KTM990, I have salt....rub, rub, rub.

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Ockrocket, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Ockrocket

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  2. Deviant666

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    What was wrong with the 990? I've never been stranded on my bike for the 70k kms I ride her...
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  3. Ockrocket

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    The tow rider has posted on ADV now.

    Someone else asked the same question, I'm sure there will be an answer forthcoming before too long.

    Link here.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=881869

    First time I've heard of a KTM coming to a full stop and can't be got mobile again [other than a major problem, and that could happen to any bike in reality].
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    I've heard Suzuki makes good tow trucks... :lol3
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    Sooooo any info on the damage?
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    Bet the Katoom got better gas mileage:evil
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    The splines were stripped from the front shaft. Means he didnt tighten his sprocket nut securely and it wore at the splines till they sheared off.
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    How the hell does someone manage that?
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    Why didn't they stop in Dalby to get it fixed? At least it would have only been towed an 1/8 of the way across Australia.
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    Follow the link in my post #3 on this page, it is being updated as things progress and as others post pertinent questions/comments.


    el queso;

    I would get a tow crane installed on my Wee-Strom, but the few KTM owners I've ridden with haven't had any problems. :deal

    I'm the one with the problem......I can't keep up with the f**kers when on the dirt! :cry
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  11. BigNastybrp

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    well if you bring your rope I would ride with you and wait:lol3 you are a good friend to tow him so far.
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    I like the he said it took his fuel consumption down to 14km/l (33mpg). That is what normally get on 990 without towing anyone!!! :cry
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    I wonder if the KTM rider has ever gone that slow for that long before? Poor guy, I'm surprised he didn't die of boredom. Can you imagine how slow a V-strom is TOWING something???!!! LMAO!~:rofl:freaky:eek1:lol3
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    I'm not the one who did the towing, it was another inmate from Stromtrooper.


    They were towing at speeds up over 100 kph on occasion, most of the time at 95 kph though, I think the OP said.

    I sure as shit wouldn't be bored if someone was towing me at those speeds. :eek1
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    Probably the only time a Wee-Strom was exciting to ride.
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    Sad when the most exciting part of riding a VStrom is when you get to TOW somebody.

    But a good tow buddy's a good friend in dire need.

    If you ain't towed every once in a while, you ain't really tryin!
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  17. Zuber

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    Side track tow story...

    One friend meets another one at the bike shop. He had a high rev'in two stroke that he couldn't get started and the shop couldn't work on it. So, friend #2 offers to tow him home. They tie the bikes together. As they turn the last corner onto his street, the tow-ee decides to put the bike in gear and bump start it. He KNOWS the bike is just loaded up with gas and a little bump will get it going. What he doesn't know it that he has put the carb slide in backwards and it is stuck wide open.

    The first time the tow-er has an indication of a problem is when the tow-ee wheelies past him.

    I asked what happened. He said it was like those south american Bolas. The rope with weights on the end. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolas
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    I sure as shit wouldn't be bored if someone was towing me at those speeds. :eek1[/QUOTE]

    Haha no I guess I wouldn't be either! Honestly it's pretty awesome that the strom could do a tow that long without overheating or something.
    My best tow story was towing a sand buggy 4 miles with mine and my buddy's 125 two strokes with paddle tires. Pretty sure the guy in the buggy ended up with half the Oregon dunes in his face/lap.


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    Holy crap! I imagine there was some er...discussion after that one!

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    AAAaaaaah ..... A mortal wound! :kboom
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