Near the top of Ca Gulch/Huricane Pass I was full throttle on it and barely doing 15, 20mph. Same for Monarch Pass, Imogene and Engineer. First time it happens, it really freaked me out. But it does seem to figure it out after a minute and you actually get a 'little' power. I was doing 5mph up CA and then it go it together, and I was doing 15mph.
Same for shifting into 2d up at 12k, that was going nowhere first time up there. I think in the vid at one point up Eng I am saying "that was a poor gear choice" just as bogs down and I just stay on it in 2d on day 3. I was downshifting to 1st on the switchbacks because I was too slow for 2d.
Poky mtn pass power and coming back from Cortez/Durango to Silverton via highway at 45-55mph was a pain. Or returning from Leadville to Salida via pavement - 2 hours - at 55mph. I got 4000 miles on it. I did 1100 miles on the same oil out there...figuring it was easy stuff other than the few minutes in the video of harder sections.
But for all that - wouldn't trade it for the 990 out there. I just lay the bike down on the ground or on a tree in the crappy stuff and walk off if needed to help someone, and later pick my own bike up with ease, no worries, no cares. I have gotten into too much nasty stuff in CO with the 990 on my own where I was wondering if/how to pick it back up...and imagine getting water out of the air box/pulling the plugs on the 990 in a swamp when its raining. No thanks.
I am wondering when I will really need some of the service stuff they mention? I'll get another 500 this year plus on it, for about 4500+. I checked the valves at 3k and they were fine. It had 400 miles of way harder single track when I got it, but I am not a dirt biker so its been the easy life for it since.
2015 Husky FE350S
2012 KTM 990