Welcome new 9x0 owners! Things you need to know about your new bike...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Geek, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    The factory set the steering stops wide out for shipping purposes I suspect. That contributes to an extremely exaggerated wide turning radius. By adjusting the steering head stops down to just before the bars hit the side fairings, you gain a much greater turning angle... for a more agile feel on the bike. It made a huge difference and boost in fun factor/ confidence for me. I got that info from here and this savvy community( thanks Geo!!!).
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  2. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Can't thank the contributors on this site such as yourself enough for sharing your knowledge and lessons learned with new 990 owners. Its good to know you all have each other's backs when it comes to smoothing out the transition that comes with ownership of a new ride.Cheers.
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  3. MudratinOz

    MudratinOz Nomadic motorcyle traveller

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    top thread, keep the hints and tricks coming :clap
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  4. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Calculate your fuel mileage by hand BEFORE doing anything to the engine. And because I know people (with degrees in Chemistry) that don't know how:

    1. Fill your bike up. 2. Reset the trip odometer. 3. Ride it until the light comes on or some point there-of. 4. Fill the bike back up completely. 5. Now, take the number of miles and divide by the number of gallons you just put in. Example 143 miles / 4.2 gallons = 34.05 mpg

    IF YOU ARE GETTING ANYTHING IN THE 40+ MPG RANGE DO NOT DO ANYTHING TO THE BIKE

    Do not do a canisterectomy. Don't do the SASectomy. If you change the exhaust don't have anyone retune/reflash the ECU with what KTM says is the appropriate map. I wouldn't even let KTM plug in a diagnostic tool (but I'm paranoid).

    Why? You have one of the mythical fantastically amazing KTM maps that actually works. I'd wager money that the throttle is as smooth as a Yamaha R1.

    KTM released a few bikes, mainly 07 - 09 range to my knowledge, that had a couple of rough spots in the mapping. In an effort to fix this a lot of us, myself included, changed throttle body butterflies, pulled the charcoal canister and the SAS system, to no avail. The only way I finally fixed mine was with TuneBoy and Ken Wheeler's dyno over at Deal's Gap. TuneECU is now the newer, better, cheaper version.
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  5. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Geek, thanks for starting this thread. And thanks to everyone who has contributed and thanks to everyone that will contribute from here on forward.

    I'm new to the world of ktm and have spent hours in the Orange Crush section sponging up all info possible. This is an awesome place and I feel I've learned quite a bit in a short time.

    Checked my mileage yesterday after the fuel light came on and after I had ridden about 16 miles to the nearest station. 160 miles and it took 4 gallons to fill. I'm pleased as hell and know not to do anything to the bike. I also need to check the turning stops as I'll bet the previous owner didn't.

    Thanks again!!
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  6. Tee2

    Tee2 I SAID! Woo Hoo!

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    Thanks for starting this thread. :clap

    I'm still a newbie only 5,000 miles but the one thing I found, a strong magnet works great to pull the oil filter out.
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  7. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    The generator plug cover (for valve adjustments/manually cranking the engine) is plastic and cracks very easily.
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  8. jclark83

    jclark83 Been here awhile

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    Awesome thread. As a new 950 owner it's nice to have the "Cliff Notes" version of the OC forum:clap
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  9. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    One more small, but important thing to remember:

    After finishing a day's ride, remember to try to wipe the shit-eating grin off your face before walking into the house. If your wife or significant other sees it too often, she's gonna think you're having an affair or something. :lol3
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  10. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    I know. but there's an Orange anodised alu replacement in the KTM hard parts catalogue.
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  11. Milehi

    Milehi Been here awhile

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    Start looking for a rear tire, these bikes are hard on them......
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  12. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Check your oil after every ride until you get to know your bike.

    Some of these bikes do consume oil and every one seems to be different.

    As per your owner's manual, you want to check the oil when the engine is hot but I would also offer:
    Come up with a consistent way to check your oil and do it the same every time (because the levels will read differently depending on engine temperature).
    Personally I do it every time I get home and roll into the garage after taking my helmet and gloves off (i.e. engine at full temp).

    The difference between the max oil line and the min (end) of the dipstick is 500ml of oil. As per your owner's manual, you screw it all the way in to the bottom before you remove it to check it.

    You may find your first several rides that the bike is not using any oil, but the first time you really ride it hard (say spinning up the tire offroad or getting stuck and slipping the clutch a bunch) your oil consumption may be higher for that specific ride because of the revs you used.

    Overtime you'll get to know *your* bike and when (if) you need to top it off; just take the time to build that relationship instead of assuming "things are all good".
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  13. 950trailrider

    950trailrider Adventurer

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    Great thread Geek! I have picked up so much information on these bikes from this forum, it's a great resource. There is a whole new group of owners that will be served by your initiative.

    If you have one of the earlier bikes (mine is a 2004 GO!!! model) it is hard to see the oil level on the smooth aluminum dipstick, especially with the thin synthetic oil. It helps to use a file to modiffy the section where the level is supposed to be to create a flat surface and then apply a bit of a crosshatch pattern with the corner of the file, a hacksaw or even a utility knife, on that surface for the oil to "hang" on.
    (I think the dipstick was changed to a differently shaped plastic one on later bikes).
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  14. 1Bonehead

    1Bonehead Fearless of Falling

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    Either learn to ride or lift weights so you can pick it up!! Best tip I ever got:D
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  15. iPaul

    iPaul n00b

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    This thread is very useful,
    Thanks!
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  16. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    To get the most fuel in the bike fill it up when it's on the center stand. Word of caution though, fuel will leak out of the left tank when parked on the side stand (when both fuel tanks are full). I park my bike on the center stand until I ride 30-40 miles and use up some of the fuel.

    If you're riding slow and technical there's a chance your fuel tanks will pressurize. This is most commonly caused by a pinched vent line when putting gas-tanks back on the bike (though there are other causes). If the gas tanks are pressurized and you open the gas cap fuel will explode out of the tank and into your face.

    If you have a right side fan kit installed it's a good idea to buy, build, or create a fan shroud to keep the hot air from blowing onto the gas tank and boiling your gas (really only a problem in slow, technical riding). Many people use KTM OEM part number 60035044050 ($6 or so) and modify it.
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  17. Alejo

    Alejo Been here awhile

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    I really appreciate all this info here. even though I am not a new 950/990 owner I could tell that to check the oil level is almost impossible on this bikes, I have had a 05 950 a 07 990 and now I have a 12 990 R and can´t read properly the oil level, actually I change the oil yesterday with out a needed because the level was to low (min mark) I did not add any thing because I had added to much oil and the mark was still on the min mark, at the end I took out 3.6 liters, I put 3 liters of new synthetic oil and did what ever the manual says and the mark is still on the min mark.. WTF I don´t understand.

    Any way, just wanted to say that since to ride the bike with low oil is as bad as ride it with to much oil and most of the times (in my case) I don´t know if my bike has the oil it needs.

    Any thought will be appreciate.
    Sorry if this does not belong to this thread. Sorry also for my English, it is not my primary language.
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  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Emergency Fuel Tank Access

    If you open your gas caps, you will see a single screw inside. This is the "anti theft" screw.
    Personally.. I've removed this screw.

    That way if I'm on a long ride and I lose my key, or break a key off in the fuel cap, or get a jammed fuel cap, I can remove the fuel cap with allen keys so that I can put fuel in the tank. I'm far more worried about one of these events happening than I am about having my fuel stolen.

    If you do not remove this interior screw, you will not be able to remove the fuel cap with an allen key to fill it up if one of these issues arise.
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  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    You are supposed to check the oil with the bike hot.

    After you drain the oil, put 3 liters in. Then start the bike and let it warm until 4 bars on the temp gauge. THEN check your oil (remove the dipstick, dry it, screw the dipstick all the way back in and then remove it and check the level).

    Then put oil in until you are at the desired level.

    Make sure your bike is level and on the CENTER stand.

    Hope this helps
    :freaky
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  20. Alejo

    Alejo Been here awhile

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    Geek, thanks, it is exactly what I have done every time I check the oil :dealbut no matter how much oil I add the level is always at the "min" mark.

    In my 07 990, the oil level one day was up to "max" mark and next day at the "min" level and two days before it was like an inch above the "max" mark and two days latter no oil at all at the dipstick?????????????, I have always follow the manual directions to perform this and could´t do it right. :jjen

    On my new R it is even worse, as I told you no matter how much oil I add, the level is always at the "min" mark.

    I guess that is the way it is and it is going to be. :rofl:rofl ...
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