GravelCrew GCRad1 - My KTM950ADV story + upgrades

Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by GCRad1, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    Thats quite crap.:huh

    Given Scotts sell the damper and triple as a kit, you would think it was better quality than that. Especially given the cost.

    I find it odd also that there aren't options with higher risers - which would fix that clearance problem - and be more suitable for taller riders...
  2. elephant man

    elephant man Adventurer

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    You guys have all the fun!
    I own a super tenere and am strugling to find stuff for it that isn't stock or
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    Sheep Shagger Show me your fleece

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    I wasn't too happy when I fitted it, You don't even need to raise the bars, the damper mount is just too high, there is more than enough room to have it lower.

    (Excuse the sawdust, I was working in the garage today)
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  4. silver04rs

    silver04rs Stupid N0OB!!111

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    you must be a shorter guy
  5. Sheep Shagger

    Sheep Shagger Show me your fleece

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    Nar..I'm not a BMW rider. I'm 6'2" 180 lbs, just a tall stick. But I don't like riding bikes with bars like a harley, these raise the bars about 1/2" and place them further forward, maybe 3/4~1". Seems to be just about perfect bar placement.
  6. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    Well, I have one last word to say on the matter.
    Take your design issues up with Scott Harden when you see him next. BRP actually made this set-up for Scott's 950ADV Dakar efforts back in the day.

    I'm happy with my set-up as I have all the control I need. If you have to reach down and push the knob round more than twice, that's hands off the bar for too long. They way I have my stabilizer set-up, I can get all the stabilization I need in one swoop of the needle-pointer. No need to remember what turn/setting it is on. I can glance down and know - quick and simple.
  7. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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  8. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    I got this hot new look over Thanksgiving weekend Nov 23-25, 2007 After the 24th Annual LA-Barstow-Vegas Dist37-AMA 2007 Dual Sport Ride.

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    Ride all the roughest stuff in the desert during the event, following day on the way home, get out on a dry lakebed and crash!!! On a dry lake bed...

    I was a participant in the Dist-37 AMA Adventure Motorcycle Rally Nov 23-25 riding my big KTM 950ADV. Finished the event, some 500+ miles and had a blast! Great riding with only 10 miles of tarmac and the rest off-road and tons of photos!!!

    On the way home on Sunday, through the desert, I went down hard in a dry lakebed just outside of Baker, California. Luckily I was riding with my buddy Chad of Dust Magazine.

    What happened?
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    I actually took the image, but I do not remember taking the image. Chad said I got up after the crash and took a couple of images, this being one.

    Look close and you will see a dark horizontal line [through the chest of Chad standing back there] that is where my bike went air born. The dry lake has a "cut-out" road, which I did not see. It dropped down about knee deep and as wide as a single blade bulldozer. We where blasting across the lake bed and I drove right across this "cut-out", bike dropped down into it, preloading the suspension and flew out the other side, suspension un-compressing and unloading me at the same time - flying into the air I went!

    I landed in the area in the foreground.

    I actually road my bike some 15-miles to Baker where Chad and Mark, both of Dust Magazine, had me leave my bike in a safe location and they transported me back home. While on the way home, it was the Dust To Glory scene... with Mouse MaCoy "where's my bike, where's my bike, where's my bike???" I forgot the events up to the accident and had not recollection of the crash, yeap, some short-term memory loss.

    Doctors where amazed: BROKEN C-1 and i'm not dead, not paralyzed and have full function of all my toes and fingers!!! Just a little broke down right now...

    See neck brace: I will be wearing this for about six months.
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    I'm going stir crazy already, but doing anything and everything IS HARD! Sleeping is HARD as I cannot LAY DOWN!!! I have been sitting up for a week - trying to sleep! Three weeks now - still sitting up to sleep!!!

    My spirit is not broken. I will ride motorcycles again - off-road an all. I will be back to work, that will be the easy. I just have to get my body back in service. One step at a time!!!


    Read the full ride report - IT WAS WAY FUN!!!:
    LA-Barstow-Vegas Dist37-AMA 2007, 2-KTMLC8ADV's & 1-BMW1150GS Nov 23-25 DUST Magazine
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=289466

    Then you can come back here and look at the double summersault results to the bike and parts and such.

    Just know, the 950ADV started off looking NICE like this!!!
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    Thanks to my safety gear: Fox Helmets | Troy Lee Designs Body Armor & knee Pads | Scott Boots & Goggles!!! It could have been a lot worse!






    Troy Lee Designs LEAT Brace - NEXT!
  9. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second... Super Supporter

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    GC....glad you are relatively in one piece...best of luck....

    how fast do you think you were going whe you hit the cut out?...
  10. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    Hmmmm... Again, I don't remember anything. But with a couple of chats with my buddy riding with me... let's just say 60<>90.... somewhere in there. Stupid speed for sure!

    Now I have two things that I fear. Back in 2001 I had a real scary bad off in my rally car during the Laughlin International Rally - Grand Canyon. It was a return route and back then, we did not have the new standards in route books. basically we where in a "as fast as you can go' section and it quickly got tight as I crested the crest the road went R2 and all I could do is scrub off as much speed as possible and we left the road behind down the embankment. We left the road at 62mph! We actually drove the car out to finish the race!

    So, without saying, I am scared of blind crest and now FLAT GROUND!!!!
  11. silver04rs

    silver04rs Stupid N0OB!!111

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    Cool... I know a road with some great dips we can go ride
  12. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    I'm home...
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    My bike arriving home as my stepson Anthony and Chad of Dust Magazine drove the couple of hours to Baker to retrieve it. THANKS GUYS!!!

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    I can not believe the windscreen did not break!!!
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    The aftermath did result a broken turn signal, two broken mirrors, skint bodywork and the crash guard got pushed up against the bodywork.
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    And more dents in my front wheel.
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    Woody, I don't know if it's going to be worth sending to you now...


    Broke the right side mirror mount off.... Chad picked up the pieces and put them in my backpack for some little memory-gifts. he said it might help bring my memory back... I think my harddrive permenatly erased that part and I am alright with that.
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    Note the remote mirror mount instead of the factory location on the front brake reservoir. That would have for sure broken the reservoir and cost a bunch more... Make sure you order part #: 58012040050. I ordered mine from Z-Racing, but you can check it out here from KTMTwins too: http://www.ktmtwins.com/950adventure/58012040050.html

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    There is one main brace/braket that holds the dash-headlight-windscreen-sidepods all into place. I think that is bent and causing some mis-alignment.

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    Right side faring/sidepod where it meets the gas tank is a bit out of line.

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    Where the windscreen, dash and side panel meet is a bit out of line - on right side.

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    Windscreen to dash alignment is a bit off on the left side of the bike.

    I think replacing that main brace that holds all this stuff into place is going to bring it back into alignment... we will see....

    Overall - not bad!!!
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    Just bangged up, considering how it flipped and rolled....

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    Dang stock handguards are tough!!!

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    Carbon protection after one 500+ offroad adventure of doing it's service.

    More images coming soon... helmet.
  13. Pepemoto

    Pepemoto Road-slicer

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    Love your thread, it's great. I am sorry to hear about your crash. I'm glad you're okay. Get well soon and Happy Holidays!
  14. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    Thank you FOX HELMET!!!!
    This puppy saved my life!!!
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    Now if I just had the Troy Lee Designs LEATT Brace!!!
    Here are some more images of my helmet from the crash:
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    All these scratches came from the accident. I'm the guy that never lay's a helmet on the ground on the shiny surface.

    I actually met a collision and injury dynamics specialist at the motorcycle show and he wants to inspect my helmet after the holidays. That should be interesting. He actually scared me more about the C1-neck accident than my doctor did, as he told me C1-C3 usually results death or paralyzed...

    that was kinda'scary hearing him tell me this...
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  15. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    Also on the damaged list from my big-OFF!
    My Garmin 60CSx sit's on a Tourtech Mount, of which I absolutely love! The mount did not get damaged, but the GPS did.
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    I guess, due to the windscreen flexing back from the summersault rolls, it pushed in against the GPS and broke the antenna.
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    This is a image showing how it's mounted, prior to BRP triple clamp and ProTaper bars, but you get the idea of how the GPS is mounted. The intenna was close to the windscreen, but not that close... I thought!
  16. silver04rs

    silver04rs Stupid N0OB!!111

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    you so crazy :rofl
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    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    Look what I found!!! I was getting ready to break in a new pair of hiking boots and wanted to track how far [short] of a walk I would be doing.

    Put the batteries in the GPS, flip it on and found these recordings. This is the total distance I did during the 2007 Dist-37 LA2B2V Ride - right up to my big dismount resulting a broken neck [C1].

    Thats about all I have for now other than another trip to the doctors tomorrow. Actually took off my brace for full flexion testing, but this week will be x-rays during full flexion and a cat-scan.

    950ADV news: Nothing! Still dirty, just crank it once a week and ordered a bunch of new parts so I can start tinkering again soon!
  18. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    Well, I'm out of the brace and slowly getting back in action, just not on the bikes yet. (Riding the bicycle - street only so far). But anyhow, I went up to check out the Adventure Rider's Challenge.

    Lot of guys:
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    Lots of bikes:
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    This looked a ton of fun and the host, Jim is an awesome guy with a cool program for both training and "fun-competition".
    See the rest of the images:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodneywills/sets/72157605090747251/

    But at least we did take some fun along with us:
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    A couple of gas-powered HPI Baja 5B's. The only two-stokes on the hill!

  19. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    OK, this past week I started back riding to work on the bicycle. Slicked down the "vintage" GT Zaskar to keep me off the trails...
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    But it is a good 19-mile [one-way] commute to get back in shape, and knocked out three days commuting to work this week.

    Check out my GT Zaskar thread: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=445157
  20. GCRad1

    GCRad1 Been here awhile

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    Sorry I have not been more active on keep my thread updated!!!

    Cranking the bike every week or two and keeping the battery charged and fluids moving has paid off! But o'so hard to not blast out the garage...

    FINALLY!!!! After NINE-MONTHS of being off the bike, i'm able to ride and gave it a spin! Almost 90-miles on the first outting!! Bike runs great - feels great!!!

    SOrry, can you believe it, no photos from me!!! Hang on, i'm on my third day of riding and yesterday was just a tease as I rode to work. well, actually the ride home was a little extended as the wife was out and so I took the quick ride towards the beach and rode up the cost while the ORANGE sun set casting our favorite "fast" color!