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Old 09-10-2014, 01:44 PM   #1
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2005.5 950 or 2006 640 adv

I currently own a nice 2005.5 950 with 12,500 miles. I've taken it on a fishing trip and found it to be a big heavy pig with rear bags while trying to offroad it. I am considering trading it for a nice 2006 640a with 13,000 miles.

I ride/race a 2012 500exc and do like the lighter bikes. I believe the 640 will become a big heavy pig also but I think it may offroad better. I happen to have an extra rear cush drive rear wheel for the 500 that will work for the 640 on the road but how much of a pig will the 640 be on the freeway? I've had a XR650L and a KLR650. They were ok geared for the freeway but when I'd try to offraod them they would be geared to high.

Anyway opinions/ thoughts of both please before I trade and figure out the 950 really wasn't bad after all.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:01 PM   #2
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The 640 was know for bad vibrations which was fixed with the new 690 version. Also 13,000 miles is more of a big deal on a thumper that a 950. I would think your 950 is worth more than the 640.

I went from a 950 to a 690 last year and LOVE it. No regrets at all.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:41 PM   #3
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Vibes can vary, no doubt a 690 is smoother though.

Gearing wise the 640 spread sits in between the XR650L & the KLR. (check out montesa_vr's cool analysis) Suspension is obviously a lot nicer than those.

If I had both a 950 Adv & a 500EXC in the garage I'd have a go at setting the 500 up for the more challenging adv rides before swapping the 950 for anything though.

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Old 09-10-2014, 04:52 PM   #4
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Keep the 950 ,buy a used Dr 650 to relax and put some casual miles on and save the ktms for thrills.It will probably save you money in the long run!
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:24 PM   #5
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leaning towards keeping the 950

I think your right and may just put some soft bags on the 500 for small adv/fishing trips and put a nice Billy Mayer seat on the big one.
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:25 PM   #6
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I had a 640 adv on a 08 plate and found it very good off road but very vibie and not really suited to the main roads.

I sold it and bought a 950 adv S. I find the 950 great on the road as I'm sure you know and off road it still hold its own. I use to ktm soft bags when travelling to keep it a bit lighter.

For touring I think you will regret changing as the benefit off road will be lost when loaded.

A few friends have bought 690 enduros and converted them to adv spec and I have to say it's the way to go. Purely for fuel economy over the 950 adv s.
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