All in with the orange crush!

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by NHKTM990, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    Hey all, I just popped on a 2012 KTM 990 Adventure R! Here's my story:
    Been a motorcyclist for all of my adult life, in fact my first vehicle purchased was a Kawi 750. I've always had jap bikes and most were fun but nothing fancy. My last bike, that I will part with Saturday was a Suzuki DR650. That bike, to date has been the most fun ride I have ever had. It goes absolutely everywhere, is light, easy to wrench and loves the dirt. I wanted to upgrade to a bigger bike but not lose dirt capability as I live in the beautiful white mountains of NH.
    I had my sites set on a yamaha Super Tenere. Demo-ed one at bike week, read all the forums, and yamaha has a good rep. for quality. All set to move on one and for price comparison, I checked a dealership that also sells KTM's. I noticed they had a leftover KTM 990 ADVr and talked to the owner at Ken's Yamaha in Norway Me. He was easy to deal with, and seemed honest and fair (my only two requirments of any dealer). I told him I was pretty set on the Super T but I would take a look as I was now curious. I certainly knew about KTM's, had seen plenty of Tough One footage on the net, but never had a euro bike. So I headed over to his shop for a look.
    I walked in with my wife and daughter, who both are at best lukewarm on things that go vrooom, and scanned the small showroom. Yammies were all on the left, Orange Crush on the right. At first all I could see was a line of orange fendered dirt bikes and wondered where the 990 was. Then, there, at the end of the line was the Adventure R.
    Without exaggerating, I stopped in my tracks, gasped and chocked out a "there it is", to my wife. I was in one word, stunned. Later that night, my wife said she could tell as soon as I saw the ADVr that it was "the one." I staggered towards it, probably tripping over my own feet and just starred. It was SO BIG, so sexy, so prupose built. It was like when you meet a pro athelete among us mere mortals. On TV they are playing against other giants like themselves, but when you meet one in person your like, "WTF look at the size of that guy!". Everything about the KTM said, strength, agility, confidence, and of course adventure.
    I consider myself a pretty good horse trader. Ken came out and greeted me, and I really dont remember what I said other than, "I'll take it". Before I saw it, I was wondering about seat height, design features, wind protection, etc. Once I saw it I was like, "who gives a shit about comfort, I WANT TO BE THAT GUY ON THE KTM!". Ken even had to remind me that I came over for a test ride! I did take it out for a spin, which only confirmed even more that I had to have it once the LC8 rumbled to life. I was immediately transformed from a dirt biker to an adventure touring Pari-Dakar racing Indiana Jones Tomb Raiding swashbuckler !
    I did, at my wife's urging, take one last look at the Super T over in the Yamaha section. She suggested I take another test ride on it for an immediate comparison. While standing in front of the bike, I glanced over at the KTM which now was resting proudly on it's kickstand outside in the parking lot. It was as if the KTM, like a teammate after you make varsity, was saying, "Buddy, why are you indoors, you want to be outside with the team playing in the mud, getting dirty, bruised and beat up, and having the time of your life!" And I knew right then that it would be the KTM 990 Adventure R, and yes, I did want to play outside.
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  2. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    :clap welcome aboard I just purchased my second KTM Adventure, because I thought I could live without one and sold the first one, can't wait to go pick up the second one , you wont regret your decision

    And thanks for the morning read
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  3. COXR650L

    COXR650L Long timer

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    Great read:lol3 and congrats. So lets see some pictures!!!


    I too am a new 950 owner (finally:norton). I have always wanted a big bike capable of comfortable loaded up touring that can still be ridden like a dirt bike and it seems the KTM works pretty well. An inmate on here gave me a great deal on his 04. It was high millage (68K:eek1) and he said it used some oil. Well it turns out the balancer shaft seal was completely ripped in half so an easy fix and the neutral switch was only finger tight and leaking oil. So far I am really happy with the bike and I was going to do a top end this winter, but it runs great so I may just see how far it will go:lol3

    Some pictures from a recent ride in Buena Vista, CO scouting for the Westfest ADVrider rally this summer:

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  4. crushing

    crushing Adventurer

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    Enjoy your adventures in the future!
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  5. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle Maniac

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    You made the right decision if you enjoyed the DR650 so much . . . The ST would feel like a Goldwing compared to it. KTM's have the biggest fun factor in the market and will go anywhere the DR went . . . Only, much faster!
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  6. Dualsport Crazy

    Dualsport Crazy Been here awhile

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    Hey NHKTM990 !!!

    Welcome aboard :clap
    I'm sure you made the right choice & would'nt regret this decision the least bit :D

    I have owned many bikes in the past, but this baby makes me TICK & can't stop smiling everytime I go for a ride till today.

    Enjoy your ride....:freaky
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  7. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    All it took was a test ride on a 990 Adv to move it to the top of my list of the next bike I want to own. It took me two years to get around to purchasing it, but I've had it for three years now and quite enjoy it. I doubt I would enjoy the Yamaha as much.

    I'm curious, though. You used the word "agility" to describe the bike. It makes me wonder what else you've been riding.

    Anyway, welcome to team orange.
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  8. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    Recently, Ive been riding a DR650, modded out for dirt 70/30. I also have seat time on a triumph tiger, and a host of other road bikes. The KTM felt more like the DR than the Tiger does. It is flicky and light (relatively).
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  9. KTMbageera

    KTMbageera Adventurer

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    AS I read your description of "love at first sight" I felt almost misty eyed like women do sometimes at a wedding, remembering their own. Drifting down memory lane, yikes.

    Lots of us can remember that "first" real glance, first handlebar caress, first pause of possibility meeting reality with money in pocket. First touch on the e-button and ensuing twin piston machine rumbling to life. How it feels to sit on top of this "Purpose built" dirt bike Ferrari, aim it in the right direction and pull the trigger.

    In the scope of world experience we are but a scarce few who have the privilege of time, money, and opportunity to ride/fly such amazing motorcycles. I can watch F1 racing on TV and marvel at the cars and the men who race them. Then I can push my 990R out of the stable and bring it to life. The neighbours, people down the street, and far down the dirt tracks look at us the same way. Praise God for our freedoms and may we be gracious and generous in all that we do.

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  10. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Ooops. You drank the Kool-aid. Pretty soon you'll have this bizarre attraction to KTM orange things. It usually starts with the baseball caps.

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    Pretty soon you'll be looking for orange cell phone accessories.

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    After that, you start seeking out orange clothing.

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    And the obsession culminates with buying orange things that you don't know what to do with that you didn't really need but that you bought because they're orange.

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    The 12-step program starts not long after this point, but the good thing is that you can ride the bike to the meetings.
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  11. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    Excellent post, and humility (which my wife will tell you I don't have that gene), is a good place to start any journey. I really feel privileged to be in a position in my life to be able to own a bike that, heretofore, was a only a dream. And yes, the disease is speading already, I had an orange for breakfast!
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  12. minerbill

    minerbill Emits Methane

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    Similar story. I went to test ride a used GS, but this girl kept winking at me from across the room. Knew before I was out of the dealers lot that it was the one!

    Ran a 350 mile break-in loop yesterday, love it even more. :clap

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  13. mjskier

    mjskier Been here awhile

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  14. 2d2rick

    2d2rick Adventurer

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    I did it backwards. I had tons of t-shirts that were orange, a couple of sweatshirts and a hat. Started out as leftover gear from working for an excavation company, then turned into a habit of buying orange just to get a negative comment from wife. I was open to other bikes when I finally decided start seriously looking. F800GS and Tenere were on the list. I told myself I was going to look at all of them and test ride each bike. Found a 2012 990 on CL, saw it in the garage and new it was mine. So happy after I bought I took it out on Day 2, rode a 100 plus miles on pavement to my family's cabin, took a short break and then went out and promptly crashed it in the mud. It's been on a boat for over a month now though as I have moved to GE. It should be here in 3-4 weeks but not soon enough.[​IMG]
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  15. loph917

    loph917 Beard Bros Racing

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    i swore i'd never buy a ktm...
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    now i'm starting to turn into a collector...
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  16. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate

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    Sam here, after wrecking my KLR I started looking at 640 Adventures to replace it. Then I found my higher mileage 950 Adventure in the same price range and fell in love. After owning it for a month now my only regret is that its black and silver, so every chance I get I buy little orange things to put on it. Next up will probably be a CJ Designs clutch cover as I'm wanting to tear into the clutch anyway.

    My wife is wanting a street bike and is convinced she wants a cruiser, I'm trying my damndest to get her onto some sort of KTM. I think the 690 Duke is the best hope I have. Worse case though the small dirt bikes will become orange branded.
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  17. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Hey DutchVDub, About 8 weeks ago a European owner of same year and color bike added the "Meoni" racing orange accent to his. It's quite stunning and worth looking into. I think he posted in the "show off your 950/990" thread. You've got a great bike and great color combo, let it grow on you!!!
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  18. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate

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    You talking about this one?
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  19. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    I would gladly swap my orange bodywork for your silver if we were located a bit closer. I've never been a big fan of orange bikes.

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  20. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate

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    :deal but I'll need your fuel injection too as I'm fairly certain the tanks aren't interchangeable. :D
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