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Old 07-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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KTM 1190 problems?

As you can see from my signature, I own a new LC GS, so before anyone acuses me of trolling, I'm not. I change my bikes every year or so. There have been some issues already with the new GS, none of which I've experienced (yet!).

So, thinking about my next bike already, I'm intrigued by the 1190. I'm trying to find out if owners are experiencing any issues, if so, what are they, and what's the support like from KTM?

My move to the orange side is a little way off, so in the meantime, what issues/ problems have the new owners experienced with the new beast?
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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The side stand spring was replaced under a recall
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:09 PM   #3
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Mostly complaints about the heat off the left side. We get the new 1190 here around the end of August. Dealer will have a demo available in a week or two.

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Old 07-25-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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I had a small oil leak from the rear tappet cover.

Repiared under warranty at first service
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:42 PM   #5
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No issues.

After a few hours of riding my hands get a bit buzzy, but that's it.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:05 PM   #6
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No big issues on this bike for now, I've been following all threads closely
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:28 AM   #7
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No issues.

After a few hours of riding my hands get a bit buzzy, but that's it.
AaaaHA! So...now we have the truth....things are a little rocky in paradise....



Yeah, yeah....I'll just go and sit in the corner....
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:16 PM   #8
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What's the difference in spokes?
Thickness?
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #9
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1. Heated grips feel loose on the bars, too much free play, fixed the left side by tightening the screw underneath. Right side will have to look into further.
2. Brake light flickers constantly when riding, most likely the pressure switch in the abs unit. Have herd of one other case of an 1190 with the same problem.
3. I had my engine completely shut off yesterday while riding, I believe the cause may be the side stand spring, allowed the side stand switch to operated which I believe there is already a recall for. This has only happened once.
4. Dust in air box, this hasn't been a problem for me as I've only had my bike for 2 weeks and I haven't been off-road yet, my local dealer told me there is a recall on the air-box which involves fitting a pre filter set up, KTM Australia are rolling out kits for this recall over the next few weeks.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:28 PM   #10
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KTM 1190 Adventure Experience

Hi, just responding to this thread… I’ve had my KTM1190 Adventure now for around 4 months. Traded in a BMW K1200 to give the KTM a go. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
Thoughts thus far: The bike itself is great, so I won’t replicate all the praises that most of reviews come up with. For NSW & Queensland roads that seem to have pot holes & corrugations at the apex of many a corner the KTM just rides them out – beautiful & safely.<o:p></o:p>
However, after 4 months of purchasing the bike & panniers I’m still waiting on the panniers or keys for the panniers to be delivered by KTM…..There’s been a key recall that the factory just can’t seem to manage. So all my plans of going touring on the bike are on hold for months while KTM attempt to deliver a key to the dealer – I’m far from impressed Mr KTM….<o:p></o:p>
Other KTM issues: well, I would really question the build quality (compared to BMW at least). The prop stand supplied just isn’t right. Before I increased the foot diameter from 40mm to 60mm it always felt precariously balanced & I’d leave 40mm diameter rings in the bitumen. It’s a small thing but why even let the design leave the factory gate?<o:p></o:p>
Similarly, I’ve fitted an after-market radiator guard. If the bike is to have a design life of more than 50,000kms that highly exposed radiator should be supplied with a guard from the factory – unless of course you’re in the market of wanting to supply new radiators…. <o:p></o:p>
Heat from the motor is a problem, especially on a plus 35 degC days. A recall is to fit an under seat heat shield, no doubt to protect the seat foam from deteriorating too quickly – the result is even more heat blasted on to your leg; not bad in the winter but a pain in summer after several hours riding<o:p></o:p>
Accessory range is good from both KTM & after-market suppliers & will no doubt improve. Prices from KTM Australia are on the high side especially when compared to KTM in the States. Buy from the US you say – Well the KTM guys in the US won’t (or more likely aren’t allowed to) export. I guess the after- market suppliers will gradually force KTM’s hand.<o:p></o:p>
So in a wrap up; great bike but be prepared to spend extra $$’s to fit what the factory could have supplied initially for a fraction of the cost. KTM service & support - in my experience, very poor…. Once they have your cash it appears that that’s it, unfortunately.<o:p></o:p>
Would I recommend the 1190 Adventure? Yes but be prepared to be underwhelmed by the overall KTM experience…. <o:p></o:p>
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:51 PM   #11
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Off topic sorry but So true BSA mate. I don't like to whinge, I call it making conversation.... BUT Australian distributors, salesmen etc are to the most part f@&king useless ONCE the money is in there account! I do know a lot of great suppliers and salesmen but its unfortunate they are in the lower percentage and declining in the days of a quick buck. Close a dodgy a business, hey, I'll just open a new one in another name.....
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:25 PM   #12
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No problems here

7500 miles so far on my 1190R in a little over four months. No problems to date. Its due a service in around 2000 miles so will get the retro ABS fitted plus new tyres.

It has stopped drinking oil and I'm not bothered by the heat of the engine....................................its a motorbike.

Highlights - having the rev limit light flashing red in every gear at night, always satisfying.

Having to hit the oil filler cap with a hammer to loosen it to open - strangely satisfying (especially on a new £16K bike)

Surprising sportsbike riders, especially on the bends - always satisfying
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:44 PM   #13
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Yep, the 1190 looks really cool, but I'm so happy to not have any electronic stuff. No abs, EFI, stand sensors, tilt sensors, etc. And when we fall on a sandy fire road, I pick the beast up, smile and ride on.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:23 AM   #14
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Hi, just responding to this thread… I’ve had my KTM1190 Adventure now for around 4 months. Traded in a BMW K1200 to give the KTM a go. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
Thoughts thus far: The bike itself is great, so I won’t replicate all the praises that most of reviews come up with. For NSW & Queensland roads that seem to have pot holes & corrugations at the apex of many a corner the KTM just rides them out – beautiful & safely.<o:p></o:p>
However, after 4 months of purchasing the bike & panniers I’m still waiting on the panniers or keys for the panniers to be delivered by KTM…..There’s been a key recall that the factory just can’t seem to manage. So all my plans of going touring on the bike are on hold for months while KTM attempt to deliver a key to the dealer – I’m far from impressed Mr KTM….<o:p></o:p>
Other KTM issues: well, I would really question the build quality (compared to BMW at least). The prop stand supplied just isn’t right. Before I increased the foot diameter from 40mm to 60mm it always felt precariously balanced & I’d leave 40mm diameter rings in the bitumen. It’s a small thing but why even let the design leave the factory gate?<o:p></o:p>
Similarly, I’ve fitted an after-market radiator guard. If the bike is to have a design life of more than 50,000kms that highly exposed radiator should be supplied with a guard from the factory – unless of course you’re in the market of wanting to supply new radiators…. <o:p></o:p>
Heat from the motor is a problem, especially on a plus 35 degC days. A recall is to fit an under seat heat shield, no doubt to protect the seat foam from deteriorating too quickly – the result is even more heat blasted on to your leg; not bad in the winter but a pain in summer after several hours riding<o:p></o:p>
Accessory range is good from both KTM & after-market suppliers & will no doubt improve. Prices from KTM Australia are on the high side especially when compared to KTM in the States. Buy from the US you say – Well the KTM guys in the US won’t (or more likely aren’t allowed to) export. I guess the after- market suppliers will gradually force KTM’s hand.<o:p></o:p>
So in a wrap up; great bike but be prepared to spend extra $$’s to fit what the factory could have supplied initially for a fraction of the cost. KTM service & support - in my experience, very poor…. Once they have your cash it appears that that’s it, unfortunately.<o:p></o:p>
Would I recommend the 1190 Adventure? Yes but be prepared to be underwhelmed by the overall KTM experience…. <o:p></o:p>
Why postpone your trip for a key, just install another lock!!
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:36 PM   #15
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Turn signal switch

Switch is stiff and left side will not turn on every time. When it won't work the screen flashes a General Failure! So the ECM knows it is f&$@d up
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