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Or realising you’ve left a bit of blue roll in the intake when you’ve had the bike in bits, almost giving yourself a stroke trying to bump start it to see petrol gushing out the exhaust flange... blue roll out, couple of kicks and a Big Bang and off she went.


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Last weekend the Mrs left for the stables and generally takes her 50cc Vespa. 5 minutes later I realised I could still hear her kick starting it outside (battery recently died). I took a gander to see what was up and fell about laughing when I noticed she hadn't actually turn the key to on.
Sometimes I do wonder what's going on in there...o_O
 

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I didn't take the bike this week, not because of the storm (Ciara or something like that) whilst riding but more to the storm toppling the bike over!
parking grounds at the office are more like marsh covered up with truckload of large pebbles (the sort found in the gravel pits along the race track corners)
 

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well i only did a bit as am out of action right now after having some bone removed from my shoulder so have 3 holes and a sling(now that may sound like a porno to some of you but that can't be helped?).

I've been applying graphite spray to the exhaust mounts with a view to removing the headers to fit new gaskets. (PP&PPPPP).

Luckily the nuts and studs came out with no problem, breakages or snapping at all - really quite impressed. I've since run a dye down each of the bolts and a tap into the threads and added a drop of never-seize to the mixture.
I've also cleaned the crap off the pipes and the cans although the GPR noise makers are starting to look a little tired now and also have some heat bubbling on the trumpet. Can't polish that turd.

I've also removed the tank, got the air filter out and have washed that through, drying now. Applied a bit of GT85 to the air intake and all it's moving trickery. Then my attention turned to the tank itself as i think i have a minor fuel blockage with the filter(loss of power in 5th/6th when riding on the motorway). Had a look at removing the filter/pump sectino from the tank but haven't got the strength to prise it out of the tank itself.

Is there a trick to getting it out? Superduke 990r
 

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What did I do to my KTM today? You may recall that back in 2014 I designed and made a number of grab rails for the 990. A few of you guys on this forum bought them, and others sold as far away as Australia. Well, I finished my latest project, which was to design a grab rail and a topbox mount for a friend who has a 2019 1290 SuperdukeR. He rides with his wife as pillion on occasion and tours solo around Europe on it, so needed a rail and a mounting kit for his Givi topbox. The topbox mount accommodates various Givi Monokey and Monolock plates as well as the Givi bag holder. He doesn't tour two up so wanted the topbox to sit over the seat hump to keep the weight over the rear axle for better handling loaded up. Take a look at the pics below.

I've now designed a MK2 version of both the rail and the topbox mount (but haven't got any made up yet). The rail is lower by 10mm and moves backwards about 25mm or so and the revised topbox mount has a slightly improved overall shape and moves the topbox plates back about 50mm which is a better set up. The pics are of the MK1 versions, but give you a good idea of how they will look on the bike. They have various Delrin spacers and steel tophat spacers to fit the bike's frame mounting points, with no mods to the bike being required. The topbox mount accommodates the KTM pillion seat hump/cover and allows for its removal in place.

They will both fit the 2017 - 2019 models with no mods and retain the small rear subframe panels either side of the tail light. They also fit the 2014 -16 model (the pics are of my 2016 model) but the side panels would need to be removed, though you could always fit the 2017-19 small panels I guess.

I'm planning on making ten sets off each shortly and am getting costs together to see how much I can do them for as a complete kit, complete with all necesary spacers and stainless button head fixings. If anyone's interested in the grab rail or topbox mount, feel free to PM me.

Hope you like them.

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Top work, can't knock that. Stick it in the Superduke section. (just noticed you have, sort of lol)

Have you considered producing a top box plate along the lines of Hepco & Beckers Sportrack? Which replaces the pillion seat.
 

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Not a KTM, but a 99 Yam R6.
Workshop is crazy busy at the mo - absolutely rammed with cars, so i thought I'd spend an hour or two fitting a new alternator and regulator to a customers R6 and get the tail light working again before fettling my 950SM and maybe going for a little toddle on the bike.

I don't normally repair bikes other than my own - we specialise in Jaguar / Landrover / Rolls-Royce / Bentley and anything old or weird. But some of our customers won't take their vehicles anywhere else now (which is a lovely vote of confidence), but I do end up with some "out of scope" repairs like this.

So, I thought I'd get a head on this weeks work, and get the cute little Yam out of the way today (Sunday), before the onslaught of the two massive Rolls-Royce emergencies that landed on Friday - one is a dull hydraulic rebuild - €€€€'s

It's been a real pain - pretty much all day at this little bugger.
I have the harness in bits, chasing many many electrical gremlins.

The harness sleeving was trapping moisture (basically formed a u-bend in the sleeve that was full of water.), and all the crimped joints in the harness are corroding.Two wires you can see are completely corroded through, and another has internal corrosion that's stopping the rear lights coming on (that's the one i stripped).

It's the first time I've been up close and personal with the wiring on a Yam, and I'm not impressed at all - the cabling run for the lights seem to needlessly circle the bike - inviting more failures.
As I fix one thing, another wire would break... AAAAAARRRRRRGH.

KTM remains in the corner untouched.

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Sold my 525. Ktmless for the first time in 5 years but it's my plan to get one of the new sdr1290s when someone else has taken the new bike hit and put a full system on it for me...

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what lugagge is that on the back seat?
Standard KTM tail pack that fits loads of models.

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Standard KTM tail pack that fits loads of models.

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Is the footprint the right dimensions to take a laptop laying flat?
 
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