Adventure 1190, SMT or Adventure 990???

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  1. Christophe

    Christophe weekend warrior

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    FWIW, I started with KTM on a 690 Enduro, love it, and wanted a 2nd bike with similar feel but more power and comfort for road trips, and after some tests the 990 SMT was the perfect choice. I can't imagine taking this (or another) 200+ kg monster on the trails where my 690 goes, and I agree with my dealer that the 1190 R is not for off-road usage. I do occasionally spin the wheels of the SMT on easy dirt tracks, the suspension is great as usual with KTM, and with trail tires it may be more fun, but the 690 is at home on trails. On any given day I choose what I'll be doing and where it will take me, and then take the best bike for that adventure. On every trail ride I have been where someone with a 990 ADV came along, they cursed and wished they had a 690. To me, the 990 ADV are bikes for long trips where a compromise between road and trail is needed, and now the 1190 models are also to compete with the 1200 GS or as an fun alternative to a SUV around town.
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  2. ktm1

    ktm1 StIlL lOsT

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    I started on a 690r and just like you I'm searching for the same feel but in a larger displacement. I can only dream that they put that motor in a tard:D
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  3. Christophe

    Christophe weekend warrior

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    It has been almost 3 years now, and I still ride the 690R and the 990SMT, both for single day or multi day trips, either off-road or sport touring. I could possibly use a 990ADV or 1190ADVR to do both, but it would be a compromise, less capable and more effort off-road and less fun and sporty on road. I have friends with either of these ADV and they can follow, but it's just not the best tool for the job. For a RTW or 1+ month trip where only one bike is possible, the ADV would be my choice (and probably the 990 for its reliability), but for my usage I prefer to choose the best from two bikes.
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  4. wsmc99

    wsmc99 Been here awhile

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    Owned a 950 Adventure and currently own a SMT.
    Different birds with some overlap.
    Loved both, would still like to have an adventure, but what it comes down to is what you want to do with it and what tires you need to do it.
    I've taken the SMT on some dirt roads and it works fairly well, but your tire choices for trail rides is limited.
    On the street I've run at the front of Sunday morning rides on an Adventure with A/T's and TKC's, but it's not going to outrun the SMT on the road ever unless you need 9" of suspension travel to do it.
    You want one bike that can do it all....Adventure.
    I'm usually grinning/laughing my ass off when I ride my SMT though.
    An Adventure with some Conti's will have you grinning too and be a bit more flexible for your local I would imagine.
    Mostly road...SMT.
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