The owner of this Adventure arrived all the way from Blackpool, half frozen to death! He immediately scooted up to Webbs to buy some proper clothing…
While he was thawing out we got on with his remap. One thing we’re finding is that the Adventures are definitely the trickiest to get spot-on; it might be they just feel a bit more nervous on skinnier tyres and long-travel suspension. After the first pass remap we went out on the road with it and weren’t entirely happy, so went back into the ECU and started fine-tuning. This particular bike took a lot of time, and at the end of the work we felt we’d got somewhere.
One thing to note though is that some of these aftermarket cans have got odd back-pressure thanks to restrictive blanking plates at the end of the can – Akrapovic know what they’re about and leave the baffle hollow in the middle. The problem is that by the end of the can the gases have gone cold and effectively run into a dead stop, which can cause issues through the rev-range.
The other problem on the earlier KTMs is that the throttle bodies can go way out of adjustment, which we see on the MAP Manifold Air Pressure) map on the Dyno – we reckon a lot of KTM dealers just don’t get round to adjusting ’em, and over time they go way out.