KTM 1190 problems?

Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by RichBMW, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. NKL

    NKL Been here awhile

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    Piece of styling junk, the 950/990 was a desert racer so it worked, the 1190 is just style over function and not very stylish at that, and KTM's response is appalling and I'm sure is going to bite them on the arse.
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  2. mcguyver

    mcguyver Long timer

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    Finally had a chance to have a closer look and discovered the radiator overflow bottle is empty.???

    Stupid design means I Can't check radiator level without removing the fuel tank.

    Not very happy. Bike is back yo dealer on Tuesday.
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  3. paturoa

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    Yes you can check it, simply look from the rear, through the radiator air vent in the middle of the tank. Edit: my anti freeze is green.
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  4. Nerb

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    There is a high-low level window on the front next to the radiator! My coolant os green also, and it was emptied. I think from the factory standard loose hose clamps, but I will keep monitoring it.
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  5. paturoa

    paturoa Been here awhile

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    I regularly check my oil and coolant levels. Mine has only "used" coolant once and the level was quite low in the tank. I topped it up and it hasn't changed since.
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  6. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    I think there was a legitimate request to activate this thread over this issue and I did not get any information or response when posted to the 1190 thread so I'm going to make it an issue here.......:D.......:evil
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  7. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    has anybody found a solution for the flashing brake light on hard acceleration?
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  8. XsilverGS

    XsilverGS Been here awhile

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    Bundu. Have you seen my post? Please add your name, KTM UK denied knowing about this problem when I asked them at the NEC Motorcycle Show.
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  9. rc51owner

    rc51owner Been here awhile

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    Sounds like KTM UK is as ostrich like as KTM North America. It seems to be endemic throughout the company. Not good for customers trying to resolve frustrating issues...

    Cheers,

    M
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  10. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    thanks for that! Will add my bike as well - I'm sure most guys don't even know about the problem - This problem is obviously not as critical as the air box design flaw (which KTM is ignoring) but nonetheless, you look like a fool that is touching the brakes the whole time from behind :huh
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  11. mcguyver

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    Ok so it turns out the leak and the empty overflow bottle were unrelated.

    The leak from the blocked off hose was actually excess air filter oil that seeped out my DNA air filter. When the motor gets hot the oil becomes more viscous and flows down the hose. No major issue there..

    As for the empty overflow bottle. KTM have issued an tech update to replace certain radiator hoses.
    There are also tech updates for the centre stand bolt, a computer reflash, and sidestand spring

    I would suggest you all talk to to your dealer as KTM won't contact you.
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  12. F650Dakar_Norway

    F650Dakar_Norway What off-season?

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    I'm already starting to miss the simple air filter access on the 690 RFR and 9x0 series.

    28 screws/bolts, some plastic panels and the fuel tank must now be removed before the rider can make a simple roadside air filter and filter box inspection.

    With some 2013 models already dust-self-destroying this can put the 15 000km service intervals in question.

    Another question is legitimate; can the KTM dealership customer interface effectively handle the targeted two-wheeled GS-oriented customer group with appropriately tech-savvy service and quality attitudes?

    BMW also had its fair share of teething problems from the intro of the 2004 1200 GS.

    The 1190 katooms are having the potensiale to grab market shares in the important GS segment.

    The state-of-the-art tech complexity of the 1190 series may appear a tall order for a dealer- and workshop network previously tuned and adapted to the simpler dirtbike regime.

    Where people normally chuck their bikes into vans and mostly frequent less paved roads and dirt race arenas.

    The 1190 series will require a totally different approach and customer orientation.

    We can already see this tall order in the Norwegian dealership network.
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  13. Toors

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    Seemingly a new problem on mine - the inside lining of the petrol tank is coming loose (little white specs) and the clogs the fuel filter - KTM will be replacing the tank under warranty.

    Also did an oil change at 7500 km and by looking at the condition of the oil, I'll strongly recommend that you add this halfway oil change to your service schedule.
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  14. Womble_CH

    Womble_CH dribbling baboon

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    In which case you can replace the Dom Perignon with regular engine oil ?
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  15. Toors

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    I am from a dirt bike back ground (we do a lot of oil changes :wink:) - would still put the good stuff in. $50 oil change to save the engine later is worth every sent (in my opinion)
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  16. Tancakar

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    hi all!

    my bike seems to cough lately just when i accelerate from first gear 1500 rpm to 2300 rpm. its feels like a delay but i does makes me wonder if its anything to do with the air filter ? i have 3500 miles on my bike with the oem filter and also some one was talking about the valve check ? so do you think ?:ear
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  17. Jdeks

    Jdeks Accepting and supportive of everyones feelings.

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    If you've only got the OEM filter, by all reports so far, you're probably sucking dirty air. The stock airbox doesn't seal properly. You NEED the Unifilter kit. If you've done any riding in dirty conditions, you could well have dusted your motor and might have damaged valves, rings etc.

    This would probably affect the whole rev range in all gears, and make the bike hard to start, so I don't think this is the cause of your problem. But regardless, you should get the updated filter ASAP.

    The other possibility is it's a fueling/mapping issue. If it's only doing it in first gear in a certain rev range, I would think this more likely. But it's odd that its only started now....In any case, with that all managed by electronics, it could be anything, so you have no choice - it's off to the dealer to have it plugged into the KTM computer.

    I guess there are *some* advantages to those rusty old 950 carburettors, eh? :D
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  18. rc51owner

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    I see that KTM haven't gotten better in this regard. My 2004 950S also had a tank that delaminated.

    Cheers,

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  19. barbadv

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    KTM said that 2014 mapping will be the solution...waiting for my 1190 upgrade, i'll see
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  20. Womble_CH

    Womble_CH dribbling baboon

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    I'm from a veteran bike background. No need to 'change' oil it never really gets old, just refill very frequently :wink:. So I put the cheapest. Engine is now 47 years old, can't be too bad.

    50$ is still not expensive. I paid $ 100 just for oil at the 1st service, thats what I call Dom Perignon.



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