1. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    The only way to 100% trust any bike is to leave it in the garage. No bike is totally reliable. It sounds like you're doing a good job of worrying too much. reading too many posts here and talking yourself out of the 950. The fuel pump filters on the 990 have issues leading to fuel starvation and replacing those, would it sounds like, be beyond your skills also.

    I was clueless about working on my bikes once, I started by changing the oil on my 1989 CB-1 and worked up from there. You have to start somewhere and if you never do, you'll never improve. If you have to start paying the dealer to do your 9x0 oil changes, the cost of ownership is going to start adding up fast.

    Checking the clutch pressure plates would be a good thing to do (TSB), they are easily accessible and it shouldn't cost much. You could add a Dr Bean electronic switch to the fuel pump (someone local to you would help you I expect, if you ask). I'd leave the clutch slave alone, it's the least likely item to fail.
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  2. The Savage Rabbit

    The Savage Rabbit Adventurer

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    I've changes the oil on my KLR, changed the cs sprockets on the KLR, and fz1, and sync'd the throttle bodies on the fz1 u see supervision (didn't do any good). But never lifted a tank off or opened an engine up.

    When I bought the 950, I read the HoW page and assumes the chances or those things going wrong in my bike were low because only some units displayed each problem. Then bam, 2 biguns in a month.
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  3. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    :lol3 great signature line....
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  4. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    The oil change on the 9x0 is much more complex than the KLR, there are ways to reduce this extra complexity but not to completely remove it. True your 950 could be cursed but statistically this is unlikely, you're already committed to doing the water pump so a second failure here is just as likely as with a new 990. KTM is going to fix the generator side, assuming that this implies ever other issue in the HOW is now certain to occur isnt logical.
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  5. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    Sorry to hear about your bike. It's well worth the time & frustration if you have an ounce of adventure in your veins!

    KTM North America is actually a bunch of really good people- they do "Goodwill Warranty" work more often than not once they hear the story & it is reasonable. There are bad customers too- a friend finally had Kawasaki NA swap an abused 2010 KLR650 for a 650 Versus just to end his 5-year warranty. He was just that loud (and hard on stuff) that they rebuilt his engine a couple of times and even given him a complete engine once. KTM NA doesn't suffer fools, as the old saying goes. They'll also have a serious discussion with the dealership if a problem exists.

    A good KTM service manager will plug your bikes VIN into the KTM NA corporate web interface as he takes your bike in & can provide you with data on your bike- when it was made, when it was sold, where, and to whom. Any open (uncompleted) TSB's that are applicable to your bike should show up on the history. It's a good way to let the customer know you're looking out for them, and helps develop a good relationship on both ends- cause your trying to help the guy ride & his mount happy. The ownership list isn't kept up to date on all bikes unless someone along the way updates the owner information, which is one way KTM NA can keep track of bikes and (where applicable) mail or email any safety issues that (might) pertain to your bike. Saftey recalls are handled through a combination of KTM, DOT & the US government. TSB's don't warrant a certified letter to your house.

    The Technical Service Bulletins which are the factorys way of letting dealerships know that certain bikes need updates or changes that have been noted by KTM Austria either from warranty/field experience or factory technicians rigorous testing. CPModem :clap has them available through the HOW, and there are a lot over the years. The service manager should thouroughly search the database to make sure your bike doesn't have any outstanding. Some of the older TSBs that are uncompleted don't show up so it takes a bit of research. When the dealer starts a claim on your bike if they enter the VIN & then the TSB recall number the computer will immediately kick back any aren't valid or have already been paid on by KTM NA. I have definitely worked on bikes where other KTM NA dealerships did not do the work but the customer was told it was- hopefully that isn't the case but people are people. Again, KTM NA welcomes cutomer input on relevant issues- they want us to have fun riding their bikes!

    The dealer only gets paid for TSBs when the proper computer work is completed. In some cases the TSB was performed and the service manager/technician didn't log work performed- in which case the dealership paid for the work & your history is dubious at best. Many TSB parts are sent to dealerships as regular (superceded perhaps) inventory so the mechanic simply pulls it & does the job. Like warranty work (in general, all manufacturers) the time alotted a job is for a clean, unmodified bike that you are familiar with. A mechanic that is "learning" on your bike or encountering rusted/stripped fasteners is going to take longer and the chance of something being overlooked, a hose or electrical wire pinched increases. But the dealer by no means makes a bunch money on TSBs or the parts. Some TSBs are so fast you can do them in a few minutes once you're familiar with them.

    any TSB parts are either to be kept with the bikes VIN information for a certain number of years or sent back to KTM NAfor verification for reimbursal and in some cases examined at KTM NA or sent back to the KTM Austrian factory.

    Next time you go into any KTM dealership provide them with the last 6 numbers of your VIN and they can look your bike up for you!
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  6. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    To gain valuable shop knowledge and field repair skills and meet other KTM riders in your area why don't you try a shop day at your place.

    Get a few cases of beers and pizzas and invite seasoned KTM Adventure owners to your place who are willing to show you the most basic repairs and things like tire tube removal and install (needed for adventure rides in the bush).

    Important maintenance/repairs:
    Oil change
    Brake pad changes and fluid flush.
    Uni air filter install.
    Fuel pump removal and install or install Dr Bean kit.
    Side stand relocation bracket.
    Remove old clutch slave and install new one.
    Water pump remove and install.


    Now it a good time since riding is a bit slower at this time of year.
    And KTM 950/990 owners are the best guys to be around.

    MZ
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  7. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    If you are reasonably mechanically inclined, you can do a lot of the work. The hardest part of working on your bike or car is troubleshooting the problem. If you are doing maintenance, or pre-emptive work, there is no troubleshooting. You will know what you are doing. Jusy follow the directions. Get a service manual and check out the H.O.W. All wrenching is is removing bolts and putting them back on. Stay organized, take pictures, if you don't know, ask. The Orange Crush is an AMAZING resource and ADVRider is the most helpful clan I have ever come across. You can do it. Is is very rewarding, and sometimes even fun. Yeah, you will have bleeding knuckles from time to time. Sure you will want to throw parts across the garage, or go wild with a mallet. But there are also times when you have a beer in hand, tunes on the hi-fi, and everything is just in the groove. All the world fades off and it is you, your bike, the smell of grease and metal, and an intimacy known only to those who wrench.
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  8. MrSandman818

    MrSandman818 INaVANdownBYtheRIVER

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    similar customer service issue with my bike. Got it with 17k on the odo. took it in for the big service and when they went to adjust the valves they saw the cams pitting and chunking. ktm wouldnt cover it even though it has only had motorx oil and always serviced on time. the kicker was they knew that there was a bad casting on 04' and older cams.
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  9. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    I believe this is a warranty item. Check on this first.
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  10. The Savage Rabbit

    The Savage Rabbit Adventurer

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    I did that when the water pump went out. There are no TSBs on the bike.
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  11. Deepc

    Deepc Been here awhile

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    The starter torque limiter is a TSB issue for 2005.5. I have a problem in that the closest KTM dealer is light years away. Will KTM ship the part to the owner directly? I guess I'll call and find out.
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  12. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    IMO the adventure is a DIY bike. Getting the thing serviced costs an arm and a leg. Doing it yourself makes the bike pretty cheap on maintenance, especially when u take it offroad.
    As soon as i got mine i did all the TSB's that i could find, just to make sure it would not fail on me. Water reservoir was filled with casting sand while there was 37 000km on the clock.... :\
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  13. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    I know the local KTM dealer owner personally and the parts manager too... they won't give me TSB parts to work on my bike/s and I would say that I know LC8s better than any of their techs..... Your experience may vary.
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