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View Results: What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?
Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue 8 2.48%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 5.28%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 70 21.74%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 112 34.78%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 31 9.63%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 107 33.23%
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:56 AM   #976
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OSO LOCO Eurasian edition? (minus the perv side)

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Old 01-12-2014, 06:13 PM   #977
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I don't remember if it was ever talked about during the RR, but I am wondering if any of the Oso Locos use a Rekluse clutch. If so, I would love to hear your opinion on them for the big bikes. Thanks
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:32 AM   #978
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Hey Kelly, we met the KTM990 rider in 2008. Maybe he went both years. He was riding with a guy on a triumph. You can see both riders here in this picture...
hey dabneyr,
Unfortunately it's been too long. Matt would need a helmet-off pic in order to recognize Michel.
thanks for trying, though!
We'll just leave it at "...maybe..."



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OK. thanks, I think.
The "perv" thing threw me, but Matt said they're the "pervs," not us.

I haven't watched them yet, but Matt really liked the Mongolia video.

thanks for the links!




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I don't remember if it was ever talked about during the RR, but I am wondering if any of the Oso Locos use a Rekluse clutch. If so, I would love to hear your opinion on them for the big bikes. Thanks
Hi Skyclad,

Nope, none of the Osos has a Rekluse.
Matt is still using the original clutch on the 990 (2007), as well as the original clutch on his XR650R (2001).
So I don't see him changing that any time soon.



I think Osito has ridden a 950 with a Rekluse and he liked it. Said it was smooth.
But he doesn't have one on his bike as far as I know.



Questor has a Rekluse on his SE, and seems to enjoy it.
Maybe he'll sign in and give his 2
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So that evening, I pushed the mighty Super Enduro over to their tent, and they proceeded to show how easy it is to put the new clutch system into a KTM 950.










Hey, it's been a while, but I see that K_N_Fodder has the Ten Sleep Brewing Co, up and running...








Congratulations, Justin!

Hopefully, folks will come visit you this summer!









This has nothing to do with anything, but while I'm here...
Matt was doing some work on the bike and we took pics of our Black Dog skid plate...







Man.
that thing got worked!



Here's how it looked when it was new:


(the sticker is different, I know. Martha gave Matt a new sticker at the Bend KTM rally )



But, then again, EVERYTHING on the bike was pretty back then...




Apparently, we're rough on things...


I think the bike had about 13,000 miles in the pretty pics.
Now we're at 40,000. Those were 27K HARD miles.


Osoooooooooooo!!!




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Old 01-17-2014, 01:20 PM   #979
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Bashed Plate

Thought you might get a kick out of this bashed plate miss we saw at the Bend Rally. This guy did not make it to the top of the old lookout post we were on. I did give him some power pars while his bud went back to base camp, for more beers.
To team Ososlow's. Look how the bash plate did not protect the clutch cover. I think some extra bumber fins fabed out of Dilrin or UHMW would help bounce off the rocks and help keeping your motor liquid tight.
ps...thanks for keeping me entertained this fall while my ACL is on the mend.

O so slow....get it....har..har,,,you two kick asss.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:26 AM   #980
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Thought you might get a kick out of this bashed plate miss we saw at the Bend Rally. This guy did not make it to the top of the old lookout post we were on. I did give him some power pars while his bud went back to base camp, for more beers.
To team Ososlow's. Look how the bash plate did not protect the clutch cover. I think some extra bumber fins fabed out of Dilrin or UHMW would help bounce off the rocks and help keeping your motor liquid tight.
ps...thanks for keeping me entertained this fall while my ACL is on the mend.

O so slow....get it....har..har,,,you two kick asss.




Hiya DiggerD!

Ooooh.
Yeah, I remember seeing a photo of that poor bike...
Matt was at the rally in Bend (while I was at home, working on a RR) and Questor posted some pics for me...
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Hey I get to chime in here...

....some bikes were having bad days as well.



Q~






I guess it's hard to protect everything on a bike, isn't it?

You'd have to be like the boy in the plastic bubble...
(oh that doesn't tell you about his bubble. try this one. )



Oops. different bubble boy...



I mean, if they can do it for horses...






Thanks for the nice words, glad you liked the report!
Hope your ACL is healed up now...
Matt had an ACL reconstruction back in the 90s and I know it's no picnic

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Old 01-18-2014, 10:32 AM   #981
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Patches ? ? ........I could use some stinkin' patches....
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Old 02-06-2014, 11:18 PM   #982
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I am considering a 2007.
Just curious about your reliability experience.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:50 AM   #983
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I am considering a 2007.
Just curious about your reliability experience.
hi RTODAHL01!

Our 2007 has been fantastic. She has gotten worked, but has never let us down.
Over 40,000 miles and no major issues.

well, okay...once in Death Valley, Matt had lots of problems with the bike cutting out and stalling.
It kept dying and almost left him stranded.
I mentioned it here:
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He’s had problems with this connector before.
If it gets loose the bike will start cutting out.
The symptoms get worse and worse and the bike eventually dies.




That was the closest he/we have come to getting stranded, and it ended up being just a loose plug.



Lica has close to 100,000 miles on his 2007 (newly spruced up)







Osito also loves his 2007 (not sure how many miles he has now)







It's a great bike, especially the S.
There are people who have problems with the "snatchy throttle" of the 2007, but the Osos seem fine with their 2007s.
(the question was raised on page 61 and addressed by Lica here. matt also uses the G2 with 400 cam)


You do have to keep up on maintenance, especially if you're going to be riding in remote areas.
Matt is constantly going over the bike and making sure that everything is good.
Especially before a big ride.

Lately we've been riding with the Osos, but before that, Matt and I usually rode alone.
We still like to be completely prepared.
Matt always carries spares and is ready to do the work himself.
(I think some of that is from sailing. there's no help out on the ocean)



You didn't give any background info, so I'm guessing here - no offense intended...
It's important that you familiarize yourself with the known 9x0 adv issues and are prepared to deal with them.
A 990 takes a little more effort than other bikes, from what I've read.
It's not a cheap bike to own, either.
Oil changes alone are like $50 (if you do the work)...


We go through tires like crazy, and that adds up, too.
Fuel filters, air cleaners, chains, sprockets, etc...
Rims, mirrors, blinkers, bash plates, subframes...




I would recommend that you spend some time in Orange Crush, reading the 990 threads
That place is a wealth of information, if you are good at searching.


also check out the OC Hall of Wisdom.


Make sure it all sounds like something you are willing to deal with.


Hope that helps! Good luck!

I tried to be as unbiased as possible, considering that I love our bike.



I love it so much I wish we could buy a spare one (2007 S) as a backup for when we eventually kill this one.
But, that's just crazy, right?


That'll never happen. Nah.













No worries, the bike wasn't hurt.
It looks bad, though, doesn't it?
(matt was out playing with Bartek and Osito)




Osoooooooo!!!
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:20 AM   #984
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I'm mentally preparing (based on info obtained through the back channels) for a soon-to-happen ride report

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Old 02-07-2014, 12:24 PM   #985
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BUT!!!! If Kelly isn't answering this from Baja, does that mean she didn't go? Or Matt didn't go either? Or she's taking questions from the road, on the back of a 2007 KTM 990S? Just pondering the possibilities.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:05 PM   #986
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Love those pics, LittleWan. Thanks for all your posts and really fun ride reports.

I too have a 2007 990 and love it. It started life as a std. but I had the suspension worked up and I think it's actually a bit taller than even an "S". I've got about 25K miles on mine, and am in the midst of replacing the original chain & sprockets. May I ask what you guys run for gearing? I have a second set of Woody's wheels that I run knobbies on with 16/45 gearing. For street riding, I use the oem wheels & Scorps with a 16/42. Pretty easy to swap out wheels & change gearing with a second sprocket carrier, but the 16/45 brings the big 908RR in too close to the mudguard. Have you guys settled on one gearing ratio that you can live with for both dirt & street, or are you going back & forth like me & others?

Inquiring 990/950 owners WANna know!
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:01 PM   #987
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....based on info obtained through the back channels...
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BUT!!!! If Kelly isn't answering this from Baja, does that mean she didn't go? Or Matt didn't go either? Or she's taking questions from the road, on the back of a 2007 KTM 990S? Just pondering the possibilities.





Wow, I didn't realize you guys were such sleuths...








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I'm mentally preparing... for a soon-to-happen ride report

At this point in time, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of such an endeavor....


As
cdndog surmised, I am probably not posting links and nonsense from the back of the bike.

(Or, am I...)


this calls for a meme...









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Love those pics, LittleWan. Thanks for all your posts and really fun ride reports.

I too have a 2007 990 and love it. It started life as a std. but I had the suspension worked up and I think it's actually a bit taller than even an "S". I've got about 25K miles on mine, and am in the midst of replacing the original chain & sprockets. May I ask what you guys run for gearing? I have a second set of Woody's wheels that I run knobbies on with 16/45 gearing. For street riding, I use the oem wheels & Scorps with a 16/42. Pretty easy to swap out wheels & change gearing with a second sprocket carrier, but the 16/45 brings the big 908RR in too close to the mudguard. Have you guys settled on one gearing ratio that you can live with for both dirt & street, or are you going back & forth like me & others?

Inquiring 990/950 owners WANna know!

hey rhodeydog,
Thanks, glad you enjoy the reports!
We covered that question back on page 38, but I know this thing is a big ol' mess and unless you were following along at the time, reading every bit, it's hard to catch that info.

My reply is in post#568, here.
(by the way, re-reading that post, I stand by my original statement that Radek is 6'5" or more.
I'm still convinced that he's taller than Lica. I don't know how those guys figured they were both 6'4" [post#572] )



So anyway, Matt has been using 16/45 for a while now.
That's his favorite set up.
We avoid the street whenever we can, so we only run knobbies. No street tires.
No switching back and forth.






Hmm. A 908 gets too close to the mudguard for you? I don't think we've ever had that be an issue for us.
We ran one on the LAB2V and there's another one on there now...
I don't remember it ever being a problem.
Matt even ran a Motoz Tractionator one time (really tall knobs, I think it's taller than the 908) and he didn't mention anything.

Our shock is super stiff - we have almost no sag in the rear, maybe that helps?





I know Lica also runs the 16/45 combo now. He's tried others, but that's his go-to set up now.
I'm not sure about the other Osos, but I *think* Bartek and Radek also run 16/45.




Anyway,
great to hear from everyone!
Have a fun weekend, you guys...



p.s. if there's another ride report, don't worry - you guys here will be the first to know!

In the meantime, you can keep asking the Magic 8 Ball...

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Thanks for taking the time to respond to my boring gear ratio question, and sorry for missing the earlier post. I'll go back & check it out.

I like my 16/45 for offroad too, and probably just need to run a longer chain to accomodate going back & forth btwn. dirt & street. It's either that, or keeping the 45 on all the time, and going back & forth b'twn. a 16 & 17 front sprocket, but that sounds like a PITA! Very helpul, so thanks again!
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:31 AM   #990
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Thanks for taking the time to respond to my boring gear ratio question, and sorry for missing the earlier post. I'll go back & check it out.

I like my 16/45 for offroad too, and probably just need to run a longer chain to accomodate going back & forth btwn. dirt & street. It's either that, or keeping the 45 on all the time, and going back & forth b'twn. a 16 & 17 front sprocket, but that sounds like a PITA! Very helpul, so thanks again!
No problem, rhodeydog -
not a boring question. And, like I mentioned, I realize it's hard to find the info in my reports.

During an active ride report, answering questions can be tough. they add so much time to a day's workload.
but right now, I don't mind stopping by to visit the report. It's fun!



When
Matt and I did the TAT West on our old 950 adv, he had changed the gearing to 17/45.
We were going to be slabbing from the bay area, out to Colorado (via Vegas), and he wanted decent mileage.
It was fine until we got to Hancock Pass, then Matt was really missing the 16/45.



hee - look at our old GPS!



and then this hill in Oregon was steep and loose...(had to go up it)





After that, he decided to go with 16/45 all the time.
If you're on a long ride, it just makes the most sense.
(For us, that is).


We don't do many day rides from home, just multi-day rides across varied terrain.


But, I can see if you were going to do a long, all pavement ride, switching to a 17 might be worth it.
Or if you always have access to your garage and tools...
Still kind of a pain in the ass (is that what PITA stands for?)


I'm sure you'll get it figured out.
have fun!






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Oh Man,I'd turn in my powers of deduction for hair like that. Or just hair!


Aw, cdndog!
The 70s were a long time ago.
Here's a more current photo of Parker Stevenson. He's thinning, if that makes you feel better...















OK, you guys...
Have you been asking the Magic 8 Ball?......





























Stupid ball.



One more time....



is this a good Magic 8 Ball shaking emoticon?




or maybe this one?



































It looks like now you just need to wait. (mellow version)
and wait. (less mellow version)

And *hopefully* the Magic 8 Ball will be right...





Edit - this is post# 990!
that's gotta be a good sign!




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