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Old 07-09-2011, 11:16 AM   #11956
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:58 AM   #11957
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First time out testing the new bike.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:32 AM   #11958
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Finally got it set it up how I like it and took this photo for the advert to sell it.



why ??
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:23 AM   #11959
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why ??
An opportunity has opened up for me in a different part of the world, so I am upping, leaving and taking the family with me.

First port of call when I get there - the KTM dealer for a new 990.

But even though I know a new one is in the future, and it will be a newer model, and I'll grow to like it as much as this one, I still will be very sad to see this go.



However, I'll take the lessons I've learned with me and set the new one up right straight from the showroom!

First off, buy the R not the standard!

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Old 07-10-2011, 08:27 AM   #11960
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First off, buy the R not the standard!

Nah. Buy the Dakar then send the suspension out to Superplush or the like.
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:28 AM   #11961
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Nah. Buy the Dakar then send the suspension out to Superplush or the like.
What are the advantages, aside from if you like the paint job?

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Old 07-10-2011, 08:41 AM   #11962
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What are the advantages, aside from if you like the paint job?
R motor, ABS and the tank guards. Plus, the seat is actually comfortable for a KTM

It's not as tall as the R either but if you want the height, sending the suspension out gets you that plus valve and tune for your riding style.
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:53 AM   #11963
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R motor, ABS and the tank guards. Plus, the seat is actually comfortable for a KTM

It's not as tall as the R either but if you want the height, sending the suspension out gets you that plus valve and tune for your riding style.
But I want to opt out on the ABS.



The R is better suited for me in terms of suspension travel, although I'll likely be having some work done on the forks anyway - stiffer springs and a revalve if my current bike is anything to judge by.

The only extra that I'd get from the Dakar is the engine bars, which I will be willing to spend the cash on anyway, so I don't think it is the model for me.

Plus I like black bikes!

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Old 07-10-2011, 08:58 AM   #11964
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An opportunity has opened up for me in a different part of the world
Must have missed that, where are you heading?

And, yeah, I'd definitely take the R over the Dakar, although both are very nice (in much the same way I'd take the S over the regular 950 in hindsight).
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:03 AM   #11965
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But I want to opt out on the ABS.
It does complicate things and I can see why you wouldn't want it--I'm probably going to install a switch to disable the ABS rather than push the button all the time.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:06 AM   #11966
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Must have missed that, where are you heading?
I've been offered gainful employment in LA, doing the visa application thing now, expecting to move in January of next year.

And I am very much looking forward to the riding opportunities after living my whole life in small countries!



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And, yeah, I'd definitely take the R over the Dakar, although both are very nice (in much the same way I'd take the S over the regular 950 in hindsight).
It is my hindsight and borrowing an R for 70km or so a little while back that has made my mind up too.

Everything the standard can do and a little bit more!

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It does complicate things and I can see why you wouldn't want it--I'm probably going to install a switch to disable the ABS rather than push the button all the time.
I considered that, especially if I am going to be street riding on knobbies, but in the end the R still works out the better bike for what I intend to do with it.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:12 AM   #11967
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Sweet, hopefully we can meet up. You'll definitely want to do some cross-country riding when you get here , and I get drawn out west every so often (can't stay away for too long). Good luck with the move. Shoot me a PM if you think I can help with anything (I'm coming to the end of my 6 years on an H1B).
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:30 AM   #11968
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Sweet, hopefully we can meet up. You'll definitely want to do some cross-country riding when you get here , and I get drawn out west every so often (can't stay away for too long). Good luck with the move. Shoot me a PM if you think I can help with anything (I'm coming to the end of my 6 years on an H1B).
Do you ride yours into town-DC? I often do and find it the best to get around town.

you live in DC? I am NE of Frederick area.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:58 AM   #11969
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Sweet, hopefully we can meet up. You'll definitely want to do some cross-country riding when you get here , and I get drawn out west every so often (can't stay away for too long). Good luck with the move. Shoot me a PM if you think I can help with anything (I'm coming to the end of my 6 years on an H1B).
I'm looking forward to it! And yes, I definitely will!



And thanks for the offer, but currently I am exploiting Rallybug as he is one step ahead of me in the process!
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:47 PM   #11970
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I considered that, especially if I am going to be street riding on knobbies, but in the end the R still works out the better bike for what I intend to do with it.
Which is exactly how it should be. Just be careful of rain grooves in the pavement
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