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Old 03-19-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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Seat space 950 vs 640 adventure

For anyone who has rode or owned both bikes. How is the seat space on the 640 compared to the 950. I've sat on the 950 with my gf and felt alright. I'm curious about the 640 though. Thanks
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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I have owned both. Are you asking about riding 2 up? If you are, there was NO WAY I would have rode 2 up on the 640. It can be done but not comfortably IMO.

The 640 seat was junk just like most KTM seats. If memory serves me correct the 640 seat is a lot skinnier than the 990 seat. think dirt bike seat on a 640.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:22 PM   #3
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What about with some modification or an aftermarket gel seat?
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:37 PM   #4
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I tried a gel seat, didn't notice any difference. I had foam added to the stock seat, I tried a few other options. Never did the Renzaco seat though.

Remember its a single, on the freeway that piston just pounds the crap out of you. I have done 200 (asphalt)mile days on it but it was not fun. I stopped about every 50 to 60 miles for a break. The 640 is a dirt bike with a big tank that's it.

What is your planned use for either of these two bikes.??
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:32 AM   #5
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I've had both. The 640's seat is way more slimmer than the 950's. Never rode the 640 2up, and while I guess it's doable, the 950 is sure way more comfortable. The only place where the 640's seat was better was 1up offroad. Also, doing long streches of pavement with the 640 is a PITA (literally) But if you're a tough kind of man (and so is your missus), you can surely go around the world with it. Actually if I was up to an RTW, I'd take the 640 over the 950 - it's easier to service, is more realiable, gets better mpg, lighter, slimmer, etc..
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:32 AM   #6
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The 640 seat is way more comfy than the 950 but its quite a bit shorter length wise which will be the 2up problem. Depends how much you like each other though...
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:33 AM   #7
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I've got a 640 SM which has the same seat as the Adventure I think, same rear mudguard and side panels as well not the later 640SM
I've also got an early 950 that came with the original seat but I've fitted the later seat as it's much more comfy.

640 2 up is a bit of a tight fit, you need to be quite familiar with each other
950 2 up is fine, no problem at all, my wife is a bit over weight but not huge, I'm 6'3" and medium build (UK)

Power wise, the 640 can handle it and the few lady's that have been on the back have commented on the vibrations, tie that in with the close seating and you may have be getting lucky

I've done 600+ miles in a day on my 640, 1 up, from the middle of France to the north of England from 9am to 4am the next morning, I needed to get home otherwise I wouldn't have done it. Steady 70 - 80 mph up motorways.
We did a total of 3000 miles on that holiday and most were on back roads and the 640 loved that bit of it.

The 950 is however far better on the motorway and 2 up, it's as happy on the back roads 2 up as well, not as nimble as the SM though but far more relaxed.

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Old 03-20-2014, 06:01 AM   #8
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I have done 2up on both a lot. Both with aftermarket seats( Renanzzco).
Bit less length with the 640 but it's fine. The present lady says she loves the 9 fiddys seat!

Family's ride 3-5up on scooters in Asia.
So it's all up to you and what your comfort zone is.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:38 AM   #9
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Thanks all for the replies. My plan is a trip around the USA for a few month's during the summer, sounds like a lot, but the goal is to do only around 200 miles a day with rest stops and no rush. I would prefer the 950 but because of a tight budget and a really good deal on a 640 I found im trying to convince my self it's possible to take the 640.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:54 AM   #10
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Certainly possible, and plenty of people have done lots of miles 2 up on the 640, just get over into the LC4 section on this site, you'll get plenty of advise there.
Trouble is that not knowing you and what your used to it's hard to recommend either.
The 950/990 is always going to be more relaxed over distance but the 640 can also do it, it's whether you can.
Are you coming from an enduro/off road background?
Or a road background?
Is your GF used to traveling distance on a bike?
If you've got cost constraints then the better MPG of the 640 will help as well.
My 950 gets 45 - 52 MPG, my 640 gets 60 - 70+ on a trip.
Like people say, Save on the bike and spend it on the trip.

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Old 03-20-2014, 09:01 AM   #11
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Thanks Steve. I think both my gf and I are up for it. Didn't know the 640 gets that good mpg
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:24 AM   #12
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You are going to be miserable. Just my opinion
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