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Old 03-23-2015, 08:42 AM   #1
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Hi, First KTM, First to do to it?

Hi All,

Iím new to the forums so be gentleÖ

Iíve been a motorcycle rider / tourer for a long time and have often dabbled with gentle off roading over the years on smaller bikes.

Having had the off road exploration bug by mountain bike for tens of years Iíve finally seen sense and put a deposit down on a new to me 990 Adventure. Iíve ended up going for an R model (245mm suspension one it seems), I wasnít looking for an R in particular but it was a killer deal so an R it is

Now, I know the first things to do are ride it, get it off road, and get it on a big trip. All will happen pretty soon. Is there any big or little things I will need to get sorted before just cracking on?
As far as I can tell, the side stand relocation mod is No1 on the list, Other than that?

Cheers, Have a great day.
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:57 AM   #2
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Here is a good start.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=964426

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Old 03-23-2015, 09:14 AM   #3
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Welcome to the club:)

The bike is quite fine out of the box, just ride it (nothing gnarly yet!) a bit before you start to drop insane $$$'s on farkles, so you will know what you need:)
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the link, the welcome and the wisdom guys.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:58 AM   #5
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I got a new to me R as well almost two years ago.
265mm though. A tad tallish.

Relocated the side stand, and eliminated the switch. Double take mirrors and relocated the right mirror perch.
A few rides. Too much commuting.
Heavier springs up front, a real bash place aluminum slave cylinder for the clutch and swapped the dash power from SAE to dual USB. Ordered a Scotts damper and top plate after my last ride in the sand.

I hate sand.

Welcome to the fun.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:30 AM   #6
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relocate the side stand first thing! everything else can wait until afterwards!
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:37 AM   #7
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Get a KLR cover so your bike won't be nicked.

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Old 03-23-2015, 12:23 PM   #8
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Welcome !!

I was in your position 3 years ago....except the cracking deal I had was on a new standard not an R.

Mods in some sort of rough order:

Sidestand relocator
Black Dog Bash plate
Folding Mirrors
Aluminium rad protector
Crash bars
Chain slider - bolt through swing arm
Shaved rear mudguard to stop swing arm chafe
Drilled drain holes in swingarm
Second cooling fan - needed if you're going anywhere hot
Hyperlites rear leds - the stock rear light is shocking
Carbon ignition and clutch covers
KTM enlarged sidestand base
Akrapovic slip ons - ohhhh the sound ! considerably lighter and run MUCH cooler than stock
KTM (SW Motech) quicklok evo pannier racks and black ally boxes
Microbleeder fork screws
Rox Riser 1 3/4 "
Fastway Adventure footpegs
Mid west mountain engineering shorty clutch lever
Touring screen
Ergo gel saddle - plus airhawk for long days
Lockable GPS mount and bracket
Oberon Clutch slave - replaced leaking stock at 22,000 miles

In term of the novice off roader I was then (marginally improved now ), I would say that the mods that made the biggest difference to my confidence and comfort off road were the roxx riser, the pegs and the shorty clutch lever.

Depending on your height you might find that the screen will need some attention for longer trips. Stock will most likely buffet the hell out of you at speed. One day I will bag a Britannia Composite Voodoo adjustable screen......but there are lots of options out there for off road bias ( cut down stock, moose shorty, rade garage, rally raid etc) and street (touring screen (doubled up with cut down stock), Aeroflow etc)

My butt is fine on the gel saddle for about 100 miles then I begin to suffer. For now an airhawk cushion solves my woes. Maybe a Renazco is waiting for me up ahead somewhere.

The stock rear running light is very poor for street use hence the boost with Hyperlites. (UK MOT ok if you have a switch in the circuit for them)

What I've had to replace apart from tyres, fluids and oil filters / screens over 22,000 miles:

Rear mudguard split around mounting bolt - replaced twice under warranty
Graphite exhaust rings ( blew at 16000)
Clutch Master Cylinder - leaked at 16000, rebuilt, leaked again at 22,000. rebuilt a second time
Fuel filters at 17000
Air filter at 17000
Rusty front spokes replaced under warranty at 17000
Water pump seal replaced preventatively at 17000. Shaft and impeller still mint.
Chain and sprockets - replaced at 21000
Front brake pads 17,000
Battery at 22000
Rear brake pads 22,000
Gear position sensor O ring leaking - replaced at 22,000
Stock clutch slave - leaking as above and replaced with Oberon at 22,000
Clutch plates still just in tolerance at 22,500, will replace soon.

Other than that the bike never missed a beat in 9 months of european touring spread over 3 years. I had a couple of sphincter clenching moments, mainly on loose mountain descents here and there but overall I have been amazed by how well it has looked after me even when I was green and had only the most basic skills under my belt.

An enormous amount of fun awaits you. If this is your first big bike, go easy till you get the hang of her. She will reward you in spades.....
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:25 PM   #9
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Go over the HOW.

http://www.ktm950.info/
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:10 PM   #10
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Less than a year on my 950 but this is what I love so far.
Things I've bought that I love:
Rox Risers. Best mod period and cheap!
Rally Raid screen (Killed the buffeting.)
KTM topbox (I use this ugly thing almost every single ride!)
Rottweiler glove box snap out.

Things it came with that I love:
Fastaway pegs. Size matters.
Canisterectomyized. Have no clue what I am missing and I guess that's good!
KTM crashbars/luggage racks (I've been know to tip over.)

Unless this bike gets too heavy for me I highly doubt I will ever need anything else. It does it all... Dirt, pavement, commuting, general hooliganism and it turns heads!

But all you really NEED to do is change the oil by yourself once.. If you don't absolutely love it after that.. Sell it. Cause that's what she's gonna be like..
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:41 PM   #11
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Welcome, before you do anything just get out there and use it!
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:07 PM   #12
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Congrats and welcome here.

This upgrade was recommended to me a couple years after I bought my 04 S new.

The older bikes were delivered with the steering stops backed out into the lower tree reducing the turning radius. Not sure if they stopped delivering them as such, but check yours out. I screwed mine in as far as I could without my hand guards hitting the visor.

It made a big difference to me... That and shortening the rear chain and flipping the axel blocks forward gives even more turning. Maybe not as stable at high speed (90 mph on, but hasn't bothered me yet).
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:44 AM   #13
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Thanks again for all the info, I'm pretty excited to get my grubby hands on the thing.

Good to hear from another uk person too, perhaps I can bother you for some route reccomendations in the future.

Cheers, have fun out there.

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Old 03-24-2015, 03:17 AM   #14
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Thanks again for all the info, I'm pretty excited to get my grubby hands on the thing.

Good to hear from another uk person too, perhaps I can bother you for some route reccomendations in the future.

Cheers, have fun out there.

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sure man. be glad to help......drop me a pm any time
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:16 AM   #15
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cheers. I will do.


Those Fastway footpegs look brutal. Do they destroy the soles of your boots as fast as the look like they will.
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