This early 2008 KTM Adventure came to us all the way from Surrey and was brought in by a couple who were having trouble riding the bike two-up – the snatchy power delivery was leading to a lot of helmet banging with every gear change and roll-on of throttle.

They were both fed up of it so were looking for a dramatically smoother bottom end; nothing else was required. Sometimes these Adventures can be awkward to remap (unlike the SMT, and the maps aren’t compatible either) but we got to work on the important stuff in order – emissions, secondary butterflies and then paid particular attention to the ignition mapping (which is where most of that awful snatch comes from) and switchover point between the Manifold Air Pressure (MAP) map and the main fuel table.

On this particular bike the point of that precise change was causing a great deal of the problems the rider and pillion were encountering – see what we mean about Adventures? No two are ever alike…

A head banger, but not in a good way...

A head banger, but not in a good way…