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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-14-2016, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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1290 super adventure owners beware!

I just had my SA in for a rear shock recall inspection and after getting it back I don't have any adjustment in my dampening settings. Whether I'm in sport, street, comfort, or off-road, they all have the same feeling. It's somewhere between sport and street, or pretty stiff for long rides. It's back at the dealer and they're trying to figure it out. I guess part of the shock inspection included a software update and that may be the issue. At this point they're unsure, which makes me nervous. I'll post any info or updates.

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Thanks for the info. Just dropped my SA off this morning for the recall update. I'll post if there are any issues with the shock after the software update.
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Thanks for the info. Just dropped my SA off this morning for the recall update. I'll post if there are any issues with the shock after the software update.
Thanks canyon!!! In your experience with your bike, do you see a noticeable difference in the different dampening modes while bouncing up and down on the seat while stationary? In sport mode mine used to feel stiff like my rc8r and while in comfort mode it would feel spongy like a big old Cadillac. Make sense? Keep me posted please. At least them maybe I can help the dealer narrow it down.

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Thanks canyon!!! In your experience with your bike, do you see a noticeable difference in the different dampening modes while bouncing up and down on the seat while stationary? In sport mode mine used to feel stiff like my rc8r and while in comfort mode it would feel spongy like a big old Cadillac. Make sense? Keep me posted please. At least them maybe I can help the dealer narrow it down.

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I only use sport and offroad settings. In the offroad mode, the suspension is much softer.
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That's pretty much my experience too. Looking forward to your post update info. Thanks

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Got a call today and the dealer still has no idea why the suspension isn't working the way it should. Really putting a damper on my 1000 mile trip to SD Saturday morning 😞

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I have almost 5,000 mi on my 1290 SA. I do have some concerns. My bike experienced a major front end shimmy at around 30 mph. I found a few complaints and brought my concern to my dealer. I was told the issue was the Conti's so they recommended that I switch to the Michelin Anakee. I proposed the Anakee Wilds. I have new shoes and no problems. I have also experienced a few odd flame outs: a small backfire and motorcycle dies. Odd and dangerous especially since I ride in Bronx, NY. A stall at a light can render me a wonderful target for cars at my rear. Latest problem is the failure of my lean-in angle lights. I'm bringing the bike in for service next week . . . I shall see the proposed explanation and resolution. Lastly, I too have had a few computer issues also resolved by turning the bike of and then restarting it.

There is a lot to love but sometimes these issues leave me longing for my Harley or perhaps, dare I say it, the R1200GSA.

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Got a call today and the dealer still has no idea why the suspension isn't working the way it should. Really putting a damper on my 1000 mile trip to SD Saturday morning 😞

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Picked up my SA today, suspension seems fine after software update. Now the fuel gauge stopped working. The front forks still top out even on level pavement, this is after the damping cartilage was replaced. Dealer will contact ktm about fork issue.
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So after weeks of trying to get my suspension figured out post recall, nothing has changed. My suspension isn't adjusting properly and after sitting on a brand new 2016 which is exactly as bland as mine is, I feel I may have no leg to stand on. I wrote a very long letter to KTM about this and will post it and the follow-up response from them tomorrow. I'm one very disappointed customer.

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So after weeks of trying to get my suspension figured out post recall, nothing has changed. My suspension isn't adjusting properly and after sitting on a brand new 2016 which is exactly as bland as mine is, I feel I may have no leg to stand on. I wrote a very long letter to KTM about this and will post it and the follow-up response from them tomorrow. I'm one very disappointed customer.

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The new KTM you sat on. I assume you took it for a ride to find out what it felt like?

As I understand it they feel exactly the same when stationary, but after a couple of seconds riding it changes. I could be wrong though.

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