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Offline SlŠinte Mhaith

Re: Maintain or Replace?
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2017, 02:28:54 pm »
I've spent around R6,000 in servicing and repairs (water pump), and I'm facing another R25,000 service & repair bill now (throttle bodies and fuel level sensor) of which my aftermarket warranty is paying R11,000.

The clutch slave cylinder and the water pump is known issues - that once fixed should not give further issues, but having to replace throttle bodies at 44k does not sound right  :-\

The TPS and idle stepper motor both failed (I'm told).

I would at first say fix and keep the bike.
But with all the problems you had so far which in my view is excessive I would say replace. Might be a Monday bike.

Offline silvrav

Re: Maintain or Replace?
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2017, 12:08:06 pm »
Eish bud, that is not good to hear...no need to giggle, as regardless if its a KTM/BMW/ZONDA/whatever

the 990 has always been your must have bike and i was excited for you when you got it (even at the loss of your trusty honda)

The question, as you stated though is if itís worth repairing it?

My honest opinion would be to get something else....
Cut your losses and move on.

You want a reliable ride at the moment, especially if you going off-road as there is 2 little feet waiting at home.

Offline Sheepman

Re: Maintain or Replace?
« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2017, 12:33:39 pm »
I would rather hang onto it a bit more, given the repair bills already paid, unless a reliable KTM techie confirmed that you are soon heading for more big expences, after a thorough check up.
Did you check up on the maintenance regime followed by the prevoius owner(s) ?
Despite opinion by some, the 990 remains an excellent bike to own and ride and my own S has done the same mileage than yours, with only maintenance costs incurred.
Good luck with your decision.

Offline Omninorm

Re: Maintain or Replace?
« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2017, 01:58:11 am »
@iamgigglz so what did you decide to do?
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Offline iamgigglz

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Re: Maintain or Replace?
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2017, 09:43:48 am »
@iamgigglz so what did you decide to do?

I still have the 990.

I had the numbers a little wrong in the OP, so just to clarify:

Purchase mileage: 35478km (17 Aug 2016)
Mileage now: 46,000km
Money spent on:
  • Add-ons (luggage & farkles): R9,750
  • Normal Wear & Tear + Servicing + Licencing: R9,179
  • Unexpected mechanical failures: R23,215
  • Upgrades (Oberon, led indicators etc): R6,976

Total: R49,521 or R5.14 per km. That becomes R6.92 per km if you include fuel.
Granted, a third of that R49k was optional, so for the sake of this thread let's say that keeping this bike on the road has cost me R32k in the 15 months I've owned it...and I'm going to need R1500 worth of brake pads in January.

All that said, I find it really, really difficult to turn my back on this bike. When it's running it's just So. Bloody. Good. Especially when you consider it cost me R70k. I'm starting a new job next year with a bit more money which will open up options for other really good bikes, but I'm struggling to find something with better bang for buck than the 990, even with the crazy maintenance.

Let's see what happens when the 890 lands...
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Re: Maintain or Replace?
« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2017, 10:20:08 am »

Thing is, it can happen with any bike or brand

4 years ago I bought a mint BMW HP2 with 11000km. 5000km later the engine packed up and it cost me R90k to sort out. 3 years later, on 27000km gearbox and driveshaft repairs cost R18000.
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Offline Marbroza

Re: Maintain or Replace?
« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2017, 10:30:34 am »

What did it cost to get them there though?

Mines on 109k, bought on 74k

So far i have replaced,
Sprocket and chain set (only once)
Steering head bearings
Front and rear wheel bearings (I thought why not, they were still good though)
Rear disk
Pads front and rear
And now a dash

She leaks alot of oil, no idea where its coming from, but i think its the reason she went onto the sales floor originally.
My waterpump is also about to be fixed, shes losing coolant and i think its that
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Offline Straatkat

Re: Maintain or Replace?
« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2018, 05:11:21 pm »
Marbroza, is it leaking by the sidestand bracket? If it is, cracked engine casing....
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