TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE - 01 Just keep scrolling down. Post#01 - The "how it came to be" Story Post#03 - Tires - the only thing I did for a while Post#04 - Stenhouse 30mm Bar Risers & Bleeder Valves Post#05 - KTM Engine Guards & Fastway Foot Pegs Post#06 - Radiator Screen - Adventure Cooler Protection Post#07 - Touratech GPS Mount Post#12 - Sneak Peek:BRP Tripple Clamp EVO ProTaper Bars FMFQ's Post#13 - 1st Round FMF's Post#14 - Battery Replacement PAGE - 02 Post#23 - Top Box Post#30 - Header tubes to Young Gun Performance Coatings - Ceramic Page - 03 & 04 NEXT - Precision Concepts rebuillds / tunes forks and rear shock. Uni Filter air pre-filter Rally Raid ProGrips Page - 08 post #108 Kickstand electrical switch Mod post #109 Scotts Steering Stabilizer Post #110 Carbon Fiber Side Panel Protection ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: My KTM950ADV story One day in 2006, after recently reacquainting myself with two wheels with the purchase of a 1997 Honda XR400: Honda XR400  The DirtDawg Chronicles - Read my XR400 Report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272676 The wife said she would like to ride with me again. Not happening on the XR400. We use to ride a lot back when I had a Yamaha RZ350, when we where dating. After going to Japan 1992 and seeing the current crop of two-stroke street bikes at that time, I decided to sell the bike, small mistake, but it was for a good cause, the honeymoon in Hawaii. We use to have a blast with that bike but we where getting our life and family started, so the time for two wheeled pleasures where of the peddled type. Life was rolling and later off into the four wheeled dirt sport of rally i go! The Escort at it finest at the 2003 Ramada Express International Rally in Laughlin Nevada. While great fun, Rally is ten times more work, 10X-time, 10X-manpower-effort and money! I expired my budget, but I did take home the 1st place title for the Western States Championships! I wanted to take it to the next level, but the wallet did not allow, nor was there an resonable investment on return via sponsorship of a rally car [pre XGames and mainstream TV]. After the rally season and a year or so of more hard work, a family outing would have us with friends camping out in the desert as their son was getting into dirt bikes and there is sat, a Honda XR400 and the owner asked if I knew how to ride. That was an easy answer and one ride was all it took. I laughed while I rode. I stopped and pondered just why I had been away from the bikes for so long! Time to make up for lost time on two wheels! Funny how a month later I would find my own as I purchased a 1997 Honda XR400 at the first of 2006. First offroad bike in many years and back to having fun and very inexpensively compared to the rally car and actually more time driving/riding vs working and planning for rallies. The XR400 is plated and legit, but I need to make it a bit more legit as I live in Orange County, California and this bike came from the high desert – mountain area’s where the police are a bit more relaxed about the details. Yea, no turn signals, no speedO, no battery for brake light… need I say more? But it is sooo fun! But that one day came where the wife said, I want to ride with you and the XR isn’t going to do it. As motorcycle enthusiast we are always dreaming of expanding the quiver and while I have the Honda XR400 and the Honda Civic, I was thinking of keeping it all in the family by adding say a Honda TransAlp or the AfricanTwin. With the wife making the statement that we could be in the market for a bike we could both ride, this thought quickly accelerated with frenzy excitement! While the dream-search was kicking in, I remembered seeing the KTM Dakar bike in the RedBull corporate lobby and the fact that it is THE rally bike began to burn in my mind. Plus, while working for C16autostyle magazine, the two owners have the 950ADV’s as well, but at that time even thinking about the 950ADV's was so far out of reach. But now, orange was on the brain! The wife and I started talking about the what-if and the wife was ready as she stated we could go look and she was ready to purchase, as she wanted to ride! The closest KTM dealer is 3-Brothers Racing in Costa Mesa. We stop in to see two 950ADV’s sitting right there! A black one and an orange one! They tried to push me onto the 950R super MX thingy that was just coming out, but it would be a couple of months before they would have one. I was not even remotely interested as I was sitting on the black one saying this is the one with the wife standing right there with the checkbook in hand. Yet, they did not try to sell me the bike! We were asking all the questions and my wife and I were ready to buy and ride that day!!! We walked out mad, insulted and totally confused as to what just happened. That afternoon we drove all over the place looking at bikes! I think we drove over 150 miles looking at Aprilia’s, Ducati’s Suzuki’s all looking for other dualsport types. I was not on the BMW tip nor did I see myself (at the time) owning a BMW. BUT I kept thinking about the KTM!!! I wanted it, I just did not want to deal with 3-Brothers of Costa Mesa, but I kept the KTM catalog brochure and read it and any-everything I could read that night. Next morning we where off to Del Ammo Motorsports. They only had a 950ADV-S model. I have 30” in-seam and that was not happening. [I think otherwise now] I was trying to see if the lowered seat would fit the S-model and they did not know that much about it, nor did they have the seat in stock to check. The lowered seat is a factory option, yet they had not ever thought to test it. Too many other bikes on the floor I guess. BUT, their service guy is one of the BEST! People with KTM’s drive from all over to have their service work done there. My wife was asking if I was seriously considering the blue/orange combo while she was falling in love with the Ducati Monstrada. A grippy tarmac Monstrada would go much deeper faster into the turns and would be exploited daily! This is not what I needed, nor what I was looking for. My mind had been made at that very point. That bike would get me into way too much trouble, and it finally dawned on me that the KTM 950ADV WAS THE BIKE FOR ME! Rolling with knobbies daily is limited but it’s that limit I need, plus I wanted to uphold my GravelCrew rally team motto: rally tires daily, just two less for me. So the KTM search continued. Started looking the used route and hit the papers. Found a guy selling a bike locally and met up with him. while meeting him he stated that he would be joining a group to ride to MotoGP. he also said of the seven bikes he owns, this is the one he wanted to ride up! He said he would be willing to take a bit off the price if I waited... I COULD NOT WAIT! With a statement like that, I had to have one of these bikes!!! Z-Racing was advertising a used bike. I called and asked straight out, “why should I buy from you?” The man said “SERVICE!” July 13th, 2006 I boogied over to Z-Racing then in Anaheim [Z-Racing’s new address: 608 w. Katella Ave., Orange, CA 92867 www.zracinginc.com] and caressed a used 2005 950ADV and jumped ON IT!!! The bike had 2,400 miles on the clock, but they went ahead and performed the 3K service and it already had it’s first set of fresh knobbies! Mark Zoller, Z-Racing’s owner and Tim, Z-Racing’s manager are totally cool, down to earth and have been working/selling KTM’s for some 20-years! Matt stays on top of the technical updates. Any questions I have had, they have gotten me the info even if it was something they where not familiar with. AND they answer all of my emails!!! So needless to say that I am very happy with my KTM purchase and especially happy with my shop of choice as I know this will play a big roll down the road and very soon as I am driving the bike daily! It took a few days to get some images of the bike as I had been so busy riding and not taking the time to stop and shoot. After four trips over Saddleback in the course of basically one week and almost a thousand miles, yea, it was time to stop and snap a few. First major modification: Rear tire deconstruction! But I guess tires don't count as they are in constant rotation.