In the market for a 950. plus-minus vs a 990?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by atomizer, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    Hey everyone,
    I'm in the market for a 950. I hear 05 is the year to get. Willing to consider a 990 also but kinda like the idea of a carb vs fuel injection.
    Any and all beta would be awesome.
    I'm 6'4, 195 lbs and an experienced rider. I ride a 530 exc for my dirt thrills and want the bigger KTM to ride tarmac to get to some awesome FS roads and long multi day dirt trails.
    I've read a bunch of the threads here and they have been very helpful. Open to more info and ideas.
    Beers, Atom...:1drink
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  2. KTMADV

    KTMADV Hammer Down

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    I would get the 950. Carbs are easy to work on and less expensive then the fuel injection system.

    I have a 2007 ktm 990 that I put Carbs on and I raced a 2010 990 R and my carbed bike is faster. Both bikes had the same gears ratio.
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  3. jeventures

    jeventures Been here awhile

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    and not just because I have one for sale:D I love the throttle response of the carb 950. I haven't had to touch mine in the 2 years i've had the bike and they work very well with fmf pipes with basic jetting changes. That and 990 efi wasn't sorted well until quite recently ( I think, maybe not all would agree)....a late model 950 was easier on the wallet than a near new 990.
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  4. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    Thanks. You have an ad up for yours? Beers, Atom..:D

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  5. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    When I started looking at Adventures I thought that an ‘06 950 would be the way to go, but at the prices people were asking it just didn’t make sense. I ended up buying a new ’11 for only a few thousand more than a 6 year old 25,000 mile 950. At first I didn’t like the throttle response, but I suppose I got used to it because 5000 miles later it doesn’t bug me any more. And we were doing a trip through the Sierra’s last month and came across a group of luddites talking about carb adjustments required for the high elevations. Suckas… :lol3

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  6. bloc

    bloc Been here awhile

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    My bike rode great up to 12k feet, only requiring less choke than normal to get it started cold.. and this is with factory sea-level jetting.

    Even if it turns out to be an issue, $99 for remote fuel screw adjusters eliminates that problem. And the carbed bike won't have a "snatchy" throttle.. I'd hate to guess what that would cost to REALLY fix. certainly more than $99.

    EFI and carbs both have advantages and disadvantages.. Personally carbs, and getting the taller suspension plus almost all the mods I wanted to do (jesse cases, throttle lock, powerlets, SP suspension, decent hand guards, real skid plate, etc) for half the price of a new bike alone was a no-brainer.
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  7. Slvrtundevl

    Slvrtundevl Been here awhile

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    Ive had 2- 04's... as long as you do the upgrades I'd go with the cheapest you can find.. My current 04 has had all the upgrades and is for sale in the FM.
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  8. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    Very nice bike you have for sale. Wish you were closer to NM. My budget is also only about $5500.00 or so at the moment. Good luck with the sale. Thanks again to everyone that have given me some input. Beers, Atom...:freaky


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  9. Racer111v

    Racer111v Long timer

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    I'm in the same boat. I'm looking for a equipped used 950, but the ones I've found all seem to be in the northwest or the western mountains.I may end up having one shipped, but I'm hoping to avoid it. The 990 may be the answer, but I'm just not convinced yet. There still seems to be some new 990's around at dealers still.
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  10. Sporting Wood

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    '05.5 and '06 motors had a lot of small though important improvements built in. I have an '06 and I'll keep it until they pry it from my cold dead hands.

    Be aware though, either needs a bit of tweaking to get them right and its no bike for anyone afraid to spin a wrench.
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  11. russt

    russt Adventurer

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    I am new to the 950 and looking for a big bike. Considering a 950/ 990/ 1200GS. Are the upgrades you are mentioning handguards and skid plates, or engine issues that need to be sorted out?

    Thanks!
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  12. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    I'd go with the non abs 990.
    You can find a low mile '07 or '08 for a good price if you search around.
    The S model will work great for a tall guy kike you.

    My '07 990 A with Remus 2 into 1 exhaust, CPR filter and the Akro map
    ( thanks TuneECU ) and at 25,000 miles, has the best throttle response
    of any bike I've owned.

    I've had three of the carbed LC8's and spent the time to get them
    jetted correctly ( thanks to the tuning maestros in the OC )
    and they are great bikes but if you spend the time to get the
    990's FI finely calibrated, I think you will have a better performing
    bike.

    I've had two 990's and just sold a '08 to a friend ( 60,000 mi. ) with just a Leo Vince Exhaust and stock map, airbox and TuneECU tuning
    I had it close to as good as the one above.

    Max
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  13. kdscoates

    kdscoates Long timer

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    06 950 40,000 miles no troubles
    I did the fuel pump upgrade to the faucet just cause took about hour and less than 100 bucks
    I also did the clutch slave with the evo about 180 bucks and a hour of my time.
    New water pump seal was done under warranty but I really think it was just a bad radiator cap!
    Got the right springs for my fat ass and this bike is awesome!!! Best all arounder out there!!
    Got the fmf pipes just to get rid of the cats and the heat from the stockers rejetted with the head to winds kit and pre filter!
    renanzco seat and life is good!!!
    Ride it!!!!
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