difference between 990 and 990 R?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Rodknee, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Rodknee

    Rodknee the post is mightier than the sword...

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    yes, they are. rode 2 up with the wifey today for the first time. wifey said the 800xc we had before was more comfortable... :cry

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  2. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    My tires don't roll on the center stand anymore....:D
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  3. terminator

    terminator n00b

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    Hello all
    I want to buy an adventure bike looking at KTM990 , KTM1190 or New 1200 Gs in short which is best there all good also should I go for R versions of ktm I want a true dual purpose bike that works on and off road.
    Cheers
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  4. ffhasselhoff

    ffhasselhoff Adventurer

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    Sooo...being a noob. I've got a question for you guys. I have a 2012 Adventure (non R) and keep bottoming it out. I've adjusted the forks and rear, according to the manual, to the max but I still am bottoming it out, especially the forks. Can I just keep the same spring length but go with a heavier spring so I can keep riding aggresively? I hate to baby this thing but don't want to break anything either. Any advice is appreciated.:y0!
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  5. rattis

    rattis Long timer

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    Aeroflow, works like a dream.
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  6. Bronco3738

    Bronco3738 Mike

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    Yes heavier springs for the front will help. A complete revalve to your weight and riding style will help more. Best money I ever spent on my bike was getting the suspension done. I had Superplush convert my standard spec suspension to S/R spec. The extra travel is nice but the springs and valving make the most difference.

    While you are at it, look at heavy duty skid plates and a sidestand relocation bracket. Lots of expensive repairs can be avoided with those two items. Very easy to hit the sidestand and crack a case. Easy to find lots of threads here about case cracks. Poor mounting choice from KTM, but its an easy flaw to fix.

    I also put a rocker switch on the dash to kill the ABS. I turn it off for long dirt rides. Otherwise every time you stop the engine you have to turn off the ABS again. It gets old on an all day ride.
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  7. ffhasselhoff

    ffhasselhoff Adventurer

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    Thanks! I have already upgraded the skidplate (BDCW) with their sidestand relocation kit after reading some other threads here. Also, talked with a suspension tuner today (Konflict MotorSports) and think I will go with a heavier spring and revalving of both the fronts and rear. Sounds like it's an upgrade that no one regrets. Cheers! :beer
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  8. Okeedokee

    Okeedokee Cranky Bastard

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    Hey guys, I'm considering an '07 990 ADV for my son. Found a used one for what I think is a good $ but I'm not at all familiar with the big KTMs. We have had 300XC and 200XC-W 2-strokes and loved them so I have confidence in the brand.
    What I'm wondering is have there been any significant troubles with this year/model? I've heard some talk about valve issues, but I figure you guys that have them are more able to relay any issues you've had. So, any advise would be great!
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  9. Peanuts

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    The only difference is the secondary butterflies map, on the R they open fully, other models restrict air flow from 70% throttle/6500 rpm to reduce peak power.
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  10. halfcab

    halfcab Been here awhile

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    07 was the first year of EFI on the 990. I don't belive KTM got EFI & mapping correct untill 2010.
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  11. Peanuts

    Peanuts Long timer

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    KTM are limited by emissions and noise regs on how they set the bike up from the factory. They all need a remap and the good news is the software is free and the cable is cheap. Buy the 07, but if there are signs of corrosion on the engine cases it's likely the electrics are corroded too so walk away.
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  12. Deviant666

    Deviant666 Been here awhile

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    To anyone that's interested in swapping their suspension to R height I want to inform that the ABS (2009 white model) works fine @ 265mm suspension travel. I don't understand why KTM never gave the option for ABS for the R model. I don't even turn it off while offroading and I can effectively slide the rear on command...
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