Buying 2014 1190 Adventure R this week what should I be looking out for?

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  1. StiffFingers

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    Hi guys,

    I am looking at a used 2014 1190 Adventure R this week. The bike has 25,000 km on it. What should I be looking out for before pulling the trigger on purchasing the bike. This will be my first KTM and I am very excited.

    Thank You in advance for all the help !
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  2. Green Boy

    Green Boy Been here awhile

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    Congrats - I’m sure it will be a fun weekend.

    In answer probably not masses providing its been properly serviced. Couple of things spring to mind:

    1. Check to see if it’s got the updated starter motor
    2. If it’s been off road, what’s the air box like/has it been checked for dust ingress
    3. Have the fuel pump filters been changed
    4. If it’s had a major service by a home mechanic, were the vavle gaps done
    5. I’m sure you’re aware but it a fairly tall motorcycle so make sure you’re comfortable on it.

    If you do a search for any of the above, there’s bound to be loads of information on here.
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  3. Capo Rick

    Capo Rick Please understand...

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    You will need to pull the tank to inspect the air box for dust ingestion from the stock air filter. If there is any sign of this, walk away

    Also, expect to change the fuel filter if it has not been done

    Starter motor is weak and will need to be changed if it has not already

    Other than that. Standard items ( tires, oil changes etc)

    Grip it and rip it
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  4. MortalMike

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    Check where the rear shock mounts to the frame, 14's have been known to crack there. Redesign in 15 to strengthen the area.
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  5. JasonK94Z

    JasonK94Z Crash Tester

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    I’m picking up a 2014 1190 S next week with 6,000 miles, street use only.

    What’s the part number for the updated starter?


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  6. Capo Rick

    Capo Rick Please understand...

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    It’s an SM13 starter. Any KTM LC8 motor that is 2015 or newer works
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  7. GCecchetto

    GCecchetto Long timer

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    Searching can really provide a lot of info. This is about a 15, but everything in it is relative to 14, other than a 15 shouald already have the SM13 starter.
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  8. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    A used 2014 1190R? Make sure there's no ticking.
    time-bomb.jpg
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  9. StiffFingers

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    Are they really that bad? Like a ticking time bomb ?
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  10. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    Just exaggerating.
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  11. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Watch out for 2nd gear power wheelies. Once that wheel starts coming up, it won't stop till you back off. :D
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  12. StiffFingers

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    Considering my current ride is a Triumph Thruxton that has 70hp at wheel and 55 ft-lb at wheel.... I am VERY intimidated.
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  13. JasonK94Z

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    Being my current ride is a KLR 650, I’m going to die lol.


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  14. 3rdgeargrndrr

    3rdgeargrndrr Been here awhile

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    dont be, its a ton of power but its very controllable.
    if you need to, Put it in rain mode for the first time out, and you'll be fine. When someone rides mine for the first time, thats what I do,
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  15. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    No need to be. While it's capable of going full beast mode, it's also willing to be as docile as you'd like. As 3rdgeargrinderr said, try rain or off road mode & then move up the scale as desired. It's a very user friendly bike, & I'm sure you'll love its versatility.
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  16. Antikid

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    Just let the TC do its thing! the bike starts to come alive above 6K, and TC will keep it in check.

    after owning one for over a year now, I would say absolutely check the airbox. If the PO doesn't want to deal with taking the tank off,
    I would keep looking. If they tell you it has had a PowerCell or Rotti filter setup installed since very early, and you trust them, it should be fine.
    I got lucky and bought one that had PC pods installed during the 600mile break-in oil change and had never been off-road.

    The fuel pump wiring connector on mine turned to shit real fast, so I just bought the powercell wiring kit for it and will be installing that the next time the tank is off.

    if you are planning on serious off-roading, the front wheel will very likely bend at some point. I am re-lacing mine with the 2017/18 Akront rim which is now stock on the 1090/1290.

    raising the forks in the triples helped mine with head shake, I think I am on the 3rd groove
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  17. GCecchetto

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    Put the ride mode in rain for a while until you are comfortable. Docile as can be and very easy to ride. After that, leave it in street and the electronics will keep you of most horsepower related trouble.

    They really are very easy bikes to ride.
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  18. Its not Ginger!

    Its not Ginger! Been here awhile

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    I never take mine out of sport, the electronics are more than capable of dealing with my lack of ability ;-)
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  19. jeremy_283

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    If it doesn't have an aftermarket filter don't buy it unless it has less than ~600 miles on it.

    If it does have an aftermarket filter assess when it was installed. I took my 2015 1190 home and didn't ride it until I had a Powercell air filter installed (which was like 1 day later) :lol3

    Pulling the tank to inspect is too much of a hassle and even then you could still be deceived because dirt can be wiped off at a service.
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  20. StiffFingers

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    The bike has uni filter installed since day 1. He has receipt to prove it. I will ask him to do the gas tank removal to see if that is actually being done as well. Thank You for the heads up !
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