Preparing the KTM for Battle
By Tim Notier
I had never torn a motorcycle down to any of its sub components, so I read and watched some tutorials (a.k.a. ADVrider and YouTube), which provided me with step by step instructions with videos on how to do just about anything. And so by using nothing more than other people's advice and my own intelligence, I gave it a shot.
As you can imagine, after that I spent every moment I was not at work or asleep trying to put my bike back together into functioning order. After all, without my KTM, my dreams of going around the world were over. This website even, would all be for nothing.
I knew I had to figure out where the fault may lie in this complicated electrical system. So I carefully traced the bike's veins and arteries that provided power across all of its major organs. I knew the battery, the heart of the whole system, was as good as brand new.
I discovered that the problem was the main power terminal going into the starter. The termination had broken free causing a loose connection. I had to purchase yet another starter, and made sure to be ever-so-careful when installing it this time.
It took time and patience, which I had little of both, but at the end of the struggle I walked out a smarter individual with a more reliable motorcycle.
Days like these where I am disassembling the bike and trying to problem solve will surly prove to be invaluable while on the road.
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