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Old 08-19-2014, 10:54 PM   #1
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10 years with my 950

This Friday I will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the purchase of my KTM 950 Adventure with my good buddy Dave McKay of Griptwister tours. We'll be at the Altrider Ride the Hoh weekend.

I first became interested in owning a 950cc V twin dual-sport back in 2002. At the time I was 18 and had just scrapped together enough cash to buy a used KTM LC4. I had spent the last 13 years riding dirt bikes and a dual sport was a good choice for moving towards some street riding.

By 2004 I had taken some time to step back and look at my life. I was 20 years old, I had a wonderful girlfriend, and a good job. I also realized the one's card could be drawn at anytime. Now I've always been one to plan for tomorrow but I find it's equally important to live for today.

In mid August I stepped into my local motorcycle dealer to find a beautiful black KTM 950 Adventure for sale. Some people on this forum say that motorcycles are just "toys" and should only be purchased outright with cash. Well for me that was not an option I was willing to except so I put the LC4 up for sale and headed down to my credit union.

I've now spent 33% of my life owning this machine and we have both been through a lot. I've high sided it on pavement shattering my collar bone and dislocating my shoulder. I've been through Baja several time on it. I've swapped my motor out for an '07 SE from my other good buddy Dan950SER. Yet every time I ride this bike it make me giggle. This bike feels just as cutting edge and relevant as it did back when Meoni was kick ass on one at Dakar.

I don't see myself sell my 950 or parting it out anytime soon. I feel it will become a piece of garage art if I become too old to ride it anymore. So here is to the next 10 years!!


Has anyone else on here owned their 950 for longer then 10 years?

This bike also seems to attract the more mature crowd. Did anyone purchase there bike before they turned 21?
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:47 AM   #2
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Yes I'm coming upto 10 years too !
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:28 AM   #3
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I have a 10 year old one, does that count?

I've had a bunch of motorcycles but there is something about the KTM.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:56 AM   #4
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Only 9 yrs on mine, an 04 bought new in 05. BTW they can bury me with it. You're ahead of your time owning one at that young age!!
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:11 AM   #5
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Been on the same ride . Classic looks, it never fails to turn heads.
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:57 AM   #6
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What's the eng #s?

I have 1072. I'm interested in finding the earliest running 950s
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:39 AM   #7
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I have a 950 and an S 950 both with me for 10 yrs
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:47 AM   #8
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What's the eng #s?

I have 1072. I'm interested in finding the earliest running 950s
You'd have to ask Crazybrit for the engine #. He has me original motor in his bike now.

It's refreshing to see so many people hold onto their 950 year after year. These bike are just plain good for the soul.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:24 AM   #9
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congratulations man! this is real love. i like what you think about the bike when you be older for ride it....

I will do the same...., sure!
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:45 AM   #10
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Great stuff mate.

Only coming up to 5 years so far on my 05 950, but..... can't really see it going in the next 5 years atm.

Best bike for MY needs atm.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:36 AM   #11
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Owned my 990 for 3 years dosent sound like much but its still twice as long as any other bike.

Ill see you this weekend. Mines all orange with safari tanks
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:28 AM   #12
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It's an awesome bike and thanks for letting me ride it so I could get the disease as well. Bummed I won't be there this weekend with the Griptwister crew. It's going to be even better with those SE wheels mounted up buddy. Here's to another 10 years. I'm never selling my 990 that's for damn sure.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:57 AM   #13
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You'd have to ask Crazybrit for the engine #. He has me original motor in his bike now.
Will find out tomorrow, gonna ride it with him, debugging a vibe problema.

In 2 months it's ten years with mine. May be the best/most fun all around good haul-ass bike I've ever owned. Rode a new 1190, yeah, they are faster, etc.

But we rode the 950 into the mountains again just yesterday, it is still a thrill ride every tank of gas!
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:34 AM   #14
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A mere 8.5 years here, can't see it ever leaving the fleet.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:20 PM   #15
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