    Ride, service, repeat when needed.

    Safe travels,
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  4. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    55,000 miles on my 07 990 and wouldnt dream of selling it, its just getting broken in. The bike has been ridden (and crashed) very hard with zero issues except for the standard consumable parts, water pump stuff and clutch slave. Engine is still very smooth and strong, the tranny is still buttery smooth, the engine makes no metal, and it uses less than 100ml of oil over 4500 miles.

    I do my own work except for suspension service. When I break it down for a valve check, I do the water pump while I'm in there. The whole thing takes me a lazy weekend of work on the bike every 10,000 miles. Given how the bike has been ridden, it needs minimal maintenance IMO.

    No matter what bike you get, you will be doing maintenance, but I wouldnt anticipate any major issues from now to 100,000 miles.

    I feel that after my experience with this bike I would be crazy to try out a new one.
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  5. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    As long as you keep up with regular maintenance, ride it until the frame rusts away.

    Yeah, you'll spend some money with the dealer if you have them do the servicing and things like that, but I daresay that the amount you'll lose selling the KTM and finding another bike will cover the servicing for quite a while.
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  7. drued

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    I have an 05 950 with 79,500 miles. I got this bike in 08 with only 600 miles. I am putting nearly 20,000 per year. There has been no major problems at all. Yes there arises minor issues at times and of course maintenance items and tires. However, the local KTM dealer, which only had dirt bikes previously, now has some new 990's and RC8's. I am saving for a new 990. I will then compare the two and keep whichever is the best for me. I really do like the 950 and hope the 990 is an improvement. We shall see. I too am concerned just a bit about how long the 950 will go before requiring major work (rebuild). So far it is great.
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  8. Pistolero

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    I hope so as well because that's what I have :deal... I'm going to ride mine till she pops :D... then replace the engine and repeat :norton
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  9. Mad Kaw Disease

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    I don't know when a trip to the shop for routine maintenance costs 10% of the original purchase price, that's BIG to me.

    But from what I'm reading it should be worth it.

    Most of my riding buddies are Big Moto Wussies from GSpot so I just needed some reassurance from the Orange crowd.
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    :rofl:rofl:rofl
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    I would invest in a shop manual and some tools :deal... It will help you out in the long run trust me.
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    Questor More Undestructable

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    "Tiger", my 04 Adventure is the best machine I have ever met.
    It has 70K miles on it and is better than ever.

    Sure, it has a few "personality traits" but I know what they are and I know the bike so well, I am confident I can diagnose and fix any problem that may pop up.

    Sure, I have days where I wonder if I should get rid of it because it's acting up, but once it's fixed I'm in love all over again. My bike is a good friend.

    Of course there will be routine maintenance, but once the work is done... we you have a new part that you can rely on for the next 30 - 40K.

    These KTM's are well built out of quality materials, and they are very simple. Compared to a lot of the new bikes they may seem crude, but "brute strength technology" is predictable and reliable.

    My bike is better now than when it was new. Pretty much every "system" has been improved with aftermarket parts. It may look a little demure, but it's a wild beast pretending to be a regular domestic house cat. It's an obsession. A complete love affair. :raabia

    So keep your bike.
    Learn it, love it, and it will return your affection 100 times.
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    :rofl:rofl
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  14. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    I agree, that is BIG, I guess I wasn't think COST $$$ in terms of BIG service.

    I would say a BIG service would be a complete motor rebuild, and I don't see you any where close to needing that yet.

    I'd pick up the KTM Service Shop Manual CD, if you feel like saving more $$$ for tires and upgrades. Get to know the bike a little if you are interested. They are $25 and well worth having in every LC8 Garage.

    :freaky
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  15. Mad Kaw Disease

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    It's not an overhaul, just top to bottom service. Valves, water pump, chain, sprockets and brakes....$1500 at the KTM shop.

    As I said originally, I don't have the three "T's" for self care....Tools, Time or Talent.
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    If you need any help, I got a '07 990 too and do all my own work and live up by Seattle.
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    Yeah, should organize a PacNW 950 tech day (he says this but I'm sure they have been several already). Shims would be tricky though.
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  18. grinns

    grinns Semper Fi

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    I would do it in a heart beat when I get off my lazy ass and buy a house. :rofl

    I like having an apartment because I can throw it all in storage and go on a big trip when ever I want. :D Though I have been looking at houses and one requirement is a Huge detached garage. I do have a garage now, its just not huge.
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  19. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    Thanks for the offer Grinns. When I retire in a few years, I intend to spend the first couple years at least living off my motorcycle. If I thought that my 990 was going to be "that" bike I would definitely spend some time getting to know it mechanically.

    But for now, time is still more precious to me than my cash.
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