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Old 07-06-2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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Ride Eastern Oregon

Ride Eastern Oregon

I've been a serious motorcyclist for most of my life and have owned most of the famous marks. I've toured extensively throughout the world on two wheels, riding on every continent except Antarctica. Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of riding with and/or meeting many of you at my lodge in Seneca, Oregon (The BearCat Lodge), and in the past half dozen years discovered the joy of adventure riding. In my travels I have ridden hundreds of thousands of miles to many exotic places, but truly my favorite region to ride is in eastern Oregon. With its sparce population and unspoiled natural beauty, and lack of bureaucratic regulation it is simply a riders' paradise. I love ALL motorcycle disciplines and eastern Oregon satisfies my appetite for every one of them. From its uncongested fabulously maintained blacktop to the gravelyist singletrack, there is something for every rider and every level of skill. To that end I have decided to begin a thread to expose [introduce] the ADV family to my wonderful playground. Because of my responsibilities at the lodge during the summer months, I don't get to ride as much as I'd like so this is designed to be a working vacation. I will be doing five long weekend trips in August to expose vicariously those of you who can't make the journey in person to experience it for themselves. I considered using a different kind of motorcycle for each segment of the trip, but in the end decided to enlist the participation of my trusty KTM 990 Adventure as my transport. It gives me a good balance of tourer, sport bike and enduro. The purpose is not to make the trip all about blacktop or dirt, but rather to have a great mix of all that the east side has to offer. So, that said, let me introduce you to my steed . . . I'l be riding a 2007 KTM 990 Adventure that I have been personalizing to my riding style for the past 3 years. It currently has about 30,000 miles on it and has seen duty in Canada and Mexico as well as the US. I've equipped it with the following accessories and modifications for necessity, comfort and convenience.

J.W.'s 990 Adventure

990 Adventure rear

First of all, I needed to solve the EFI glitchiness to make the bike more palateable in the dirt. I did this in stages, each modification helping but no real single solution.

Here is the mod list:
17 tooth front sproket (factory)
45 tooth rear sproket (Motoman aluminum carrier) (steel tooth)
throttle housing cam change (KTM)
remove all slack from throttle cables
remap ECM to Akropovic euro spec
2 into 1 Adventure Tank mod with open Akropovic titanium muffler
Rekluse Prostart Z clutch
K&N air filter/no air box mods
25BPH Performance chip

These modifications seem to have solved the EFI glitch problems for my riding style, although carbs are still smoother. My 950 SuperMoto still has a different throttle feel.

Adventure Tank & 2-into-1 exhaust

Second, protection. I removed the center stand to cut weight and get more clearance.

Then I made these mods:
crash bars (KTM)
skid plate (Black Dog)
clutch cover (KTM)
trans cover (KTM)
hand guards (KTM)
radiator guards (KTM)
pivot shaft covers (KTM)
R master cylinder cover (Adventure Machine)
R bags rack (Hepco-Becker)

Black Dog skidplate

Third, suspension:
re-valve WP front and rear
Scotts steering stabilizer & top tree/Rox risers
Tsubaki Gold 530 chain

rear drive

I'm 6'3" and 220 pounds, so even after stiffening up the adjustments, I wanted more--but the stock suspension was quite good when it was fresh. I have tried 10 different sets of tires on the bike--including 606s, TKCs, MEFOs and different combinations--but I always return to the Pirelli Scorpion ATs. They suit my style of riding and when they're fresh are good on the dirt. They are awesome on the tarmac but 3,000 on the rear and they're gone.

Fourth, electronics.
Garmin ZUMO 550/Touratech mount
SPOT satellite messenger/RAM mount
Escort 8500 X50/ RAM mount
Motorolla cell phone/RAM mount
Scalla Rider headset/Bluetooth
Hard Radar Heads Up LED
All electronics are Bluetooth to my ARAI XD


Fifth, electrics:
Euro Headlight (KTM)
H.I.D. halogen lamps Dual Ballast
Euro Headlight switch (KTM)
remote computer control (KTM)
ACC power socket
heated grips (KTM)
battery tender
external battery access (custom)
The external battery access allows you to access the battery without dropping the skid plate--you can jump another bike or be jumped.

custom external battery access

Sixth, comfort & convenience:
tall windshield (KTM)
bar risers (ROX)
foot pegs (CJ Designs)
seat gel (KTM)
glove box lock (Touratech)
Supermoto mirrors (KTM)
panniers (Hepco-Becker)
fuel bladder valves (Hepco-Becker)
2.5 gal fuel tank (Adventure Tank)
With all fuel tanks full, I can carry 9.3 gallons of fuel evenly distributed on the bike.

CJ Designs footpeg

Adventure Tank

custom Adventure Tank plumbing

Hepco-Becker petcock

The Ride Eastern Oregon tour will consist of 5 consecutive 3-day weekend rides, Friday through Sunday, beginning Friday July 30. Riders interested in joining me for one or all of the legs can call me at the lodge (541-542-2020). Anyone interested in posting questions, comments, suggestions or ride destinations, please feel free to do so--I will do my best to answer all posts. J.W.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:45 AM   #2
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It looks like the bike is well farkled and ready for the ride

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Old 07-06-2010, 12:09 PM   #3
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I will be heading into that region as well in the next few weeks, perhaps we will run into each other on the playa. If not, I look forward to the report, sweet bike by the way.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:34 PM   #4
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All the prep to this bike was performed at Ferd & Fanny Farkles Farkleworks in Frankenfarkle Austria. the modifacations were done by the twins Simon & Gar Farkle with consultation by their midget German cousin Freckled Frida Farkle from Frankfurt. All the team agreed the 990 was fairly finely farkled. NOTE: These farkles were performed by highly skilled farklers and these mods should not be attempted without proper training.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:56 PM   #5
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Having driven I-5 and West from there I'm curious and looking forward to some photos of the dark side C'mon 7/30 and let the pics begin
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:55 AM   #6
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Im in Jacksonville Oregon. Place to stay if you need one.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:50 PM   #7
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Thanks for the invite but all be ridin' the east side of the state. your welcome to join us on this side.......fastcat
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:19 PM   #8
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from one cat to another

Originally Posted by fastcat
Thanks for the invite but all be ridin' the east side of the state. your welcome to join us on this side.......fastcat
Hey JW

Thanks for your hospitality a couple of weeks ago.
And thanks also for showing me the detour around those several gates.


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