Understanding suspension mods, more ground clearance?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by CC Ryder, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    KTM 950/990 specs have varied over the years depending on the year and the model. Here are some for a 2013 KTM Adventure R. http://www.2013ktm.com/990AdventureR.html.

    The difference in travel compared to F800gs is only 15mm, but ground clearance difference is 2" compared to what you measured unladen.

    I think that if you plan to routinely ride your bike at speed over rocky terrain, where two inches of ground clearance is all that important. Buy a different bike.

    Can you do it? sure. Touratech and others have built race bikes out of the F800gs. http://www.touratech-usa.com/Adventure/Blog/BcGTXA/Touratech-Racing-s-F800GS-Enduro-Bike Personally I don't think it is all that practical from a financial point of view.

    If you are a DIY, strap on some longer forks and a shock. There is enough tube overlap in the Marzocchi forks to use longer travel donor cartridges and springs.

    Heavier springs results in less sag. You will gain some ground clearance, just doing that. Did you know a 18" rear rim/tire is taller than the stock rear wheel? I have a reinforced polymer skid plate that is a molded to the contours of the engine that gives me at least a 1/2" more clearance.

    It is a combination of things. You seem fixated on suspension and ground clearance. Don't forget that for your money, a KTM provides more HP.
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  2. NAZDirt

    NAZDirt Been here awhile

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    I went the economy route and have been more than happy saving some $$$. At 270 with all my riding gear the HD Hyperpro front and rear springs made a huge difference for me. I have the front and rear preload set on the high side and have enough clearance to ride most terrain. It's not adjustable and probably not as nice as the aforementioned set-ups but I can easily ride with most of em. It doesn't ride as harsh as you would think with the springs and preload but I am happy.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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  3. NAZDirt

    NAZDirt Been here awhile

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    I agree it will never be high clearance. My skid plate proves that!
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  4. CC Ryder

    CC Ryder Adventurer

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    It's not that im hung up on getting more clearance.. I can't be the only one that wishes the F8 had more ground clearance.. It's more that if I spend the $$ on giant suspension upgrades, I'd hate to overlook the possibility of gaining more ground clearance if it was easily doable.. I'm not suspension savvy and am learning here that other than an 18" rear, I am not going to easily gain any inches.. It's not a factor that will dictate weather I keep the bike or not. I've been thinking about going the cheap route.. maybe buy me a year or so. I think the 1190 is my next bike but im always weary of first year models. So, maybe that is what I will do, invest minimal dollars, hope for the best and save for another year and get the second year 1190. Who knows.
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  5. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Talking about 1190, I would assume you would get the R version.

    And a question for others: Are suspensions of the 1190 non-R version, with electronically controlled suspension modes, and BMW's ESA upgradeable?
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  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    The only limits to anyones imagination, is the size of your wallet..

    Konflict would have to answer the question as far as "forks" go..but the shocks can be modded by several aftermarket companies..(BMW at least..will take a bit of time for them to catch up to the KTM..)
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  7. Konflict Motorsports

    Konflict Motorsports KM TUNER

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    Ive yet to be see the internalls of the 1190 electronically controlled standard, only been in the 1190 R so far. Have springs on order for front and rear at this time.
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  8. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    :lol3 :clap

    When I said "they" I meant Aftermarket in general..Sorry, didn't intend to single you out..

    Thanks for all your work on these guys!
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  9. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    It would seem to me, that too soft springs and excessive sag would cause all the symptoms you list. (bottoming out, not enough clearance)

    I went with the Ohlins USA kit, and it helps me. But I'm not going to hang out with my enduro buddy on his 950SE either, I'm not that level of a rider.

    David
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