Originally Posted by Capt.saveaho
Personally I'd buy the 950 they were using for Dakar, didn't it have like a foot of travel? I'd probably kill myself on one but hey I'd be doing what I love!!!!!!
I got to speaking with a KTM 990 tech at the Bend, Ore. KTM Rally last Sept. about wishing I could swap my 950 S for the 950 RR. He pointed out that the 950RR was much heavier and bulkier... as he was able to ride one around ( Paul Krause's Dakar 950). He said it's not a fun bike for stop and go situations with all that extra mass. When I asked "what mass, I thought the 950 RR was lighter, more nimble"? I was politely informed that the nav tower required bigger support bracketry and with the nav gear added alot of up front weight. Also the rear subframe was much beefier, and with the rear aux. tank assembly you really felt the added weight... and that was before being fully fueled. The KTM tech said he'd much rather have the standard R with a few simple mods.
That saved me many sleepless nights of wishful thinking from here on.
But who doesn't LOVE the looks of those bikes... IMHO.
And the 1190 seems like quite a departure from that Rally style too.