What is considered high mileage for the 950/990?

Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by Trialsbikeadam, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Trialsbikeadam

    Trialsbikeadam Been here awhile

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    Looking to purchase a 950/990 and am wondering what the life expentacy (mileage wise) you can expect to get out of one?
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  2. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    There are several folks on this site with over 100k on their bikes. I have 36k on mine and it runs like a champ!!!
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  3. Trialsbikeadam

    Trialsbikeadam Been here awhile

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    That's great! Exactly what I wanted to hear!:D
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  4. jclark83

    jclark83 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I have 49K on my 05 and it runs fantastic. I would not consider any higher mileage bike without extensive service documentation.
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  5. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recovering Speedfreak

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    47,000 on mine and sweet as a nut. As far as I know...

    As long as regular maintenance and thorough inspections are performed, hopefully replacing key parts before they fail, then there's no real reason why your should go 'twice round the clock', or more, on a decent LC8, without too much drama.

    Check out Pyndon's ouytstanding thread to see what can need doing to a 950 over the course of a 'galactic' 89,000 hard miles. And bear in mind a lot of the niggles with the early bikes, like Pyn's, were ironed out in later years.


    Cheers,



    Michael
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  6. jimmibanke

    jimmibanke Been here awhile

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    You dont find any other bike with such a detailed support frem other members, so if you are so unlucky to have a problem we are here to back you up. And thats something to consider to.:deal
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  7. dirtybikefrank

    dirtybikefrank Beast wrestler

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    Bought my 07 used from another inmate w 46k on it. Paid 6k and got a killer deal. It was maintained with receipts and runs flawlessly. Put cj's waterpump on it, 16t front sprocket and throttle cam and have no worries at all. Now has 51k and I wouldn't trade her for the world.
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  8. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recovering Speedfreak

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    Word. :thumb
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  9. Trialsbikeadam

    Trialsbikeadam Been here awhile

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    Awesome! Thanks guys!! Well the hunt is on! Just gotta find one now :) my budget is fairly capped at 6500 so I'm looking on the low end of the price range for them. But I'm daily checking the flea market and craigslist!
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  10. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    sold this one with 40k, no issues
    [​IMG]

    now on a 15k SE and still going soft
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  11. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Just shy of 60,000 miles on mine, runs just like it did when it was new and I have not been easy on it by any means.
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  12. beergut

    beergut Thumper

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    $6500 should buy you a 950/990. Remember, the posted price is not the going price. :deal
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  13. Martynho

    Martynho No more Chilegringo.

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    Thats an understatement! If you see Crash's bike in classifieds ("Never raced or rallied, one careful professional owner"), even for less than 6500, run. Run a long way :lol3
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  14. Trialsbikeadam

    Trialsbikeadam Been here awhile

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    Hahahahahaha good to know!!!
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  15. Trialsbikeadam

    Trialsbikeadam Been here awhile

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    That's a good way to look at it!! I always kinda figure in 200 off the price and I hatevto be the low baller who asks for 700 off. But with this budget I may have to get a bit more aggressive LOL
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  16. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Mileage on these LC8 motors is less of a concern then responsible ownership... and important aftermarket add ons.

    Study the HOW for the nuances of the various years and their weaknesses. Find an owner that followed these courses of upgrades when needed.

    Decide which version of the bike suits your wants/ needs/ budget.

    Don't shy away from a well maintained carbed bike if you find one with the "right" upgrades. Test ride various years so you can to judge the throttle between early EFI V. Carbs response, and engine vibration/ smoothness between various years.

    The earlier carbed bikes have more of an analog feel, more overall feedback between throttle, braking, engine vibration and response. These areas were all smoothed out over the course of the production.

    Try to hone in on your actual usage requirements and riding terrain to dial in which model you're best suited toward...

    If you plan on mostly tarmac commuting, you may like the EFI's fuel usage, ABS and the lower standard suspension.

    If you are planning trips into areas where clean fuel may be compromised you may prefer a carbed model with no in-tank fuel filters to get clogged, and no fuel injectors to worry about.

    If you want the lighter, slightly shorter and most rugged version with more dirt track design... take a look at the 950 Super Enduro.

    And the various models offer different luggage options and capabilities depending on your travel/ carrying needs. Some of these bikes were sold with KTM hard luggage and rack mounts and go with the bike.

    Most importantly, don't rush to judgement. Making the right choice here will be a lifetime of fantastic ownership.

    (Just my shallow and humble opinion of course).

    Enjoy the process and good luck.

    Cheers!
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  17. Trialsbikeadam

    Trialsbikeadam Been here awhile

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    catalina38 Long timer

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    The "S" and "R" models have varied through the years, here are the numbers.

    Adventure Suspension Travel:
    2003-04: 9.0" (230mm) - "S" 10.4" (265mm)
    2005-06: 8.3" (210mm) - "S" 9.65" (245mm)
    2007-08: 8.3" (210mm) - "S" 10.4" (265mm)
    2009-10: 8.3" (210mm) - "R" 10.4" (265mm)
    2011-11: 8.3" (210mm) - "R" 9.76" (248mm)
    2012 "R" 9.65" (245mm) ? per the owners manual

    Adventure Seat Height:
    2003-04: 34.6" (880mm) - "S" 36.0" (915mm)
    2005-06: 33.8" (860mm) - "S" 35.2" (895mm)
    2007-08: 33.8" (860mm) - "S" 36.0" (915mm)
    2009-11: 33.8" (860mm) - "R" 36.0" (915mm)
    2011-11: 33.8" (860mm) - "R" 35.2" (895mm)
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  19. Trialsbikeadam

    Trialsbikeadam Been here awhile

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    Got it!! Thanks!
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  20. kanur

    kanur cu new er

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    Last Memorial Weekend I picked up a sweet 04 with just under 15,000 k on it for under $6000. Deals are out there keep watching be ready to buy. I am usually willing to drive 500 miles to get a nice bike.
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