Beefeater Steve is seeing red, and maybe a little orange.

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Beefeater Steve, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. GZERO

    GZERO Fixing stuff around

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    Being a KTM and BMW mechanic i'll give you my 2 cents:

    I love your review, is dead on.

    The BMW is a bike made for everyone to drive. You don't have to worry if the front end has the weigh on the tire, or if the rear and has the weight, she is made so that the front is quite loaded (this is why she is planted).
    She is also the same bike when she came out many years ago, but every new year was revised and fixed, so that made it a great bike. Altough sometimes it pisses me off the "problems" bmw has had with it, for instance, i can't believe they still have problems with stuff like the fuel pump relay or the ring antena. So are you paying more for what? is not because of quality.
    The BMW is the best passenger hauler between the KTM and her, no questions about that.

    The KTM, it's amazing the things this "Big dirt bike" can do, and in the first generation. One thing i do love about the "problems" with the KTM is that you see them one or two years then they are gone, and that says something about quality.
    The other thing is that, how can a F%&*ing dirt bike with dirt tires can go that fast around a bend? and the BMW can't leave it behind? come on!
    To me is priceless.

    The thing, apart from the fun factor, that makes me own a KTM over a BMW is the very thing all the BMW owners love about their bikes..... The final drive, well, the system i mean, because my problem is with the drive shaft. My type of driving doesn't let me have a BMW because i would be changing driveshaft at least three times a year, and at 900 bucks a piece it makes me realized that my 300$ chain kit that last at least 20.000 Miles full of wheelies and agresive riding is well worth it.

    BTW: had a lot of fun reading your review. Great writing.

    :freaky
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  2. brents347

    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    That was funny! You think like I do. I was laughing outloud hard enough that my wife had to see what was so funny. She was not as amused as I was.... :lol3
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  3. rattis

    rattis Long timer

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    Good luck with the baby and have fun wiz your new bike, whatever make.
    And sorry 'bout the rant :lol3
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  4. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Love the way us KTM owners are so passionate. You should see the claws come out between crushers about a simple tire or fender disagreement... Hahaha.

    It's gotten pretty hard in here over the years.

    But the KTM is definitely the way to go. That way you can try to keep up with Cole at Motum, or learn a thing or five about the bike.
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  5. Deviant666

    Deviant666 Been here awhile

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    How can you even throw a leg over the GSA with the 990 nearby is beyond me. The only thing I miss from the GSA is the fuel range. I had a 2006 and at 20k km thats 12k miles it gave up the ghost because I rode it so hard it couldn't handle it. A valve hit one of the pistons right on the head and went through. Some technician told me he found it in my exhaust! Luckily I had 10 days left before the end of BMW warranty and I got covered in full. However, after 2-3 k miles the final drive started acting up I fixed the damn thing and trade it in with my 2009 then new 990...NEVER LOOKED BACK...guys that (want to) know how to ride would never pick the BMW over the KTM, even on tarmac the KTM feels so lighter that's offensive...FYI I had also a 2005 1200gs before the GSA and wasn't happy either with the built quality. For example panniers would fly if you hit a pothole hard enough...changed about three of them under warranty. Simply unacceptable for a bike that costs 13000€ + new ....
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  6. Beefeater Steve

    Beefeater Steve Banned

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    Thanks! I meant to keep it light so there were no hard feelings. I love both bikes, truly.



    Haha. This is the reason I don't let my wife read much of what I write (or it may be the other way around--that she doesn't want to read it).




    I don't think Cole knows I've been lurking in Orange Crush Country. I emailed him a few days ago asking his thoughts on the 990 and his reviews were. . . (surprise) glowing, to say the least.

    My next article for MOTUM is due soon, but I don't think this review will make it into the magazine--Apple has decency standards.
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  7. Beefeater Steve

    Beefeater Steve Banned

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    OK, so. . .

    The dealer in CA accepted my offer. $12,750 shipped to my door. This is the same price I was going to pay for a new one at the local dealer, but this is the DAKAR version with a ton of goodies--and only 700 miles.

    As I type, my wife is in the early stages of labor and we'll probably head to the hospital tonight. I told the dealer that I might go radio silent over the next day or two, but I'd call him soon and give him a deposit over the phone.

    This doesn't mean that I'm keeping the 990 Dakar for good--it simply means I like the bike enough to buy it, but won't make a final decision until I can ride that 990 EFI on a dry day--really skin that smoke wagon.


    -SKD-
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  8. Hemskesven

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    Good luck with the new baby and the new bike, this was a real funny thread to read. Your review made my day :)
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  9. Beefeater Steve

    Beefeater Steve Banned

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    Thanks!

    My wife's contractions died down last night, so nothing happened. Too bad, since I went to bed wearing my clothes.

    I'm getting pretty anxious about it, even though this isn't my first rodeo.

    Even though this isn't a thread about my baby, I'll still keep you gents updated since you've been along for the ride this far.
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  10. bikepsych

    bikepsych Been here awhile

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    Steve,
    Enjoy both babies! ;-)

    And don't forget about the mantra "When momma's happy everyone's happy." So keep Momma happy.

    BG
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  11. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey 99% bullshitter...the other 1% is just lies

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    Good luck Steve, and early "Congrats!" on both new arrivals. The blue Dakar is a dead sexy bike, and I came reallllllly close to pulling the trigger on a left-over model at my local dealer.

    I'm never letting you near my bikes though. Ever. If you'd lick the exhaust of the KTM, I shudder at the thought of what you might do to my Ducati! :lol3 :whip

    -SM
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  12. Beefeater Steve

    Beefeater Steve Banned

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    OMG! Ducati!

    The Italian bikes are like the prom queen (for me): As much as I want to drive the pig-skinned bus to tuna town, I realize they're simply too much, too fast, and too high maintenance for me. :cry




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  13. brents347

    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    I've always been a fan of "skin that smoke wagon", but "drive the pig-skin bus to tuna town" is a new one for me! Very good.
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  14. corndog67

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    That's a myth. I had mine for 5+ years, valves never changed, just did oil changes and that was it. My KTM seems to require as much maintenance as the Ducati did.
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  15. Beefeater Steve

    Beefeater Steve Banned

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    That's what I thought about the prom queen until I had to get a restraining order and a penicillin shot.
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  16. rattis

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    I live in Sweden and I am in Sweden rightnow, the 990 is in California which is located in the USA a good 12 hrs flying time from Sweden. :D
    Any way the GSA has 25 k miles and NO issuses.
    HAving both is like having a nice hausfrau and a freundin( housewife and girlfriend.
    One for every mood:clap:clap
    I have to confess that I've had a quarter dozen Harleys:wink:
    The last one was turbocharged though:huh

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