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Old 07-01-2012, 02:20 AM   #20206
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I should have added a word of caution. Which ever Jap bike you lean toward, know that the law of diminshing return applies when it comes to spending additional money and expecting more performance and handling.
Like to keep my post short so will just add that you can easily approach the cost of one of these:

http://www.enduro360.com/2011/11/12/...350exc-review/



A trade-off of a less costly machine could possibly be much less tinkering and more riding time.
That aspect is important to me.
"Paramount" comes to mind.
There are always trade-off's, aren't they?

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Old 07-01-2012, 04:40 AM   #20207
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About the new 500EXC..

Hey Vic... You already knew this, but some of the other FF may not..

"KTM has raised the bar in a way that is going to have everyone else on their heels playing catch up for a while. Dual purpose has always equated to compromise. A bike is either better suited to the street or dirt, it cannot possibly be equal at both. Nevertheless, here it is in living color."
That living color appears to be ORANGE

SOURCE drawn from the link Madhouse posted. If the 690 wasn't so damned much fun, I'd need a '12 500 I think.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:13 AM   #20208
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Tony and Buzz make good points. You can run the tab up in a hurry if you try to turn a DR into a KTM.

On the other hand, for what a DR is, and for what it costs to purchase and own, it does its thing well.

Plus, not all of us are AA class rider/racers and can get by w/ lesser performing bikes just fine.

Either way, the offer stands.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:34 AM   #20209
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If the 690 wasn't so damned much fun, I'd need a '12 500 I think.

Go ahead...get it...you know you want both

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I have a DRZ400 and KTM690 up in Pace you can try out if you are interested as well. Lots of options to test and opinions here on PAR, just get something your think you will be happy and comfortable with and get to riding!

PS. Id love to take the 990 for a spin while your on my 690
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:03 AM   #20210
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Looks like I have a lot of soul searching to do.
It was great meeting people to do what use to come natural... take an enjoyable ride.
If the group I ran with today is typical, I WANT to keep riding. They were awesome company, whom I wish I'd met "on time" and gotten to chat with more as I got lost and held up the ride from the get go.

As for the soul searching... I use to take passengers up steep plowed firebreaks on a TT600 and catch air reaching the top, wheel about and fly back down. Power slides, donuts, whoops, and log hopping in stride. That progressed for 13 years. Gave up riding for 17 years due to military obligations, and in 2010 I thought I'd hop back in the saddle, instead I broke my back, wrists and mangled a new bike right out of the starting gate. Today, during my 1st ride after the bike rebuild and physical recovery, I came to a sobering, humbling, and troubling realization. I still love to ride, and still adore that machine, but I am more than a little bit afraid of it, a hair's breadth away from terrified actually.






Not sure yet exactly how to address it.
  • Trade bike for smaller touring capable DS.
  • Keep present bike and get something like an EXC-F 350 or WR250R that doesn't intimidate my psyche, until my mind and body are ready to embrace the 990 again.
Not sure which will happen, but something has to change.
dont be afraid of it whip its ass. start slow get your proper tech. back get comfortable .I was in the same boat .your 990 is a good bike ,just find a quit feild start slow and gain control . any time you want to just mess around and practice , give me a shout .
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:51 AM   #20211
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Jeff sighting

I opted to give my lawnmower a much needed ride around the yard this morning. As I was fetching mogas, saw Jeff leading half a dozen bikes through Baker on the way to Mickeys. Hope ya'll had a good ride.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:00 AM   #20212
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Go ahead...get it...you know you want both

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I have a DRZ400 and KTM690 up in Pace you can try out if you are interested as well. Lots of options to test and opinions here on PAR, just get something your think you will be happy and comfortable with and get to riding!

PS. Id love to take the 990 for a spin while your on my 690
You are welcome to ride my 990 either way. I've never seen a DRZ400 up close. Even sitting on it and leaning it to-and-fro will help me envision the possible benefits.
I'm admiting a lolt of humbling things here... after 22 years in the Marine Corps at one time I weighed 220 and had much better ability to use body english to manage forward momentum etc. Since my accident I have become a spindly 6'3" 180 lbs, combine that with my still marginal right wrist and you'll see I am starting over mentally and physically.

I really appreciate everyone's suggestions and willingness to map out a course of action.
There is a really decent area about 2 miles from my house with ample dirt, terrain variations, and obstacles to try out.
I live off of 9 mile Road close to Hillcrest Baptist Church if anyone happens to be zipping by they are welcome to stop in, we could zip over there and roost in the dirt or whatever
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:07 AM   #20213
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You are welcome to ride my 990 either way. I've never seen a DRZ400 up close. Even sitting on it and leaning it to-and-fro will help me envision the possible benefits.
I'm admiting a lolt of humbling things here... after 22 years in the Marine Corps at one time I weighed 220 and had much better ability to use body english to manage forward momentum etc. Since my accident I have become a spindly 6'3" 180 lbs, combine that with my still marginal right wrist and you'll see I am starting over mentally and physically.

I really appreciate everyone's suggestions and willingness to map out a course of action.
There is a really decent area about 2 miles from my house with ample dirt, terrain variations, and obstacles to try out.
I live off of 9 mile Road close to Hillcrest Baptist Church if anyone happens to be zipping by they are welcome to stop in, we could zip over there and roost in the dirt or whatever
I am going to squeeze in some riding this afternoon I live out in the perdido area . I will probably Just do some practice rideing ,now that I work offshore I dont get as much sea time in .
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:14 AM   #20214
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Solo Brox.

I hit up Brox this morning. It was only hot when you stopped. It was only dusty if you were behind me. There was traction if you didn't open the throttle.

I had to get something in, I had the two week itch.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:49 AM   #20215
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You are welcome to ride my 990 either way. I've never seen a DRZ400 up close. Even sitting on it and leaning it to-and-fro will help me envision the possible benefits.
I'm admiting a lolt of humbling things here... after 22 years in the Marine Corps at one time I weighed 220 and had much better ability to use body english to manage forward momentum etc. Since my accident I have become a spindly 6'3" 180 lbs, combine that with my still marginal right wrist and you'll see I am starting over mentally and physically.

I really appreciate everyone's suggestions and willingness to map out a course of action.
There is a really decent area about 2 miles from my house with ample dirt, terrain variations, and obstacles to try out.
I live off of 9 mile Road close to Hillcrest Baptist Church if anyone happens to be zipping by they are welcome to stop in, we could zip over there and roost in the dirt or whatever

The great thing about this group is you have an opportunity to ride a pretty wide variety of bikes (which you cannot do at a dealer) w/o any obligation to do anything at all. That's pretty rare in this day and age.

Good luck finding your new place in the pack. If you're free during the week, let me know sometime and I'll meet you between Evergreen and there for a ride........
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:54 PM   #20216
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Bike build overview

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793070
^Check out this thread if you want to see some of what went on inside the polyester dungeon (tent in the yard)
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:39 PM   #20217
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BTW how's that K60 working on the Tiger? Still digging it?
I got tire of riding the street with knobbies. 98-99% of my miles are on Tarmac.
For the past 1400 miles I've been using Full Bore (shinko 705 copies). The FB version has a higher speed rating & supposedly last longer.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:19 PM   #20218
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http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793070
^Check out this thread if you want to see some of what went on inside the polyester dungeon (tent in the yard)
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:23 PM   #20219
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:44 PM   #20220
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hey guys, looking for some help.

I got a chain with the press on style master link, i dont have a truck or trailer to take it to the shop nor do any local shops have a press in stock i can buy. (bunch of eskimos!)

I would like to install the chain today/this weekend...

if anyone has a chain press or knows a way i can use a different tool to do the job i would greatly appreciate if i could borrow it today (6-30-2012), or mayb tomoro. i ive in fwb

i can leave collateral / buy beer and will promptly return the tool.
please contact by phone (call or text)
much appreciated,
Adam 850-758-2885
Sorry for late reply but I was away for weekend. Post up if you still need help. I do not have punch and normally just grind down brads with side grinder then use screw driver and big hammar.. you are welcome to try or I will come by and hlep if I can...
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