My KTM 990 Adv 2011 conversion into an SE

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by KarimADV, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. KarimADV

    KarimADV Adventurer

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    Hallo all! First of all, english is not my motherlanguage so you'll have to forgive my mistakes :D

    I always wanted an SE but i wasn't tall enough, and changing the suspension setup wasn't as easy and efficient as i wanted: therefor i "had" to buy an ADV, but i never been a rally raplica fan, and all those plastics didn't give me the confidence i need with my bike.

    So i decided to strip the bike down and see what i could do.

    The conversion came out pretty easy and everything is reversible to original in a couple of hours.

    I bought the SM/SE rear plastics and discovered they fit almost perfectly: you just need to cover the original holes (i used some liquid plastic, scratched and painted it) and re drill 4 new holes for the rear luggage holder. I also removed the key from the seat to be able to quickly remove it.

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    I moved all the electrical i was able to, behind the filter box: i will do a better job next winter because, to do it clean, you need to strip the electrical down to single cables and group them together with a different order. Made also a support for the original odometer and bought a TrailTech X2 Dual Halogen light.

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    Moved the radiator expansion box under the seat, where the SAS pump was: it fits perfectly once again :)

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    Now the bike is ready for a new, smaller, lighter tank! The tank was handly made in aluminium, holds 13 liters ( almost the same as the SE ) but developes more in the upper part: the result is higher weights but smaller bike's section (it's like 20cm more compact than the SE: where the radiator ends, there ends the bike as well). I used an SMR used fuel pump: same connectors and same specifics.

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    The tank is hold in place without bolts: it's fixed with a lip on the front upper part under the handlebar into a C aluminum support fixed to the frame in an elastic way, and it's blocked into place by the seat.

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    The result is the bike can now be totally stripped in less than 2 mins for regular maintenance.

    The tank was the only expensive mod i had to make: i bought every piece i needed used on ebay and such, for about 200 euros total, but the tank costed me 1ooo euros ( i know i got ripped off, but the problem with this stuff is to find someone actually able to do it properly).

    Now the bike is like i always wanted it: slim, with heated grips, with two disc brakes, with ABS ( i also installed a switch on the handlebar to disable the ABS on the fly when i go off road). It weights 210 kilograms with full tank and it's eventually reversible to standard tanks in about 15 mins ( for those trips in which i need that extra fuel ): for my average trips i'll equip it with two 1 gallon Rotopax on the sides (like the Kriega setup but handmade) and eventually with 4 Rotopax if i need more range (but i don't really see the need atm).

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    Comments and suggestions welcome! :)

    Last edit: i thought it would have weighted less, considering all the build threads i saw in which people would reach incredible weights. In all honesty i think i could gain still some ( 3kg from the battery, maybe 2 kg from a newer oil tank, 2 kg from the central stand, 3 kg removing one brake and one caliper, 2kg from the ABS removal ) but then i'd have a bike i couldn't use to travel and i'd still be at 198kg.

    This week end i had the new Bimota Dbx under hands for 4 days and had the chance to talk to the guy that made it: using litium bolts, one single brake, no ABS, lots of carbonium, they reached 175kg. I highly doubt anything less than 190kg is reachable without a radical de building of the bike.

    Atm i am satisfied with this set up: maybe i'll get me a Shorai but that will be all :p
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  2. Bootsy

    Bootsy Been here awhile

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    Molto bravo.

    You did all what I wanted ...before getting the SE.
    but you got two bikes in one.

    Well done,man:thumb
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  3. KarimADV

    KarimADV Adventurer

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    Grazie Bootsy :)
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  4. DRjoe

    DRjoe Long timer

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    Looks great.

    Have you got anymore pics of the tank ?
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  5. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Nice job!!

    You could also lose:

    Centerstand
    1 exhaust
    1 rotor

    li Ion battery

    It all adds up!!
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  6. KarimADV

    KarimADV Adventurer

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    @DRjoe: nope, but i can take them :)

    @sailah: the centerstand weights 2 kilograms but it's priceless to change tyres. The gain is not worth the loss imho :) 1 exhaust i tryed already: it's a 2kg gain but i don't like the esthetic :( 1 rotor: what do you mean? Brakes? Don't like the idea since i use the bike to travel as well as going off road.

    Li Ion battery: that's what i'll do next :)
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  7. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    bravo, I really like it.
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  8. KarimADV

    KarimADV Adventurer

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    Thanks :)
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  9. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    Cool bike:clap
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  10. KarimADV

    KarimADV Adventurer

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    Off road travel version: 21 fuel liters (can go up to 26,5/34 of i use stock tanks and 2 more Rotopax on the rear), 210 kilograms.

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    Some more pics of the tank since i got asked :)

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  11. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    Rediscovered this thread this evening, what a bike and definitely worth a bump up for others to see it. :clap
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  12. Zuber

    Zuber Zoob

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    Thanks, I missed this last year. I've got a similar project that's been waiting for the back burner.
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