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.