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I've decided to take the plunge and remove the fuel tank to clean my air filter. I've made a video documenting the process. I'm not a qualified or proficient mechanic, but hopefully, if you are thinking about removing the tank, you will be able to get an idea of the steps involved.

Thanks for watching.

 

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They have to be the same ones that put the battery on BMW models
I have super easy access to my gs 1250 adv battery which is fine and doesn’t need to be touched for years
But air filter - in KtM 890 is 10min job to replace that and they know it need to be easy serviceable “in field”
Ducati need to learn a lot regarding that functions


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Thanks for being a pioneer for the rest of us! 🤟

I tried to view from perspective of being mid way through a trip in the field. I was okay up to the two of six screws at the back of the filter cover.. had the same "what were they thinking?" moment. We'll see what happens in the real world as we get trip reports from long distance off road folks.
 

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Extremely helpful. They put the intake in a great spot, and they put the filter in an absolutely insane spot. I knew it was under the tank, but I'm shocked to see we have to remove the steering dampener and ECU too. I really hope I'll be able to reach the final two screws on the filter housing.

I suppose the only positive is that it'll help me keep the bike innards clean since the tank is coming off for air filter maintenance anyway.
 

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Thanks for the video. Wow totally confirmed my thinking that I will never change my own air filter. I'm curious how much my dealer is going to charge to replace the air filter. This is does not look like a job where I'd drop it off at my dealer and just wait an hour in the lobby.

Also, I found it funny you reused the air filter. After all the effort I would have put in a new one even if the existing one was spotless. :)
 

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Thanks for the video. Wow totally confirmed my thinking that I will never change my own air filter. I'm curious how much my dealer is going to charge to replace the air filter. This is does not look like a job where I'd drop it off at my dealer and just wait an hour in the lobby.

Also, I found it funny you reused the air filter. After all the effort I would have put in a new one even if the existing one was spotless. :)
No, I ordered a new set of DNA filters that are actually oil impregnated
 

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I have super easy access to my gs 1250 adv battery which is fine and doesn’t need to be touched for years
But air filter - in KtM 890 is 10min job to replace that and they know it need to be easy serviceable “in field”
Ducati need to learn a lot regarding that functions


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In my Nine t I have to remove fuel tank to change battery.
My ktm 1290 SAS 2021 was a nigtmare. I have problems with leaking from the cooling system like others ktm owners. And yes, the filter is the number one mistake of this bike but It is a fantastic bike.
And about bmw gs:
 

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