The CLUNK gremlin...

Discussion in 'Hard. Core. (1090/1190/1290)' started by BuffHunter, Sep 6, 2015.

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Does your 1290SA clunk when topping out or crossing speed bumps? Check all that apply.

  1. Yes; when topping out.

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  2. Yes; when crossing speed bumps.

    93 vote(s)
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  3. No; Clunk? What's a clunk?

    43 vote(s)
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  1. paidoutcomes

    paidoutcomes Long timer

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    Mine is more of a click than a clunk on my 1290. I swapped bikes with an 1190 owner and he noticed the click right away. No issues so far so I am not too worried about it. If the cartridge fix is proven then I may hit my dealer up on it.
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  2. BuffHunter

    BuffHunter Been here awhile

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    The clicking went away on mine after they tightened the stem bearings. Sorry, but I can't remember if you've had that done yet. But I guess one man's click could be another man's clunk.
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  3. jrc58

    jrc58 Been here awhile

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    Mi KTM 1290 ADV tiene el apriete exacto, 50 Nm, y hace un "clic" en el tenedor al pasar una pequeña Baden.
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  4. BuffHunter

    BuffHunter Been here awhile

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    I think that's a clunk! :-)
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  5. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    I just got a call from my dealer / service manager. He says the replacement cartridge has finally exorcised the clunk from the fork. I'll pick it up after work tonight & experience it first hand.

    I'm jazzed!
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  6. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    I noticed from the first day the issue about the clunk in the fork. It has been a long process that required analysis, much trial and error and a set of forks overnighted directly from KTM. None of these efforts yielded a solution, but did make clear what the root of the problem was. Something in the fork was not right. Every step of the way, my dealer who sold me the bike - Ken & Joe's Honda, Kawasaki & KTM - were on the issue and in constant communication with KTM NA. They were always proactive, calling whenever there was new information or a new approach to the issue. As of yesterday, the issue has finally been laid to rest. Installing the right side fork cartridge from the 2016 1290 Super Adventure is the answer. Finally, I have a motorcycle that feels whole! I no longer have to think to myself how great the bike is - except for the forks....

    If you're looking for a dealer who understands the problem and knows how to fix it, give them a call at 661-254-2929. Ask for Jim in Service. Jim & the service dept are switched on. Even if you're not in the area and your dealer could use some direction on the problem, have your dealer call my dealer.
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  7. jrc58

    jrc58 Been here awhile

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    OK.
    When you say "right cartridge" he is sitting on motorcycle ???
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  8. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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  9. jrc58

    jrc58 Been here awhile

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    I know that is the reference 48SAF1P26R.
    But you know as you look?
    Sitting on the motorcycle?
    Standing in front of the motorcycle?
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  10. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    yes, right is right as when seated on motorcycle
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  11. MUDHWY

    MUDHWY Simple Math

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    Going to be looking into this with KTM since my dealer needs help. What's the contact number you guys in NA are using?
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  12. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yes, jrc58, it would be rider's right, as you sit on the motorcycle.
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  13. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    Call my dealer, MUD. 661-254-2929, ask for Jim in service, he can steer you or your dealer in the right direction. We're in SoCal.
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  14. woodsguy

    woodsguy KTM Aficionado

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    Well, is problem actually solved? thanks
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  15. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yes, it is actually solved. Please refer to post # 26 above. Thanks.
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  16. Veteran1

    Veteran1 Been here awhile

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    Could you ask your dealer if the forks must be removed, or if the RHS cartridge can be removed and replaced from the top in situ ?
    There is one bolt holding the cartridge in at the bottom.
    Thanks

    Ps, mine clunks a lot.
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  17. gsuks

    gsuks Long timer

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    One thing I would like to know
    Did your bike suffer from high speed weave before your clunk was fixed?
    If so
    Has the clunk fixed it?

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  18. MUDHWY

    MUDHWY Simple Math

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    +1. Another interested owner here.
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  19. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    My dealer removes the fork from the bike. I don't think it could be done with the upper tube remaining on the bike, due to the length of the cartridge and clearance to the floor. Getting the fork oil level correct also would be impossible during the assembly, if it goes by mm from the top, because the fork needs to be vertical to measure oil level accurately. If it goes by quantity, then it maybe could be done this way, but I doubt it.
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  20. DirtJack

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    And the spring must be removed and the fork completely collapsed.
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