Hold out for a SE or go with a trick 2005.5 950A

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by mathews42, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. mathews42

    mathews42 Been here awhile

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    So I'm selling my GSA to get more of a do it all bike(not much luck). I love the looks of the SE and really want one, but... I found a sweet deal on a 2005.5 950a with 12k, Scott dampner, full akras, dicks suspension, ergo gel seats and gobis. I do ride a lot of slab, but a windscreen on a SE could make it semi comfortable.... Could save a couple grand going with the 950 A though.

    Thoughts?
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    mathews42 Been here awhile

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  3. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    I've had both and the Adventure riding position was more comfortable for long periods of time. Bars were my big issue, and the SE's were just high enough to where my arms would hurt.

    If you can handle the bars, I'd grab the SE. It'll do rougher off road, easier, than the Adventure.
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    Ramv Been here awhile

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    I am 6' 2" and love my SE. Howver, I can imagine if you were shorter, the Adv might be better. I like not having the front fairing on single tracks but the Adventure is a pretty neat bike. I really like my steering stabilizer on the SE so that is a big advantage on your used bike.
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  5. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    The SE is becoming a cult bike for good reason, it is a bucket list bike - there is nothing else like it and probably never will be with the direction the manufacturers are going. After 40+ bikes I still look forward to every ride on this one. Your mileage may vary.
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    JOKER650 Long timer

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    +1 :clap
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    River6822 Fat kid on a 950 SE

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    +1

    As far as long distances are concerned I covered 2100 miles in 7 days. Less than 200 on slab, over 500 offroad. The SE was flawless.:freaky
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  8. VTwins4me

    VTwins4me Been here awhile

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    I've had both - an Adventure S 990 and a SE 950.

    I traded the 990 for the SE - says it all really!

    Recently did 3800 miles from UK to Morocco and back, fully loaded, on the SE. Was simply faultless, only drawback compared to the Adventures on the trip, was the slightly lower slab cruising speed required to be comfortable.

    I did several 600 mile days with no problems.

    Off road,assuming you are doing more interesting stuff than just fire roads or gravel tracks, the SE is soooo much more capable than the Adventure.

    So +1 for the SE :clap:clap
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    buzybraza Been here awhile

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    The SE is a high water mark in the history of motorcycle manufacturing in my opinion!!! Easy decision!!!
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    mathews42 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the input. I'm thinking I'll just hold out for the SE. Now I need to sell this pig and find a SE in the Area
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  11. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    Figure out what kind of riding you prefer and make your decision. They are different bikes.

    Fwiw, the SE is far more comfortable on the slab than the Adv and that's without the screen. I recommend riding the SE without the screen before you go to the trouble of adding it.
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  12. charlie264

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    Only thing I didnt like about the SE was the bars, changed to Rethal High Bend Fat Bars, made here, cheaper to buy in US. Go figure.

    Unlike Misery the stock SE seat kills me in about 120 miles, aftermarket seat or arse pad is advisable. The Adv is a great bike but the SE wins off the slab.
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  13. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    How Much Off Road do you do? Hard technical (ADV Is surpisingly capable) or just fire roads? I want an SE as a second bike but My Primary is a 950ADV (52K miles on it now)
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  14. zgfiredude

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

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    You want the SE, and you want to send me info on the ADV, cuz I'm looking! :evil
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  15. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    It comes with the Magura stock, right? I can't remember. Didn't like em whatever they were. I'm running the Renthal Ricky Carmichael high bend and love them.

    My philosophy on seats is if it hurts your ass you're not riding enough. :D
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    mathews42 Been here awhile

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    Flashbacks Grandma nooooo!!!! :lol3
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