KaptinKaos' 2013 990 Baja Build-up

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by kaptinkaos, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    I Love giving suggestions on others bikes...

    Here's my insignificant take:

    You have the perfect colored bike for putting a white / or clear Safari Tank (yes, I can't believe I said "clear")... because this is a perfect looking set up. If you really want to take advantage of the long range capabilities... This is it.

    I totally relate with you on "no advertising". Not to upset others ( who doesn't love a Red Bull Blue Rally Replica or Repsol Orange/ Black/ Red)... But I love the statement of a bike purely naked of advertising... with the subtle manufacturers model on it.

    I'm not sure why you don't like the Baja moniker... It's KTM's last opportunity to brand the bike for adventure, which is more of a grass roots logo then the Bedouin "Dakar" logo ( which to me is no longer relevant to this model). The bike hasn't been allowed into the Dakar Rally since S.A.. If you feel the need to loose the "limited edition" logo... so be it.

    If you like a bike that's "dirty", "scratched" and "worn" yet looks clean.. Here's a viable solution:

    Add the Safari Tank. Then sand down all the stock white plastic with a fine grit wet or dry to give it a "matte" look. Spray matte clear afterward to seal the finish and protect.

    Create a stencil on adhesive paper in simple "block" font style ( like on the Safari Tanks) so you can re-spray the logo on to the side covers or tank for a touch up... similar to CJDesigns did for his AWD bike.

    What you end up with is a matte white bike that looks utilitarian, looks modern, doesn't easily show it's scratches... And can have any body panel re-touched with a touch up... including stenciled in logos. And remembering, this is how the stock Safari Tank already looks, so it's a perfect match.

    Ending blather now.
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  2. mathews42

    mathews42 Been here awhile

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    email HDB, I told him what i wanted and he sent a invoice. Good luck!
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  3. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    The only hick-up with that brilliant plan, which it is btw, is the cost factor... Right now I am kind of at my bike budget limit for the year after having bought not only the 990, but also an '08 450 EXC-R, lol! The Safari tanks are probably what I will end up mounting just for the fuel range, but I need to plan that out before I do. Plenty to consider... New crash bars, yes definitely "translucent" tanks (it's like getting a free fuel gauge too!!!) and the suspension hike to 265mm... I may find the $$$ in the budget next month or the month after depending on how much more of the year I spend over seas, but I'm possibly looking at another $5000CDN!!! Meh, just money, right? I do like the look of CJ's bike though... Unassuming to the untrained eye, a weapon in the eyes of an ADV rider, LOL! I hate bling on my bikes... Nothing against anyone else's bling, just for me I like subtle. I do LOVE the Red Bull bikes, but I'm not a pro and don't want anyone to think I am.

    I only want to cover up the Baja stuff cause I don't want it branded as a special edition... Cause it isn't. It's just another 990 with 210mm travel, lol! I'll brand it something when it gets it's suspenders and tanks though, but discreetly!

    Thanks for your input man! It's nice to know I'm not the only one who likes to ride out of the limelight, lol!

    Cheers!
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  4. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    Yep, yep, last week I got it all sorted out with Paul at HDB through email. My hand guards, mirrors, top clamp and some switches should actually be at my house when I get home, :D Gonna toss it all on and see what the rise and sweep feel like on the stock bars before I pick something different out if it's still too much sweep. Gonna be a fun few days in my garage tearing factory stuff off and putting goodies back on!

    For anyone's reference, the Emig triple tree spacing is 106x38/40 and the stock spacing is 90x38/40. On a 990/950 of course it's fat bars unless you change the lower clamp too.
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  5. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    You know... I may even wait to see if Safari will make the tanks out of Polymide... I could skin them with the same simple scheme in vinyl and not worry about gassing issues through the plastics... Oh wallet, why are thou so skinny! Lol!
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  6. DesertSurfer

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    It took me a long time to get my bike 1/2 way there as far as upgrades go... I always project my buys far in advance. Especially in the case of Safari Tanks, it's an investment... and exercise in marital diplomacy. But if you seek, you shall find (deals).

    Call me an Adventure Fanatic but I feel every model year had a "special" limited edition.... when upgraded to it's maximum potential...

    You may feel nothing for the Baja "Limited Edition" logo... but it is the Very Last production run of a cherished bike. The Baja LTD. is a release I believe could be run down to Mike's Sky Rancho, or to Puertocitos bone stock by an average adventure rider... And it would be a total blast on that type of trip out of the box!!! It's a tribute bike... In my eyes. And I'm happy for those who grabbed up the last of a great bike!

    What ever you do to it, it will be PERFECT!
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  7. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    I'm glad you brought that up actually... A big reason why I pulled the trigger is because I too think this is the end of the 9X0... Same as why I bought a last year year production F650GSPD. The bike is finally almost perfect and they go and re-invent the wheel... Wtf? And I don't want an 1190, at all. I can see the sense in keeping the Baja graphics, but I'm a function over form guy and I just really dislike questions from the Starbuckers about a "special" edition bike... Your take on it is better. I cherish it because it's a big twin KTM... And I've lusted after this bike for a decade now... Makes me happy that someone thinks bringing a bike to its full potential is perfect! A vinyl skin will only preserve its Baja name though, :)

    Deals you say? Safari tanks you say? Do tell in a PM... Cause this big twin is going all the way, whether my bank likes it or not. Even debt will not stop me. I made that mistake once and I kicked myself for years for not building it right. It IS a great bike off the showroom floor for 40/60 off road/on road. I need it to be 90/10 though and a long distance mile eating machine. Not a Beemer that gets there eventually, but a KTM that gets there before everyone else. :)
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  8. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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  9. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    T-minus 6 days till flights home. So... This is more for me and my reference than anything really, but it's also a summary of things I think are fairly important to be done to make the bike perform for me. I am going to post the mods/changes I will be doing to the bike next week when I arrive back in Canada (barring any late packages or things stuck in customs). This won't be an engine-out tear down, but close. Gonna be a lot of work to do before I leave Calgary and take it on it's maiden shake down voyage to Washington/Oregon to visit some friends! It'll be a 4000km or so trip and I'm hoping for smooth sailing!

    - Take it down to the frame (engine-in)
    - Remove stock cans and plunk some FMF's I have on the shelf on (still 3-4 weeks wait on Wings... derp!)
    - Cut down the rear mud flap a 1/4" on each side
    - Canisterectomy and re-route breather hoses down to the frame
    - SAS removal (might skip this till I get back as I would like to ride it with the SAS on first to see how it performs). If I do take it off I'll leave the pumps on to fool the EFI or make the resistor plugs with 22K's
    - Drill out chain slider hole and secure with 6mm bolt and a nylock (Anyone have the right length I need?)
    - Drill small holes in the bottom tail edge of the swingarm
    - Pull front end off and replace triple trees with Emig's. Install Rev I dampener & fork skins.
    - Euro headlight swap
    - Install Lexan headlight protector (I like these way more than the metal mesh ones... Indestructible too!)
    - Properly secure that GPS bracket with an extra bolt through the front brace & some 3M cushion tape (I get dizzy watching it buzz and jiggle around like that)
    - HDB top clamp, hand guards/mirrors (the switches and wiring will wait for another time).
    - Drop oil, change filters, clean screens, etc
    - Install oil change hose extension
    - Check air filter
    - Drop engine coolant and replace with Engine Ice (I prefer ethanol based coolants for bikes and it's premix, easy!)
    - Plumb fuel lines with quick disconnects
    - Change plugs out to Iridiums and stow the stocks for spares
    - Change horn out to a set of 136db Stebels (plug and play 12V, not the air horn type)
    - Swap skid plate for Weld86 kit
    - Mod the gear switch relay to disable computer in 2nd/3rd
    - Re-locate sidestand with Weld86 bracket
    - Swap rear sprocket for a 45T
    - Spoon off the 908RR rear and put a TKC80 150/70/17
    - Spoon off the 908RR front and replace with either a Michelin T63 or similar 90/90/21
    - Fill HD tubes with Dyna Beads and remove rim weights
    - Fill spare HD 21" tube with Dyna Beads (I only take one with me cause in a pinch you can use a 21" for either front/rear. Weight savings, lol!)
    - Re-assemble and ride 100kms before packing up and leaving, lol!

    Yes, I know it's a long list... But it's cause the bike is brand new! I'm going to work on the bike from the stock tool kit and add tools as I need them or see fit to have them. Right now, having only partially disassembled the bike so far, the only tools I KNOW I need are spoons and the kit tools, lol! Every bike is different and I always put together a proper road tool kit that will allow me to do everything I need to do. I can scavenge most everything from the kit I put together for the Dakar and just substitute specific things in. All of that should take me less than 2 days if I haul a$$, but probably will take 2 and a bit due to me being a KTM noob.

    Windscreen options... I will ride with and without the stock screen to see what's better for me and I will also have a TF5 at my disposal to see how it works. I wear a brimmed XD4 now, but usually wear a Shoei Rf-1000 for longer trips to save my neck some pain in cross winds. I'll probably pack my street lid just in case I find some problems with buffeting or similar along the way.

    I'll primarily be on slab for this little jaunt, but some dirt is involved. A few of the more major changes like suspension, etc are just going to have to wait until later in the year. If I spend too much time wrenching on the 990 I won't get any riding time in! The guys I'm linking up with (From Cali and Washington) ride chrome beasts.... But are probably already trying to sell them for a big twin dirt bike now, hahaha! We'll be headed to Seattle to crash another buddies house for the weekend of the 24-26th. Good times, good friends, bikes... Heck, who wouldn't enjoy it! I'll split from Seattle on the 27th and ride up to Vancouver Island to visit some friends and family there and then head home. I only only get 3 weeks of days off this time out before heading back to Albania... Hopefully for the last time for a few months! Then I can really have a break, lol!

    Other things that are going to be done post shakedown ride are:

    - SAS removal if not done already
    - Possible TuneECU tweaks (O2 sensors, throttle, etc blah blah)
    - Sourcing secondary fuel supply whether it is Safari's or RotopaX's or CJ's... I'm leaning towards the Safari's myself, but need to find out a crash bar solution first.
    - 265mm suspender hike via Pro-Action or SPS or alike.
    - Source a Pyndon pre-filter from AdventureSpec
    - Call Woody. Order proper rims (Why would KTM put street fatties on a dirt bike?)
    - Wire in a secondary fuse box under the seat
    - Under-grip heated grips
    - Possible handlebar swap
    - Wire in switches and second 12V powerlet on HDB top clamp
    - Put Wings on!!!
    - Install white high fender and re-do the brake lines to prevent chafing on the fender.
    - Possible G2 throttle tube cam if I can't sort the snatchiness at low RPM's/slow riding
    - Oberon Clutch Slave and change oil with mineral oil

    These will be over time and probably not happen till July/August as the project I'm on right now for work is taking a rather long time to finish. I thought it would be done by now, but still a projected 60-90 days left! Arg, good $$$, but I wanna ride!
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  10. FakeName

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    If you go up in suspension, plan on replacing the center/side stands. I just did it, and parking the bike is wonky. One can get away with it, but really not stable.
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  11. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    Not going to replace, merely modify, :) I'll cut them and weld in a new section to stretch them out. Much cheaper than buying new stands, lol!
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  12. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    Unfortunately I don't have my mapsource loaded up on my laptop at the moment... Needed a fresh Win7 install before I came to work this time, but here's the rough route on the southward section. This is the maiden voyage, solo ride, shakedown. I apologize for the amount of pavement involved, but at least it's not interstate, lol! The % of slab explains the tire swap I'm doing too...

    http://goo.gl/maps/V7D8u :wings

    Where I stay the first night depends on the time crunch. I'm thinking St. Mary's if I get a late start on the 23rd, but if not I'll push all the way to West Glacier. There's a pretty nice campground there and I'd be that much closer to Spokane which is destination #1. Stay a night there, visit a friend and his wife then on to Puyallup the next day. It's only 1440kms so it's a pretty casual schedule. I'm leaving room for bugs and gremlins and shakedown oddities, lol! After Puyallup I'll head North to Van Island for a few days and then back East through BC to Edmonton to visit family, then home to Calgary via the ever so boring Hwy 2... :D
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  13. crunchiespg

    crunchiespg Long timer

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    do you know of anywhere in Calgary area that might have a 990 available to test ride? or even where one could be rented for a day?

    im very tempted by one, but wary of spending $17k on a bike ive never ridden..
    cheers
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  14. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    Nope... Unless Blackfoot has a demo. Check their website or go down and talk to Jay Fox. They only brought 5 in and I had #2 of the 5 last month. Far as I know he was down to only 2 units before I flew out here so there might still be one in stock, :) I doubt it is a demo though... What do you ride now? What do you want to ride?

    *Edit: Lol, RENT a 990??? I'm pretty sure that place doesn't exist. Anywhere.
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    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    Just an FYI for other Baja owners reading this thread. The death wobble that occurs from 65-85mph is gone now that I put a Michelin T63 on the front. My bike currently has 110 miles on it. I bought it two days ago. I can now go up over 100mph smoothly. Grooved pavement also didn't upset the bike. I still plan on a steering damper for riding in sand and better control in rock gardens. I had a Scott's on my 640 Adventure and I loved it.
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  16. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    Lol, thanks Jon, I meant to actually link your thread to here so that it becomes an awareness issue. I will do a tire swap in the front also and report back on success/failure of getting rid of that wobble. Those 908's are awesome for everything BUT pavement and it seems the 990 front end geometry accentuates it. Cheers and kudos for adding that!!! (T63 has been my favorite front tire for 8 years now... so cheap and great for ANYTHING! They wear fantastically too imo.)

    *Edit: Jon's wobble thread

    More wobble info
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    El Stigo Hey Ese its EL STIGO

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    Had a front tube failure while in Mexico at 75 mph about 20 days ago and my dampener saved my arse.....also do a bit of beach, sand and volcanic ash riding here and gets my recomendation for sure.

    My 2 centavos worth!

    Stigo

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  18. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    Haven't put a pic up lately... Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon. (Ignore the pork chops, it was a bet. I won.

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    THREE DAYS TILL SHIPPING OUT!
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    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    I am not a Baja owner, nor have I ever ridden one, but I have had 4 950's now. The Baja is a 990, no different, and the 990 chassis is a 950. The wobble you speak of has been there, for some bikes, from the beginning. It can be dealt with, or chased, with tires, but it is truly a suspension tuning issue. A damper can also help, but this can almost ALWAYS be tuned out with preload and compression settings.

    If the KTM manual for these bikes still has a suspension baseline for 'Soft', 'standard' and 'sport' settings, go to the 'sport' settings and I would bet money the wobble goes away regardless of tire.
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  20. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    You would have lost your money to me then. First thing I tried was setting preload and the "sport" settings. It still wobbled just as bad as on the standard suspension settings. I'm going from Phoenix to LA in a few minutes and will set it back to standard settings to see how it does. I will report back tonight. Then tomorrow I will go play in the deserts of Southern California and get the suspension even more dialed in.

    Kaptinkaos,

    I love riding Utah. You should also check out Antelope Canyon in Arizona if you haven't been.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antelope_Canyon

    If you ever need a shower and a place to crash just west of Phoenix(exit 103 off I-10), feel free to PM me. I've got a spare bedroom or a travel trailer next to the house.