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Old 02-23-2015, 10:17 AM   #1
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Good Ark area KTM Dealer Service Dept??

I just moved to Northwest Arkansas from out West and brought my KTM 990R along. I'm looking for a reputable KTM Service Shop in the NWA area. I need to get my valves checked soon.
I've read some terrible reviews online for Motovation KTM dealer service in Fayetteville. I'm willing to trailer the bike to the closest service shop who can do a fair job.
I see a lot of guys riding KTMs in these forums. Where do you take your bikes when they need service?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:35 AM   #2
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I just moved to Northwest Arkansas from out West and brought my KTM 990R along. I'm looking for a reputable KTM Service Shop in the NWA area. I need to get my valves checked soon.
I've read some terrible reviews online for Motovation KTM dealer service in Fayetteville. I'm willing to trailer the bike to the closest service shop who can do a fair job.
I see a lot of guys riding KTMs in these forums. Where do you take your bikes when they need service?

Thanks in advance.
Motovation is useless, IMO. Their policies and customer service are so bad I've never even bothered trying to get something serviced there. I live in Fayetteville but went to Springfield, Mo. to buy my new 690. I also own a 950 and a 200 exc and do all the work myself. If I had to take my bike in I'd probably take it back to Springfield Power Sports.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:48 AM   #3
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Yikes - those reviews must have been correct.
Springfield is a drive - but I'd rather drive than have my bike screwed up or be ripped off.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:59 AM   #4
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Yikes - those reviews must have been correct.
Springfield is a drive - but I'd rather drive than have my bike screwed up or be ripped off.
Don't know how comfortable you are doing your own wrenching but adjusting valves on a 9X0 isn't rocket surgery. It just takes awhile and you have to strip a frightening amount of crap off the bike to get to the valves.
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:32 PM   #5
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It just takes awhile and you have to strip a frightening amount of crap off the bike to get to the valves.
Nothin' to it!



This was from my last valve adjustment before selling my 990. I was doing a bit more than valves, so you could go ahead and put the suspension and wheels back on and then you'd have a good idea of where you'd need to be for a valve check.

Did I mention my big bike is a DR650 now?
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:49 PM   #7
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Nothin' to it!



This was from my last valve adjustment before selling my 990. I was doing a bit more than valves, so you could go ahead and put the suspension and wheels back on and then you'd have a good idea of where you'd need to be for a valve check.

Did I mention my big bike is a DR650 now?
So you used the quick method, eh? :loll
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:50 PM   #8
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Smart boy, some never learn.
I'm not sure about smart. More like just not financially set enough to have 20 bikes!

The 990 was an awesome bike and I would still have it if it weren't for not being able to keep it and get more off road oriented dual sports. Of course if I could have afforded to keep it I could probably also afford to pay someone else to work on it.
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So you used the quick method, eh? :loll
Yup! Getting it to that point was easy. Turning it back into a rideable motorcycle was the tricky part.
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I'm sure I could tear down the bike - but putting it back together correctly is another story. I never shimmed valves, and don't own a torque wrench, so I figured a good KTM shop is the right move.
Nobody has any experience with a good shop? Maybe I should have sold the 990 after all.
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I'm sure I could tear down the bike - but putting it back together correctly is another story. I never shimmed valves, and don't own a torque wrench, so I figured a good KTM shop is the right move.
Nobody has any experience with a good shop? Maybe I should have sold the 990 after all.
The r is one of the best examples of the breed. Be a shame to sell it. Buy me enough beer and I'll supervise the job.
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Old 02-23-2015, 03:11 PM   #12
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Deal

I'll buy you enough beer for a month and then some.

My bike gets delivered from storage in a month. I'll bet we cross paths because I plan to explore the hell out of Arkansas.

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Old 02-23-2015, 03:20 PM   #13
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I'm sure I could tear down the bike - but putting it back together correctly is another story. I never shimmed valves, and don't own a torque wrench, so I figured a good KTM shop is the right move.
Nobody has any experience with a good shop? Maybe I should have sold the 990 after all.

Me and ole DavidQ have just about got valve checking and shimming down to a science. I'm sure either one or both of us would be happy to help you and we have all the tools; for a small fee, of course.

It really isn't hard and there is lots of info on this site and, of course, either one of us would be happy to offer advice (he's done one or two more than I!).
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I'll buy you enough beer for a month and then some.

My bike gets delivered from storage in a month. I'll bet we cross paths because I plan to explore the hell out of Arkansas.
Beer for a month? Might be cheaper to buy a new bike. seriously, if you need some help I'll be happy to assist. I have all the tools you'll need.
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Old 02-23-2015, 05:20 PM   #15
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I'll buy you enough beer for a month and then some.

My bike gets delivered from storage in a month. I'll bet we cross paths because I plan to explore the hell out of Arkansas.
Sent you a PM with contact info of a mechanic that I would recommend.
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