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Old 03-03-2013, 01:31 AM   #1
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What do you think about the 990 ADVENTURE R

Hello All,
I am interested of buying a 2010 used KTM 990 ADVENTURE R.

What are the bad things in this motorcycle? If any... =]
Any known issues?
What to look for before purchasing?
Any aging diseases?

Currently riding a 2009 XT660Z Yamaha Tenere.

Thanks for you time and answers.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:33 AM   #2
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Too tall for normal people.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:45 AM   #3
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Too tall for normal people.
Thanks,
I already test drive it and its fine for me.
The Yamaha is quit high as well - 895 mm
The KTM is 905 mm

So another CM will be OK for me.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:41 AM   #4
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Main niggles with the latest 990's are the clutch master and slave cylinders and the fuel filter which tends to clog easily with bad fuel. There are permanent fixes for the former, not so for the latter. Also some people who ride a lot offroad, relocate the side stand with one of the many kits in the market.
The main problem with the bike is that it is so well balanced that you tend to find yourself in offroad situations you may not be able to get out easily.

If you want a big bike that excels on dirt, rides like a street bike on the road and tours 2 up in comfort, then there is no other. I would only advice you, if you are not cyril despres, to get the low height model. It is easier to handle and feels lighter due to significantly lower C. of G.

And a final word of caution, these bikes have race genes, which means that:
a) It is very beneficial to tune the suspension to your weight and style.
b) They require a time consuming service. Not so much in terms of frequency, but in terms of having a lot of stuff to remove in order to do basic maintenance.
c) They are quite explosive in their power delivery. Nothing wrong with that, apart from making you ride like a lunatic.


If on the other hand, riding 2up is not a priority, consider also the 950SE. It sits kind-of halfway weight-wise between the 690 and the 990 but with the power of the latter and with a much easier maintenance. It needs wind protection though.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:16 AM   #5
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Main niggles with the latest 990's are the clutch master and slave cylinders and the fuel filter which tends to clog easily with bad fuel. There are permanent fixes for the former, not so for the latter. Also some people who ride a lot offroad, relocate the side stand with one of the many kits in the market.
The main problem with the bike is that it is so well balanced that you tend to find yourself in offroad situations you may not be able to get out easily.

If you want a big bike that excels on dirt, rides like a street bike on the road and tours 2 up in comfort, then there is no other. I would only advice you, if you are not cyril despres, to get the low height model. It is easier to handle and feels lighter due to significantly lower C. of G.

And a final word of caution, these bikes have race genes, which means that:
a) It is very beneficial to tune the suspension to your weight and style.
b) They require a time consuming service. Not so much in terms of frequency, but in terms of having a lot of stuff to remove in order to do basic maintenance.
c) They are quite explosive in their power delivery. Nothing wrong with that, apart from making you ride like a lunatic.


If on the other hand, riding 2up is not a priority, consider also the 950SE. It sits kind-of halfway weight-wise between the 690 and the 990 but with the power of the latter and with a much easier maintenance. It needs wind protection though.
Thanks for the info mate.

Regarding the height of the bikes.
How critical is it between the 'R' and the Standard model?
No, I am not cyril despres, and do not ride like him..
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:09 AM   #6
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Eek

Found this interesting info on http://www.e-dirt.co.za
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:50 AM   #7
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Read ALL of the into at the link below :

First thing to check for is cracks in the engine cases
where the side stand mounts. If the area is dirty
you MUST clean it so cracks can be seen. The stock
position for the side stand mount can cause the engine
cases to be damaged and it is ESSENTIAL to relocate the
side stand mount before using the bike off road.



They are awesome bikes, and no other brand of bike in the world
comes close. I agree with the suggestion for a 950 Super Enduro
instead of an Adventure. The 950 SE is carbureted and doesn't have
fairings and generally that will make life easier because the maintenance
is simpler and the carbs won't have the issues found in the fuel injection
system. Believe me, the 950 SE is more than fast enough for any sane person.



Read and study everything in the pages below and you will be able to make an
informed buying decision.


http://www.ktm950.info/



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Old 03-03-2013, 06:54 AM   #8
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I love the looks of this bike, pure manlyhood. I would love to own one but I have to settle for my V-Strom instead. Don't know crap about any mecanical and/or performance issues... I just know I like the looks of it a whole lot.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:09 AM   #9
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First thing to check for is cracks in the engine cases
where the side stand mounts. If the area is dirty
you MUST clean it so cracks can be seen. The stock
position for the side stand mount can cause the engine
cases to be damaged and it is ESSENTIAL to relocate the
side stand mount before using the bike off road.



They are awesome bikes, and no other brand of bike in the world
comes close. I agree with the suggestion for a 950 Super Enduro
instead of an Adventure. The 950 SE is carbureted and doesn't have
fairings and generally that will make life easier because the maintenance
is simpler and the carbs won't have the issues found in the fuel injection
system. Believe me, the 950 SE is more than fast enough for any sane person.



Read and study everything in the pages below and you will be able to make an
informed buying decision.


http://www.ktm950.info/



.
Hi,
Thanks for your thoughts.

The 950 SE is not a real option for me as it is not common here in Israel where i live.
So that leaves me with one option of the 990 Adventure.
Either R or Dakar or the Standard edition.

You, "It'sNotTheBike" and "mousitsas", both mention the side stand(s).
I am not sure what this part is (language...), do you have a photo or a link that explains what it is? And what is the "relocate kit" in this context?

Cheers!
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:46 AM   #10
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They!

Are great bikes. You won't be disappointed. Oil changes can take a little longer but after a few you'll discover short cuts. Had them down to a 1/2 hour. Most dirt oriented of the big Duallies. Wind management was the worst aspect for me. Big grins otherwise. Wouldn't bother with the SE unless you only want dirt.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:50 AM   #11
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Side stand relocation

http://blackdogcw.com/black-dog-shop...location%20Kit

http://www.cjdesignsllc.com/products...ation-bracket/

Two links above are two options for side stand relocation. Also you should consider a proper sump guard. Roam around the above sites for this.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:48 AM   #12
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Hello All,
I am interested of buying a 2010 used KTM 990 ADVENTURE R.

What are the bad things in this motorcycle? If any... =]
Any known issues?
What to look for before purchasing?
Any aging diseases?

Currently riding a 2009 XT660Z Yamaha Tenere.

Thanks for you time and answers.
In addition to what everyone else mentioned, I would add that you will not regret it. I went from a KTM 690 (similar size and weight compared to the XT660) and apart from being heavier which you will get used to, the only thing to consider given the cost of fuel in Israel is the thirst of the 990. You will love it, especially the difference in power over your 660 and it's just as easy to fly through traffic in the urban areas as your 660.

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Old 03-03-2013, 11:04 AM   #13
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http://blackdogcw.com/black-dog-shop...location%20Kit

http://www.cjdesignsllc.com/products...ation-bracket/

Two links above are two options for side stand relocation. Also you should consider a proper sump guard. Roam around the above sites for this.
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In addition to what everyone else mentioned, I would add that you will not regret it. I went from a KTM 690 (similar size and weight compared to the XT660) and apart from being heavier which you will get used to, the only thing to consider given the cost of fuel in Israel is the thirst of the 990. You will love it, especially the difference in power over your 660 and it's just as easy to fly through traffic in the urban areas as your 660.

Mazal tov ve titchadesh
Cheers mate!

The only thing is...
The KTM 690 weigh ~150 kg withfuel.
The XT660Z is ~206 kg with fuel
The KTM 990 is ~209(?)
So i guess i am quit used to the weight.

I know about the fuel consumption, not very happy about it... but what can I do, right?! ;-)
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:23 PM   #14
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Cheers!
I know about the fuel consumption, not very happy about it... but what can I do, right?! ;-)
Buy a Tiger800XC??
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #15
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Buy a Tiger800XC??
Unfortunately it is not imported and sold here.
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