1. Mattawanderer

    Mattawanderer Adventurer

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    So I have never even riden a KTM, but they seem to be highly praised. As I was wandering the interwebz I found this salvage site with a 990 and it says it has "vandalism" damage. Any ideas about what that could mean? Is there any chance this belonged to a Washington inmate?

    http://www.salvagebikesauction.com/...e/lot-12987253/Arlington-Washington/id/1/pg/1

    I have some more research to do as far as what it takes to fully recover a salvage bike. Thanks for any help!
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  2. Tessier

    Tessier Been here awhile

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    It could mean anything. I would be curious to know more about that site. They want you to pay them $25 to bid but won't tell you if the bike runs or when the auction will close? I would run for the hills unless I was able to inspect the bike personally. I would hate to see someone pay the $25 and then be told an insurance company had a reserve of 10k or something outrageous. Best of luck let us know how it turns out or if anyone has info and actually purchased a bike from them.
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  3. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    No you don't want to bid on a wrecked 990. could be a can of worms.
    Stay away from these things.:rofl

    Thanks for the heads up :clap

    Max
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  4. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Looks like they are a broker working through copart, which you can get to directly.

    Max
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  5. Mleaky

    Mleaky Been here awhile

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    That bike has been on Copart for 3-4 weeks now.
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  6. Sharing Roads

    Sharing Roads Adventurer

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    Pity we do not have places like that in South Africa for bikes.

    For the current bid of $1400,00, plus shipping to SA of around $600 it is a chance I will take, running or not.

    Problem in SA is to get it registered, which makes it a great spares bike if need be.
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  7. Kafn8td

    Kafn8td Been here awhile

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    It says no keys, so it's probably going to need a new ignition.
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  8. Uller

    Uller Long timer

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    I am about 5 minutes away from that salvage yard. While, I don't have the funds to pick it up myself, I would be willing to take a look at it for an inmate if they wanted. Just shoot me a PM......
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  9. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    Just make sure there is no problem with the paper work / who would be legal owner. Plus buy it very cheap and take off lights and unwonted body work and ride it off road or brake it for parts.
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  10. Freakingreen

    Freakingreen They make used stuff every day.

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    That same bike, same pictures, same details was on their site back in April or May. I was looking at it seriously for a while and didnt figure it would take much to get it working and on the road. Just really need to wonder why its suddenly reappearing on the site again. If someone can go look for you take them up on the offer for sure. Hope it works out for you.
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  11. richtidebruin

    richtidebruin Lurking since 2003..

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    According to Copart, theft recovery, notice no Keys.....

    That in itself could be an expensive fix given the immobilizer, perhaps a certified KTM mechanic (or some unlucky inmate) well versed on the issue could ellaborate.
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  12. Mattawanderer

    Mattawanderer Adventurer

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    Hmmm, good call. I have a DR650 and have no idea about all that immobilizer stuff :confused

    Does anybody have experience in salvage bikes in general? Where does it lie on the scale of "Very Doable" to "Causes Actual Nightmares:baldy"? It seems like it could be a really great combination of mechanical consternation and legal paperwork frustration. Then again, I am a sucker for painful projects...
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  13. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    If it turns out to be a runner and the vin and engine number are not ground off it should not be a huge problem as you could give ktm the vin and engine and reg number and see if they can get new key or unlock the immobiliser other wise it be parts only an less you can bypass it.
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  14. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Without a key, A guy would need to buy the complete lock system.
    at $653, which has the gas caps, seat lock and ignition lock.
    Another part would be the starter interlock at $ 89.

    Stolen bike with no key, you don't know the mileage, or if it runs,
    could be a huge can of worms.

    It's got wolfman racks and crash bars.
    If the PO is an inmate maybe he could chime in on what's up with
    the bike.

    I'm bidding on it !

    Max
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  15. Jaimoto

    Jaimoto Spaniard in Chile

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    If KTM can't provide keys, there is an easier route: get a 07-08 ECU and load the maps you want. 07-08 ECUs don't look for immobilizer so you're good to go, my buddy Martynho just did that to his '11R, also you won't be concerned by an immobilizer failure while riding between nowhere and fuckall.

    BTW, I would buy that bike RIGHT NOW.
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  16. Jaimoto

    Jaimoto Spaniard in Chile

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    Get it and leave her in Chile for future trips.
    I could take care of her while you're in the US :D
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  17. tacosupreme

    tacosupreme Been here awhile

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    Two ECU's from 2007's (one from a superduke, one from an adventure) have successfully been swapped with 2010+ adventures. It is possible to eliminate the immobilizer completely for around $300, and you could hotwire around the ignition switch at that point. Not that it would make any sense, you would still need a key for the fuel caps. So, if that's all that's wrong, for about $1000 USD you could have a running bike again. That said, I'm helping a buddy rewire his yamaha R6 right now that was recovered. The idiots that stole it thought it would be a brilliant idea to cut the main wiring harness, all 52 wires, to defeat the alarm. It also fried the ECU and a bunch of relays, and the key won't work in the ignition as they tried to hammer a flat head screwdriver into it. It is not a fun project.
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  18. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Damn man what are you psychic.
    I'd do a Martinho ecu switch, getting rid of the immobilizer
    and ride that sucker down.

    We're spending one more Winter in Tucson and riding in Mexico,
    then we want to spend several Winters living and riding in Chile
    and thereabouts.

    This bike would work out for that or I'll trade my Multi for a newer
    990 and ride my '08 down.

    Twist it, Max
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  19. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Bunch of jackasses, good on you for helping out.
    As above I'd do the ecu switch and I have a spare set of
    gas caps with key around.
    I'd bypass the seat lock and put a simple cable pull like my 690.

    Max
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  20. Mattawanderer

    Mattawanderer Adventurer

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