With the introduction of the KTM 1190 Adventure there has been a rush of new products on the market to fill a demand for cool new “performance products” that owners think they need on their bike. One of those items that typically will give some small performance gains is a new, less restrictive air filter, or at least one that is easier to clean.
I have seen several sites selling the new Uni air filter for the KTM 1190 Adventure and it’s being sold as the “greatest thing since sliced bread”. This filter is coming from Uni – Australia and is not available from Uni – USA. I recently was at the Parts Unlimited Expo and Uni USA was in attendance and I spoke directly with their representative as to why the filter was not available in the USA? There were several reasons:
1) The OEM filter design is poor (in their opinion) and does not provide enough filter material/space.
2) The Australian Uni replacement filter design is just a small perimeter filter with some foam that is pushed into the intake tubes and they feel that that will become very restrictive and not work as intended.
3) Due to the poor OEM design, and the problems with dirt ingestion that some customers are having, Uni USA does not want to take on the liability of potential engine damage and the possibility that a customer would claim it was a result of their filter.
So take that for what it is worth and be cautious about what you are putting on your bike. Not everything you see has been thoroughly tested and you may be rushing head first into a problem.