So I knew going in that I was rolling the dice on a new platform from KTM. The 790R ticked all the boxes so I brought one home the first day of June this year. 11,500 miles later it has crossed a lot of dirt, rocks, mud, and pavement in a whole lot of states in the US. A summer of fun took its toll on the bike and it's time to show it some love. This is how the bike typically looked this year despite efforts to keep it clean. After a good wash I stripped it down for a deep clean before digging into winter maintenance. Clutch was pretty toasty. New clutch pack and springs got that sorted. Checked the valves since I wanted to replace the leaking valve cover gasket. Getting a feeler gauge in there is an exercise in patience... LOL. Buttoned back up. Hopefully the last time I'll have a view of the cylinders until next winter. Tank back on and successful test run! Gave it an Enduro Engineering skidplate to replace the now beat up OEM splashguard as a gift for not leaving me stranded anywhere along the trail this year. Decent piece of kit. Swingarm bearings and headstock next week. I don't love winter bike maintenance but I like it better than unplanned summer time bike maintenance. Gotta show KTMs some love if you expect them to bring you back home.