First time 990/ktm owner

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by freebird82, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. freebird82

    freebird82 Adventurer

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    I just put down a deposit on an 07 990 Adv from a fellow inmate. Picking it up in Kansas and riding it home in a couple weeks. I am beyond excited. I know most of the common 990 problems, but as a new member of team orange, who wants to make his bike last, can you guys give me some tips and hints for up keep and things I should keep an eye on, or lead me to a thread that has maybe addressed it? I kind of searched, but didnt have much luck. Thanks!
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  2. nomad guy

    nomad guy A legal alien

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    The HOW of course.
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  3. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    Found the OC Hall of Wisdom yet? http://www.ktm950.info/

    Welcome to the OC, hope you enjoy the bikes as mutch as I (we) do.

    Edit: Nomad beat me to it!
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  4. Deuce

    Deuce Crazy Canuck

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    Keep puttin' gas in it and ride the shit out of it. :1drink
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  5. JohnnyWaffles

    JohnnyWaffles Been here awhile

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    Read the manual so you don't insert the orange key like some of our special inmates we have around here.
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  6. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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  7. Sumi

    Sumi Long timer

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    Haha:) Luckily the 07 models don't have the orange key:) But I agree! Read the manual, you can learn some handy stuff from it:)
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  8. Professor pipebender

    Professor pipebender Motty

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    Well done Freebird. We have bought two this year. My advice would be strip the panels off and find out what makes it tick and where it's located and how it all goes back, try changing the plugs(good luck!) we took every bolt out we could find greased it and put it back or replaced with stainless. Remove the wheels it's easy and clean everything but keep the pressure washer for your boat! It blows water where it shouldnt get and bearing grease across the drive. When you clean by hand it makes you observant. Clean and lube chain and sprockets and the rubber Cush drive from rear wheel it stops a lot of judder. We are playing with gearing ready for a trip and that's worthwhile and very easy to find what suits you.change the oil is the best treat for any engine complete with filter it's also very easy.get some decent Allen/ hex keys and don't over tighten the fuel tank bolts as the captive nuts can come loose as I found out! We're just wrestling new Heidenaus onto them by hand as practice run.
    Most of all love it. use this forum, as although a bit daunting these guys have all the answers to all the questions. Enjoy. Motty and Chris. London.:freaky
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  9. Vector Leto

    Vector Leto Adventurer

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  10. freebird82

    freebird82 Adventurer

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    Thanks guys. All of this is super helpful. Was not aware of the chain guide bolt issue. Definitely gonna bring along some loc-tite with me and make sure that's all locked before I head out on my journey.
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