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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.

    69 vote(s)
    42.1%
  2. Yes; when crossing speed bumps.

    93 vote(s)
    56.7%
  3. No; Clunk? What's a clunk?

    43 vote(s)
    26.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. BuffHunter

    BuffHunter Been here awhile

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    I think ktm is big on procedures. You must go to dealer, complaining of noise and instability in front end. Then when the dealer can't fix it ask for ktm NA contact info. Then call the number they give you, leaving your VIN on the message. Then they call you back.

    Until I went through all this they never returned a call.

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  2. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    Correct, DirtJack :thumb
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  3. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    That was my experience, BuffHunter. It was systematic, and started with the simplest, easiest solution, that eventually saw KTM overnighting a set of forks straight from Austria - which didn't work. After that, the phone line went quiet, although I was assured that people were working on a solution. Patience, and just generally carrying on with my riding and enjoying the bike ended up with the recent phone call to bring the bike in for the next attempt to finally fix the clunk issue. Installing the 2016 right side fork cartridge has at last laid to rest the clunk issue. The bike is now whole. I have yet to test the high speed stability after the fix, however.
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  4. gsuks

    gsuks Long timer

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    Good thing your clunk is gone!!

    Would really apreciate the high speed test with and without cases
    (did yours suffer from high speed stability?)

    What I do notice is that when accelerating up to very high speeds it's quite ok
    It's a constant high speed that is the problem.

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  5. jrc58

    jrc58 Been here awhile

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    The mine not have any problem at high speed. 240 km/h.
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  6. gsuks

    gsuks Long timer

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    Gents without or with high speed wobble
    Would you be so kind to state
    Which tyre's
    And with or without cases side and /or top

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  7. Ol Man

    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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    Was the work performed as a recall and no cost to you?
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  8. jrc58

    jrc58 Been here awhile

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    It is perfect at any speed.
    No top case.
    ContiTrailAttack 2 K . Pressure 2.4 and 2.9
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  9. gsuks

    gsuks Long timer

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    Thanks for that
    Just to clarify
    No side cases either?

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  10. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    it wasn't a recall so much as an experiment in trying to figure out how to fix it. None of the work cost me any money.
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  11. Latebraking

    Latebraking Been here awhile Supporter

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    I will find out about the high speed stability soon. I'm on the standard Contis.
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  12. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    Latebraking thanks for all your feedback! Much appreciated!
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  13. BuffHunter

    BuffHunter Been here awhile

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    My dealer left a message: Parts are in, and I'm scheduled for the shop on Wednesday. I'll let you know how it goes.
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  14. jrc58

    jrc58 Been here awhile

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    Who is your dealer ???
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  15. BuffHunter

    BuffHunter Been here awhile

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    Fay Myers, here in South Denver/Centennial, CO area. A very high volume dealer, with mixed reviews on service. They have never done me wrong, but the KTM insistence on perfect procedure means two trips to the dealer for every problem. One to confirm that I have a true problem, then one to fix it a week or more later when the parts come in. That is troublesome since I live 30 miles from the dealer and have to leave it for a day or two every time. I've had Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis that have never seen a dealer, so this bike that cost me twice as much as any other is a disappointment. My only hope is that I am nearing the end of "infant mortality." Pretty disappointing for the only new bike I've ever owned. I like to get them with 400 miles on them for 75% of new.
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  16. jrc58

    jrc58 Been here awhile

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    You can not compare in reliability Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha with KTM.
    Japanese bikes play in another league in that regard.
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  17. BuffHunter

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    Left the bike at the dealer today. The paperwork said they were replacing the cartridge in the right fork - not the right fork. Hope I get a good tech, as I think this is the proper part to fix the problem.

    Hope to pick it up tomorrow. More to follow.
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  18. BuffHunter

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    Since I value my time as my most precious asset, this makes the KTM ever more relatively expensive. Life is too short to spend it carrying motorcycles back and forth on trailers to satisfy bean counting bureaucrats. For the money KTM charges for their products they should pick up the problem child from my driveway and drop it back off in the same tracks. The motor and transmission appears bulletproof. From my reading here - and my experience - all else is poorly produced from a reliability viewpoint. Their corporate refusal to make a model-wide recall for known problems adds insult to injury.

    The damned fuel level sensor started working after I loaded the Great White Whale on the trailer. The fuel sensor has been stuck on full three different times, but always seems to work when it gets to the dealer. I'd rather have a bike without a fuel gauge rather than one I cannot trust. A minor, but constant irritation.

    The front suspension is the last of my known significant issues. If they fix that I may never see a dealer again.
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  19. jrc58

    jrc58 Been here awhile

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    Try to get a sheet of workshop that says change the cartridge right out of your KTM 1290 SADV.
    It is important for other customers may complain.
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  20. BuffHunter

    BuffHunter Been here awhile

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    You mean like this?
    fork_warranty.jpg


    The fix appears to work. No clunks in a 20 minute ride over speed bumps and rough ground.

    It'll be a while before I can evaluate whether the squirmy, nervous feeling is gone at speed, since there's a lot of sand on all the roads right now. But I have a really good feeling about this fix.
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