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  1. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    I agree with Eric, especially if they are made from the same materials as the 950/990, that's some pretty tough stuff unlike the steel tanks found on most other adventures and dual sports that get crushed. They'll still scratch but they won'y rust! My 640 has slid down the road twice on the same side and while there are scratches (a lot!) the tank is still structurally sound. I'd think the aftermarket, possibly even KTM will make carbon or ABS stick or bolt-on tank guards like they did for the 9X0 series motos.
  2. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    Looks simple enough, tried to upload a photo but I get a forum I.D. error
  3. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    No Eric, I have not. Now that the bike is public, I'm sure the parts lists and service manuals should be on dealernet. Not being a street dealer, I'm not going to see one unless I visit another dealer. Sadly, rumor has it, 3 neighboring dealers are considering not renewing or participating in the street program for 2019 which could be a bad choice with both 790's coming out.
  4. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    I just had a chance to look at this. Even though the 950/990 airbox is a pain in the butt, I always wondered why KTM abandoned the saddle tanks on the Adventures in favor of one big tank set high. The article you posted seems to show they may be going back to that design. Hopefully like on the 950/990, they won't use a glove box that is too small for gloves in favor of a better designed airbox and filter access as well as access the carburetors. I just sat on a 2019 new Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports on Sunday and immediately disliked the fuel tank. It looked and felt massive as well as sitting pretty high. It was definitely in the way of comfort for my knees while standing. My 950 is getting torn into next week for it's annual winter valve check, after I spend 2 hours trying to find them!
  5. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    One piece, not one rider, I'll fix that!
  6. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    We received the pricing for all the new street bikes yesterday, the 790R is $13,499 which $1000 more than the 790 "street" version which to me made no sense, I'll have to dig up the differences when I get a chance outside the 43mm fork and 2 piece seat on the S vs 48mm forks and one piece seat on the R model. You are correct, there was a $1500 rebate on the left over 1090's making it a little harder to choose.
  7. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    That same motor [with more than likely a different EFI map and cam profiles] is being used in the 790 Duke. I'm guessing KTM flogged the crap out of those Dukes to both test the engines endurance and to have a little too much fun. I'd research the Duke and see if there have been any issues. I believe there were a few minor TSB's sent out but I'd have to look when I get back to the shop.
  8. MGorman

    2012 - 990 oil level

    I forgot, different display!
  9. MGorman

    2012 - 990 oil level

    6 bars? That's a bar below boiling over! My fan would come on at 5 bars so I changed the thermo switch to one from I believe a DRZ400, now it comes on just before it hits 5.
  10. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    The 2004 KTM 950 Adventure had a base price of approx $11,998 US sixteen "model years ago". The 2012 990 ADV-R was $14,999. So $15,274 isn't that far fetched considering all the technology that is being put into the modern Adv bikes. That ugly headlight and its electronics alone probably cost more than you think. The 790 Duke headlight is $929, the speedo is $808. Now add in inflation, ABS and all the other electronic rider aides, the bike gets heavier and more expensive. To me personally, the R model should be stripped of everything not mandated by the DOT, CARB or EPA. I do have the new bike bug for a left over 1090 but at this point, I'll probably keep my 04 950 and 06 950 Adventure S. If my bike dies out in BFE, I'm probably out of gas! On second thought, that'd be embarrassing considering the 12 gallon tank
  11. MGorman

    Wheel Straightening

    Repairing it is a decision only you can make. If you ever saw the front wheel I use for sketchy terrain that I leave more hard care tires on, you wouldn't ride my 950. I however rode on it all the way to Colorado and back to Ohio with 7 or 8 smilies and a crack. Recently I tried to make a pothole larger with my good wheelset. I was able to heat it up a little and put it in a press and push the offending outward flare of the side. In turn, it pushed the "vertical" dent out of the rim. I personally can't afford to replace a rim every time it gets a bump in it. If you are trying to run tubeless, then you may need to replace it or put a tube in it.
  12. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    Sadly, social media hasn't been able to hold my attention much anymore. I'll try to remember if I see the ordering info posted, to relay it here for you.
  13. MGorman

    Husqvarna 701 Enduro

    Does that have the Magura slave with mineral oil? The slave on my 950 leaked for ages, I'd just add a little every couple months until I finally replaced it with an Oberon. I believe Slavens Racing has an alternative replacement. I think he claimed it was a known KTM issue but I haven't sold a small bore (65-500cc) slave in a couple years and that was to an old bike. I have however heard there have been quite a few Husky slaves failing which are the Maguras. I don't think I have ever sold a Brembo Slave. Just out of curiosity, check the piston and see if it is cracked around the area in the middle where the ball bearing puts pressure on the piston. A friend of mine appeared to make a rookie mistake stalling his 950 at a stop sign, here the piston cracked and blew the mineral oil out. I rode into town and bought JB Weld and oil, repaired it roadside and it made it the next 35-40 miles home. The fork seals can happen to anyone. I make it a habit to clean the sliders after ever ride in the dirt to prolong their life. Get a Seal Doctor, it is worth every penny in the long run.
  14. MGorman

    2019 KTM 790 Adventure

    The 2019 street model pricing was released back in Sept but nothing has appeared on KTM dealernet for the 790 as of this time other than an unclickable link in the parts finder. I read somewhere that dealers wouldn't even be able to order them until the spring of '19 which would push them back a few months after that. Then the top tier dealers will get theirs first, probably after the European dealers are filled.
  15. MGorman

    Honda XL600V Transalp (1989)


    Bought it new in '89, I doubt I will ever sell it. One of the smoothest and quietest v-twin motors I've ever ridden. For me it needs more fuel capacity and fit a tall person better, a bit cramped.