I want to buy a 990 Adventure but...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by motomatto, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. motomatto

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    Hey folks.

    Is the 990 Adventure a viable option for a short touring and commuting (in addition to all the dirt flying)?

    Here's my conundrum. I grew up riding dirt bikes -- single track through the dense forests of Washington state. I love adventure bikes and had (and loved) a 650GS a few years back.

    Now I want a bike that can do short tours (few days), commute, but also get on the dirt. I'm looking at the Ducati Multistrada, which is a total blast and fits my requirements. BUT...it's not very dirt-worthy.

    I see the 990 Adventure and my heart aches to ride it. But for practical riding (touring/commuting) it doesn't seem a good fit.

    What is your take?
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  2. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Don't understand your hesitation. Seems like the perfect bike per your description.

    Perfect.
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  3. JOKER650

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    I never heard anyone say the ADV was not a good tourer or commuter bike....EVAR!:D

    I don't have an ADV but from what I have heard/read(on this site) it is great at all 3 things...dirt/commuting/touring.

    Just go take one for a test ride. But make sure u bring your cheque book :freaky
    For the record, I have a 950 SUPER ENDURO and will say that the engine puts out great power. I imagine the 990 engine is even more impressive.
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  4. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    I ride mine to work every day that I can. I only have room in my life for one bike, so I need a dirt bike, a road bike, a commuter bike, and a touring bike. There is nothing out there better at all of these than the LC8 KTMs. Period.
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  5. motomatto

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    Thanks for all your replies. Let me clarify one thing.

    My biggest concern is butt pain management and two-up riding. The GS had a super comfortable seat and riding position, the 990 Adventure looks like a dirt-bike seat which it not made for long days.

    Am I being a wimp here. Maybe me ass is bonier than most???

    How does your derriere do after 4 hours on the road?
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  6. JustKip

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    While we're all here, maybe you could explain this other thread you just started, wanting to buy a Multistrada?

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21071903#post21071903

    As for seat comfort, I've had 3 different seats on my GS, finally settling on a Russell Day Long custom seat.
    But first you need to know what you're going to put it on :deal
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  7. motomatto

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    I'm considering both the Multistrada and the Adventure (see above). I originally posted on the ROAD forum, but thought this might be a better place. Unfortunately (or fortunately) someone replied to the post on the ROAD forum, so I left it. Wasn't meaning to clog up the place. My apologies.
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  8. JustKip

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    Before deciding on a bike, I'd be sure I was willing to live within the limits of its abilities. Both are fun bikes, with more attention to fun than touring. But the KTM is actually good off road (for a heavy bike) and the Multi is a great sport tourer that's almost adequate on dirt roads.
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  9. BK

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    I have the 990 with the KTM low, gel seat. After hours in the saddle, it feels like angels have been gently supporting my delicate booty. And I'm old!

    It has a very comfortable seating position, that's one of the reasons I bought it.
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  10. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    990 ADV is one of the best all around M/Cs out there. There are ways to address the saddle to where a 500 mile day will not kill your arse. Granted, its not a GL1800, but then again I'd like to see a GW on single track, then drop out onto a back road and start passing sport bikes :D

    Based upon what you state you want the bike to do, it will do all of it and more.

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  11. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    I've used my 990 Adv for commuting - 35 miles each way - and it did just find for that duty. I've done 300-400 miles days on mine and I'm fine with the seat. It's slightly better than the Ducati ST2 that I used to ride for all day comfort.

    Go ahead and buy one, you should like it. It's a great do-everything motorcycle. That's the main thing I like about mine - whatever type of riding I happen to feel like at the time, I know the KTM can do it. (Okay, tight single track isn't quite so great, but I have an XR650L for that.)
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  12. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    Just got back from a 2K mile trip yesterday and my butt feels just fine.

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  13. KTMbageera

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    If you want a nice sport bike, go with the Ducati or Beemer. If you want a dirt bike on steroids, then opt or the 990R.

    I have a 09' 990R that I ride around town, blast on open dirt roads and tracks, and ride province to province in Cambodia covering 300 to 500 kilometres a day for multiple days. I used to do that travel on a WR450f and then a KTM 450MXC. I am used to hi mileage every month on my dirt bikes, so seats are not so much of an issue. I ride 5 / 2 routinely. 5 klm siting, 2 klm standing, rotating all day except when terrain dictates one or the other.

    My 990R is an extension of this habit, feeling equally comfortable standing on it as I do with my 450. THAT is the beauty of a 990 for dirt bike oriented dudes.

    Those other bikes are for street bike guys who want to get their bikes dusty..... a little bit. Just check out the stand up riding position on the Ducati or BMW, or Tenere, or Tiger. They do not inspire stand up, grip the tank with your thighs, roll on the throttle and steer with your feet off road riding that a KTM does.

    They are all nice bikes. Just not dirt bike machinery.
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  14. Peanuts

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    I have the hardparts gel seat nd can do a 400 mile day of mixed roads and not even think about my butt.
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  15. motomatto

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    Thanks for all the feedback. Just when I thought I had finally made a decision the Ducati, you all turn it around for me.

    Now I just need to find a 990 Adventure for $6-7K.

    Thanks!
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  16. Dr LC8

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    Forget the Multistrada for off.
    Just go for the 990!

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    Sounds like is what you are looking for?:wink:

    Nic
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  17. JustKip

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    Considering your background I really didn't see a happy fit with the Duc. It's really a street bike, that you can take down the occasional well groomed dirt road.

    I don't think you'll find a 990 in your price range, but I wouldn't rule out a 950 Adventure. It'll be a couple of years older, but still boatloads of fun and take you places the Multi won't.
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  18. motorcyanide

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    Just got a 2012 990A about a month ago. Awsome bike so far. Makes it easy to be a complete hooligan. If you ride dirt bikes you will feel at home on this bike. Go for it!
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  19. skier

    skier genius or insanity?

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    I have about 28k miles on my 990, short commutes, local jeep roads, desert trips and one cross-country trip to Maine. If you get the seating right for you, it would seem to fit your needs. I'm a one-bike-at-a time guy, except for projects, and this one is hard to beat.
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  20. Norsk62

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    I used to have 5 bikes in my stable. Now I am down to just 2. A 2006 DRZ400S and a 2012 KTM 990 Adventure that is brand new and I am at the first service for break in.

    Great bike. Lots of power. Handle well. The only short comings is its fuel mileage at 33 mpg and no fuel gauge. But from what I heard mileage slightly improves after break in to around 38 mpg. Not great, but that the trade off for all that power. All things considered, this is where my old BMW shined. Averaging around 46 mpg.

    I commute and tour. Short and long distance. Riding up to 12k a year. The 990 out of the box is not designed as a long distance touring bike. But Neither is the GS. Both require some add ons and tweaking to make them long distance contenders.

    Here in the Seattle area where I live and ride all year around. The 990 is almost too much power on the wet roads of fall and winter. Throttle control plays into keeping this beast under control. It comes into it's own on dry roads and in the dirt, but with a lot of wheel spin. Had to finess the throttle a bit more to control. Otherwise this stump puller is a very fun and enjoyable bike to ride.
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