OK, I'm going to talk about my experience with the well known issue of the KTM LC8 950 and 990 water pump and low oil pressure issue, then bitch about why KTM has let this be an issue, then figure out what to do about OUR (950-990 owners) situation. I've recently acquired a 2007 950 Super Enduro with 11,000 miles on it. I did a couple day rides to get to know the bike. Then, I planned a quick two day journey to get to know it better before I really get serious with it out in the desert. After 180 miles on my two day journey I stop at a friend's place and the bike cools off. Later that eve I fire it up and the oil light starts flickering then stays on. It goes off after the bike warms up and I ride another mile to my destination knowing I'm gonna have to look into it in the morning. What I find in the morning is all the classic symptoms of a leaky water pump seal: radiator fluid a bit low, oil light coming on (caused by low oil pressure), excessive cam chain noise (caused by the low oil pressure not tensioning the cam chain properly). What I've learned is that there is no water pump weep hole (what the Fu@# KTM??!!) on the 950s & 990s. So, if the water pump seal goes bad, the water that would, on almost every other water cooled internal combustion engine that I've owned, drip out the weep hole. But instead, on these bikes it drips into the engine oil! If you are using a paper oil filter, the water in the engine oil will ruin it and not allow the proper amount of oil to flow which in turn causes low oil pressure which causes excessive cam chain noise which would eventually cause (I suspect) bad things to happen to that nice LC8 engine. I laid the bike on it's side and pulled out the oil filter to see if it was bad and sure enough! Here's the classic "crapped out" oil filter after it's been subjected to water. Note how it's wavy rather then straight: I put the cover back on without the filter and fired the bike up. Good oil pressure and no cam chain noise. I don't know this bike real well just yet having only owned it a couple weeks but this really points to the water pump. DEAR KTM, WTF with your water pump gaskets/shafts?! I also own a 2001 520EXC that has the same issue! Water pump seals eventually wear a grove in the cam shaft that turns the impeller. I've replaced the cam shaft twice because of the grove the seal wears! I know others who have had problems with those seals. Now I acquire another model KTM and learn that it's an even more common and documented issue? I'm bummed ,to say the least, and would ditch the bike in a heart beat if I thought there was another bike that would handle what I want to do. With the possibility of these seals going out in the middle of BFE, perhaps even this bike can't do it. KTM, if you're going to build a bike that's supposed to handle extremes, consider there will be guys that actually do this more then just a "weekender" who only puts on a thousand miles a year! You guys have it so far better then other bike builders in many ways but there are a few things that make me scratch my head. Even a "garage engineer" like myself would put in a weep hole for a water pump. Get it together on this, how long have you been building the LC8? On to what to do. The first thing I did was get a stainless steel filter coming. Some guys like em, some don't. I run em in my 520. With the 950, low oil pressure really scares me and the stainless will let the oil flow even if there's some water in it. So that'll take care of the oil pressure when THE NEXT TIME the water pump seals fail. WHERE WILL I BE WHEN THIS HAPPENS??!! * That's what pisses me off! Does changing them every 15,000 assure you they won't fail before that? My bike has only 11,000 and they failed. I've read about others where they've gone out sooner. I'm having a hard time trusting this new bike especially knowing that other KTM models have issues with water pump seals/shafts. At least the 520s/525s have a freaking weep hole! (Again WTF KTM??!!) With those models at least if the seal goes you can add a little water without it WEEPING INTO THE CASE! I've done some reading on the internet about this problem with the 950s/990s. It looks as if KTM has changed the seal and shaft since 2007? I'm not quite up on what's what with this just yet but this tells me they've acknowledged this is an issue. I've checked out ktm950info.com and a few others and haven't seen any solid fixes/retrofits yet. I've seen the guy who's machining the custom parts to install a weep hole as well but it sounds like he's not quite there yet. For now, I'll get a new seal and shaft, flush the cooling system good and put in the stainless oil filter. But, the question will always be in the back of my mind, "when will it go next"? Harsh for a bike I've only owned for a couple of weeks. *What to do?