KTM 990 Adventure

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KTM 990 Adventure S

Marty Rides

The Vulture’s

How do I even begin to justify addition to my collection. Oh my — difficulty explaining to my spouse, a practical New Englander, why I was acquiring bike.

Well there is no no logic, or defense for spending on something I don’t need. As a therapist in my work life the corporate world, and then the sales world, I think I about every creative and reason humans give for insane, hurtful, and just stupid things. I couldn’t any of those, or invent anything worthwhile on our trip to the dealership.

still waiting for an answer.

Any crawler looking up bike reading owner experiences, and so on, can to the devoted following in KTM 990 owners. Of their bike is the best and can apply personal anecdotes to it — as can any owner of any brand in any resource. I think I’ve them all.

Rare is the magazine review that has other than a minor about a bike being either long or short Cycle World magazine the KTM 990 R as their Dual Sport of the for 2011 IIRC. Must be a

Well all of that means and, as far as I am concerned, you just get to the soul of a motorcycle without one. The risk is one of these you are going to demo a bike for no logical reason simply up your most repressed, and childhood something-or-others and you just to have it. I took a demo on a 900 Adventure.

Unlike my other there is no logic to the purchase or a sort of plausible, if weak, I bought a 990 Adventure because the ride gave me wood. is why I bought a KTM 990 Adventure.

That you ask? Well the seating are the best for my body that come across on a bike in a time. Most riders to bark about the saddle. I like it. The bike is narrow and I can stand on the pegs and comfortably there for as long as my old body allow.

Shifting and braking while standing is a breeze and the is as if it was made for me. The demo bike was in so I experienced the power — fine. And it had mechanical noises I — gears, and chains, and all harmonizing motorcycle like.

Here are a couple discoveries I got the bike home. First of all it with a real tool kit second, the owner’s manual how to do most all of the minor maintenance an will want to do. Best of the instructions are easy to understand, as if the wants/expects the owner to actually on their motorcycle.

Another — took the initial out of the chain after 130 miles, and a fairly pronounced surge. day when the bike was cold, I it up and let it idle for 15 minutes then it down. According to a KTM technician on the coast, this is a prescribed Sure enough the bike ran a bit with a much better response.

A little low speed is apparent at urban speeds and the remained slightly twitchy at low Not too bad and I expect some of that ameliorate as the engine wears in and the accrue. The Vulture is stoked.

I the low speed fueling with the department and they acknowledged it is a 990 which tends to sort out with miles as the bike to its environment. It might also be the TPS and bodies need adjusting. 1st scheduled in a few days.

1st service and the latest KTM fuel injection map was resolving the low speed surge and throttle.for the most part. The throttle is virtually gone so I the new map is more fuel fat in the low and mid RPM range transitions are much more So if you have one of these bikes, I you have a chat with dealer if you have some related issues.

Decided to up my GPS — temporary mount on the as I didn’t have the scratch for the mount I preferred. There are a accessory power sources behind the headlamp assembly. how easy it is to get into, and remove assembly.

I thought replacing a bulb would be a pain in the on this bike, and replacing a out bulb is complicated, but once you access to the rear of the bulb probably the easiest of any bike owned because there is of room for your hands.

The end had an annoying hop around 35 mph — as somewhat common on the Internet. The is good and so is the run-out. Have the Pirelli Scorpion can sometimes be that. Replaced with a resolving the hopping issue and good gravel road

The rear Scorpion is adequate.

I my 20 litre Kriega pack handy for carrying spare and all the tools I might need, tire irons and a patch

And the only other things I on this bike are a garmin 665 and a small Wolfman tank

If I travel overnight the Kriega is with a Giant LooP and my tent gets mounted aft of Don’t need anything The beads work OK on other but not on the 990.

Has a lot to do with the seating and although the air circulation is good the beads, the … becomes in short order. They now permanently on the Goldwing.

I finished a in September 2012 (ride here ) and had a good time on the The bike had about 4500 on it just before the trip so I ahead and did the next scheduled a little early. I requested the use the Motorex 10W/50 synthetic oil as the recommends instead of their bulk synthetic — and did.

Cost a little but I wanted to see if the 50 weight would any difference, and it did.

I’m the engine continues to wear in, and continue to do so up till around 15K but it immediately felt quieter and smoother after the oil change. The simply gets more with each ride now we are at 8K+ The engine retains its rough so, if you bought one of these bikes and concerns with that relax — it does get a wee bit better with miles.

My economy continued to be good at an of 46 mpg with several tanks in the 48 50 mpg range, and some in the mid to low 30s. it can vary from 38 mpg on one tank and 49 on the I don’t know what the wide variance.

I’m steady with the throttle and hoon around all that — so I wonder if ambient has something to do with it.

The silencers do get hot after running hard all day in 90 temperatures, but nothing melted. All news.

The roads travelled familiar as I’ve been them a lot on an assortment of bikes. gave me the opportunity to really this bike — and it against familiar benchmarks. it has plenty of power and the right can always be found. The longish of the suspension is fine at moderately rates of propulsion, but does a bit soggy beyond that.

Fine enough for a big trailie, and one not be breaking the law like that — so for … speeds it is and the SPORT settings do make a but can be harsh when the road as quite a bit of our route did. I to NORMAL settings up front and 1 click of preload in the rear even with luggage. I the bike is over sprung in the

The TKC-80 on the front is a road compromise. I mounted it for dirt traction and it does very in that environment. It also well on normal blacktop and seal unless you push it. the road becomes very like CA 1 from Leggit to Bragg with tight and downhill 15 to 25 mph corners, the TKC will a bit spongy when the bike on the edge blocks of the tread.

I this up to the narrow 21 inch wheel as the limiting factor.

been on BMWs shod the TKC and without this sensation, but have a 19 inch front and it is a fatter tire to boot. So, on the I just let my faster buddies go slowed down to a tire pace, and only gave up a few to their pace.

Here’s a report from June Yukon 2013

I now use a Giant Great Basin to carry my — 4.5 gal extra gas came in

I have been on the 990 for about 18 now and I still dig the bike. If you took the to read the Yukon trip you know I discovered or re-discovered a few If not they are that the bike rear tires and is amazingly on other than blacktop

And you have to take your off to ride it well, or as it likes to be

I had read about rapid tire consumption and been about it before the trip by 990 owner. My first rear didn’t last for very miles but I didn’t notice it as I the bike on weekends and day trips and I ride other bikes. So how the was holding up didn’t register.

Regardless, and despite the discussion others, I thought the tire situation was mainly due to other being heavy handed the throttle.

The tire consumption became in my face pronounced traveling over the rough sealed roads in northern and the Yukon. The long swing arm makes off road traction so along with the way the engine up and applies power just to a put a lot of torque/pressure on the tire. The rapid isn’t so noticeable on smoother surfaces, but ride over resembling rough grade paper and the tire is gone in or so miles.

I only carried 25 to 30 of gear.

I think this is why the K60 is so popular with adventure who cover longer distances in remote places. I’d the tire but went first a TKC-80 that I know do me the trip if I was on my BMW GS. However, the KTM just things differently and I had to replace the TKC what was available to me in Whitehorse and that was another OEM Scorpion was on its last legs when I got

The TKC-80 is best up front and well but you have to keep the up or it will cup badly.

I’d the bike on Forest Service in my area and figured the bike did well in stock form. roads are pretty well and my off road skills have over the years — so I sat on my a lot, and kept the speeds when I first got the bike. I this is a good thing for a to do.

This changed in the Yukon. 500 of not so well maintained gravel is still beat up from the thaw requires one to stand and let the do what it needs to do. It also throttle to feel secure. The took 40 years off and let me ride a young guy again. But we already that’s how one is supposed to ride.

The is fuel consumption when as the bike wants to be ridden.

I I needed some rise on the after standing for long of time. I was too hunched over. I needed a damper.

I hit far too many head rocks that me off line to be happy with the setup. So, after I got home the Yukon I installed one of these:

The Fastway System 3 is easy to It provides fast and slow damping with an adjustable to zero function. The kit provides the amount of rise for me, about 3/4 IIRC and does what a does quite well.

I had the big service done on the bike and the were perfect, as were the plugs. Took most of a day to do it Chain and sprockets holding up with the new BMW Moly Lube 500 miles.

The bike has about miles accumulated.

Is this a term keeper? Probably not owning it for a while. let me explain:

though I view the 990 Adventure to be an machine to ride off the tarmac and on the paved surfaces it has some downsides for a guy like me who wants a of this ilk to travel longer to explore out of the way places. Consider I ride several days, as in the to the Yukon, just to ride miles of dirt road. Or three states in the western to explore remote Utah.

The 990 can do but the engine which is glorious off with its powerful pulsing, is harsh on the road to somewhere, when beating into the After 4 or 5 days it starts to on me when running 70+ mph all the time. Off is a non-issue.

Servicing the bike, for a oil change — or to swap to a air filter out in the bush, is considerably complex and time consuming most competing motorcycles on the Change the spark plugs, check valve clearances; oh my! on several hours.

Not a huge if you are at home when service is but I routinely do rides where an oil is due mid ride.

Now, I have no with the guys who love to do own maintenance, see it as a labor of love, and with my viewpoint. I service all my most of the time and I respect passion and pride in ownership. I don’t see the 990 Adventure as sufficiently capable than some of the aggravating to maintain and less to operate alternatives for the way I ride and use the .

Let me put it this way:

When I told my wife I was of moving on to the new 1190 Adventure, she me to reevaluate some of the newer BMW Her rationale was partly based on the of my friend Steve’s F800GS on our to the Arctic Circle via the Dempster

We travelled the same speeds and for gas at the same time. He would put in 3 to my 5.5. I’m glad I had 4 extra on the Dempster Highway.

is still riding on the tires he for the trip. I consumed two rear on the trip and had my take-off rear when I got home.

We rode the Highway at the same speed so the off advantage of the KTM didn’t factor the way we rode.

His post trip was done in an hour. Mine most of a day.

I’m my heels in. The press on the 1190 is so my lust. But I am also puzzled as she has said a word about my addiction — EVER. And yet she my stubbornness. She presses hard is the big KTM 990 REALLY worth the added

Is it that much better a for what you are doing with it? Do you tire wear and service be better on the new bike? Do you really 150 hp? Really?

Shit — put it that and the answer is mostly no, it . But 150 hp would be nice

My logical wife is right. As awesome a as the KTM 990 Adventure is, I will likely it for something more appropriate to my If I had extra money laying I would keep it for those of a couple three days into our coast range

It is a bike that gives me and gave me some of my youth to me. I have no hesitation in recommending it to — as long as they can with the tire wear and gas and the complexity of its servicing.

KTM 990 Adventure S
KTM 990 Adventure S


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