ktmtwins.com 1090 Adventure R Project

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What skid plate should I use?

Poll closed Jan 8, 2018.
  1. Flatland Racing

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    6.7%
  2. Touratech RallyeForm

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  3. KTM Power Parts

    19 vote(s)
    63.3%
  4. Other (Comment Below)

    7 vote(s)
    23.3%
  1. TheGearDude

    TheGearDude Been here awhile

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    So ktmtwins.com approached me about a year ago and asked if I would like to "build" them a KTM 690 using parts from their site... Naturally I said YES! The final product was something that I was very proud of and was lucky enough to put over 5,000 miles on that beast.
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    Here is the incomplete thread I had on that bike before it got derailed by Photobucket hiding all my images and getting busy riding the thing... ktmtwins.com Ultimate KTM 690 Build

    Anyways that project was a success and so we decided to get the band back together again except this time with a new 2017 1090 Adventure R. My last two bikes were 690's so I was(am) a bit skeptical but I'm diving in head first all the same! This time around I am committed to documenting the process through this thread from start to finish. I have much less experience with the /90 bikes than I did with the 690's so I will be leaning on members here for their input and advice. If you are one of those better informed persons willing to share your knowledge THANK YOU in advance.

    I took delivery of this beauty in late September and initially did very little in the way of upgrades. Here she is in all of her stock glory, whiskers on the tires and all!
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    I really wanted to get the feel for this bike before I started making changes so I rode it for the entire break in period with the only upgrades being: Double Take mirrors, KTM Power Parts GPS mount for my Garmin Montana, Vanasche Motorsports side stand foot, FasstCo Impact foot pegs and Cyclopse Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
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    After performing the break in service I added a Power Parts Touring windscreen that worked OK but I couldn't stand the way it looked. (Any input on windscreen options that are slightly larger than the stock one?) Also around this same time I added the KTM luggage racks with Kriega OS-32 panniers.
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    I put 1,300 total miles on it before taking her into Konflict Motorsports to have the suspension tricked out. (I will go over all the suspension details in the next post)
    Earlier this month I got the bike back and have just recently started digging into her and I look forward to sharing my progress with all interested parties.

    Sneak peak of the new suspension:
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  2. Wodger63

    Wodger63 Long timer

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    :lurk
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  3. bigkuri

    bigkuri Long timer

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    Crikey mate, if you could ride offroad and live with that wobbly KTM GPS mount then you deserve to get lots of bling, lol ;)
    Looking forward to the mods. Especially the suspension details :)
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  4. PapaBravo

    PapaBravo MoneyMaker Shaker

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    .... Must. Keep. Eye. On. This. One.
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  5. Niles1321

    Niles1321 KTM

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    Been keeping up with you on Instagram. Happy to see this thread.
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  6. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

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    I am loving my 1090 after 3466 miles. :ricky Looking forward to following along on your project. :dukegirl :lurk
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  7. stv1991

    stv1991 Adventurer

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    I'll be following this thread.
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  8. TheGearDude

    TheGearDude Been here awhile

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    Haha, I initially thought that the GPS mount would be worthless but it has actually far surpassed my expectations.
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  9. TheGearDude

    TheGearDude Been here awhile

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    Thanks for following along!
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  10. Lutarious

    Lutarious Renaissance Man

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    If you want to load it up with frilly junk, go for it. I would think that suspension, high fender, Scotts damper (if needed), and skid plate would be first. This bike is supposedly better off road, lighter, more agile than the 1190 ADVR. Why l9ad it like a rented mule with high windshield and hard bags and so on. You can do that to a BMW.
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  11. TheGearDude

    TheGearDude Been here awhile

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    Not sure what you were trying to say there but don't worry a lot more is going into this project than "frilly junk".
    Just take a look at the last one and imagine the same level of commitment except this time with a 1090...
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  12. Dagwood_55

    Dagwood_55 Long timer

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    I'm anxious to hear about the Konflict Suspension vs the stock sispenders....
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  13. Lutarious

    Lutarious Renaissance Man

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    My point is that this bike has a purpose. You can make a project sport touring bike, a gravel roads ADV for old guys, or you can make it the best full sized off road ADV bike off road.
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  14. Dan Lorenze

    Dan Lorenze Been here awhile

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    Very cool.. Getting my Konflict suspension done this week. Can't wait. Keep us posted on your findings with the suspension.
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  15. 3rdgeargrndrr

    3rdgeargrndrr Been here awhile

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    Anxiously awaiting results
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  16. TheGearDude

    TheGearDude Been here awhile

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    I get what you are saying, I choose the third option...
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  17. TheGearDude

    TheGearDude Been here awhile

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    While my bike was away at Konflict Motorsports I got this care package from KTM USA

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    Contents included (among other less exciting things):
    -Akrapovic Silencer
    *This thing is a work of art...
    -Heat Protector (carbon fiber exhaust guard)
    -ABS Dongle
    *I grew so tired of going through the settings every time I turned the key off
    -Radiator Protection Grille
    -Factory clutch cover
    *This thing is also a work of art!
    -Racing Fuel Cap
    *Using your ignition key to open your fuel cap is for the birds...

    More detailed pics of all these items as I install them.
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  18. TheGearDude

    TheGearDude Been here awhile

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    This was a shot I took of Rob Dabney the Senior Editor of advpulse.com when we were testing the 1090.
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    I first rode a KTM 1090 last May at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona. I was covering the event for advpulse.com and they had a 1090 press bike that I got to test off road. Honestly I didn't want to like it, the 1190 was always fun but not a perfect fit for me. The suspension was what did me in though, it just felt much more planted than I was accustomed to on 1190's and 1290's. The best way I can explain it is that the front end did not teleport around, bouncing off objects like a pinball.
    So after that weekend I pretty much decided that the 1090 would be my next bike.
    If the suspension is what attracted me to this bike in the first place why did I change it? Good question! Let me explain...
    Like I said before, I rode this bike in mostly stock form for nearly 1,200 miles and while the suspension was much better than the other /90 bikes it still wasn't perfect (like any other production bike). Alex Martens at Konflict Motorsports had done the suspension on both of my last 690's and I had grown pretty fond of the "custom fit" feel. He knows exactly how I like a bike setup for my riding style so I brought him my 1090 as the weather started to deteriorate here in the PNW.
    Next up I will go over technical details and talk about how she rides now.
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  19. bigkuri

    bigkuri Long timer

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    Just on your poll - the biggest consideration for me was also fixing the side stand mounting points: I assume the 1090 is the same as the 1190 in that it's mounted directly to the cases and so a hard knock on the side stand can crack your cases. For that reason the BDCW plate stood out above all others. At the time anyway, but I have not seen any other ways to fix the side stand issue?

    http://www.ktmforum.co.uk/adventure/1044465-bigkuris-1190-adventure-r.html
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  20. TheGearDude

    TheGearDude Been here awhile

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    I haven't had much time to work on the bike recently but I did manage to install the "Racing" fuel cap today.

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    Old keyed fuel cap was already driving me nuts so I was glad to see it go!
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    This new one is much sexier!
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    The quick release is easy enough and doesn't seem to be difficult even with a gloved hand... I tested this in my garage like a dork.

    Still working on the full suspension write up.
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