2012 vs 2013

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Strykermike, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Strykermike

    Strykermike Adventurer

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    So I have been bitten by the adventure bug pretty bad. I haven't owned a bike in about 30 years. I am seriously considering the 990. I have noticed a few left over new 2012 models.
    My question is. What are the major differences between a 2012 model and the 2013 Baja edition? Is it just the paint and storage bags, or is there more to it? Any advice here wil be greatly appreciated.
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  2. armourbl

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  3. SCflyer

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    I think the only difference between the two is Baja doesn't have ABS on it but you get additions like D908 Offroad tires, aux lights, tail bag and a few other things. Suspension is the same since they're both "standard" vs the R version which doesn't have ABS and has longer suspension travel.


    All u need to know...http://www.ktm.com/us/travel/990-adventure-baja/highlights.html#.Uq3s8a2A05s
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  4. Kingrider

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    Another gets bitten. That's great. This type of riding beats anything else I've done. Just a word of caution, you are buying the pinnacle of bikes in this genre. It is capable of doing single track in 1st gear and something in excess of 100 mph in the open. Respect the bike and you will have a ball.
    Enjoy the the ride.

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  5. armourbl

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    My only wish would have been the longer suspension on the Baja Edition. Doesn't make any sense to me that they didn't do that for bike with that name on it. I'll have to look into suspension upgrade eventually I suppose. I do all my own work on my CRF450R, including suspension tuning, but I've never torn into the WP stuff.

    ben
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  6. Strykermike

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    I am aware of the performance potential. That is probably what kept me from buying a crotch rocket when I was younger. Was afraid I would kill myself. (bad impulse control) But now that I am older I think I can keep most of my stupid urges in check. My wife claims I already drive slow like an old fart.:D
    Thanks for the responses.
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  7. desert sky

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    If you do not have a desire to ride the Adventure in the dirt, there are better bikes to rule the road out there. ds
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  8. Strykermike

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    Probably nothing to technical. Forest access roads, fire roads, logging roads and some back woods camping are definitely in the future.
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  9. desert sky

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    I took the Baja off road as soon as I got it. Since it was what was there when my money was, it was what I got. Bonus for me was the lack of ABS and soon to be electronic suspension and traction controls. The off road time made understanding throttle and brake control and balance points of the bike easy. I am one with it now. By the way, riding the big horse off road made my skills on my 450exc improve nicely. ds
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  10. steveWFL

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    there's another reason I need to buy yet another bike :lol3
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