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OSO LOCO!! KTM 990s attack Colorado, Utah, and the best of the TAT

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 21, 2013.

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What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?

Poll closed Jan 7, 2018.
  1. Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue

    8 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction

    22 vote(s)
    5.5%
  3. What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!!

    88 vote(s)
    22.1%
  4. With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby!

    135 vote(s)
    33.9%
  5. Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists

    41 vote(s)
    10.3%
  6. This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it?

    128 vote(s)
    32.2%
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  1. RTODAHL01

    RTODAHL01 Been here awhile

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    I am considering a 2007.
    Just curious about your reliability experience.:ear
  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    hi RTODAHL01!

    Our 2007 has been fantastic. She has gotten worked, but has never let us down.
    Over 40,000 miles and no major issues.

    well, okay...once in Death Valley, Matt had lots of problems with the bike cutting out and stalling.
    It kept dying and almost left him stranded.
    I mentioned it here:



    That was the closest he/we have come to getting stranded, and it ended up being just a loose plug. :dunno



    Lica has close to 100,000 miles on his 2007 (newly spruced up)

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    Osito also loves his 2007 (not sure how many miles he has now)

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    It's a great bike, especially the S. :evil
    There are people who have problems with the "snatchy throttle" of the 2007, but the Osos seem fine with their 2007s.
    (the question was raised on page 61 and addressed by Lica here. matt also uses the G2 with 400 cam)


    You do have to keep up on maintenance, especially if you're going to be riding in remote areas.
    Matt is constantly going over the bike and making sure that everything is good.
    Especially before a big ride.

    Lately we've been riding with the Osos, but before that, Matt and I usually rode alone.
    We still like to be completely prepared.
    Matt always carries spares and is ready to do the work himself.
    (I think some of that is from sailing. there's no help out on the ocean)



    You didn't give any background info, so I'm guessing here - no offense intended...
    It's important that you familiarize yourself with the known 9x0 adv issues and are prepared to deal with them.
    A 990 takes a little more effort than other bikes, from what I've read.
    It's not a cheap bike to own, either.
    Oil changes alone are like $50 (if you do the work)...


    We go through tires like crazy, and that adds up, too.
    Fuel filters, air cleaners, chains, sprockets, etc...
    Rims, mirrors, blinkers, bash plates, subframes...:wink:

    :lol3


    I would recommend that you spend some time in Orange Crush, reading the 990 threads
    That place is a wealth of information, if you are good at searching.


    also check out the OC Hall of Wisdom.


    Make sure it all sounds like something you are willing to deal with.


    Hope that helps! Good luck!

    I tried to be as unbiased as possible, considering that I love our bike. :raabia

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    I love it so much I wish we could buy a spare one (2007 S) as a backup for when we eventually kill this one. :cry
    But, that's just crazy, right?


    That'll never happen. Nah. :nah








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    :rofl

    No worries, the bike wasn't hurt.
    It looks bad, though, doesn't it?
    (matt was out playing with Bartek and Osito)




    Osoooooooo!!! :clap
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  3. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    I'm mentally preparing (based on info obtained through the back channels) for a soon-to-happen ride report

    :clap:clap
  4. cdndog

    cdndog lurked more,posted less

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    BUT!!!! If Kelly isn't answering this from Baja, does that mean she didn't go? Or Matt didn't go either? Or she's taking questions from the road, on the back of a 2007 KTM 990S? Just pondering the possibilities.
  5. rhodeydog

    rhodeydog Childish adult

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    Love those pics, LittleWan. Thanks for all your posts and really fun ride reports.

    I too have a 2007 990 and love it. It started life as a std. but I had the suspension worked up and I think it's actually a bit taller than even an "S". I've got about 25K miles on mine, and am in the midst of replacing the original chain & sprockets. May I ask what you guys run for gearing? I have a second set of Woody's wheels that I run knobbies on with 16/45 gearing. For street riding, I use the oem wheels & Scorps with a 16/42. Pretty easy to swap out wheels & change gearing with a second sprocket carrier, but the 16/45 brings the big 908RR in too close to the mudguard. Have you guys settled on one gearing ratio that you can live with for both dirt & street, or are you going back & forth like me & others?

    Inquiring 990/950 owners WANna know!
  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    :augie



    Wow, I didn't realize you guys were such sleuths...

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    :lol3




    At this point in time, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of such an endeavor....


    As
    cdndog surmised, I am probably not posting links and nonsense from the back of the bike.

    (Or, am I...:hmmmmm)


    this calls for a meme...

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    :evil

    :lol3




    hey rhodeydog,
    Thanks, glad you enjoy the reports!
    We covered that question back on page 38, but I know this thing is a big ol' mess and unless you were following along at the time, reading every bit, it's hard to catch that info.

    My reply is in post#568, here.
    (by the way, re-reading that post, I stand by my original statement that Radek is 6'5" or more.
    I'm still convinced that he's taller than Lica. I don't know how those guys figured they were both 6'4" [post#572] :nah)



    So anyway, Matt has been using 16/45 for a while now.
    That's his favorite set up.
    We avoid the street whenever we can, so we only run knobbies. No street tires.
    No switching back and forth.


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    Hmm. A 908 gets too close to the mudguard for you? I don't think we've ever had that be an issue for us.
    We ran one on the LAB2V and there's another one on there now...
    I don't remember it ever being a problem.
    Matt even ran a Motoz Tractionator one time (really tall knobs, I think it's taller than the 908) and he didn't mention anything.

    Our shock is super stiff - we have almost no sag in the rear, maybe that helps?
    :dunno




    I know Lica also runs the 16/45 combo now. He's tried others, but that's his go-to set up now.
    I'm not sure about the other Osos, but I *think* Bartek and Radek also run 16/45. :scratch




    Anyway,
    great to hear from everyone!
    Have a fun weekend, you guys...:freaky



    p.s. if there's another ride report, don't worry - you guys here will be the first to know! :deal

    In the meantime, you can keep asking the Magic 8 Ball...

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  7. rhodeydog

    rhodeydog Childish adult

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    Thanks for taking the time to respond to my boring gear ratio question, and sorry for missing the earlier post. I'll go back & check it out.

    I like my 16/45 for offroad too, and probably just need to run a longer chain to accomodate going back & forth btwn. dirt & street. It's either that, or keeping the 45 on all the time, and going back & forth b'twn. a 16 & 17 front sprocket, but that sounds like a PITA! Very helpul, so thanks again!
  8. cdndog

    cdndog lurked more,posted less

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    Oh Man,I'd turn in my powers of deduction for hair like that. Or just hair!
  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    No problem, rhodeydog -
    not a boring question. And, like I mentioned, I realize it's hard to find the info in my reports.

    During an active ride report, answering questions can be tough. they add so much time to a day's workload.
    but right now, I don't mind stopping by to visit the report. It's fun! :D



    When Matt and I did the TAT West on our old 950 adv, he had changed the gearing to 17/45.
    We were going to be slabbing from the bay area, out to Colorado (via Vegas), and he wanted decent mileage.
    It was fine until we got to Hancock Pass, then Matt was really missing the 16/45.

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    hee - look at our old GPS! :rofl



    and then this hill in Oregon was steep and loose...(had to go up it)

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    After that, he decided to go with 16/45 all the time.
    If you're on a long ride, it just makes the most sense.
    (For us, that is).


    We don't do many day rides from home, just multi-day rides across varied terrain.


    But, I can see if you were going to do a long, all pavement ride, switching to a 17 might be worth it.
    Or if you always have access to your garage and tools...
    Still kind of a pain in the ass (is that what PITA stands for?)


    I'm sure you'll get it figured out. :D
    have fun!






    :lol3

    Aw, cdndog! :cry
    The 70s were a long time ago.
    Here's a more current photo of Parker Stevenson. He's thinning, if that makes you feel better...

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    :wink:










    OK, you guys...
    Have you been asking the Magic 8 Ball?......

    :confused

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    :norton





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    :dirtdog






    Stupid ball. :bluduh



    One more time....



    is this a good Magic 8 Ball shaking emoticon? :jump




    or maybe this one? :csm


    :lol3






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    :augie




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    :evil



    :hmmmmm




    It looks like now you just need to wait. (mellow version)
    and wait. (less mellow version)
    And *hopefully* the Magic 8 Ball will be right...





    Edit - this is post# 990!
    that's gotta be a good sign!



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  10. rhodeydog

    rhodeydog Childish adult

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    Using 16/45 all the time makes a lot of sense for you guys. No real downside, esp. since you don't run fast on the pavement, and it's not something you'd notice running fast on the dirt. Yes, Hancock must have been a big PITA (yes, it means Pain In The Ass!) with your 17/45, although I'm not sure I'd attempt it on my 990 with any type of gearing, let alone two-up!

    For those of you I haven't already put to sleep, running a 120-link resolved the issue of the tall knobby rear tire getting too close to the mudguard for the shock. I've already lost one of those mudguards from running the stock 118-link chain. Must be all that inspiring red clay mud we have out here.

    Looking forward to your guys' next big ride!
  11. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Oso Loco - Baja Edition :evil


    Teaser pics...

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    There's a new puppy at San Francisquito...:raabia

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    Something different...

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    :wink:



    oh boy, oh boy!

    [​IMG] stay tuned....
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  12. SFMCjohn

    SFMCjohn 13

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    Oh boy, oh boy, Baja! :ricky

    Can't wait!
  13. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    How many tacos were consumed? :D

    OSO looking forward to the story.
  14. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    That looks like one of the maps where Gaspipe says, "this is a little challenging", and he was usually on a 650 class bike. :wink: Can't wait for the report.

    David
  15. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    Another Wan report on it's way. :clap:clap:clap
  16. cdndog

    cdndog lurked more,posted less

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  17. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :lol3:lol3:lol3

    Its like buying a new bike, still have the same nut connecting the handlebars to the seat. :wink:
  18. tilliejacques

    tilliejacques gnarly girl Super Supporter

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    We're OSO lucky to get another LittleWan ride report :clap !
  19. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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  20. JoeMongo

    JoeMongo ¿Por dónde? Supporter

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    Sounds like another search for the best fish tacos in Baja. I think I recognize that view behind Lica's bike. That is Lica's new bike in the panorama, isn't it?

    Now that I am done servicing my (new to me) 990 and prepping it for soil sample duty, I have filled the tanks with gas and fuel treatment for storage. I'm back on the DL. Gotta keep my orthopedic surgeon employed so he can make his yacht payments. Not looking good for my own plans to head back to Baja this Winter, so at least I get to look forward to reading a most excellent ADV ride report, OSO Style! Thanks in advance Kelly.
    J.