2013 990 Baja

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Chuckracer, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Denalidirt

    Denalidirt High Plains Drifter

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  2. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    Are all KTM riders whiners?
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  3. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    Most, but not all.
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  4. Scott Baja

    Scott Baja el semental negro

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    Hey Sporting Wood, sorry for veering off course, but what tires did you use in Baja? :ear
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  5. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Only the ones who feel the need to wave their keyboard dicks around implying how hard core they are :lol3
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  6. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Trail Jester

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    From http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/ktm-990-adventure-baja/

    "KTM has been committed to growing the Travel Adventure segment over the past decade starting with its 950 Adventure and leaping into the 990 Adventure generations. For 2013, the 990 Adventure Baja will push the limit of where a 1000cc twin-powered motorcycle can bring riders. This limited edition model has been built specifically for the North American market. It is a tribute to Baja, the land of the famous SCORE/Baja 1000 but also of multiple travel adventure rides and rallies.

    The new model includes white bodywork with limited edition Baja graphics and an orange powder-coated frame. It also includes Dunlop 908 RR tires, orange crash guards, LED auxiliary lights, suede-style seat, aluminum radiators guard, GPS base mount and SuperSprox aluminum steel sprocket. In addition, the Baja unit comes standard with a tank bag and rear waterproof luggage bag as well as fully adjustable front and rear WP suspension. This is truly the bike that can take you on any adventure."
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  7. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    Only the non sport-touring dreamers.
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  8. Sporting Wood

    Sporting Wood I

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    Obviously the D908 :D. How else would I know it sux? :lol3

    Bridgestone ED78 is great but doesn't last long. Honestly for durability the D908 is tops, but it doth suck in sand. I was thinking about taking a Maxxis Desert IT next time maybe. I have an SE 2.5" rear wheel...which this Baja 990 ought to have come with imho.
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  9. Johnf3

    Johnf3 Long timer

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    Funny that the 908 is the predominate tire choice for the Dakar rally, not that there is much sand there. :D

    I think what sux more is the 500 lb bike in the sand. You are asking a lot of any knobby because of that.
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  10. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    I think a truly accurate Baja 1000 "tribute" would have included an S suspension and more fuel capacity.

    The "limited edition" graphics, "suede-style" seat, and powder coat without functional features like the above threaten to turn it into a kind of KTM "Z71 Offroad" edition.

    No wonder it's only for the American market. :rolleyes
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  11. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    Bingo!

    I dig the all white and it kinda reminds me of the 6 Days Mexico graphics (which i also dig).

    And for the record, only my 606's whine...:lol3
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  12. VTwins4me

    VTwins4me Been here awhile

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    Really? That will surprise Michelin.
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  13. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    I think most of you miss the point of the limited edition bikes. They aren't suppose to appeal to men but rather to women who purchase them for their men.

    That's how I got my Dakar, it was a surprise gift from the Queen and she thought I would look good on it.

    After it's in the garage and you let a little time go by you can then send the suspension to superplush for the real deal, add the 10 gallon tank, 2-1 exhaust, etc, etc and everyone is happy.:clap


    I wonder if the Queen would think I'd look good on a white bike, :rofl
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  14. gozirra

    gozirra Spam?

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    Ok so I got to see/sit on at the LB motorcycle show (lets not discuss that pile) but some points.
    I really hope that thing was just strapped down and/or suspension compressed, it was low, really low.
    white was, well, white and the minimal stickers was ok, but it just feels like it needs more "style" than a hard to read rear sticker group.
    Bags are bags. etc
    But yeah what bothered me was how low the bike was and how little information the "ktm vendors" knew. couple easy questions about the bike *crickets* ask if they have a hard parts catalog at the show *more crickets* can we go hang out on the top of the trailer in the seats and eat some of our fries *um, no, no one goes up there*.

    no real info, well that was the whole show
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  15. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    Yeah, because it's always a good idea to have a more top-heavy, taller bike.
    Especially when you are going to ride goat trails to Cabo solo... :lol3

    Yes.

    I saw the bike there too. I asked the sales guy what made it special, he didn't know. IIRC it was a manufacturer's booth, staffed by sales staff from Bert's?

    It had a 908 front tire, for the guy that asked earlier in the thread.

    I thought the bike looked awesome, the white bodywork is cool.:dunno
    The dry bag felt thinner than my Wolfman dry bag, too.

    It is to Baja like the F650GS was to Dakar. Just sayin'. :D

    PS There were people on top of the trailer when I was there. :1drink
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  16. Doug Matson

    Doug Matson Long timer

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    I was there on Friday, they had two guys from KTM and then the rest were just salesmen from Bert's. I liked the color but then I like my silver 950 also. Cool trailer they used for the display, nice view from the top.
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  17. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    Yeah but not on the Compadre Trail I rode this weekend to Mikes Sky Ranch, I needed all the travel my lowered SE has and bottomed out more than I wanted. It's going back to full travel as soon as I can manage it.

    908's work well in the sand as long as you are on the throttle, especially above 60 lol. I think they are used because of durability not traction.
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  18. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    You must ride where gas stations abound, and the road is always smooth.

    I don't.

    I have an extra fuel tank, and I have never noticed a detrimental effect on bike handling from having it-- even in mud or sand. I have noticed it's saved my ass a time or two.

    I have also noticed my bike could benefit from the added travel of an S-spec suspension, if only just for the half-assed cattle guards & railroad crossings we have around here.
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  19. gozirra

    gozirra Spam?

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    AUUUUGGGGGGHhhhhhhhhhh :dog

    So new here and now so much hate! :lol3
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  20. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    Great to see KTM make clever marketing moves.

    This affords them the profits needed to move forward and be able to invest in development.

    1) Take a bike that is still in inventory
    2) Add updated BNG = little cost
    3) Save the rider a couple hundred by spooning on correct rubber (You are not going to find a more correct DOT tire)
    4) Throw in a few farkles....
    5) Use the suspension that appeals to the LARGEST demographic

    Done.....

    Good Job KTM...
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