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Eric Hall

KTM 790 Adventure Problems

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This video came out a few weeks ago and says things we already know about how great this new bike is and how eagerly anticipated it is.

It also points out some interesting things...

  1. Lots of riders wait a year for the problems to be sorted out but next year KTM is moving production and assembly to China (not news) and then they'll need ANOTHER year to iron out the problems.  So the REALLY patient may wait 2 years.
  2. Oil leaks (two separate issues)
  3. Clogged fuel filters (recall issued; from curing issue with fuel tank)
  4. Wonky fuel gauges showing almost empty even though it's full

Video's author suggests (I agree) that these seem to be normal issues that get sorted out quickly.  However... if these problems happen after it's made in China then KTM's brand will take a hit.  Most bikes in the world are Chinese and sell for under $3k.  KTM is wanting it both ways here; they save on production costs but still want their margins.  Jury's still out on whether that's going to work.  We'll see!

Other commenters report:

  • brake faults (brake light flashes due to a relay sensor under tank)
  • Jammed 2nd gear, can't select 3rd

My buddy had a brand new 690 he discovered didn't have its air box installed properly.  They didn't get the tab in the slot and there was a HUGE gap!  Good thing he inspected before riding it!


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