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Forum: Road warriors 08-24-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 1,254
Views: 212,132
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Got the replacement shock yesterday, went for my...

Got the replacement shock yesterday, went for my first ride in dynamic mode today...woooohoooo!

The KTM is going to be sitting for awhile.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-15-2012, 08:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,130
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
I bought my 990 in a Portland area mega dealer...

I bought my 990 in a Portland area mega dealer along with a service contract...when the contract expired I took my bike into Gresham KTM for a servicing. They showed me all the things the big box...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-26-2012, 05:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,791
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
+1...a good map and 16 tooth countershaft (stock...

+1...a good map and 16 tooth countershaft (stock on newer models) cured it completely for me. Like a whole new bike.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-16-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,458
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Just switched to an Arai Vector II after four...

Just switched to an Arai Vector II after four years of riding with various helmets and the stock windscreen. The Arai seems to be the smoothest by a long short although I can't say my HJC modular is...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-27-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Although I agree most of the content can be found...

Although I agree most of the content can be found here, an awful lot of what's here is meaningless junk. I might be willing to subscribe to something that filters out the junk for me and highlights...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-16-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,045
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
A Friend turned me on to a product called "Purple...

A Friend turned me on to a product called "Purple Slice"...stuff is amazing. I clean the whole bike with it. Gets everything off from bug splatter to chain oil...pricy but worth it. I use on...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-11-2012, 09:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,416
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Do you really buy a bike based on how it acts in...

Do you really buy a bike based on how it acts in stop and go traffic?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-11-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,794
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
I have an 07 and the stock is 17/42...after...

I have an 07 and the stock is 17/42...after 35,000miles I finally switched to a 16 in the front and kept the 42 rear. Wish I had done it on day one. Now I know why KTM finally made the switch.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-11-2012, 08:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,353
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
+1 on my third front Scorp and sixth rear never...

+1 on my third front Scorp and sixth rear never an issue. So it's not a slam dunk that it's the tire although it is possible. I would go through steps one through three before considering a new tire.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-10-2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,145
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
According to the USFS people around here, it...

According to the USFS people around here, it doesn't matter if they are approved as long as they pass the stick test. At the time I bought my 990 the stock cans weren't "approved" but they easily...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-18-2012, 01:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,997
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
+1 on what moves your soul...but if your not...

+1 on what moves your soul...but if your not going to ride off pavement, you'll never realize the potential of the KTM. It's definitely not an economical commuter bike.

But if you find an RT...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-13-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,624
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
+1 I've racked up 39,000 miles on my 07 990...

+1 I've racked up 39,000 miles on my 07 990 everywhere from Jasper, Alberta to Mojave and back without even carrying the quart of oil(more room for cigars). Traveling is what friends and FedEx are...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-13-2012, 07:05 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,302
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Talk about a test with a foregone conclusion...in...

Talk about a test with a foregone conclusion...in my experience the 990 A handles the dirt better than a lot of 650 thumpers.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-05-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Mine's an 07 but theproblem didn't surface...

Mine's an 07 but theproblem didn't surface immediately. Religiously following the cold procedure and doing an occasional 15 minute reset has calmed things down considerably. I've done none of the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-05-2012, 06:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Sounds like you are driving off before the EFI...

Sounds like you are driving off before the EFI has settled in. Start the bike and do not touch the throttle until there is at least one bar on the temperature gauge.

When cold, the Adaptive EFI...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-01-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,334
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
When to stop investing in a used bike is always a...

When to stop investing in a used bike is always a judgement call. I guess it boils down to how much utility you get from it and how much you trust it away from the garage...especially FAR AWAY from...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-31-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,684
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Seems like the real problem is when it gets wet...

Seems like the real problem is when it gets wet just sitting. I rode four hours in the pouring Columbia Gorge rain last week. At speed, the seat never got very wet and was dry before I could unpack...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-31-2012, 09:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,334
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Service it religiously and the worst thing you'll...

Service it religiously and the worst thing you'll have to deal with is the permagrin it leaves on your face.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-31-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,334
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
2007 990 A with 40,000 miles ridden bone stock...

2007 990 A with 40,000 miles ridden bone stock (except I just changed to the new Dakar seat) with no issues...I have had the water pump redone twice but not because of issues just because it's...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 05-31-2012, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
I lived in Montana for 20 years after growing up...

I lived in Montana for 20 years after growing up on the east coast, I can tell you a "day ride" doesn't get you very much in the Rockies.

You would get the most out of your trip by planning on...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-30-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,186
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
That's true...hadn't thought of that. ...

That's true...hadn't thought of that.

Thanks, Hondo....
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-30-2012, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,186
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Yeah, I read the thread twice. You might not be...

Yeah, I read the thread twice. You might not be able to answer my question because it looks like your pannier covers lift straight up and off.

Can you tell me the distance from the center of the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-30-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,186
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Your set up looks perfect. Do the Rotopaks...

Your set up looks perfect. Do the Rotopaks interfere with opening the panniers? The Gobi panniers open straight up from outside to in.

I'd say 25 pounds is a small price to pay for an extra 70-80...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-30-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,186
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Rotopaks and Gobi Bags

Has anyone mounted Rotopaks to the stock KTM plastic Gobi panniers or trunk?

Issues?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-29-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,302
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
You won't hear about it around here, the tickets...

You won't hear about it around here, the tickets are now written on the mobile computers in the cars and instantly uploaded...:(

So be nice from the git go...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-29-2012, 07:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
My 2007 990 is the first bike I've owned with ABS...

My 2007 990 is the first bike I've owned with ABS and compared to my KLR the stopping power is amazing. When a big deer jumped out in front of me at 60 mph on a Montana trip the ABS worked perfectly...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-27-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,684
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
So as a final report, I did about 1200 miles on...

So as a final report, I did about 1200 miles on the Dakar seat on a ride through Hell's canyon last weekend.

I hold firm to my original premise, for me this seat is an improvement over the '07...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-22-2012, 07:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,424
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
You can head south on the east side of the...

You can head south on the east side of the mountains if the weather is foul at the coast (always a possibility in June) by heading out to The Dalles and heading south on 197 to 97.

That will take...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-21-2012, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,219
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
For those heading to Hell's Canyon soon, the...

For those heading to Hell's Canyon soon, the Wallowa Mountain Loop is open but not a clean, clear ride according to some locals in Halfway.

We didn't get around to it but half the people we...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-16-2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,219
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Thanks, Jack. I've seen similar posts but...

Thanks, Jack.

I've seen similar posts but I'm not familiar enough with the area to know if they answer my question.

I'll find out soon enough, I'm leaving in the morning.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-16-2012, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,219
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Wallowa Mountain Loop Open?

Does anyone know if the Wallowa Mountain Loop road (NF-39) is clear from Oxbow to Joseph?

We're doing Hell's Canyon this weekend and wondering how much snow is still up in the Wallowas.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-10-2012, 06:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
I've never used the Butler maps, so no, I don't...

I've never used the Butler maps, so no, I don't know what route they are showing. What is the starting point in Oregon?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-09-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,325
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
So does it fit between the filler caps on the...

So does it fit between the filler caps on the 950/990 or does it have to be removed to fuel up?
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-09-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 967
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
You'll probably be best off with a coastal route....

You'll probably be best off with a coastal route. Most of the main north south routes through the Gifford and up to Rainier are still snowed in.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-09-2012, 12:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,424
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
The one down side to a coast ride in June is...

The one down side to a coast ride in June is going to be traffic. If your looking for open riding through some great PNW scenery then I would start with the Gorge and either go north to the Mt Adams...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-09-2012, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
What kind of riding are you looking for? Once you...

What kind of riding are you looking for? Once you get off the peninsula there are a lot of choices.

A lot of the good mountain routes are still snowed in but there some great rides in the Columbia...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-08-2012, 11:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,684
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Isn't the ergo lower than stock though? I can't...

Isn't the ergo lower than stock though? I can't deal with a lower seat, barely enough leg room as is.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-08-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,684
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Good suggestion...I noticed more warmth with this...

Good suggestion...I noticed more warmth with this seat. I thought it was the material, never thought about heat from the exhaust.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-08-2012, 07:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,002
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
Simple cure for that is ride more!

Simple cure for that is ride more!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-08-2012, 06:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,684
Posted By Mad Kaw Disease
I don't know, I'll have to go look. But there is...

I don't know, I'll have to go look. But there is a huge difference in the foam density and firmness. I would call my old seat soft, almost spongy with no outside edge support. The new seat is...
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