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Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:35:34 pm »
Hi guys/girls,

So Iím in the market for a 990. What are the pitfalls to be on the lookout for? Please share your experiences. I see loads of them for sale so there appears to be options aplenty.

Thanks in advance and look forward to reading your comments Dogs!


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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 06:59:17 pm »
Anyone with some more info on original post? Possibly also looking at a 990.
 

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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 07:04:57 pm »
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 04:06:59 pm »
Speeding fines!  :lol8:
 

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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 08:34:36 pm »
Speeding fines!  :lol8:
Haha! No cameras on dirt roads i hope?


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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2017, 10:40:42 pm »
http://www.ktm950.info/how/ktm_950_issues.html :ricky:

Thanks for this.  :thumleft:

In the process of selling my GS and was certain an 1190 Adventure R is what I wanted. There aren't any for sale which I liked so I then broadend my search and have become fond of these 990 Adventures - a lot of bike for less money.

While searching I've looked hard for worst case scenarios where the bike is a dud and cannot seem to find any, suggesting that these are somewhat bulletproof if maintained and cared for. Reliability is a big factor as I'll commute with the bike.

Am I going down a dangerous path getting rid of a very reliable bike for an older one? (older than my current) Have you guys been in a similar situation and come out smiling?
 

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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2017, 11:26:26 pm »
http://www.ktm950.info/how/ktm_950_issues.html :ricky:

Thanks for this.  :thumleft:

In the process of selling my GS and was certain an 1190 Adventure R is what I wanted. There aren't any for sale which I liked so I then broadend my search and have become fond of these 990 Adventures - a lot of bike for less money.

While searching I've looked hard for worst case scenarios where the bike is a dud and cannot seem to find any, suggesting that these are somewhat bulletproof if maintained and cared for. Reliability is a big factor as I'll commute with the bike.

Am I going down a dangerous path getting rid of a very reliable bike for an older one? (older than my current) Have you guys been in a similar situation and come out smiling?
Good question. Eager to see responses.


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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 04:56:54 am »
http://www.ktm950.info/how/ktm_950_issues.html :ricky:

Thanks for this.  :thumleft:

In the process of selling my GS and was certain an 1190 Adventure R is what I wanted. There aren't any for sale which I liked so I then broadend my search and have become fond of these 990 Adventures - a lot of bike for less money.

While searching I've looked hard for worst case scenarios where the bike is a dud and cannot seem to find any, suggesting that these are somewhat bulletproof if maintained and cared for. Reliability is a big factor as I'll commute with the bike.

Am I going down a dangerous path getting rid of a very reliable bike for an older one? (older than my current) Have you guys been in a similar situation and come out smiling?

Dont think about it too much. Just buy the 990.

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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2017, 06:27:09 am »
Fuel consumption is horrific....usually directly linked to the throttle
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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2017, 08:29:40 am »
Fuel consumption is horrific....usually directly linked to the throttle

Yep, I'm averaging 8.5l/100km when commuting. Granted that's a very stop-start commute almost entirely done in third gear or lower  :(
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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2017, 11:44:54 am »
Fuel consumption is horrific....usually directly linked to the throttle

Yep, I'm averaging 8.5l/100km when commuting. Granted that's a very stop-start commute almost entirely done in third gear or lower  :(
One really has to ride smoothly to drop consumption. Early braking, smooth pullaways...you know the drill. Problem is it's leka to hear those pipes working..
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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2017, 10:08:29 am »
http://www.ktm950.info/how/ktm_950_issues.html :ricky:

Thanks for this.  :thumleft:

In the process of selling my GS and was certain an 1190 Adventure R is what I wanted. There aren't any for sale which I liked so I then broadend my search and have become fond of these 990 Adventures - a lot of bike for less money.

While searching I've looked hard for worst case scenarios where the bike is a dud and cannot seem to find any, suggesting that these are somewhat bulletproof if maintained and cared for. Reliability is a big factor as I'll commute with the bike.

Am I going down a dangerous path getting rid of a very reliable bike for an older one? (older than my current) Have you guys been in a similar situation and come out smiling?

Dont think about it too much. Just buy the 990.

Everybody should own an LC8 at least once in their lives to experience what true joy is.

You can thank me later.

Will let you guys know once I'v found one.

Are there any considerable differences between the early 990's and the later ones? The big difference I can see is the instrument cluster.
 

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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2017, 07:36:01 pm »
Bump  ;)
 

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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2017, 08:12:59 am »
I have a 2008 990 efi, no problems (7000 solo km's in the Karoo) ... fuel comp between 13km/l (if you ride like you stole it) - 17km/l (down a mine shaft). I average 15km/l. All I find is that the seat start hurting the ass a bit after 1500km ;-). If you look after it it will look after you. Take one for a test drive and make up your mind.
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« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2017, 08:33:42 am »
I have had my 2005 KTM 950 Adventure for about a year now and would say replace the clutch slave cylinder with an Oberon and the fuel pump with a facet.

Other than that I am moerse happy!
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« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2017, 09:19:38 am »
I've found a 2008 990 EFI with about 55k kms which I'm going to see later this week, it all goes well I think I may become a KTM owner  :biggrin:


Will hopefully have the sale of my GS wrapped up this week as well.

Thanks for the replies guys  :)
 

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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2017, 09:26:26 am »
Bump  ;)

The year difference are described here - http://www.ktm950.info/how/wotf/wotf.html#Modelyeardifferences

If you are not yet familiar with it, the HOW is pretty much the bible on all things 9x0.

I've taken my 990 across probably some of the harshest terrain Namibia has to offer and have had 0 reliability issues.  That said, these bikes do demand your care and attention.  Fix things pre-emptively before they bite you (clutch slave, water pump) and stick to the service schedules (service it yourself if you can - get to know your bike).  That way you'll also spot issues that a mechanic might not (or might not care about).  Or get a mechanic you know and trust.

Depending on your style and the riding you do I would also suggest getting progressive springs in the front, I find all 990's to be a bit undersprung in front.  Definitely the best upgrade I did on mine.

Take care of it and you will be rewarded 10 times over.   Oh and ride it hard and high-up in the rev range, LC8 thrives on it :ricky:
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Re: Buying a LC8 990/950: things to look out for
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2017, 10:43:53 am »
Bump  ;)

The year difference are described here - http://www.ktm950.info/how/wotf/wotf.html#Modelyeardifferences

If you are not yet familiar with it, the HOW is pretty much the bible on all things 9x0.

I've taken my 990 across probably some of the harshest terrain Namibia has to offer and have had 0 reliability issues.  That said, these bikes do demand your care and attention.  Fix things pre-emptively before they bite you (clutch slave, water pump) and stick to the service schedules (service it yourself if you can - get to know your bike).  That way you'll also spot issues that a mechanic might not (or might not care about).  Or get a mechanic you know and trust.

Depending on your style and the riding you do I would also suggest getting progressive springs in the front, I find all 990's to be a bit undersprung in front.  Definitely the best upgrade I did on mine.

Take care of it and you will be rewarded 10 times over.   Oh and ride it hard and high-up in the rev range, LC8 thrives on it :ricky:

Thank you for this, much appreciated. :)