The big KTM 990 SMT thread -- riders check in w/ photo!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Guy Jinbaiquerre, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer Supporter

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    BTW, I forgot to mention that I thought the recently mounted Dunlop Roadsmart III tires performed very well in the wet conditions.

    While normally a Michelin Pilot guy for S-T tires, I decided to give them a try based on a review that Ryan Fortnine did. I'd been pleased with the dry performance, so was interested to see how they'd do in the wet.

    They passed :D

    The kicker is that were literally 1/2 the price of the Road 5's.
  2. jhalfhide

    jhalfhide Been here awhile

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    I've been running roadsmarts a while. Great tyres. Tried them after absolutely loving their sportsmarts.
  3. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    So I’ve started riding my SMT again and after sitting in a hot parking lot all day the bike developed a fuel leak from the right side. As a side note I’ve also started using Ethanol free 90 octane gas thinking it would be better for the tank.
    Now I’m wondering if I should have stuck with the normal 10% 93 octane gas, perhaps the new gas is making the tank shrink.

    it looks like it may be coming from the pass over tap.
  4. paolopiloto

    paolopiloto Adventurer

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    How old is the bike? The fuel petcock has an o-ring. That might be due for a replacement.
  5. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer Supporter

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    By any chance did you fill up just prior to the bike sitting in the sun all day? Iow, normal hot weather expansion? I once had a 990 Adv leak like crazy after a fill up and parking it for a water break at a convenience store on amid-90s day.

    I'd be surprised if using non-ethanol gas would cause a tank to shrink, but I have no scientific basis for thinking that.
  6. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    The bike is a 2012, it had been sitting for a bit on empty, I filled up on the way to work with the e free gas.

    I may hit the dealership on the way home. Riding it now to empty the tank a bit.
  7. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    Was actually thinking of selling as I haven’t been riding motorcycles since picking up bicycling again.

    funny how that works.
  8. jhalfhide

    jhalfhide Been here awhile

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    Last few times I brimmed the tank on hot days, I've had fuel pissing out of the fuel cap. I just make a point of stopping 10-15mm short of brimmed
  9. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer Supporter

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    Nerd mode on--- the owners manual actually says to leave ~35mm (1.38") distance



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  10. LarsE

    LarsE Been here awhile

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    I usually stick the nozzle in at an angle and fill 'till the automatic stop kicks in. I've never measured it but it looks pretty close to the guideline in the manual.
  11. jhalfhide

    jhalfhide Been here awhile

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    That'll be my fault then

    I hate stopping for fuel on the bike. That 35mm could just make the difference in me getting home and making it a problem for another day
  12. lousgoose

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    Got in about a 1500 mile round trip this past week to West Virginia and northwestern Virginia. Bike did fantastically well and while in the twisties I did slightly pine for my previous 950SM which I could throw around a slight bit more, the SMT more than made up for it on the big roads with better wind protection in general and a lot better mpg overall which was, to this day, the only thing I could ever fault the 950 for even over 40k miles of road use, near deal breaking drinking problem. I usually could get about 34 in country road use (if I was lucky) and maybe 28 on the highway at 75-80, yielding a range of about 120-140 before the light. The SMT got around 38-40 in country riding, about 38ish on the highway at 75, dropping to about 34 if I kicked it up to 80. Even still, range on the SMT, for me, was fantastic and always 140-160 mi before the light even. Link here to the full range of pics and videos if you want to see. You can also see there my fabulous :-) Evel K rain suit that tore on first wearing :D Ride took in New River Gorge area, Marlinton, Snowshoe, Lewisberg (where I stayed), Monongahela Forest, and most impressively, northwest VA and the stunningly gorgeous Bath Country there. A18FDEE2-3B0C-4C73-A541-55E2CC9CD4FD.jpeg 2EA104FA-58EC-41BF-B7F9-D70914B260FA.jpeg 9B1E3E76-111D-4926-9958-B5FB80DA87C0.jpeg 1E18B24D-468E-4269-9CF0-BE0DD17C378A.jpeg 390FC4F0-969B-47C2-9681-8782AE6C1C06.jpeg 1CE1F02A-9C1D-4ABA-9BF7-917D50B25939.jpeg 66387644-0C97-46DE-A8DB-6C489792096C.jpeg 565681B1-DE71-4A02-92F1-2AF98E933617.jpeg A25E1474-23A1-4A9A-AC95-309F38B635CB.jpeg 4FF04E2F-F81A-4F07-8B4A-C614D84C9E38.jpeg
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  13. paolopiloto

    paolopiloto Adventurer

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    Are you running the CALSCI wind screen? How do you like it?
  14. lousgoose

    lousgoose Been here awhile

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    Actually it’s the Madstad 24” and it’s great. They make the best in the business I think. This Is probably my 10th or more Madstad. Not kidding. I joke with them every time I order a new one for a different bike that my picture Better still be on the wall in the office there LOL. They are uglier then Cinderella’s housemates but they work Like the trick.
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  15. rick danger

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    Madstad's adjustment mechanism is great for quickly finding the perfect position for you. So much easier than changing spacers and what not. But once you find the best position, you have to live with that metal stuff for as long as you own it. Mines on the shelf.
  16. wpbarlow

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    In a real DOH! moment, I figured out what it was-- it's a light meter: when it's dark the high beam switch turns on the high beam as normal. In daylight, when you flip the high beam on, it comes on and blinks/flashes every second or two as a visibility aid.
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  17. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just send it!

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    Is the 2010 carbureted or FI? Not sure I want carbs.

    One on CL locally for $5500. 21k miles. :hmmmmm
  18. lousgoose

    lousgoose Been here awhile

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    That’s a sweet deal if it’s in good condition. Mine is 2010. If by FI you mean fuel injected, it is; however, the FI on the SMT does not stand so much for this as it does for Fucking Immediate. I’ve ridden roller coasters that jerked me forward in a more subtle manner :-)
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  19. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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  20. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just send it!

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    So you can ride wheelies through the gears? :clap
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