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Old 05-12-2013, 11:23 PM   #106
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What the T63 looked like after 350 miles of slab at 80-90mph. 95-110F ambient temps, so you know the roads were HOT.

Yep, I did 7000kms from Calgary to Grand Canyon and back in late July 2008 with a T63 on the front of my loaded F650GSPD. 4 of those days it saw well over 110F for 8+ hours of slab (was riding with a not so adventurous guy). It was a bit worn and a bit cupped, but not really too bad for the heat and pavement it saw. That's over 4300 miles... They are a tough tire and cheap! It's not as nice in the dirt as a 606 or 908, but much more manageable on pavement. I can't speak highly enough about it when it's run with proper pressure. To compare, my buddy had a TKC80 on the front of his KLR and it was BADLY cupped halfway through the trip. By the time we got home his front end was bouncing so bad he blew fork seals... I think you'll like the T63 for most everything,

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Keep in mind the bike was lighter and is substantially underpowered compared to the 990. That and these tires lived their life primarily on pavement. :(

Super glad to hear you solved your wobble! Frackin' jealous that you're riding though... 2 more days of work, 4 till I get to ride! Oh, fwiw, ANY of these skinny 90/90/21's will behave like that over tar strips, cracks, etc. It's just a skinny tall tire and that tiny wobble is perfectly normal.

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Old 05-12-2013, 11:58 PM   #107
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I'm now wondering if the wobble isn't also caused a little by the fact that a 90/90/21 is mounted on too wide of a front rim like the 130/80/18 on the rear fat rim... I still seriously cannot believe the bike comes stock with tires on rims that are too wide. Woody's!!!
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:47 AM   #108
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Dude, I LOVE the olive green Corvette! That is bad ass!
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:21 AM   #109
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Dude, I LOVE the olive green Corvette! That is bad ass!
Thanks! I bought a black Corvette and after a few weeks I decided that was a dumb move since I live down a dirt road. So I wrapped it in 3M olive drab and it doesn't really look dirty until you are right up on it.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:24 AM   #110
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I'm now wondering if the wobble isn't also caused a little by the fact that a 90/90/21 is mounted on too wide of a front rim like the 130/80/18 on the rear fat rim... I still seriously cannot believe the bike comes stock with tires on rims that are too wide. Woody's!!!
I'm sure it doesn't help. Where the wide rims really hurt is offroad. You shouldn't air down much or you will bend a rim. Skinnier wheels are in my future as well. Not airing down much and riding sand is a recipe for failure.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:26 AM   #111
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I'm sure it doesn't help. Where the wide rims really hurt is offroad. You shouldn't air down much or you will bend a rim. Skinnier wheels are in my future as well. Not airing down much and riding sand is a recipe for failure.
Yeah, I'll be ordering a proper set from Woody's on my next hitch out here in Albania. Gotta bank a few bucks first to justify the cost, lol! At $2200 a set I'll be broke cause I want a set of 19/17's too... You know what they say, right? "T!ts or tires, it'll cost ya." Good thing I'm single.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:27 AM   #112
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Did you return the FMF exhaust yet? I might be interested in it. Was it the Q or 4.1?
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:31 AM   #113
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Did you return the FMF exhaust yet? I might be interested in it. Was it the Q or 4.1?
Lol, I'm still in Albania. It's sitting at my local parts store waiting to be picked up. I've gotten word that my Wings won't be in for a few more weeks so I'll be slappin' the FMF's on (I think Q's, but so long ago I can't remember...) when I get home just to be rid of the stockers for the shakedown ride. After that I might be convinced to part with them for cheap unless the can will fit on my 450... LOL!
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Whenever you are tired of the FMF, let me know. We set my sag and determined the rear spring is perfect for my weight of 275lbs. I'm at 4 turns of rear preload for 1/3 of the shocks travel. The front is too soft. I'm all the way cranked down on front preload and it's about 50% of the total travel even with cranked preload. This tells me the soft front springs are exacerbating the wobble since the bike is sitting nose down. Once I put stiffer fork springs and get the correct front sag, the wobble will be less or gone. Even with 908's.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:05 PM   #115
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Whenever you are tired of the FMF, let me know. We set my sag and determined the rear spring is perfect for my weight of 275lbs. I'm at 4 turns of rear preload for 1/3 of the shocks travel. The front is too soft. I'm all the way cranked down on front preload and it's about 50% of the total travel even with cranked preload. This tells me the soft front springs are exacerbating the wobble since the bike is sitting nose down. Once I put stiffer fork springs and get the correct front sag, the wobble will be less or gone. Even with 908's.
Will do man, good to hear the suspension is getting sorted too. If I was at home I'd have all the stuff done too, lol!
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:26 AM   #116
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Guess who needs a new rear tube and rim strip? This guy. I picked up a couple of have nails on I-15 through Murrieta California. I felt a thud from something hitting under the tail section. Then the bike started wiggling in the rear soon after. Pulled off the highway at the next exit and the tire popped off the bead as I was exiting. I didn't drop it and the wheel isn't damaged. So I got pretty lucky. Had an 85 mile flatbed ride back to my friends house. Thank goodness for AAA motorcycle coverage.

You can see where one of the nails went straight through a center tread block. The other nail was about 1/3 the way around through another tread block.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:34 AM   #117
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Guess who needs a new rear tube and rim strip? This guy. I picked up a couple of have nails on I-15 through Murrieta California. I felt a thud from something hitting under the tail section. Then the bike started wiggling in the rear soon after. Pulled off the highway at the next exit and the tire popped off the bead as I was exiting. I didn't drop it and the wheel isn't damaged. So I got pretty lucky. Had an 85 mile flatbed ride back to my friends house. Thank goodness for AAA motorcycle coverage.

You can see where one of the nails went straight through a center tread block. The other nail was about 1/3 the way around through another tread block.
Sucky! TKC makes a 150 that would suit that rim better... There's a few other choices I'm going to ponder to mate with the T63 front for a 50/50 setup until I get some Woody's. My personal combo's would be:

T63 90/90/21 front with a TKC80 150/70/18 rear
T63 90/90/21 front with a Scorp 140/80/18 rear
MT21 90/90/21 front with a Karoo 150/70/18 rear
Karoo T's all round (only for 50/50, they SUCK in mud)

Having a proper sized tire for that rim will at least help it not leave the bead. Heck, I might even put Tourances on the stok rims once Ihave a set of Woody's for dirt. I'll probably sell them though and make something back on what I'm gonna fork out on new rims, LOL!

Glad you're ok though. AAA to the rescue! Lol, I can imagine trying to explain to AAA in GPS coords where to come pick me up. The first thing that ever goes into my toolkit is a puncture repair kit and some 2 part epoxy repair stuff. Cheap and generally the best insurance to get you home.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:31 AM   #118
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You're welcome to take my 07' 990 for a test drive. It's far from stock, but you will get a good feeling for what it's like to ride a 990A. Shoot me a PM and we can arrange something. This weekend is out as I am doing a 3500km ride, but I would be available next week until Sunday when I jet away for week.

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do you know of anywhere in Calgary area that might have a 990 available to test ride? or even where one could be rented for a day?

im very tempted by one, but wary of spending $17k on a bike ive never ridden..
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:52 AM   #119
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I read the first page, and have not gone through a lot of the follow up posts, but here are a few thoughts based on 5 years of owning a 990A and gearing it up...

Bash Plate: I went with an Adventure Spec. This this is tough as nails, holds a tube inside, and also protects the kick stand. Last year, I nailed a bolder HARD coming up a steep bank of a creek crossing. Zero damage to the bash plate, but it snapped the left rear bolt that holds the bash plate on. Fortunately, I was able to 'borrow' a passenger peg bolt.

Steering damper: At least around cow town, I don't see the need. I've likely got over 15k of gravel roads and never felt the need. I don't usually ride the bike on ST in our area. Negative consequences of a 500lbs bike on McLean or Waiparous ST could mean a bitch of a day... just not worth it. For more open riding which we don't have, then I would add one so it will depend on where you ride.

Luggage: Just purchased the Kriega Overlander 60's for my wife's F650GS. She seems to go down often on quad track type of stuff and the plastic BMW crap was brutal. I think I'll be buying the same luggage for my 990A. I currently have the KTM hard cases and although I don't mind them, I worry about them in a hard crash; I also worry about my foot!

Kick Stand Relocator: Just do it!!! Too many posts in this forum where the consequences of not having it resulted in a cracked casing. For the $100 or so, this mod comes WAY before exhaust. I went with BDCW.

Exhaust: It's a nice to have, and that's it. I've still not done it; always intend on it, and always find something else to spend my $$$ on.

Gearing: I've played with a lot of combinations. I am currently running a 17/45 which is a good compromise for on/off road. I have also run a 16/45 and 16/47 depending on the trip. This last combo is great for getting that front end up!!! :)

High Fender: Just do it. The black soil in our area will rip your front fender off if it's wet. I know this from experience.

Front suspension: I found the stock springs WAY to light. Dropped heavier springs into the front, but the rear is about perfect.

Tires: MEFO's for the last 3 years or 35k km. Dunlop 908RR/606 combo are also good but squirly at highway speeds and don't last as long in my experience.

Hand grip warmers: Absolute must in our neck of the woods.

GPS: Garmin Montana (Previous was a Zumo 550). I prefer the ruggedness of the Montana as I also use it on my Berg TE250.

Just my 2 cents worth...
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:14 PM   #120
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I read the first page, and have not gone through a lot of the follow up posts, but here are a few thoughts based on 5 years of owning a 990A and gearing it up...

GPS: Garmin Montana (Previous was a Zumo 550). I prefer the ruggedness of the Montana as I also use it on my Berg TE250.

Just my 2 cents worth...
I'll update the first post for people who don't feel like reading the entire thread even though it has some good conversation topics and important facts in it.

About the GPS though, my 550 isn't broken, so why fix it? Works fine for me and it's $$$ I can spend elsewhere like the nuclear power plants KTM calls catalytic converter exhaust pipes. Imho, the money you spent on a GPS could save you 12kg's and a whole pile of heat, ;)

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