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post #1 of 6 Old 08-05-2009, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Not a KLR, but probably worth looking at

Okay, I don't own an KLR, but I'll toss in photos of my bikes anyway.

The bike that most resembles a KLR:


The bike that gets ridden the most and that I've owned for the longest time (Ducati ST2):


The bike that I most like to just look at, although it also does a better job of getting the adrenaline flowing than any other bike that I've owned:

Scott R. Nelson, 2001 XR650L, and a KTM 990 Adventure, Folsom, CA
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-06-2009, 06:34 PM
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Alright, showoff ;-) So I just got a KTM 990 Adventure and love it. What is it about the Duc's you like......They are awesome looking! Do you do your own maintenance, that is have you done a valve adjustment on a desmodromic? I've never ridden a Ducati and would like your input.

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Alright, showoff ;-) So I just got a KTM 990 Adventure and love it. What is it about the Duc's you like......They are awesome looking! Do you do your own maintenance, that is have you done a valve adjustment on a desmodromic? I've never ridden a Ducati and would like your input.
I took a test ride on a KTM 990 Adventure last fall and immediately moved it to the top of my "bikes that I want" list, in front of the Ducati Hypermotard. The KTM engine does the same thing for me that the Ducati engine does. I love the sound and love the feel.

I would do my own maintenance, but I have a Ducati mechanic in the area who I really like and I want to make sure that he stays in business, so I'll take my bikes there every 6000 miles or so. My ST2 needs some tweaking on the fuel injection anyway and I would rather have someone who knows what he's doing to get it back to perfect once again.

Do you have a KLR650 too? Does it get ridden anymore?

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Do you have a KLR650 too? Does it get ridden anymore?
You bet it gets ridden, that's my thrasher! Love it! The KTM is my long distance go anywhere in command bike. It loves the twisties and does the dirt too. I want another bike just for the carvers. You know?

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A friend has an 01 ST4 that he has been touring the west coast on now for over a month, In the time he has owned it, it had a seal go bad that allowed water into the oil and was able to fix it without any damage, then later the cam belt came apart and bent the valves, he fixed that, so far trouble free for 10K miles in just over a month from TX-CO AZ CA and own his way home TX. Oh yeah, its yellow! Nice bike's. SZ.

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then later the cam belt came apart and bent the valves
The cam belts are the one thing that you can't neglect on a Ducati. They are supposed to be changed every two years or 12,000 miles, although you can safely go three years if the bike is ridden regularly.

The other issues are quite rare. Ducatis are pretty reliable overall, especially the air cooled two-valve engines.

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