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Old 02-10-2014, 05:50 PM   #1
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Laugh 2013 KTM 990 Adventure Baja Questions

Middle of last year I did the unthinkable! I parked the GS, RT, HP2's and purchased the 990 Adventure. Then I slipped and got a 2013 690 Enduro.

WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG! There is a point here I have questions so can you advise.

1. Does the 2013 990 Adventure need the EURO headlight conversion? "did this model come with an improved bulb housing and bulb set up"?

2. Do you think I would benefit with adding a Rekluse clutch? Yes I really enjoy being offroad.

Thank you and if you are near Upstate NY speak up so we can meet up and ride. None of my friends want to take the RT off road or the GS for that matter.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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Hi Paul! Lets ride...well, maybe not right now but pencil me in!

The headlight is the same pathetic candle KTM has been giving us yanks for years. Believe it or not, it's sellable so...yes, you want the Euro headlight.

Can't help w/ the Rekluse...never had the privilege of riding a bike with one. They don't do things that large up here in Dairy country.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:00 AM   #3
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Paul, put me on the list with Chuck for upcoming rides. The Euro light is the way to go, you will also need the euro bar mount switch to go with it. It's not cheap, but if you plan on riding at night for extended periods, it's on the must do list.

I'm personally not a fan of the auto clutches, but plenty of people swear by them. I'd rather spend the money on dialing the suspension on the 990.

I love my 990 ADV and my 570 Berg.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:43 AM   #4
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Auto clutches are great for new riders that have never used a clutch and tight rocky places but this is a 500lb bike so not sure how much tight trails u plan on riding but my 990 baja was so soft and had head shake so bad the first thing on my list was suspension and a 606 ft tire.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:23 PM   #5
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I will end up with euro housing eventually, but in the interim, the LEDs which come standard on the Baja, are a great supplement to the US OEM housing.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:07 PM   #6
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I will end up with euro housing eventually, but in the interim, the LEDs which come standard on the Baja, are a great supplement to the US OEM housing.
Agreed. One of the perks getting the Baja edition.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:25 PM   #7
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I will end up with euro housing eventually, but in the interim, the LEDs which come standard on the Baja, are a great supplement to the US OEM housing.
Count me in on this opinion as well. I've never ridden hard or fast at night, even on my sport bikes. When it's dark, I'm quite happy to putter along. But those driving lights are awesome and a definite must have.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:10 PM   #8
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Auto clutches are great for new riders that have never used a clutch and tight rocky places but this is a 500lb bike so not sure how much tight trails u plan on riding but my 990 baja was so soft and had head shake so bad the first thing on my list was suspension and a 606 ft tire.
Head Shake! No doubt and first time it happened I thought I imagined it. I think the Dunlop Rally Raids must go. I was also considering a scott damper. Damper would not be a band aid for shake just to help in rocks and ruts.

Thank you and we will ride soon...just wish winter would end even though this weekend was fun in the snow on the bike.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:08 AM   #9
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Also, for those who may not be aware, on the back of the KTM LEDs is a rubber switch boot that offers 3 levels of output.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:00 AM   #10
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I installed the KTM Led lights on my '08 but, with the US version of the Euro 3 position switch, the main headlight is always on.

Has anyone modified the switch/wiring to turn off the headlight?
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:17 AM   #11
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I had the same question several weeks ago. I received no response regarding a wiring solution.

My research determined that the euro switch, p/n ending in 4000 is not the same switch that is standard on the Baja 2013 with p/n 4100. Standard is called "3-position" and euro is called "on-off".

I ordered the euro through my local dealer so as to "spread the wealth". I am growing a nice pile of used KTM parts, however.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:45 AM   #12
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As far as lighting goes I have a 2013 Baja 990.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1a...baja-2013_auto

I'd say ride it in the dark and see if it has enough lighting you are the. You should be able to tell is you need more light or not. It will also depend on your terrain on the throw of light.

I have low, high, and the two lamps underneath that came stock on the bike. Seems like enough. I have only ridden a short stretch of mountain dirt twisties in the dark. It doesn't matter around here how much throw you have its to steep and twisty. I turned the bottom two lamps alittle outward to get an even flood with the high beam and it seems to be enough.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:56 AM   #13
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Head Shake! No doubt and first time it happened I thought I imagined it. I think the Dunlop Rally Raids must go. I was also considering a scott damper. Damper would not be a band aid for shake just to help in rocks and ruts.

Thank you and we will ride soon...just wish winter would end even though this weekend was fun in the snow on the bike.
I also did the BRP clamp and Scotts Damper but with the stock 908 ft it still has some head shake but it moved from 65 mph to 85/90 mph, just changed the ft tire to a dunlop 606 but havent tried it out yet.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:36 AM   #14
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I run a Michelin T63 front tire on my 990 Baja with the 908RR on the rear. I don't have a steering stabilizer either. Stable to over 110mph as verified by me.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...chAutoComplete

I have 2500 miles on the front and it's not even half gone yet. Mostly highway with only a couple hundred miles of dirt. My 908RR is also about half gone with lots of life left. The 908RR sucks for hard pavement stops though. It's VERY easy to lock the rear up.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:42 AM   #15
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Head Shake! I think the Dunlop Rally Raids must go.
I'll take them if you don't want them!
908 front works excellent in the off-road environment it was designed for
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