NEW 2017 1290 SA-R

Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by MUDHWY, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Night Crawler

    Night Crawler Been here awhile

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    Thank you sir!
  2. Delnari

    Delnari Tom

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    If first you don't succeed keep trying a different dealership. Taking my bike to it's fourth dealership on Wednesday to sort out the gas tank issues and check the front wheel for possible bad bearings. This dealer comes recommended by a fellow 1290 SAS owner here on the forum and lives in my home town. Positive start already when I made the appointment they immediately ran the VIN for any recalls and inquired what I had done from the last dealership as it was all recorded in the KTM system. Was warned the bike could be in the shop for a couple weeks as it is the beginning of their busy season and have many race bikes being prepped. Just need to get the bike back in working order in time for the KTM AMA East Coast Adventure Rally on May 18-20. Will give me a couple weeks with the new Indian Scout to finish the break-in miles while the KTM being serviced.
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  3. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    Honestly man, I think you should do basic troubleshooting yourself rather than be without a bike for weeks on end. To diagnose a kinked vent line is super easy.

    Step 1) Take off the seat and locate the Evap can. Giant plastic box where your tools should go.
    Step 2) Pull off the line labeled "Tank" and blow into it with the fuel cap open. If you can blow through it with little resistance there's no blockage.
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    If there is resistance removing the tank to look for the kink is no big deal. Lots of videos on the subject (basically the same as the 1190) and can be done with few tools. Plus, it's a KTM, having a rudimentary understanding and ability to disassemble the bike (and put it back together) is absolutely going to come in handy.
  4. Delnari

    Delnari Tom

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    ^^^ I would love to take it all apart and look at what when on in there, but then I might be blamed it there is something really wrong done under the tank by another dealership. Just don't want to put myself in that position. Got of the phone with new dealership who asked lots questions about the issues I experienced and wanted to be sure he understood what he would be facing. This is the first time someone actually took time to talk with about my problems which is a very good sign. KTM NA is also up to date on the issue I have experienced is now monitoring the outcome.
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  5. uzelac

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    I'm with Deviant. No need to remove tank, just seat and hoses and Evap will show up.
    Blow the hose and you will know.

    I guess it can be done under one minute if in a hurry :)
  6. AFdude

    AFdude Been here awhile

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    Hey has anyone else had their fuel cap not open? On the way home today I decided to top off the tank and the electric lid no longer opens. Good thing I was close to home as I didn't feel like unscrewing the collar screws.

    Still couldn't get it to open at home. I figured my fuel gauge would have quit working first, but this? Got to love KTM. Warranty should cover it but what a hassle.
  7. carlos6six

    carlos6six Flying Mammal

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    Have you tried pressing downward on the fuel cap, then attempt to open again? I had the same issue at a gas station, and this method resolved the issue.

    Also, others on this thread and elsewhere have reported what seem to be interference issues while at gas stations, or in the presence of strong RF signals of a certain range. FWIW.


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  8. markgrolex

    markgrolex Been here awhile

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    I assume its a 17 1290 SA R ?
    you know you need to shut bike off and then you have like a minute or two to open it before it locks
    did you try that cycle a few times ?
  9. Lettikka

    Lettikka Been here awhile

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    I got a email from the fellow at watsendesign.com. This is the Canadian guy/company that makes the nice looking flush mount turn signals. He said that interest was up on the KTM adventure bikes and he was going to produce the signals again. He said they would be up and available on his website sometime around the middle of the week. DAMN!! they are expensive. I want to do all four. I haven't seen anything else that looks as good or is so low profile.
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  10. AFdude

    AFdude Been here awhile

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    Yeah tried both. It's similar to my old GS's lid. Probably the same part/mechanism too.
  11. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    Serious question here I would appreciate y'alls advice on.

    Would you recommend the 1290r for me?

    Closest ktm dealer is about 1.5 hour drive from me. 2 more dealers 3 hours away. Any issue would require a uhaul trailer rental in order to get it to the dealer so I can drive back. Basically I'm wondering on wether the bike is reliable and I can self fix some things or if I should plan a few trips to ktm.
  12. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    My bike has 9000 miles of ADV riding (paved, dirt, fire, and forest service roads as well as single tracks and trails), it's not babied but also not abused. I'd say it's been used, more or less, as intended.

    It's been to the dealer three times. Break in service, 133.30 software update (could have waited), and 9,000 mile service. It is, however, on it's 5th rear tire. TKC80's do not last.

    If you're comfortable working on your bike, can at the very least remove your wheels, do oil changes, basic troubleshooting, etc. I'd not let your proximity to the dealer worry you too much.
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  13. Scro

    Scro I don't feel dirty

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    I was in the same position you are in and I purchased at TJ’s in Austin which is 2.5 hours away. They have a reputation as one of the best KTM dealers in Texas as you probably know. I would do it again. I’m on the older software and have had no problems. I do my own basic service with the help of the ADV community and YouTube.
    Good luck
  14. DualSport855

    DualSport855 Been here awhile

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    You won’t regret the purchase!


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  15. c4nuck

    c4nuck Been here awhile

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    As deviant said, it runs through tires. If you can change your own you'll be ahead.

    I have 17K miles on mine, and it has been in for the service intervals, and in once for the fuel pump and software update. Not bad at all.
  16. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    I can do most things mechanical, albeit with a YouTube vid possibly. I've also changed some serious tires in my time. At least 10 a year. This is good news and I think I'm ready to join the 1290 club.
  17. CO303

    CO303 Been here awhile

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    Lemon laws differ state to state. In Colorado motorcycles, RV's and recreational vehicles are not covered by by the Lemon Law. A competent attorney can sue for "loss of use" in many cases.
  18. Delnari

    Delnari Tom

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    Decided this is my last attempt to get the bike completely sorted. New dealer and KTM NA are working the issue now. Told it could take up to two weeks given their backlog and amount of time they want to spend with it to ensure it is complete this time.
  19. Scro

    Scro I don't feel dirty

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    Is there a difference between an 1190 side stand by pass switch and one for a 1290 SAR? I see cheap switches for 1190’s on eBay for $25 shipped but for a 1290 they are $90 :( They look different but wanted to check first.

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    1290 switch
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  20. uzelac

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    Why someone need bypass switch?

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