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Old 01-10-2013, 07:09 PM   #16
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What a minute Rabbit, WE got a "Tonopah Low" right now. Better check the weather forecast. MC riding is going to be tuff.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:54 PM   #17
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Sorry for your troubles, Rabbit. Please review the KTM tech bulletins, and the plethora (means "many") of resources on this forum.
My 950 -S is a 2005.5, and I had to replace those rotor bolts. I got to do it twice, because I did the "repair" myself, but used the wrong LocTite and the new bolts came out again. Live and learn; that was my "stupid tax".
I love the bike, and have owned several nice bikes that weren't this much fun.
Hang in there, look for the Hall Of Wisdom / HOW and ask questions.
Lots of savvy owners, technicians, inventors, riders, geniuses, and other help here.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:13 PM   #18
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Rabbit, I am parting a motor out. Let me know what You need. My 05.5 has been the best machine I have ever owned in 42 years of riding.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:49 PM   #19
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Hey Rabbit, my bike was purchased from Thousand Oaks, and the previous owner from Newbury Park said he trusted those guys. It came with a bunch of receipts for service and parts from those guys too. I've also heard good things about Zracing in Orange County, a bit of a trip for you, a longass trip for me, but if you need a place you can trust, you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:08 PM   #20
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High of 27 and low of 7 Tonopah. We do this ride the second weekend of January every year. No rain or snow forecasted. Did it on a CBR600 last year.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:47 AM   #21
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Quick question and yes I searched. How do you know if your 950 is a 05.5 model?
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:53 AM   #22
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Make sure you go through the H.O.W. and read about all the TSPs. I did before buying mine and knew what I was in for. I got a 2005.5 with 9,000 miles and had the clutch slave go out on me pretty quick. Did the fuel pump soon after that as preventative, and when the valve check came due I did the water pump, re-jetted carbs and few other little things. I ended up dumping more money into it a little faster than I thought I would, but am a bit at ease having it done. Only been stranded buy her once, and that was a total freak electrical fluke.
Hopefully KTM comes through with a little something for you. On a 12 year old bike regardless of mileage, I kind of doubt it though. Keep us posted.

I could tell the 2005.5 buy the seat. I believe the newer one had a step seat and the older ones were more flat. The heat shield on the exhaust has no holes and extends beyond the frame on the newer models too.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:35 AM   #23
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Had similar problems when I bought my KTM. Owner had it sitting around too long. I did all the work now she is running great. get thru all the crap and she'll be running fine. I love mine and will be trusting it coming up on a TAT trip this summer.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:39 AM   #24
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I could tell the 2005.5 buy the seat. I believe the newer one had a step seat and the older ones were more flat. The heat shield on the exhaust has no holes and extends beyond the frame on the newer models too.
Ok. My seat has no step and I'm assuming you are speaking about the heat shield on the header pipe near the right footpeg? Mine has no holes. Is that all to look for? I suspected it would have to do with the VIN #, but I really have no clue.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:17 AM   #25
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Hmmmm, no step means 2005, no holes on heat shield (yes that's the one) means 2005.5. I wonder if one of those is not original. Mine had both correct so I never looked any further.

I read they widened the rear wheel from a 4" to a 4.25" as well.
The .5 engines had a number of internal upgrades (clutch, oil jets, etc) and one major downgrade - the starter torque limiter.

Check here and get to work on the bike. Do the needed maintenance and TSBs and you are golden.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:24 PM   #26
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Update

KTM has agreed to provide a new stator and rotor.

Now they want me to trade the 950 and my 2012 Softail in on a new 990 plus cash.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:33 PM   #27
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KTM has agreed to provide a new stator and rotor.

Now they want me to trade the 950 and my 2012 Softail in on a new 990 plus cash.
Hmmm, very interesting decision to make. If it is the dealer making the offer you can probably try and get the "cash" down. But just think...New KTM 990!
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:25 PM   #28
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Hmmm, very interesting decision to make. If it is the dealer making the offer you can probably try and get the "cash" down. But just think...New KTM 990!
As painful as it would be to get hosed on the value of the 950 and to possibly regret parting with the HD, the money I'd save by dropping from 4 bikes (which is just wasteful) to 2 (new 990 and the Ducati 848) would help recoup the loss on the 950 each year. The dealer says they can move the panniers and GPS mount over to a new 990 and are checking to see if the Akropovics on the 950 can be moved to the FI 990.

KBB puts the HD's trade in value at about $13,500, the 950 at $4,400, and the KLR at $2,500. The KLR just sits now.

This weekend's cold-ass ride to Tonopah will sort out a lot of hard decisions, which decisions primarily rest on how much I think I'd miss the HD.

But I'm happy that KTM stepped up and is covering most of the cost to fix the stator issue. That makes sticking with a KTM product possible.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:37 PM   #29
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As painful as it would be to get hosed on the value of the 950 and to possibly regret parting with the HD, the money I'd save by dropping from 4 bikes (which is just wasteful) to 2 (new 990 and the Ducati 848) would help recoup the loss on the 950 each year. The dealer says they can move the panniers and GPS mount over to a new 990 and are checking to see if the Akropovics on the 950 can be moved to the FI 990.

KBB puts the HD's trade in value at about $13,500, the 950 at $4,400, and the KLR at $2,500. The KLR just sits now.

This weekend's cold-ass ride to Tonopah will sort out a lot of hard decisions, which decisions primarily rest on how much I think I'd miss the HD.

But I'm happy that KTM stepped up and is covering most of the cost to fix the stator issue. That makes sticking with a KTM product possible.
Sell the KLR for a couple grand....put that money into the perfectly good low mileage 950..and ride the hell out of it...That bike looked great.....
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:10 PM   #30
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But I'm happy that KTM stepped up and is covering most of the cost to fix the stator issue. That makes sticking with a KTM product possible.
My experience of these things is that a good dealer will usually apply some pressure on KTM and you'll get the outcome you desire, or close to it. Best to let these things run their course. Glad it worked out for you, now you're left with a harder decision about thinning the herd

If it was me, I'd sell the KLR and Harley privately, pocket the cash and just keep the 950. Tell the dealer you appreciate their efforts and they'll have your business next time.
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