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Old 04-01-2013, 03:30 PM   #1741
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Originally Posted by pebble35 View Post
Careful Pyn, he's probably going to ask you to service it when he arrives ........
Only if I need to learn how to JB Weld a front fork to the front axle!!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #1742
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Only if I need to learn how to JB Weld a front fork to the front axle!!!
Yep, I'm good at that!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #1743
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:15 AM   #1744
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For real. I am. Pyndon... You are the kind of rider in every respect I hope to be some day. Not only that, you are the kind of person I try to be every day!

I feel late to the party (sorry, spent the last 6-7 years on a BMW Dakar...), but I feel I need to chime in and at least give you my hearty thanks for convincing me the KTM is no more scary to work on than my Dakar was. You've re-inspired me to be "that" guy again. Combine that with a shiny 990 in my shop and it's almost like a rebirth!

You, sir, are what riding is all about. This thread. It's what community and fellow riders do for each other. That being said, I cannot explain how much info is in this thread... It's amazing! 2 weeks of reading to get to page 117 and I'm going to go back and read it all again! Cheers and keep it coming!!!

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Old 06-05-2013, 10:00 AM   #1745
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Just finished this thread. Even with a little skimming there are lots of hours information laden KTM 950/990 steep learning curve. I've owned a 2007 990 with 25k miles for a couple of weeks and orange crush has been best source of info.

I have an interesting perspective here. Owned a new multistrada and new triumph tiger 800 in last 12 months. Reading the forums on the Ducati's potential problems was quite depressing. Triumph less so but still troubling.

This thread and other informative ones are something else again. The KTM appears to be a fairly trouble free beast when treated properly. Water pump kit ordered.... Btw.

Pyndon I'm triple impressed.

1. Mechanical skills and a ability to document and follow through.
2. Obvious riding skills even before I caught the video!
3. Most important IMO. Your patience dealing with people asking the same questions over and over that were answered in the threads.

Now about that oil....
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:37 AM   #1746
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Originally Posted by Pyndon View Post
Well I’ve been hanging around here for a while now trying to decide what adventure bike to buy. After deciding to get a KTM 950 Adventure about three months ago I went down my local dealer and ordered one, a new 2006 Adventure S and it was going to be there in a week....oh, then another week, then another week and so on. Nothing they could do it was the factory not delivering and all dealers were in the same boat (I called loads to try and get one!). So in the mean time I looked around for used ones. Eventually found an ‘S’ pop up, Steverino’s 2004 'S'…..nice ! Needless to say I snapped it up in the first half hour of the add been placed . I actually tried to buy the bike a few months ago but Steve beat me to it ;o), ah well second time lucky!

The bike was in West Vaginia but Steve rode it all the way to Texas and delivered it…..what a top guy .

I've been riding bikes since the age of 11 and raced Enduro and Supermoto in the UK over the past seven years. I also built racing engines for many top UK racers until I moved to Texas. I got a new job in Texas USA and that’s where I am living at the moment. As a result of my relocation, it was time to abolish the rush and stress of the racing environment and do some adventure riding. I intend to be in Texas for a couple of years and see as much of the USA as I can while I am here……on two wheels .

Here is my new ride, the day Steve dropped it off.

And its always good to have a mileage record, this way I know if I'm getting my use out of it or not!
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Well I've read through this whole thread (and I don't even own a 950 ) just found it a fascinating read. Good job Pyn.

Only problem is that from here out I have to "experience" this thread in real time.
An Epic Journey Indeed and YetiGS its all about timer you arrived here to soon

Well what can we say, Pyndon you are a true pioneer in many ways and if I were 20 years younger who knows.

Learnt a lot and haven't finished reading everything, but it does confirm the choice I made 3 years ago to Buy a mint 950 rather than buy a later model 990 and I'm not sorry as I find the carbs meter so well on the gravel that with the help of louder pipes you can dial in the exact amount of wheel spin or slide you want. (seen about 110mph so far on the loose stuff but that's enough for me)

All the best in you ventures and will follow you on Facebook (just between you and me you don't make a half bad rider and to finish Dakar and no less that 6 places behind the American Baja legend Mr Campbell is pretty good indeed for a first effort

May catch up with you at some stage somewhere and know you are busy now so am ok if cant reply

all the best from a fellow Big Orange Rider

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:16 AM   #1747
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Now about that oil....
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:14 PM   #1748
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Originally Posted by Trail bandit View Post

Now about that oil....
Originally Posted by hilslamer View Post
10/60 synthetic ideal for extreme weather variations, changed every 5000 miles or any old multi grade every 2000 miles

Turn idle up to 1500rpm if cam chain rattles in hotter temps and it wont matter much as motor wont wear out anyway

Did I miss anything
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:40 PM   #1749
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Been trying to catch up on your builds since my 950 is getting weak and in desperate need of new rings and some other TLC. My rear pedal did nearly the same. I was replacing c-clip that holds the plunger in master cylinder and noticed the material had been infiltrated by probably road salt since I ride mine year round. The rear near the pivot was the worse with over 50% cross sectional loss and the front 2 bolts for the foot pad were nearly broken out.

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Old 12-20-2013, 02:16 PM   #1750
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Merry Christmas old love!

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Old 12-20-2013, 02:53 PM   #1751
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Merry Christmas old love!

True love indeed

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Old 02-10-2014, 11:26 AM   #1752
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I mistook it for a Yoruba bronze mask (Nigerian tribe)
Me too man! LMAO!!
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:57 PM   #1753
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:36 AM   #1754
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You know those niggly little problems, the ones you cannot find, well I've had one for a while and it's been driving me crazy! An electrical problem that is seriously intermittent. When you have an hour in the garage to fix it, it fails to rear its ugly head but when your on the motorway in driving rain it decides to pop out of nowhere and surprise you when you need it least. Well, here's the story of mine!

Around about 10,000 miles ago, just before I took off for Africa, I was riding home from work and the bike sputtered, you know, cut and and then started again and was fine. A few days later it did the same thing. It was indicative of an ignition switch problem and since I was leaving for my Africa ride and I had little time, I decided to fit a new one. Bike seemed fine so I went to Africa. It went for weeks with no troubles but then I had that niggly hick-up / cough from time to time. Nothing to wreck you ride but enough make me think about what it could be and it it was going to crap out on me!

The bike eventually did crap out in Africa but it was because of a fatigued battery terminal, as detailed in this RR Salt & Gold 2009. Anyway, once I'd botched the battery terminal in the Sahara, the cough was still there from time to time.

Upon my return from Africa I went through the entire bike and checked all the connections, fitted a new positive lead, greased all the electrical connectors and called it good.

Weeks later, it starts again. This time on the way up to Scotland. The difference this time being that the bike actually cut-out doing 90 in the fast lane. I clutched it an looked down to see the dash doing weird things so I turned the ignition off and on again and she fired up.

About a week later, the same happened again, this time in lovely weather but stuck in traffic and would not re-start. As I sat at the side of the road scratching my head, the fuel pump fired up (I'd left the ignition switch on) and I continued.

This time I stripped the ignition switch and cleaned it all out, checking all the connections and wires for continuity. I headed to Holland for the Mid-Summer ride and did a further 2500 miles, again with a couple of coughs and back-fires when I least expected them. The problem was still there but it would never rear its head for long enough to fix it.

It was now time to head on a big ride around Europe with AntWare and Neduro. It was always in the back of my mind that the problem might still be there, but it never stopped me riding! 3000 miles later, while booking it North from the Italian Alps the bike started to play up again. This time more serious. It would stay dead! least I had a chance of finding the problem. We wiggled and poked but found nothing. Again it just started to work so we headed off. 100miles down the road, same again, instrument panel going crazy and eventually the motor died. This time for good!

It was clear by now that the problem was not condition related, on-road / off-road, wet / dry, fast / slow, rough / smooth it made no difference.

After stripping the bike at the side of the road and going through everything from top the bottom, connectors and plugs, wiggling the loom, changing parts out from bike to bike......nothing! I was towed at 80mph 4ft from the rear of AntWare down the Peage in the persisting rain!

After finding a hotel, spending the night drinking in a bar with a French student called Alex (photo's to follow no doubt), we staggered to a 24hr internet cafe and interrogated the KTM wiring diagram.

The next morning....WTF....the bikes working again! By this time we were on our way back and the bike never missed a beat for the 1000 mile trip home.

Since getting home just a few days ago, the bike has undergone major strip and the problem has been identified

A corroded positive supply tab to the 30AMP supply fuse on top of the starter relay. A $40 part had caused all these problems but it never left me stranded for too long Merely a minor inconvenience in reflection.

I think water and crap gathers under the tab as it sits next to the plastic housing and just eats away at it until it breaks or causes problems.

The tab is an integral part of the assembly and could be fixed on the side of the road pretty easily if you carry a fuse holder with a spade connector on one side (to push into the forward side of the fuse holder) and a 6mm tab connector on the other (to attach under the positive lead bolt). This may be my solution as it would save buying a new starter relay and eliminate the problem in the future.

Advice: For those of you that run your bikes year round in harsh conditions, make sure this area is well cleaned and greased well to prevent contamination / corrosion. Also, carry a fuse holder setup as mentioned above as a road side repair solution.

I have had the exact same symptoms on my 990 on the way back from the south of France last week.
First the rev counter started to jump around, then the speedo would reset and the bike would run lumpy below 3500 revs. Had to nurse it 500 miles back to London.
Will have a look at the starter relay today. Thanks for the post. Will keep you updated.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:01 PM   #1755
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Great info, I'll be checking mine. Thanks
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