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KTM 790 takes a few tries to start

Discussion in 'Parallel World (790/890)' started by doctorblanco, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Bumpaman

    Bumpaman Been here awhile Supporter

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    I added a Booster Plug to mine and it fixed the starting issue and smoothed low throttle
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  2. Thumper Dumper

    Thumper Dumper Been here awhile

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    Good to know I'm in the process of ordering one myself.
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  3. Motopumps

    Motopumps Long timer Super Supporter

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    I guess I will try the Booster Plug from my 1290. I think the connectors are the same. Will report back either way.

    Rob
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  4. spartanman

    spartanman regret minimizer

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    This morning mine lit off and stayed running first button push, without touching the throttle. Normally I have to give it a little throttle to stay running for the first few seconds.
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  5. kaertner

    kaertner Long timer

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    Well, the latest bikes coming out now are Euro 5 compliant, not Euro 6 and plenty of these bikes from other manufacturers have no problems starting when cold, so nothing at all to do with meeting the latest emissions standards.
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  6. RWJorg

    RWJorg Been here awhile

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    $160 USD the average price ?
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  7. Bumpaman

    Bumpaman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yes. Delivered
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  8. Thumper Dumper

    Thumper Dumper Been here awhile

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    Fitted the Booster plug and she fired up first time. Pulls much better from low RPM’s. Well worth the cost.
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  9. RWJorg

    RWJorg Been here awhile

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  10. Smashy

    Smashy Been here awhile

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    I'm not ordering no booster plug (I'm not even sure what it is). We shouldn't have to spend $160 of our hard earned money to fix a problem that KTM should fix.
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  11. Thumper Dumper

    Thumper Dumper Been here awhile

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    That’s understandable but it also improves the throttle response at low rpm’s.
    The fact that it solves the starting issue is a bonus. I still plan on getting KTM to look at the starting issue.
    I plan on disconnecting the booster plug during the week to see if the starting issue returns.
    #51
  12. fastcash

    fastcash Adventurer

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    Mine was at the dealer for 7 days, they could only get it to start/die 1 time in 6 cold start
    tries. It starts perfectly when warm.
    I wanted the bike back for a trip. Dealer advised waiting for a KTM fix.
    I really do think it starts better with non-ethanol fuel. When it was at the dealer
    the tank was about half and half with non-ethanol fuel.
    Not a deal breaker for me att. Dealer did send a msg to KTM about this condition.
    Bike still makes me want to ride it like no other.
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  13. Thumper Dumper

    Thumper Dumper Been here awhile

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    Let us know if they come up with a fix.
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  14. Tool.Nerd

    Tool.Nerd An idiot that owns a bike

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    Same for me--great starting record at the dealer on two occasions. Yet in my garage, 6 of 6 times the bike died on first 3 attempts to start. Dealer kept the bike a long time work no word on a potential fix. I picked it back up so I wouldn't miss riding weather. Looking forward to hearing more booster plug operating experience.
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  15. RWJorg

    RWJorg Been here awhile

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    In my garage yesterday it took 4 attempts. Mind you I'm in Houston where it's still 97 so that engine isn't too cold

    Will update on the booster plug next week.
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  16. Beshar

    Beshar Adventurer

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    I haven’t had that problem at all and it starts fine the first time. I’m in Sweden and it’s getting cold here. We have 95 octane here though.
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  17. Thumper Dumper

    Thumper Dumper Been here awhile

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    I’m not sure the temperature has much to do with it. It seems more like the first start of the day than a cold engine to me. Before I fitted the booster plug it was always the first start of the day, my bike is always in a garage and the temperature seldom drops below 15C here. I had the issues even when the temperature was in the mid twenties.
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  18. RWJorg

    RWJorg Been here awhile

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    Yeah i figured that. Just saying
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  19. Beshar

    Beshar Adventurer

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    Fuel quality then?
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  20. Smashy

    Smashy Been here awhile

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    Mine started on the first try this morning. Those of you having problems, are you just giving the start button a quick press? Or are you holding it, even for a second?
    #60