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Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Brown Town, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Brown Town

    Brown Town Been here awhile

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    Just put my F800GS up for sale and put a deposit on my first KTM, a 990 Adventure Baja. :D What do I need to know about this bike? Common mechanical issues (fuel pump)? Necessary accessories? The only thing I have planned for her right away is a trip to Super Plush or Konflict to have the suss re-sprung, re-valved and lifted to R height.

    Thanks all.
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  2. MortimerSickle

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    Brown Town Been here awhile

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    The mechanical issues have pretty much been worked out by now. Just become interested in maintenance and you'll be good. If you're going offroad a lot, your trip to superplush will be worth it's weight in gold. It was for me. Worth every penny. As far as accessories? You gotta be more specific and maybe spend more time reading (you've heard of 950info, the hall of wisdom I'm assuming). Accessories will depend on what you'll be doing which will determine what you need.

    Unless you're one of those dudes that thinks "the more sh!t I put on this bike the cooler I'll look." One accessory I can seriously recommend is replacing the stock silencers. It's pricey, but the performance gain and weight loss is really nice.

    One more thing: you'll hear about the canisterectomy and such, I suggest riding your bike and breaking her in, then see what you get for mileage. If you're doing well there, then consider leaving the mechanicals alone. I'm getting high forties therefore I'm not going to touch any of that stuff.
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  5. Brown Town

    Brown Town Been here awhile

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    Thanks grant, I'm very interested in doing my own maintenance and was doing a bit on my F8. I'm riding the Continental Divide this summer and will likely be exploring a lot of the Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) in Washington next year so I agree that suspension will be a decent investment. The other accessories I'll likely pick up are a Scotts damper, Black Dog Cycle Works bash plate, FMF pipes and luggage plate w/Rotopax and I think that's it. Unnecessary sh!t = unnecessary weight in my opinion. I'm not a fan of hard luggage and racks for that very reason. Love my Giant Loop Great Basin! However like you say about suspension and silencers, some accessories are game changers.

    I'll look into the canisterectomy.
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  6. grant22

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    Ok, so if you're going to be doing that type of riding, here's a few things to consider:

    Before you spend the bux on a damper, ride the piss out of that thing before you buy one. I'm a dirt rider and both my EXC's have steering dampers. As much as I've ridden my Baja off road, 4000 miles worth, I'm not seeing that I need a damper yet, and I ride it pretty hard offroad. Your circumstances may be different tho.

    Something I think you'll DEFINITELY want are adventure style footpegs. I just sucked it up and bought the fastway ones. They are very nice. You pay for it but buy once cry once, right? There are other more affordable options, tho.

    A good way to go for your rotopax and luggage combo might be Hepco Becker racks, rotopax mounts (from a dude here), rotopax mounted up, then soft luggage/bags outboard of those. That way you get to cover both bases somewhat compactly.

    The bash plate will be a good idea. I didn't think I was gonna need one, then I experienced what I CAN get the 990 into (rock crawling) and bought one soon after.

    Start thinking about a shorty windshield. Offroad when hitting whoops or a g-out, your helmet will probably make contact with the windscreen. The moose racing one is no worse wind-wise (opinion) than the stocker, but it's chopped down, and for $55, it's almost a no risk purchase.

    Try your aux led lights in the dark before you go buy some rigids and what not. I've ridden with them offroad and they are more than adequate.

    Consider buying some Double Take mirrors. Self explanatory when you see their site.

    Consider an upgraded saddle. One that's good on road as well as off road. I think the stock baja seat is fine for offroad (standing, right?), but inroad it's a 100 mile seat. Many here like to buy Renazco seats, and I'm sure they're great. I bought my friend's used Corbin and recovered it at a jet ski shop here in Havasu. I like it a lot for on/off road.

    One last thing, if you want the dirtbike look (I did) or you may actually see mud, think 'high fender.'

    The nice thing is the Baja comes with what I call the 990 Adventure 'Starter Kit.' So you already get a lot of the nice accessories to get you going.
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    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    One more thing:

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    grant22 Been here awhile

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    Yup

    I always forget that since I don't see it.

    It's kinda important.
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    Kickstand bypass switch while your at it.
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  10. Brown Town

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    I'll try it without for a bit and see what happens but I'm kinda partial to dampers after watching other guys crap their pants and/or go down when the wag sets in.

    With adventure style foot pegs have you ever found that the decrease in space between the peg and clutch lever is problematic?

    I loved my Altrider luggage plate with single Rotopax because it was such a small clean set-up. I'll probably go for Black Dog Cycle Works version.

    The double takes look like a nice solution. Easily folded or removed if need be.

    I was looking at Renazco's. Full suede or suede top / vinyl sides?

    I'm sure I'll see mud in Washington if I don't see it on the CDR. I was looking into the high fender...any idea if what kind of fork guards bolt on without any mods? I read one post that said the 690SM did.
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  11. Brown Town

    Brown Town Been here awhile

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    Which relocator kit?
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    Gustavo.Ramos Long timer

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    Twice the money for fuel/fun compared to the 800
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    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Different people like different ones for different reasons.

    I have the Weld86, and am happy with it. You get a price break by buying it along with the Weld86 skid plate.

    I modified mine to eliminate the need to bolt to the case. I did this by countersinking from the backside.

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    That's how mine is, but a friend made it.

    Tht style is nice cuz it doesn't need a sensor extension.
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    grant22 Been here awhile

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    See above quote for answers
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    Here's a pic of the footpegs
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    Here's a pic of the seat
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    This shows the high fender and the fork guards, and the lil brackets I made to make the guards work
    You'll also see the roto pax here and doubletake mirrors
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    And like I said, with suspension and sag setup correctly (meaning head angle geometry is correct) you may find you don't need a damper. The only place I've found a damper would help is sand, but for me sand is just a 30 second at a time thing.
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    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    As someone else said, just get it and ride it for awhile. There's plenty of time to farkle later. Here's one of my favorite quotes from a world rider who makes the point that the most important thing is to ride:

    "You need a 500£ bike, is fine, obviously second hand. And you can leave pretty much in the clothes you are standing up in. Some waterproofs from your local angling store. A bag. A simple tool roll. And you are ready to go. You got to spend the money on the trip, not on the gear to do the trip. Otherwise, you'll never get anywhere. You'd never leave."

    Austin & Gerald Vince

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  18. Brown Town

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    Those footpegs look NICE. Saddle looks comfy too. I like the idea of having the Rotopax on the side but have you dropped the bike on it yet? How much does the luggage frame weigh roughly?

    Shorty windshield looks quite good. I was just looking at those last night and thinking of picking one up and stowing my tall one in the support vehicle for the ride home from the CDR.

    I'll ride her for a while without a damper and see how she feels. Lots of sand here in the South West but am moving to the Pacific North West shortly so that will change.
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    Yeah, sand is less a problem here. :D

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  20. Brown Town

    Brown Town Been here awhile

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    MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUD! Bet that'll slap your front wheel around. Can't wait!!!
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