Dear KTM,

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Altego, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Altego

    Altego Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Oddometer:
    136
    Location:
    Boise
    Dear KTM,
    What are you doing? With the end of production for the 990 Adventure there is a huge gap in your lineup and I live in that gap. I love my 990R, I absolutely freaking love that bike but, soon I will need something new. I see that 1190 and I know what you are doing there but it is too big for what I do. I have read all the reviews and it looks like a homerun, but it is not for me.

    I am a traditional dual sport guy, lots of goat trails and fire roads and long forgotten desert roads going way too fast mixed in with the occasional 1000 mile road trip. My 990R lives for it, loves the abuse, it is a 100hp dirt bike with street manners that leaves me laughing into my helmet like a madman. When I first rode that I bike I thought your engineers and I were on the same wavelength. I am not so sure now. What are your thoughts for a guy like me? The 690 is awesome and I would love to have one but it would be brutal on long road trips.

    I am a loyal guy and I will wait… for a while. BMW and Triumph both have serviceable 800s in their lineup…where is ours?
    #1
  2. Milehi

    Milehi Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    169
    Location:
    Thin air
    New Super Enduro please...
    #2
  3. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,353
    Location:
    West Des Moines, IA
    +1. 750cc V-2 with rally styling, please!
    #3
  4. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    25,979
    Location:
    Valle del Sol
    want.
    #4
  5. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,841
    Location:
    Kent Wa
    your wishes may come true.. For me I love the 950/990 platform, I don't want a smaller displacement bike, unless it was 150 lbs lighter.
    Although I like the rally styling, I don't se it as very good for my style of riding, down pipe to get smashed, and the big tower to break my neck on.
    Im glad there are so many unused or lightly used lc8's available.
    IMO the best bike ever made:clap
    #5
  6. wsmc99

    wsmc99 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Oddometer:
    521
    Location:
    SD, CA.
    Yeah, I want an 1190, had a 950.
    Have a 990 SMT. Have a DRZ400.

    All the 800's weigh too much.

    Lots of companies can make a middleweight adventure bike but don't..."why is this?" Is the question.

    Until then an 1190 and a 690 would cover me! :D
    #6
  7. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,199
    Location:
    Northern Cali
    :raabiaMy 990 is the best bike I have ever owned too. Even when I drop it a few times in a row and I can't pick it up anymore.


    :crash That's what I do to it in private


    :lobbyOutside, I feel like that while I am on it, either way with a huge grin.
    #7
  8. smj

    smj Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2010
    Oddometer:
    207
    Location:
    Colorado
    "I see that 1190 and I know what you are doing there but it is too big for what I do..." --- altego

    What I would really like is a 990R like bike with a curb weight of 375 to 400 pounds. Sounds like altego and I have a taste for the same types of paths...

    I've had one of the 800's... You can go there but you may not be happy.
    #8
  9. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,296
    Location:
    Bilbao, close to the fu****ng Guggenheim
    sure

    KTM should sell the "R" as 990
    and the other one for those who love tarmac and fu** any BMW

    they´re only thinking about sales.

    i wish never listen to that........... "All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
    #9
  10. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,172
    Location:
    Chandler, Arizona
    I liked Geek's take on it from the megathread:

    [​IMG]

    It still seems like such a strange move to blend in with the GS-Strom-Tenere-Tiger-etc... Wasn't it KTM's biggest asset that they built seriously off-road capable bikes that fit that niche market.
    #10
  11. SCflyer

    SCflyer Long timer

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,655
    Location:
    Back in NC
    Which doesn't have the sales of the other "adventure" market but might allow the development...and production of the desired 800ish bike.
    #11
  12. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    Oddometer:
    5,756
    Location:
    Lake county Il
    Oh sure there you go again.... being reasonable and all :lol3
    #12
  13. Jake Mountain

    Jake Mountain Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    416
    Location:
    NC
    The 1190 is 7 pounds heavier than the 990, so what is the REAL issue?
    #13
  14. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,397
    Location:
    Tampa
    and 1190 has a bigger tank too :evil
    #14
  15. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,082
    Location:
    Wanaka, New Zealand, Currently RTWing
    It should be 7 pounds lighter!

    Trouble is when spending that sort of money most want bells and whistles not hard core.
    #15
  16. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    25,979
    Location:
    Valle del Sol
    It's all about the $$$. KTM needed a big adv bike to go head to head with the GS, Triumph and even the Duc Multistrada.

    I only wish they'd have come up with a better exhaust routing similar to the 990.
    #16
  17. Jake Mountain

    Jake Mountain Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    416
    Location:
    NC
    I have to admit a more modern rendition of the SE in an 800-900 class v twin bike would be cool.
    #17
  18. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,090
    Location:
    On the Ground Laughing
    And it will be when i am done with it...:deal
    #18
  19. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    Oddometer:
    881
    Location:
    Aspen, Colorado
    +1 :clap
    #19
  20. Behindbars

    Behindbars Let's Ride

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    721
    Location:
    Groves,TX
    +2 :clap
    #20