2012 990r

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by kkm, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. kkm

    kkm Adventurer

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    Looking at a new 2012 990R $12,764. OTD. Is this a great deal or should I just go to the 2013 Baja. Bike will be used as intended. 80% dirt 20% street. Nevada and Utah back country for the most part. What needs to be fixed or changed on the 990R model.
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  2. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    I would look at it the other way: What would it take to get the Baja up to the 990R spec?

    The Baja is a non-R version with a bunch of trinkets added on.... Trinkets which KTM chooses for you. That would bother me. Part of getting a bike is customizing and setting things up the way you want. If you want KTM to decide your aftermarket bits for you, you don't care about the suspension and/or want a short seat height, and you prefer fugly graphics then the Baja is for you!:evil

    The R version has superior suspension, the graphics actually look good, and you get to choose your own add-ons.:deal
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  3. BigNastybrp

    BigNastybrp Big Nasty

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    that's a very good deal I got my 990r for 13200+set up and tax.

    both bikes need the suspension set up for your weight. the black one is faster:lol3
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  4. MY ADV

    MY ADV "ZERO.. POINT.. ZERO"

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    Buy the R and put the Baja seat on it. That what I did and I now have the best of both worlds. The R has better and quicker mapping and of course, the taller and more aggressive suspension. Ask for factory rebates, I received about 10% off.
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  5. kkm

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    At the price for the 2013 Baja there is a lot of money to be saved. The dealer is trying to talk me into adding mufflers , remap , bags ect. The extras at -15%. Fair enough. Is the mufflers & remap a big plus on making it run better? The tires look more like street tires so they will need to be changed. What else needs to be changed. Another question will this thing run a heated jacket.
    Kevin
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  6. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    There are a few threads running right now with similar questions "new bike, what to do first" theme. Take a little time here in oc and you'll have many answers- side stand relocation, bash plate, bar risers, bars, etc etc.

    Yes, plenty of power for heated jacket.
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  7. Pete640

    Pete640 Long timer

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    Yeah.... I always decide on which bike I'll buy based on weather they will run a heated jacket!!! WTF:huh
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  8. kkm

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    Hi Pete640, I believe this was just an honest question. Can the 990 run a heated jacket. I have spent many miles touring and this can be a life saver when it is balls ass cold. I am not worried about it when I am in the dirt just on the hwy getting there.
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  9. The Griz

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    It can. My understanding is that the electrical system on the 990 can handle it. However, the power plug on the dash is a cigarette style plug, so you'll need an adapter for that. Or, you could wire a plug for your heated vest and have it come out at the front of the seat, where the seat meets the 'glove box'.
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  10. kkm

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    No big deal. I would just wire in another proper plug for the Gerbing jacket with its own fuse just like the BMW plugs. Heated grips and a jacket are very nice in the winter here in Nevada.
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  11. smitty141

    smitty141 Been here awhile

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    I bought my 2012 standard for $11,804 OTD at Bentleys, just outside of Pittsburg, PA.

    They had a 2012 "R" model (SAME PRICE) left a few weeks ago... I live in Missouri, but I thought it was well worth the $300. bucks and a hard days drive to get it..

    Smitty:freaky
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