What are the things to look out for?

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I am considering a KTM as my next bike, and I am going to purchase it new. What are some of things that commonly go wrong on Katooms? or things that just need to be watched.
I am not sure if I am going to get a KTM, or other...but if you would like to give some input here a link to mypost of other choices. :)Post containing my other choices, please contribute opinions

Thx for the read! :)

Jón Chapman
 
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Due to the area I live and my job, I spend more time working on my KTM than riding it. It is a big plus to me that KTMs are so easy to work on and well thought-out in design.

Due to the abundance of aluminum, a torque wrench, thread lube and Loctite are musts. Certain bolts like nothing more than to fall out. Seat bolts were my #1 flaw, losing two of them and those washers are pretty darn expensive... I will machine my own in the future :)

I have had shock bolts loosen several times... I safety wired them, so no more problems there. If you run your rear wheel far back for longer wheelbase, be sure to remove the adjuster bolts and lube them with anti-seize agent - they will get stuck otherwise.

I had a pipe break near the head flange. Bike was pretty old and KTM still replaced it.

You will have to jet the bike and may need a different needle to get it right.

Some people have had trouble with their seat covers - I have not - and KTM replaces them no prob.

Rear brake is grabby. I use EBC pads and that makes it easier to ride without lockups.

No other problems here except for setup issues.
 
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I am at about 4,000 ft elevation, what would the jetting be like for that? This is in NorCal, and it is rather dry, does humidity affect jetting? Possibly making the air less, or more dense?
And what does anyone think of the choices of bikes that I am looking at? There is a link in the first message.....
 
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Go to the HOLESHOT KTM forum for jetting advice. Much info there. Only one choice for me. Wrong forum to ask for advice on.. very stubborn people here :)