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Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-30-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 11,284
Posted By Stephen
Well as I was reading I started hoping y'all...

Well as I was reading I started hoping y'all would do a 690 but.. That. Will. Do. :thumbup

Surely it's no accident that the first shot reveals those vestigial centerstand brackets dangling off...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-23-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,684
Posted By Stephen
I have Fisher saddles on my 950 and my Brand X...

I have Fisher saddles on my 950 and my Brand X sidecar rig, both custom. I really like them, and the Fishers are swell folks, too. The Fisher saddles amaze me; I've never just forgotten about what I...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-28-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,634
Posted By Stephen
Nope. Works a treat. Big improvement over the...

Nope. Works a treat. Big improvement over the original on my 2004 Adventure.

As to the OP, I'd grab whatever was a near fit and some JB Weld and be done with it. Sight glass is worth little...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-26-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By Stephen
Be sure to extend the clutch lever all the way on...

Be sure to extend the clutch lever all the way on each stroke; just squeezing and releasing is not enough to effect complete bleeding. I have seen barkbusters get in the way of this full extension.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-09-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,326
Posted By Stephen
This fucking motorcycle.

This fucking motorcycle.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-18-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By Stephen
Fogging oil. Made for this purpose. My hotrod...

Fogging oil. Made for this purpose. My hotrod friend used it, no rust anywhere on his car that has taken years to build, and still isn't painted.

Just Google it. Abundant. Ubiquitous. Especially...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-07-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,266
Posted By Stephen
I chased a trio of pals who had LED driving...

I chased a trio of pals who had LED driving lights–floods–across a hilly part of Texas near the Mexican border. I dropped back a few hundred yards because their floods illuminated the road...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-07-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,432
Posted By Stephen
Yep. Just the RBF kept my 04 950A working for...

Yep.
Just the RBF kept my 04 950A working for most of a year at a time before the KTM issued a TSB and replaced the entire MC and rebuilt the rest. Bless their Austrian hearts.

Dunno if 07 were...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 08-03-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 100,997
Posted By Stephen
Well there's Robert's (I think) Cafe and Meat...

Well there's Robert's (I think) Cafe and Meat Market over in Orange, on MLK, almost Louisiana. I think he had some BBQ. Not sure, I was there for the fried Boudain balls. Delicious. And I didn't even...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-31-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,356
Posted By Stephen
Yeah, no shit. Decades of beemers.....

Yeah, no shit.



Decades of beemers.. what a waste. Then I got a KLR because I wanted an appliance. Turns out I really do want an emotional attachment to my moto. I stripped the KLR some, sussed...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-31-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,010
Posted By Stephen
A rag and a flashlight and some schpritz.. and...

A rag and a flashlight and some schpritz.. and more if you've reinforced the sidestand mount. And taken a few rocks in there.

My serial is a few thousand past yours. The higher-order digits are...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-30-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,010
Posted By Stephen
It's late and Sweet Thang is asleep and the...

It's late and Sweet Thang is asleep and the documents aren't handy, but Pete, because it's you, I'll check in the morning.

I've got a very early 04, the original demo bike from the local dealer....
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-11-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,361
Posted By Stephen
Well in Texas it seems to make a difference!...

Well in Texas it seems to make a difference! :lol3 Stock cans without cats are far cooler. Nevertheless, they're plenty hot enough to melt soft luggage.

I've run Ortliebs for many miles/years...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-26-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,333
Posted By Stephen
Carb icing? Sounds like the symptoms and...

Carb icing?
Sounds like the symptoms and conditions I've heard about; don't really get personal experience with it down here in Texas.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-31-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,040
Posted By Stephen
I mapped out a really nice plan to turn my 04...

I mapped out a really nice plan to turn my 04 into an almost-rally-replica; lighten the front, rally pipe, move the battery...

But I decided the best thing to do is get some new tires and ride the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-17-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,312
Posted By Stephen
YES! I realized last year that my 2004 was almost...

YES! I realized last year that my 2004 was almost ten years old, and I had no idea when I'd serviced the forks. KTM sells a fork service kit that includes seal, dust covers, o-rings and, most...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-26-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 60,674
Posted By Stephen
Yes, you should! Well just when I thought...

Yes, you should!

Well just when I thought I'd escape the ADVrider vortex, Gregor, you start up another one. I had a LeMans for awhile, a 77, one of the best motos I've ever owned but I sold it...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-21-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By Stephen
The best rack is no rack.

I have run Ortliebs on the 950 for a long time with no racks, but there are a few things to note.

First, I have stock exhausts, so there are the little metal standoffs with the rubber buffers that...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-12-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 28,380
Posted By Stephen
A radio box is a secure place to put a radio. ...

A radio box is a secure place to put a radio.
It needs an air intake because radios get HOT.

We've run handheld amateur-band transceivers in tankbags, and they get very very hot.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-03-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,310
Posted By Stephen
Couple of weeks ago I pulled the right caliper,...

Couple of weeks ago I pulled the right caliper, rotor and line off my 04 Adventure, swapped the banjo bolts around and installed an SE master cylinder.
...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-16-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 821
Posted By Stephen
Day one: I think you might find all those...

Day one: I think you might find all those residential roads through Austin kinda tedious. Might should bite the bullet and get across town pronto. Maybe stay on MLK to Lamar, then south to all the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-03-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,295
Posted By Stephen
Even small improvements in suspension pay off...

Even small improvements in suspension pay off hugely in the riding. Just getting spring rates closer to right makes an enormous difference in all conditions. Fresh fork oil and the new spec fork...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-20-2013, 08:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,465
Posted By Stephen
I refreshed the forks on my 04 lately. My dealer...

I refreshed the forks on my 04 lately. My dealer suggested that I buy the Rebuild Kit for about a third of the cost of new seals, dust wipers and a few o-rings. My forks work much better than they...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-22-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,234
Posted By Stephen
Pro Taper KX High are higher and wider than...

Pro Taper KX High are higher and wider than stock, flat and straight. Plenty of room at the ends.
A little more sweep than Magura SX (which are damn near straight tubes), but a lot less than stock...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 04-14-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 100,997
Posted By Stephen
Well this is the big KTM, and the side stand is a...

Well this is the big KTM, and the side stand is a fine stout thing that has been known to crack the crankcase instead of breaking off. It's always something, eh?

Before the little KTMs had flimsy...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 04-14-2013, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 100,997
Posted By Stephen
One o'them bigfoot things woulda just made it...

One o'them bigfoot things woulda just made it harder to extract.
Reset with my custom carbon fiber sidestand thing. Made by a pal from genuine scrap. And there was no damage whatsoever. I consider...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 04-14-2013, 10:26 PM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 100,997
Posted By Stephen
It is now; wasn't last week. Nothin but dirt hard...

It is now; wasn't last week. Nothin but dirt hard as rock.
Haven't needed to pay attention to where I set my stand for a couple years now.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 04-14-2013, 04:55 PM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 100,997
Posted By Stephen
What was that stuff?

So there I was, turning around after ordering some brisket and slaw at Rocky Creek BBQ on Hamilton Pool Road when I noticed my KTM was lying on the ground. WTF? I trot over and it appeared that the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-22-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,269
Posted By Stephen
I wasn't gonna say anything..

I wasn't gonna say this, but after compulsively reading this, I just gotta.

My 04 has, since new, rattled like crazy on startup, then settled to its properly cacophonous symphony of mechanical...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-19-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,927
Posted By Stephen
A few of things that you should find...

A few of things that you should find encouraging–not that you need encouragement.. indeed, seems you lack that little cartoon angel on your shoulder that's always saying, "Noooo, nooo, don't go in...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-09-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 20,244
Views: 1,080,992
Posted By Stephen
Oh, and it hasn't started raining here yet. ...

Oh, and it hasn't started raining here yet.

But it'd better.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-09-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 20,244
Views: 1,080,992
Posted By Stephen
Ain't that the truth. Remember how in one of...

Ain't that the truth.
Remember how in one of the Mission Impossible movies the tires on that big Triumph that Our Hero was riding somehow got changed from cheater slicks to major knobbies?
I want...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-10-2013, 09:41 PM
Replies: 11,214
Views: 2,393,784
Posted By Stephen
Forks

This is fun. These WP forks are sublimely wonderful objects.

http://stephen.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/KTM-950/Forks-Feb-2013/i-Ttr8LmT/0/L/photo-1-L.jpg

Tip of the day: KTM fork rebuild kit saves...
Forum: Ride reports 01-01-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 24,344
Posted By Stephen
Hey, Matt! Nice report, great photos. Fun to...

Hey, Matt!

Nice report, great photos. Fun to see some places I've been–and some I haven't–through your perceptive lens.
Enjoyed meeting y'all the other night. May the new year bring some great...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-23-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,720
Posted By Stephen
No.

No.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-23-2012, 09:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,720
Posted By Stephen
I never had a problem, either. Figgered all those...

I never had a problem, either. Figgered all those blokes having problems were just not as brilliant as I.
Until my tanks swelled up like a dead pig in the afternoon sun. Then the holes were 13mm...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-22-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,720
Posted By Stephen
I have a long answer and a short answer. ...

I have a long answer and a short answer.

Short answer:
The tanks have swollen because they have absorbed moisture from the air or ethanol from fuel.
Exposing them to warm dry air will reverse...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-04-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 971
Posted By Stephen
a crankcase or just a cylinder full of gas will...

a crankcase or just a cylinder full of gas will do this.
:baldy
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-27-2012, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1,344
Views: 413,950
Posted By Stephen
Hoorah! Attaboy, Gregor. :clap

Hoorah!
Attaboy, Gregor. :clap
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-23-2012, 06:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,418
Posted By Stephen
These fellows can take care of you and your...

These fellows can take care of you and your spouse:

Fisher Seats (http://fishersaddlebags.com/seats.html)

Wide and flat as you want it. Narrow twist at the front, perfect place to stuff yer...
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