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Old 07-09-2010, 03:25 PM   #31
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I'm afraid that may backfire on him...He'll probably want both! I know I do...


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So do I..But if I could choose only one? I'd take the SE cos it makes me smile more.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:55 PM   #32
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The SE guys will tell you they rule! The ADV guys will say they rule! I say it depends on what you want, a streebike that does dirt incredibly well, or a dirtbike that does street well. I have a 08 ADV S and it is very impresive on dirt, the harder you ride it the more it shines. I was riding my favorite gravel/blacktop road last week and the county was out tearing it up and had left two piles of dirt in the middle of the road about 10 to 15 ft apart and so I just doubled it, on my V strom I wouldnt have had that option, its great! Every time I ride it I cant stop smiling!
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:03 PM   #33
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The SE guys will tell you they rule! The ADV guys will say they rule! I say it depends on what you want, a streebike that does dirt incredibly well, or a dirtbike that does street well. I have a 08 ADV S and it is very impresive on dirt, the harder you ride it the more it shines. I was riding my favorite gravel/blacktop road last week and the county was out tearing it up and had left two piles of dirt in the middle of the road about 10 to 15 ft apart and so I just doubled it, on my V strom I wouldnt have had that option, its great! Every time I ride it I cant stop smiling!
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:37 PM   #34
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So I got a question why is the SMR a 990 but the SE a 950? I mean is that 1 mm bore and 2.4 stroke really a game breaker off road? Isnt the motor in the SE the same motor in the 990s? Is there a big bore kit or anything out there? I'm just saying it's stupid that the SE is the only big ktm bike with 950cc. Any opinions?
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:44 PM   #35
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...I'm just saying it's stupid that the SE is the only big ktm bike with 950cc. Any opinions?
When the SE was still being produced, it wasn't the only 950. You must remember that (to the best of my knowledge) the SE is no longer a production bike...


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Old 07-09-2010, 08:11 PM   #36
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For such small difference on paper, you wouldnt imagine the 2 bikes ride as differently as they do.

The SE is much nicer to ride offroad - the lighter front end is really noticeable.
In some respects, the SE is nicer on the road too - clean air & no buffetting.

Its worthwhile noting, that you can make an SE adv-like (more fuel range, more luggage carrying capacity, more wind protection) but you cant really make the adv SE-like - you wont get close.

That said, flip a coin. If it was the only bike you could own, either bike would be great. The only thing that really makes one bike stand above the other is if you really want an offroad bike. The ADV is great offroad, but the SE will always be better.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:17 PM   #37
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When the SE was still being produced, it wasn't the only 950. You must remember that (to the best of my knowledge) the SE is no longer a production bike...


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The SE is still on the KTM website. That means it's still in production right? You think KTM will rework the SE or Adventure anytime soon?
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:23 PM   #38
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... I have slabbed 800 mile days on the SE with the stock seat and survived! ...
Me too . I like the stock seat .
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:53 PM   #39
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I'm in the same place as you. I haven't ridden either bike but am going to try to this summer. My wife has been riding with me on the KLR and really likes it. I was planning on the SE until she started riding with me. I am leaning to the ADV now for the two-up riding.

I like the idea of a used ADV and used EXC. I would like a smaller (liter) bike for off road riding. I'm getting to old to be picking up a 400+lb bike. If I lived near the desert a SE would be cool. But around here there is no off road riding within 3-4 hours and then it is mostly single track, I'll take a smaller bike and put it on the trailer.

I think you need to factor in your location too.
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:24 AM   #40
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The SE is still on the KTM website. That means it's still in production right? You think KTM will rework the SE or Adventure anytime soon?
The SE is not in production. Hasnt been for a year or 2.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:03 AM   #41
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So I got a question why is the SMR a 990 but the SE a 950? I mean is that 1 mm bore and 2.4 stroke really a game breaker off road? Isnt the motor in the SE the same motor in the 990s? Is there a big bore kit or anything out there? I'm just saying it's stupid that the SE is the only big ktm bike with 950cc. Any opinions?
Pro log, I could be wrong about the dates here.

There is a rally in Austria called Erzberg, Its kind of the off road version of the Isle of Man TT. The rally got huge media coverage in 04/05 with the likes of the top US racers competing, i.e. guys like Travis Perstrana who exclaimed they would come over and win the race, he failed on the first two attempts and had to retire cos its too tuff, 500ish start 20 or so finish. You Americans.

Anyhow there is an event called the Pro Log which is a 12km race up the side of a mountain, BMW turned up with an 1100 FI bike, KTM response was a 950 carbed LC8 based on their Dakar machine bike in 04 (same motor as 990. LC8). This is all about the time of legislation in Europe that all new road vehicles must meet curtain emission regulations, hence FI; the KTM 990 has always been FI. KTM got a concession to sell the SE with carburettors in limited number in Europe when it was first released in 05/06.

In 06 the 990 Adv FI was about the same HP as the carbed 950, but if you road both bikes the carbed bike still felt a bit faster. I haven’t ridden the latest Adv but I’ve been told its feels a bit quicker, with 115hp.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:42 AM   #42
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I'm afraid that may backfire on him...He'll probably want both! I know I do...


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Yes, my solution was a 690e and a 990 Adv.
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Bringing this thread back from the dead... What'd you end up going with? I'm torn just as your were...
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:28 PM   #44
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=130731

He still lists the Aprilia as his current bike.......so maybe neither.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:11 AM   #45
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Still reviving this thread. I think the Adventure is a great bike, but just don't like large gas tank and abundance of body work. is it possible to replace the tank with the smaller SE gas tank?
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