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Hi everyone. Thanks for the add. I’m a KLR650 owner currently and have been researching big bore adventure bikes for a while now. It looks like I’m settling into the 1090 for many reasons. Has anyone had any major (or minor) issues with the 1090? I heard about a fuel pump recall, which I know happens with a new model. I’m used to being able to repair or replace anything and everything on my KLR so I’m a little nervous going into a mechanically “buttoned up” machine. Appreciate any help!

....going to look at a 1090 today
 

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Well, that was quick! Bought the 1090 Adventure R today and pick it up tomorrow! I swear that thing just hypnotizes you when you see it in person
 

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Congrats, and welcome! I had a buddy call me to use a connection I have at a dealership for a 1090r, went online and did a little research and picked up 3 the next day (=
 

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Congrats on the new bike. I had a KLR in the past and now have the 1090. I LOVE my 1090 it puts a huge smile on my face every time I ride it. Now it is a totally different bike than the KLR and does scare me a bit in terms of things happening when I’m in the middle of nowhere. KTM uses a tablet whenever they look at the bike and to my knowledge don’t offer anyway for the owner to get that same data. So far in 2k miles here has been my experience.

2 Fuel pumps both based on recalls. One done immediately before I took delivery then apparently there was another part number when I took it in for the 600 mile service.

Air box issues the same as the 1190 uni filter and other solutions fix this, but it is an obvious design flaw with the air box. Just google it you’ll find all kinds of information and videos.

Currently my fuel gauge is NOT working, another known issue and relatively quick fix (videos online) but have to find the time to do it.

On my last ride I stopped for gas and upon restarting I got a “General Fault” message. Shut the bike off and restarted it. Hasn’t returned since.

These things are complicated in terms of the electronics on them and that is my biggest fear is having something go wrong with those while out on a long ride. However, to date it hasn’t left me stranded anywhere.

Do be willing to put up with some minor niggles though and just be patient. My guess is it will take a bit to sort things out fully, then after that should be relatively problem free. Oh and stay on top of the maintenance.
 

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Thanks for that report! I got a 3 year full warranty and maintenance plan through the dealer (expensive but put my fears to rest) so keeping up with maintenance shouldn’t be an issue. I have to say after just driving it around town for a day, I do absolutely love this bike. I can’t wait to try it in the dirt once I get my skid plate and other protection delivered.
 

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Congratulations man, certainly didn't take you long to go from looking to purchasing aha. But that tends to happen with bike shopping. You should upload some pics once you get your new mods installed. How are you finding it in comparison to your Kawa so far? Obviously its quite the step up in power.
 

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Thanks! Well, I was researching the 1090 and Africa Twin extensively before going in to look, but yes, once I saw it (a massively discounted 2017) I knew it was coming home. I dropped a huge order on mods and am waiting for them to show up. Skid plate, radiator guard, headlight guard, upper crash bars, luggage plate, pannier racks (for my wolfman soft bags), kickstand plate thingy, gps mount for Garmin Zumo 590, and the $13 12V plug that I have no idea why it wasn’t included.

Overall the experience riding the 1090 vs the KLR is absolutely amazing in just about every way. Everything is smooth. I was concerned that tripling the horsepower would be something I had to manage, but the throttle is appropriately tame at a gentle twist...and jumps to hyperspace only when you ask it to. I can’t wait to get it off road after I get the armor on it! I was planning on keeping the KLR just to have a lighter bike for more technical stuff, but so far the 1090 seems as much if not more nimble as the KLR (of course “KLR” and “nimble” are used relative to the situation at hand).
 

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Congrats!!! I too was going between the AT and the 1090, sat on the 1090 first, then sat on the AT for maybe 14 seconds and that was enough....I ran to the 1090!
And BTW - I sold my KLR two days ago. 🙂
 

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It’s funny you mention the HP thing. I too thought “why in the world would I need 125hp” on a bike that I’m going to be taking off-road. But somehow the 1090 feels more friendly and playful than any of my previous adv bikes which included the KLR and a tiger 800. This thing in my opinion is really easy to get comfortable with and manage it. Surprised me for sure. It has plenty of power but it doesn’t ever feel intimidating in terms of how it delivers it. Even in sport mode it is very easy to control.
 
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