A recall letter (details below) provided a good excuse to ride to the dealer 80 miles away. The day was colder than expected, so it required all of the cold weather gear. The work was done swiftly as it mostly involved re-routing the ABS modulator wiring. The return trip was a little better as the temps were in the upper 30s by that time. The windshield offers decent protection, and the heated grips were on high for the first time. Although not difficult, it is a pain to have to go through menus just to change the heated grip levels.

“KTM is recalling certain ADVENTURE models to the workshops of authorized KTM dealers for a check of the ABS modulator´s wiring harness. Following market investigations by KTM it has been determined that due to deviations in the assembly process, in isolated cases contact may occur between the wiring harness and the ABS modulator. Measurements have shown that an electrical connection may be created via the brake line between the ABS modulator and the vehicle ground. For this to occur, the wiring harness must be frayed and must be in contact with the ABS modulator and the brake line must be electrically conductive. This only occurs in very rare cases. A conductive brake line can overheat and ultimately melt which can result in failure of a brake system circuit. The routing of the wiring harness must therefore be checked and if necessary corrected at the models mentioned below. The following models are affected by the recall:

KTM 1190 ADVENTURE up to and including model year 2016

KTM 1190 ADVENTURE R up to and including model year 2016

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE up to and including model year 2016

Customers to whom the affected motorcycles have already been delivered are being informed by a personal letter and are asked to immediately contact an authorized KTM dealer to arrange an appointment for replacement. In addition, customers can check online in the “Service” area of the KTM website to determine if their motorcycle is affected by this recall. The check and correction of the ABS modulator´s wiring harness will be carried out at no cost to motorcycle owners, but must be performed by authorized KTM dealers only.”

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