What Did You Do To Your KTM Today?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by DeeGee, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. laramie LC4

    laramie LC4 crash test dummy!

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    added a touratech light guard i got off another inmate from this site. i think they are ugly as sin but what ya gonna do? i have lost count of the number of headlights i have busted on my 640 from chasing people through the dez. the thought of that happening to this bike did not fill me, nor my wallet, with joy.

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    laters,

    laramie :beer
  2. Bonsai Elephant

    Bonsai Elephant Banned

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    Nice!

    Great clean look!
  3. Bonsai Elephant

    Bonsai Elephant Banned

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    Well done, now head to the name change thread and get that sorted!

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  4. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Once the paint dries... For the final ingredient it's time to add a little dirt... Then some more...and some more!!!
  5. shakin_jake

    shakin_jake F-u-h-r-i-ggg!

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    hard to tell viewing this pic

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    did your vinyl on the tank get the dreaded bubbles the orange owners (OEM orange jade metal flake paint scheme) experience (like mine=:-(
    Salvador?



    Best,


    Jake
    Reddick Fla.
    "Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian."
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  6. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    That or his paint is just falling off, like mine does. :cry And then i drop it and i'm happy the bike did not have a perfect paintjob. :rofl
  7. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    Huge bubbles!!!! So ugly, i had to pinch them. I preferred the wrinkles. In any case, the day I bought the bike I knew it wouldn't be long before I would send it to the paint shop.... I dreaded the orange vynils and the orange high fender. I know some inmates love them, but mine made the bike look like it was sticking its tongue out. So for three weeks I did nothing but search this forum for inspiration, and once I saw Desert surfer's bike I saw the true aesthetic potential of my bike. Four weeks after buying my 950, I finally love the way it looks...

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  8. Davy F

    Davy F Pro Goolie Fiddler

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    Bought and fitted the R small screen today. I like it........:clap

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  9. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    Davy F: I think yours is the first 1190 I like… congratulations on a beautiful bike!!
  10. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Finished 3400kms on the Canadian prairie back roads.
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  11. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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  12. EZ300

    EZ300 Just wanna ride my motorsickle

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    Took it for a spin...
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    Saw some wildlife....
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    Messed with the bull and almost got the horns...
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    Took it to the lake....
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    Dam...
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    Shot a canyon or two...
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  13. midfat

    midfat wholesome dirtiness

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    That looks like an ideal candidate for Dr Bean
  14. Joeman68

    Joeman68 Tanker

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  15. Vector Leto

    Vector Leto Adventurer

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    I'm not going to say how long it took me :D.

    Noticed that the rubber isolator on my Black Dog skid plate is giving the underside of my engine a good shine (in front of the drain plug).

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    Another observation...

    After buttoning everything back up, put in 2.5 liters per the manual. Ran the engine until 7 bars lit up on the temperature gauge. Put in another 0.5 liters. Ran it for awhile again. Checked the dip stick, which indicated oil level just above MIN. Went for a proper ride (i.e. typical or actual operating temperature) and measured the oil level again, which indicated oil level just below MAX.

    One other thing: I was able to change the oil without removing the left tank. However, instead of taking the time to remove and install the tank, I spent a lot of time dealing with limited space. Also, without removing the left tank or the battery cover, it's difficult if not impossible to torque-to-spec the upper oil tank drain bolt and the two screws on the oil valve line. In retrospect, it might be easier to just remove the tank.
  16. Vector Leto

    Vector Leto Adventurer

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    Received some early Christmas presents

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    Geek link for easier crash bar install.

    Tires next...
  17. Rodknee

    Rodknee the post is mightier than the sword...

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    oof. i just did my oil today, and did the same thing as you mentioned, but i topped off the bike after getting the bike warmed up to 7 bars. it was right in the middle of the range after i was done.

    so, after i go for a real ride, i will most likely be overfull then? :cry i will recheck during the week when i can get out for a half hour or so.
  18. srad600

    srad600 Been here awhile

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    Changed out my rear tire last night after 9 months of abuse. Took the K60 scout off and put on a MEFO SE. Did the change by hand to see if I would be able to do it in the field. It...was....not.....fun. :bluduh At one point my wife asked me what all the cursing was about. I would not want to have to do that again trail side.

    Ayway, got it done, and first impressions tell me that the K60 was much more planted on the street. Haven't been able to do a dirt test yet.
  19. Shov3BR

    Shov3BR Tinkerer

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    Did just the opposite on my 990ADV. I've been running a MEFO SE in all kinds of weather on good and bad pavement but only moderate off road. It has 8k miles on it and probably another 4k-6k before it's worn out. I absolutely love it.

    However, I wanted to run my homemade tubeless rim on a ride to the Arctic Circle so had to go with the K60. I figured it would make tire repair much easier on the off-road stuff.

    Arrrgghhhhh... I've NEVER struggled so much changing a tire. I finally sent the little woman to the parts store to get some long truck tire irons. Even at that I had to put wood blocks between the bead and the rim to hold the bead down in the drop -my Motion Pro Bead Buddy 2 wouldn't reach the spokes of that big KTM rim.

    I swear, I'd rather mount a tire with a Bib Mousse which I used to think was the worst tire job in the world.

    The front K60 was a snap after slaving over the rear. In fact it was so easy I took it off a couple of times to rotate it a bit each time to optimize balance.

    Long story short, the K60 ran fine on long highway stretches in very hot weather and stuck good on the rainy days. They seemed OK on the Dempster Highway which is a mixture of gravel and mud. I had a pretty heavy get-off in some deep gravel but I chalk that up to poor riding technique.

    Overall, I think I'll go back with the MEFO SE which is on my other non-tubeless rim. There's no way on earth I could change that K60 on the road if something happened that couldn't be repaired with a tubeless tire plug.

    -Shov
  20. EZ300

    EZ300 Just wanna ride my motorsickle

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    Just rode the Dempster in June this year.
    Picked up a nail in the K60 and had to change the tube.
    It wasn't hard at all. I think the tires get more pliable as you put miles on them.
    This one had about 4000 miles on it when it flatted.
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