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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-22-2018, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Wotcha. Resisted as long as possible but finally succumbed last weekend and put down the deposit on a black 790, Iím a longtime ktm rider, [previous bikes are 2007 690 sm prestige, 2016 690 smc-r supermoto, 2014 690 duke and still currently own a 2015 rc390 trackday bike so the 790 will be my fifth ktm] Iíve owned, ridden, built and raced more bikes than I can remember, jappers, bmw boxer twins, triumphs, a lot of ducatiís, mzís And even the odd harley but Iím really revved about getting to grips with the new 790.
I guess you could say Iíve been around the block a few times, as I stumble into my sixth decade I really should know better but thereís something about this bike that has caught my imagination, I was really happy with my extensively modded 690 Duke but the thought of 35 bhp more for the paltry 12 kilo weight gain finally persuaded me to go for it
Yes, Iíve had problems with my ktmís In the past, overheating, oil leaks, speedoís going blank, crap, cheapo fasteners that rust at the threat of rain, blah, blah, blah, but, Iíve always come back to them, thereís nothing like them on a fast, bumpy b-road that would tie your japper sport bike in knots and letís face it you can have fun at more sensible speeds although saying that, Iíve had the sneers when queuing up for noise testing on the little rc390 only to hold my own and even embarrass bigger bikes in the interís group on trackdays and letís face it, if you wanted something safe and reliable you can always go and buy a honda!
Got a few ideas about modifying my 790 that I would like to share, hold tight, no one ever said it was going to be easy...........
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I was trying to hold out for an R model, it didn’t last long. Welcome aboard

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Thanks mucker, already looked at the possibility of 690 Ďrí forks, m50 calipers, galfer 320 discs, nitron or k-tech shock, sad isnít it, havenít even picked the new bike up yet! [not sussed how to post photoís yet, any help greatfully received for a computer luddite!
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The only thing I’d really like to change coming off a street triple r is the brakes. They’re far from terrible but I’d definitely prefer a bit more bite/response.

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So far I’ve added the Akra, bar end mirrors, heated grips (for winter) and gaily tidy. Would like to get the comfort seat, rear cowl and some m50’s

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Just received a parcel of evotech goodies, front and rear axle sliders, paddock stand bobbins, tail tidy and exhaust bracket, used evotech stuff on a lot of bikes, not the cheapest but great quality and fit. Are you using the powerparts bar-end mirrors? Iíve used Oberon products in the past with good results, perhaps not the most stylish items but I can swear by the 75mm Ďstreetfighterí bar-end mirrors, a quality product, billet aluminium and clear rearward vision with no vibration. Not sure on spunking £750 on the Akra slip-on, had them on the duke and the Smcr-r and they are a lovely thing but thinking you can get the same gains, [1.5 kilo weight drop and no significant power gain] with a cheaper branded can. Iím thinking more stealth-like for this bike, donít get me wrong, I love a fruity pipe as much as anyone else but I donít want to attract any unnecessary attention off plod, think under the radar!
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Oem bar ends, they fit the bill but are pricey. As for the akra I didn’t realise the euro4 bullshit meant the baffle was no longer removable, so I’m looking at either drilling it out or getting another pipe. The Remus looks pretty decent value but kind of waiting to see what else is released.

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Yeah I know, simple job to drill out the retaining screw on the Akra, did it on the 690 Duke and the Smcr-r, remove rubber bung in pipe and hit it with a 6.5mm has bit, deep joy.....
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That should read hss bit, high speed steel, doh!
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