24 mars 2015

GSA LC - test longue durée comparatif KTM 1190


Test longue durée en confrontant la BMW et la KTM

Première constatation, la KTM a un défaut de conception avec le filtre à air (une raison pour laquelle je l'ai vendue)

"Well into testing, our 1190 Adventure became very hard starting and we discovered our bike’s engine had ingested a significant amount of dirt and dust that completely bypassed the air filter. A bit of research and contact with 1190 owners showed we were not alone in this phenomenon. KTM confirmed there was a flaw in the airbox/filter design (see Trip Notes), and warranty repairs for this issue took the 1190 out of circulation for the better part of a month, while the BMW marched on."

C'est la GSA qui prend la suite des problèmes. Chute, cylindre touché malgré la protection (rien de nouveau, c'était déjà indiqué en 2013 sur ce blog). Puis l'ESA arrière qui a rendu l'âme. L'ESA avant a fuit, l'embrayage a aussi été remplacé.

On the return journey, it was once again the BMW’s turn for some drama. First, the GSA was tipped over in a concrete stream crossing, which was made slicker than ice by the unseen green slime under the surface. It got another QuikSteel patch on a cracked cylinder head cover (despite the stock crashbars). Next, its ESA rear shock blew out after hitting a washout at speed, forcing Allen to endure an undamped pogo-stick ride back to the US. Once home, the bike returned to Irv Seaver Motorcycles in Orange, California, for repairs. They discovered the front shock was also leaking, so both damping units were replaced under warranty. Further, the clutch finally called it a day and had to be replaced. At least with the newest boxer design, the clutch is mounted at engine’s front, no longer necessitating transmission removal as on previous versions. But parts cost was $1,458.46!"

Lors d'une chute, le bouton du klaxon de la BMW a pris un coup. Prix pour le remplacement: 448$ Ridicule.

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