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Old 05-23-2014, 06:01 AM   #41
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Re: KTM 1190 ADVENTURE

I picked up an R model last week and put 550 miles on her that weekend. Some initial observations:

I had to true the front wheel the first day. No comment will be made about the competency of the service department pertaining to their diagnostic skills.

The heat issue is over rated. Maybe the test riders never rode a MOCO bike in August, lol. I did order the Wings heat shields prior to purchase and will install them anyways.

Oil change is a breeze, nothing like the 950.

The power delivery in Street mode is amazingly smooth. The engine really likes to spin. At 6K rpm things really start happening.

Handling is great considering the 21" front wheel. All is well until Mach 1 then that tall front wheel becomes a liability. In turns its not so bad. I imagine the 19' on the regular model would be a real blast. Much I am sure is due to the Conti Attack tires. A 50/50 tread pattern tire will replace these in the near future. I do want to keep them on for a while to gauge the wear. They would be excellent replacements for for my GSA.

I'll be taking her to the dirt today, more like maintained gravel county roads. I will probably only do 50 miles or so. From what I have read the air box fix for the 14 models has not solved the issue. I will do a check after the ride. I have ordered the prescribed fix, that being the Uni Filter.

The first two days I left the suspension on all the standard settings. I made sag and dampening adjustment the other day and will see how it works out today.

Overall I am pleased with the ride.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:15 PM   #42
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Heck yea. Looking forward to more impressions.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:23 PM   #43
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Mach 1=100? Nice review.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:15 PM   #44
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Mach 1=100? Nice review.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:01 PM   #45
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Currently at 1100+ miles on the bike. Breaking in the engine has been completed at 600 miles as far as I'm concerned. TKC 80s and a UNI Filter were installed at 550 miles. As the lyrics from the Metallica song Wanderer sound out through my Scala G9 I turn off HWY 30 onto Davis Rd, stop the bike and set the ABS to Off-Road mode and the power setting to Off-Road. Off-Road mode = destroy the TKC. It allows two revolutions of the rear tire to one of the front. Off-Road ABS allows locking up the rear tire while allowing you to grab all the front brake without incident that you want. The suspension is quite remarkable, on road it is harsh off road it performs awesome. I also added the Wings heat shields they help, but I am not sure they are even needed. Added a Wolfman tailbag and tankbag for tools and supplies. Very impressed with the bike. Another rear tire has already arrived. May need to find an alternative.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:59 PM   #46
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Currently at 1100+ miles on the bike. Break has been completed at 600 miles as far as I'm concerned. TKC 80s and a UNI Filter were installed at 550 miles. As the lyrics from the Metallica song Wanderer sound out through my Scala G9 I turn off HWY 30 onto Davis Rd, stop the bike and set the ABS to Off-Road mode and the power setting to Off-Road. Off-Road mode = destroy the TKC. It allows two revolutions of the rear tire to one of the front. Off-Road ABS allows locking up the rear tire while allowing you to grab all the front brake without incident that you want. The suspension is quite remarkable, on road it is harsh off road it performs awesome. I also added the Wings heat shields they help, but I am not sure they are even needed. Added a Wolfman tailbag and tankbag for tools and supplies. Very impressed with the bike. Another rear tire has already arrived. May need to find an alternative.
1100 miles and in need of third rear tire...you are trying to compete with SlowOldGuy you are bringing this to RTB
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:08 AM   #47
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I'll have a fresh set of TKC 80s on for the rally. I will be trailering though. I still have the Conti Attacks with around 600 miles on them. Saving them for an Arkansas trip this fall.
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:11 AM   #48
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The UNI Filter I installed was a temporary fix for the poorly designed air box until a better solution became available. I went with PowerCell filter pods and was able to retain the factory air box for water control. Other designs required complete removal of the box.

I first had to remove the air box for some minor modifications[IMG]


Filter Pods installed. Cover of air box is still used however the lack of it sealing is no longer an issue since the filter pods attach directly to the PowerCell velocity stacks.

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I lost 5 lbs. replacing the stock exhaust with an Akrapovic slip on.


[IMG][/IMG]

Also decided to remove a bunch of unnecessary crap.

[IMG]

A new 16 tooth front sprocket just arrived last week. Maybe 6th gear will be useable. Actually the bike was designed for the 16 tooth and not the 17 that made it onto the final production bike.

Performance has not changed after the replacement and removal of the afore mentioned parts.I do have piece of mind that the air filtering system will work and the Akrapovic pipe has a deeper growl. I am still enjoying this over sized dirt bike immensely.
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:14 PM   #49
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Oh Boy! Just when I was beginning to convince myself that I didn't really need any thing bigger than a 500cc dual sport, for as little street riding as I actually do. Now I'm day dreaming of extended dual sport rides deep into Mexico, running the continental divide up into Canada & back. Totally drooling after watching that last video. Thanks for all the wicked inspiration Dave... I think.
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:13 PM   #50
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Buddy at work bought one of these. Two weeks into owning it, something in the electronic suspension went bad. Fast forward over a month of being in the shop and it was finally fixed.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:20 PM   #51
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Buddy at work bought one of these. Two weeks into owning it, something in the electronic suspension went bad. Fast forward over a month of being in the shop and it was finally fixed.
He should have found a better dealership for the repair. The R model does not have electronic suspension.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:24 PM   #52
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It was the dealership he bought it from. Either way a bike shouldn't require a major repair two weeks into ownership.

Apparently they had to replace nearly everything in the suspension with newer model equipment because they couldn't find the parts they needed for the left over model they sold him.


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It was the dealership he bought it from. Either way a bike shouldn't require a major repair two weeks into ownership.

Apparently they had to replace nearly everything in the suspension with newer model equipment because they couldn't find the parts they needed for the left over model they sold him.


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That is an amusing statement you made. Machines do break. Some dealers are incompetent. I knew a guy who bought a new tire once and it got a flat the next week.
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Sorry man it's a brand new bike. Two weeks into ownership with an essentially one month break down? Not acceptable. Especially for those that use their bikes as their car.

A tire is an easy fix. Did it just go flat on it's own or did he pick up a nail or screw? Did it take him a month to get a new tire? Not a good example there :P

I ride with lots of people who own KTMs out here in the San Diego Adventure Riders folks. No thanks is all I say. They spend more time with their bikes down in the chocks than riding them. And when they do make it out to rides their bikes are the first to throw up issues.
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Maybe you can own one someday. You know you want one.
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Again no thanks. My buddies is an awesome ride (rode it at a local off road area we frequent) but I don't want to deal with their issues.
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Awww come on you know you want one otherwise why would you be dumping on this post?
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I ride with lots of people who own KTMs out here in the San Diego Adventure Riders folks. No thanks is all I say. They spend more time with their bikes down in the chocks than riding them. And when they do make it out to rides their bikes are the first to throw up issues.

I think the location of the bikes may be more of a problem than the manufacturer of them.

So where's the sound clip of the beast?
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