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KTM 990 Adventure Dakar

Touratech KTM 990 Adventure Dakar Review

Submitted by Neil on Thursday, 1 March 2012

Photos: Neil Johnston Neil Johnston and Kevin

Approximately 20,000 kilometers Touratech USA offered to kit out OWD Photographer Miklossy’s KTM 990 Adventure Dakar.  slab, highway, twisties, gravel and Baja sand here’s how the company’s offerings stood up.

1. Windscreen Spoiler KTM LC8 Adv 950 and 990

admit to a bit of a cheat here, using the Windscreen Spoiler in with KTM’s Touring for the 990, but the results are phenomenal.  If under 6-feet tall for you can ride in an open faced while eating cheezy-poofs at

  Not that we’d recommend behavior, but clipped atop the screen the air pocket is calm and the buffeting directed over head far enough that and junk food connoisseurs rejoice.  Long distance will too, because the of buffeting reduces fatigue.

it comes time for the off-road the Spoiler removes quickly your field of vision.  is the point where some creep in.  First, the mechanism places a large plate of metal right in field of vision.

  Second, the of the spoiler is easily scratched and to hazing, so be careful where and how you this little marvel of

Even those points the calming of the 990’s somewhat airflow makes the Windscreen a welcome addition on any long and pavement haul.

2. Touratech GPS Mount Support for KTM LC8

Ok, I’m a sucker for the 990’s Rally looks, so navigation in the tower?  yes!  First step in direction is the Touratech GPS Mount which places the GPS front and right in your line of when used in conjunction the Handlebar Mount (http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/show.lasso?sku=065-0523 ).  no arguing with the placement, but the instructions I balked a little at the “Drill two 12mm holes in shown in photo 5 or cut them No harm or foul, the experience scarring.

The only issue to otherwise well thought out is that it’s only by two mount points at the rear of the allowing it to vibrate at the front.  double-sided carpet tape is in

3. Touratech Zumo 660 / 665 Handlebar V2.0, Locking

Generally I’m a fan of in design, and then you press a and watch your GPS mount release and that falls by the There must be a hundred moving parts in this all waiting to fall prey to gummed up by dust, and yet after kms they haven’t.

Nor, being parked in some dubious places, has my Zumo 660 missing while locked in That is either a testament to the or the “how the hell do I get this look of the mount, one way or another a deterrent.  So far the mount has survived a turn though the Baja, a lot of road and tons of twists, so as living proof that up to real world use.

4. Brake Cylinder Guard, KTM 990 950 / Super Enduro LC8

Much the Folding Brake Pedal Kit ) a brake cylinder guard is a bit of insurance.  Especially when design leaves the reservoir out there begging for off-road Riding without a rear isn’t necessarily a day-ender on a bike, but big bikes push a lot under front braking and days we can do without that

5. Folding Brake Pedal Kit LC8

I’m not inclined, so it’s a sign of when someone hands me a and says, “Go to it… carefully.”  That’s a measure of the ease of the Folding Pedal Kit’s install.  and beyond that, the lever what it should and folds out of the way breakage when the bike the ground, rocks, trees, rocks hidden in sand… you get the For those who make a practice of off solid objects, it’s comforting to have a rear lever after the bump, or thud.

6. ZegaPro Pannier 38L Anod-BLK KTM LC8 Adv

GRRRRRRrrrr… Just ….  Yep, I know these boxes are rugged, well designed and good but they give your that proper ’round the airs too.  I went the 38L option, as I’ve the 41L Zega (http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/1802/PN-050-0020/ZEGA-Case-Touring-Pannier-41L-BLANK ) on my KTM 640 Adventure and they are bouncing off rocks and trees, while a testament to durability is a bit

Build quality is very and the matte black anodized is beautiful and tough. Hard edges attached along the prevent scratching when the bags off.  The latches for hinged opening of the lid, a improvement over the standard Also, the tie-down anchor on the lids are lower and stronger won’t jam in your … if you use the box as a chair!).

  The optional locks for easy opening without the key unlocked, considerably nicer other systems that the key regardless, a needless annoyance.

The 38L Pros though are just enough to allow lane in California, and avoid tree in BC.  That’s for the better, there’s a philosophical difference these and other bags on the namely they act as crumple

The Zega Pros tend to a bit under a hit or drop, absorbing the While that’s not a bad thing for bike, or its subframe, it’s so hot for the fit of the The tight tolerance of the seal the top of the case are easily disrupted, you find a stump, board, or metal shop to pound back into shape – an achievable task.  On the up side, any over popping a rivet dismissed and the bag held together

The mounting system isn’t to the effects either, and once the bag has deformed it tends to rattle – the lining here is that you can bore out the groove for the retaining in the mount’s plastic puck to a tight secure fit.  has this set-up let go. For those who the occasional unplanned dismount, you can the bags with a “pannier piece that fits the two upper mounting pucks.

Now that we’ve straightened the we expect to be testing the doubler’s in the near future.

KTM 990 Adventure Dakar

The only small niggle is that the leads attaching the removable to the bags are slightly short, that if you’ve propped the lid using the latch-hinge at one end, the lid to drop closed with no So mind the fingers.

Keep the upright, or stop by the local store for a rubber mallet, and bags do the job.  Plus, you can use as a seat at the campfire, so there’s one thing to pack.

7. Skid KTM LC8

Yes, yes, KTM, we you were trying to save with the stock skid but an easily shattered thin Really?  Which is why, if dirt or gravel adventure the first stock piece to on your 990 or 950 is the Skid Plate.

  will end a trip or engine than all the oil draining out after a gone through the sump.  So skid plate is better that you’ll get out of any plan by a gecko.


The plate is a hearty piece of kit composed of 4mm aluminum, mounted on a frame to help spread the of any impacts, which mean’s it has a Baja outing.  Also to other brands out there, and done our comparative homework separate 990, this plate provides higher coverage; preventing branches the wiring or reg/rec in your tender underbelly.

  That the installation is a bit fiddly as it requires the of the positive terminal block, and we the relocation bracket needed to be additionally to achieve a proper Still, better a little work that your 990 its innards all over the trail.  A and convenient touch is, once the tubular frame pivots it out of the way for oil changes.

8. Front Axle by Zip Ty

I’m hard on wheels, not just and tubes, but my track record for rims off-road is definitively luck.  So it’s a never story of removing wheels, flats, or pounding rims shape(‘ish) and remounting them, and that makes the process is a boon.  Especially on KTMs their difficult front which is easily damaged by to pound it out.

I’ve replaced one axle with threads.

Making removal so quicker, easier and potentially disastrous, the Zip Ty Front Axle surely qualifies as a must-have remaining in the axle, or easily to share with a less-fortunate Now I don’t have to pound in an attempt or fish out the axle, I can get back to bending my rims much faster.

Oil plug kit magnetic KTM LC8 950 990 Zip Ty

With all 5 of our predilections for shedding tiny shavings into the oil, seem more a necessity an optional accessory. The plugs into the new 990’s right and they pull lots of the bits out of the oil.  The rare magnets in them are extra At 20,000 kms, there’s no effects, and there’s comfort in extra filings being out with each oil change.

  that should translate to engine life.

“That we call a rose, By any other would smell as sweet”, the Bard, but not so much my feet a good long off-road After two weeks of riding the and the Anza-Borrego area, I’m sold on the breathability, wicking and general of these socks.  As an added they dry quickly after washed them out in the motel

KTM 990 Adventure Dakar
KTM 990 Adventure Dakar

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