Would you be worried about buying a high mile (60k) 950 adv?

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  1. Swashbuckler

    Swashbuckler Been here awhile

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    I'm on the prowl for a 950 and one has come my way. I'd like to get some input though.

    2005.5 KTM 950 Adventure
    62,000 miles
    Original Owner - mechanic
    Owner maintained with all the common problems taken care of

    Extras include: ($5000 in extras)
    Slavens suspension
    Woody's Wheels
    Akro's
    Other miscellaneous parts
    All stock parts including hard bags

    I've searched the internet far and wide. I do know the basics of the 950 and what to look for. But the high mileage kind of worries me with the price he's asking and my available funds with backup funds for issues. And yes I've looked at all the high mileage threads and I'm not too concerned about 62k.

    What do you think? Anything I should question? Look at?
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  2. gozirra

    gozirra Spam?

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    I personally feel there are a few things worth checking for on a high mileage bike or car, Compression to tell me how the motor is doing, the hot idle after a ride/drive to check for leaks and the how does it shift. Bike only would be inspect for frame damage, Anything else I feel solid I can service, basically if the motor/trans is good everything else is a wear part and should be looked at accordingly.

    Big costs can come from anywhere but the motor or trans would be top on my list of "do not want to replace".

    (saying this while finishing up a head/base gasket replace on my 950)
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  3. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    With those bullet points, if the price is right I think you should stop over thinking it and buy it. If you want guarantees, buy new.
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  4. charlie264

    charlie264 Long timer

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    Looked after.....price....mileage wouldn't bother me. I'd rather buy a bike from a good home....opposed to Dealer FSH.
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  6. Frog uk

    Frog uk Been here awhile

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    We ALL need to stop thinking 60,000 miles on a 10 year old bike is high mileage, IT'S NOT, it's only 6,000 miles a year FFS.

    As long as its maintained properly it should easily see double that IMO.

    The Van I use for work is 3 years old with 70,000 miles on it, I consider it barely run in, why should a bike be different?
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  7. Zuber

    Zuber Zoob

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    It's all about condition. I've seen 20k mile bikes I wouldn't touch and 60k models that look like new.
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  8. Scribe

    Scribe £Bob£

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    Are all the updates done? If so, buy with confidence. I had mine for sale but changed my mind because it runs so well and I can't come close to replacing it for the money I'd get for it. 52k miles
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  9. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    price is right why not buy it.

    worst case you can break it and get money back if not profit on al the extras
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  10. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    My 05 Adventure has 70K miles on it now and it runs better than when it was new.
    Things to check:
    - Coolant lines. Especially the little one between the cylinders
    - Water Pump shaft
    - Fuel pump. Just buy a spare and keep it under the seat
    - Clutch Slave

    Other than that, if it runs good, has compression, and you like it, buy it.
    It IS a used bike, but hopefully the previous owner has sorted out all the little glitches by now. Little things will come up, but the bike will never let you down.

    Heck. If you buy a new 1190, you will still be taking it to the dealer for small stuff.

    Seriously. These bikes are probably some of the best machines ever made by man. And the new bikes are not better.

    Q~
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  11. Swashbuckler

    Swashbuckler Been here awhile

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    This is good to hear. He says that he put in a 990 water pump, evoluzion slave, but hasn't mentioned the fuel pump so I'll ask about that. Also all the TSB's have been taken care of.
    I'm driving a ways tomorrow to check it out, and most likely purchase it. I've been doing as much research as possible these past couple days and I'm not as worried about 60k on a 950. I just wish I was the guy who bought the bike new and put 60k on it as I'm sure there are a lot of good stories. Hopefully I can get the bike to 100k!
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  12. Swashbuckler

    Swashbuckler Been here awhile

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    Well I ended up buying it. A few little issues that I'll need to go over. I'll update this thread once I get into the bike to see how everything looks.
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  13. hotrdd

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    Congratulations<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

    I bought a high mileage 950 S earlier this year as well. And while I had the option to buy a much lower mileage bike instead I decided to save the money and use it to upgrade or replace the things that needed to be fixed. There have been a few issues with the bike but I am working my way through them and will get them all sorted out this year so that I have a lot more confidence in the bike next year.<o:p></o:p>

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    Make a list of items that you want to check and tick a few of them off each time you have a chance to do them.<o:p></o:p>
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  14. Doktor

    Doktor Been here awhile

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    A high mileage well maintained vehicle is much better than a low mileage vehicle that gas just sat and been ignored
    Anything mechanical hates just sitting
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  15. Swashbuckler

    Swashbuckler Been here awhile

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    Well I took it out for a test ride. 20 miles of canyon roads, 15 miles of dirt roads, and some atv/hardcore jeep trails. The brakes are messed up. The front brake has extreme vibration issues - either from a bent rotor or bad pads. The rear brake feels like mashed potatoes. There is also a power delivery issue above 6k. I'm guess the carbs need to be cleaned. Other than that the bike was great and I had a blast! I enjoyed it a lot better than my 690 which I've brought on the same ride. I'll post pics tomorrow once I tear apart the bike.
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  16. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    First of all, congratulations on your new best friend.
    - Brakes. Easy. Change fluid. New Galfer pads and possibly a new front rotor. For Pads I like green up front, and black in the back.
    - Power. Try running some Sea Foam though it. - OR - Check the jetting with Head2Winds kit.

    Other things to consider:
    - Side Stand relocation kit.
    - Skid plate?
    - Lots and lots of tires! :lol3

    The Orange Crush collective is probably the best resource you could ever have for keeping your bike running and happy.
    It was actually one of the deciding factors for me as to whether I wanted a KTM. This group is a wealth of information, aside from a few smart asses. :1drink

    Q~
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  17. Swashbuckler

    Swashbuckler Been here awhile

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    I did a full cleaning of the engine bay while replacing some hoses, and planned to do a valve check, but didn't have the tools to pull the spark plugs and had no idea how to do a valve check or adjustment.
    I also spent hours pulling off the linex (truck bedliner) paint job. It looked good and served a great purpose, but it wasn't my style. I now have it temporarily plasiti-diped in white with orange on the way.

    And pics will be posted as soon as I get the bike in full running condition.
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  18. Swashbuckler

    Swashbuckler Been here awhile

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    It's almost finished.

    Yesterday I cleaned up and painted the crash bars and luggage rack. I also had the orange paint arrive and started getting it set up. The bike is going to be white and orange with my own scheme of things. More new school (think Icon's Triumph Tiger), rather than the bland KTM 950 scheme.

    Today I'll be adding my last touches of paint and putting it all back together. I stripped a few screws here and there so I'll need to take care of that.

    Pics will be posted soon!
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  19. Szepy

    Szepy Adventurer

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    My 950 was inspected deeply just for curiosity at 63k kms. The engine's inside was clean like a new. The pistons and rings were in perfect shape comfortably inside the factory parameters. Same went for the clutch.

    Good oil (used motorex all the time) and thoughtful usage. Don't rev it hard until it's warm. It usually takes only a few kms anyway. After that it will do anything you ask and much more!

    If this was also cared enough I wouldn't be afraid of it's past. It'll still have a great future. :)
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  20. agent86pc

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    No guarantee with buying new, you will have some kind of warenty however. New bikes these days seem to have plenty of issues !!
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