Ktm Adv 950 high miles

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  1. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    Ok,

    need get a commuter as sold 2 bikes and car not going be used for while

    I am looking at a ktm 950 adv but thoes i can afford are mostly around the 40k miles mark

    all i thik have load service history.

    but how well will they last, i hear stories some getting well over 60k miles and other baerly getting 30-40 before have do major engine work

    also what sort costs are invlved in enginer work
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  2. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I got 60k miles out of mine. The new owner installed a cooling fan, clutch slave and a fuel pump and he's still going a year later.

    I put water pumps in at 20k and 40k miles. I put a clutch slave in at 42k miles. There is an oil jet for the clutch that needs to be cleaned periodically. That gas tanks can vapor lock in traffic at hot temps. You can re-vent them easy enough.

    I generally had my valves checked 8-11k miles depending on the trips I was on. Chains sets last about 15k miles. The hydraulic cam chain tensioners can suddenly lose pressure setting up a clackity clack, but they eventually pump up again.

    I'd probably have the forks and shock freshened at 4ok miles. It's a decent motorcycle but the newer 990's are smoother running. FI and all.
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  3. Howz

    Howz Adventurer

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    John

    I have had 3 950's

    First one had 47,000 miles part service history and it was a gem.

    Second one had 32,000 miles no history and it was a dog!

    Third and the one I have now has 25,000 miles full service history and seems to be a gem.

    So I would look for a good service history if I was you.
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  4. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    Both have history but as not local i cant view and rear them

    I know 1 has had forks n shock done
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  5. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Mine is at almost 60K miles. Replaced the Engine at 54K due to an error on my part. Best machine EVAH!!!!!!!
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  6. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    Mind ask what was error
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  7. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    I just bought a 60k Adv. The cam chain broke but didn't tear anything up.
    I'm debating as to what to do.

    a. Top end job (needs a piston, chains, guides, tensioner, heads rebuilt)
    b. Rebuild top and bottom (same plus, I don't know what)
    c. Buy low mileage Duke and swap gears (sounds best)
    d. Get the Guru from England to send me a new one ($ but sweet)

    What would you do?
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  8. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    Whows lad from uk?
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  9. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    65K and it runs better than ever!
    Awesome acceleration and 50 mph...
    (Yeah.. I know. you folks will doubt me, and I doubted it too, but I've been keeping close track of mileage and fuel used and I'm averaging 45mpg with E10 and 50mpg with pure-gas. Needless to say, I'm delighted!)

    Q~
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  10. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    Lyndon Poskitt.
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  11. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    Cheers will mull it over for while
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  12. marcing

    marcing Adventurer

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    If you are interested in I have 990 Adventure for sale.
    It has 35k on the clock with service history and full luggage.
    My price is 3900.
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  13. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    Put post on ktm uk

    Sadly my budget is tight, 3k

    Have a bmw adv for about 3k but like go ktm as had few bmws in past
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  14. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    I'm loving my 950 adv s Johnny. Find I'm going the long route to and from work just so I can be on it longer. I defo prefer the Ktm over all bikes before it in every way. It handles on the road as well as I like it to. Off road it's as good as I am. Mine has 26000kms on it didn't have a full history. It's in great condition so that suits the milage hence me buying it.

    So far very happy.

    As for BMW I sold you my R1150GS. I had owned that bike for less then six months when I sold it to you mate and you held it for less then that. It was a good bike and is still going strong but I didn't like it and neither did you so don't go there again. Ktm adv is what you want. Like me you won't be happy until u have one. I'm a happy man.
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  15. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    Must say i liked 1150 just wanted sell get sport bikr and enduro

    But 1150 bmw practical bike ktm just looks like serious fun

    Need do good bit miles as hav use it for work when cant afford fix car
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  16. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    I've got about the same on the clock, 60K miles, and it runs like new, probably even better than new. Uses about .2 l of oil in 4000 miles. Aside from consumables, the occasional suspension service, I just ride it.

    I have maintained it well, but I have ridden the piss out of it too, crashed, bashed and flogged. About half the miles are off pavement and off-road. The bike has not had an easy life by any means and its not pretty, its scratched and dinged to hell. Doesnt seem to bother it.
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  17. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Over torqued a clutch bolt. It broke while I was on the highway and scraped against the inside of the clutch cover thus inducing a whole lot of aluminum into the motor
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  18. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  19. KTMDAD

    KTMDAD Been here awhile

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    87,000 Miles on my 2005.5 950
    engine has never been apart,still pulling wheelies in second gear.:clap
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  20. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    is it more a case that they are able get high miles just not many use them to get there

    good see that well used and serviced ones seem do better than ones sitting in sheds not being used
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