2005 950 vs 2012 990

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by turbojet, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. turbojet

    turbojet Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    55
    I'm jonesing to get my first KTM 990 before the 1190's come out and have been looking at 2012 990's which are around $14000 out the door. I've found a used 2005 950 with less than 7000 miles and (for what it is worth Jesse luggage and heated gips) for about $8500. I know the 9xx series has been upgraded every year so I'm leaning towards the new bikes but I've perused the various threads about this and people do seem to like the '05 950's. What does the team think/recommend? As usual money is an object but I could afford a new bike if I sell one of my other rides. Thanks:ear
    #1
  2. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,778
    Location:
    Stingray bay CA.
    Where are you? That seems a little high for a 05 950, there is a 05.5 950S with 38k miles for $5200 in SoCal. I have seen several 950's in the past year or two in the $5000 to $6000 range.
    #2
  3. DeepInIt

    DeepInIt Long timer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,370
    Location:
    Cordoba, Argentina
    That does seem high but if it only has 7k on it and if all typical "issues" have been addressed already...

    An '05 would be a good choice if your main objective is to go off road and get dirty and fall over. If you will be on the road a lot, get the '12.
    #3
  4. turbojet

    turbojet Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    55
    Yes I am wanting to eat up on road miles. I find the 800GS less than satisfactory for this compared to my 1100GS so I'm hoping to split the difference. And I want to be able to do long stretches off road as well. My 1100GS was great on the tarmac but not so great off road though I took it across the entire state of Idaho on fire roads and jeep trails one Summer.
    I tend to cruise on the highway at 75-85. Plus I want to have FUN! Thanks for all the replies so far:freaky
    #4
  5. Capt.saveaho

    Capt.saveaho Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Oddometer:
    341
    Location:
    novato, CA
    990, I was where you are about 6 months ago. My consensus was that people wanted way too much for their used bike that I went and got a new one. Get an R!!!! I didn't and luckily I found a guy who wants to swap suspension. There's my 2 cents
    #5
  6. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2005
    Oddometer:
    6,276
    Location:
    Cranial Perfection

    05 or 05.5 ?

    There are significant differences.
    #6
  7. russt

    russt Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    56
    Location:
    Quartz Hill, CA

    I am looking at the same purchase in the next few months as well. What are the typical issues that have to be addressed with the 950?
    #7
  8. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2007
    Oddometer:
    446
    Location:
    San Jose, Ca
    4 main issues:

    1. Water pump leak - can be upgraded with $100 water pump kit
    2. Clutch slave leak - can be upgraded with bolt on aftermarket replacement.
    3. Fuel pump fail due to points burning away - easy fix with aftermarket Dr. Bean kit
    4. Side stand relocator - aftermarket plate to move side stand mount from being attached directly to crankcase - a must, but easy bolt on fix.

    Most of these are fairly easy fixes and don't cost huge amounts of money.

    Check here for more details:

    http://ktm950.info/

    Other things but not really issues:

    1.Extra fuel tank - might want to add external rear fuel tank for more range - remove one muffler and replace with 2 into 1 pipe and fuel tank (ADVtank) - go from 150miles to about 200+ mile range. Or get Safari tank
    2. Better seat - Renazzco, Airhawk pad, XTC, Touratech gel seat, Corbin,Seat Concepts - lots of options
    3. better wind screen - I use KTM touring screen, but there are other options

    MZ
    #8
  9. KTMADV

    KTMADV Hammer Down

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    182
    Location:
    Willows Ca
    Get the 950 adventures much cheaper.
    #9
  10. kdscoates

    kdscoates Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,506
    Location:
    Dahlonega,Ga

    You must have a secret for sale paper any of the 950's under 6000 have oil leaks or are beat to hell comestically!
    I would say 7000 to 8000 is the value on the bikes and yes people are high on these used 950's
    because the truth is they do not want to sell them! Buy a 06 950 and ride ride ride!!!!
    :freaky
    #10