Is it wrong to want two?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by ktm.marmalade, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. ktm.marmalade

    ktm.marmalade Adventurer

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    So,

    I've had my 990 since January. Only 14k so far, probably my slowest year to date actually, maybe I'm slowing down. Anyway, I went to see the new 1190 Adventure, looks nice, but there is no way I could justify that price. I have this crazy notion of buying a good second hand 950 and dedicating in as a more off road oriented weapon. Now I'm not loaded with cash but this seems like it might be a good time to do so, and, well as they stop making this awesome machine I'll have a backup should anything go badly wrong.

    I guess my question to the inmates is:

    is it wrong to have two Adventures? Anyone else have two?

    I guess the logical thing would be a 950SE and Adv but they are getting very rare to find.
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  2. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

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    I've searched far and wide, consulted the wisest people I know and have found zero evidence that there are any rules about how many bikes one can own. Getting two of the same and maximizing each for a different specific purpose - imagined or real - just sounds like good ol' fun to me. Where I was raised, having one bike is an indicator that you are not well. Two or more are the norm.

    Enjoy!
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  3. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    If you are going to add something more dirt oriented, I would get a 690 or a 500EXC or a Husaberg 570, orÂ…and then go have some real dirty fun.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  4. walstibsf

    walstibsf ADVENTURE-HOLIC

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    Confucius say: if man could have two wives, would he marry sisters? :evil
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  5. rossguzzi

    rossguzzi 990 Adv.

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    Possibly no, but Twins would be interesting.
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  6. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    950 SE is like a 530 after riding the ADV for so long.

    Reason for 2 ADV is b/c one seams to always be cut apart testing new parts. The other is my Grocery getter every day bike..... For the most part.

    If you can find them cheap, pick them up. They are a great spares parts bike for down the road. (used 950 ADV or New KLR ???) Sure beats a KLR.
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  7. Boatman

    Boatman Membership has it's privileges ;-)

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    An adventure and an SE are perfect stablemates. I first owned the adv and then bought the SE for a Moab trip figuring I'd sell one of them when I decided which one to keep. That was over 2 years ago. They are both staying! :D
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  8. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    I have had my struggles with a similar quandary.......does my 690R fill the same niche as my 990Adv?

    Well, every time I ride one or the other, I just fall in love all over again....:freaky

    And they look so good together that I don't think I can separate them......:cry

    If an orange single is good, and another orange twin seems better.....could it be intimidating to have to decide between two orange twins.....:eek1:eek1

    Just sayin'

    :lol3
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  9. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    I thought it was against the code to have less than two.

    One simply cannot expect to have one's needs filled by a single bike.

    Or, to paraphrase,

    You don't understand
    That a man like me can't love
    Just one biiiiike
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  10. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    I'd say buy a used 950 because you can buy them for fairly resonable used and there are some around in great condition without a lot of miles and wear.

    I'd recommend going with the SE so you could address slightly different terrain while feeling the confort of similar overall geometry, power and characteristics.

    Splitting time between both bikes will only save the wear and tear on each and allow them to last much longer.

    Although the farkle bills will start to add up.

    I feel these bikes will be considered collectables in 20 or so years, for the adventure enthusiast wanting a trustworthy performance oldschool adventure machine... much like BMW's were in the 80's.
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  11. slidewayes

    slidewayes slidewayes

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    YA one with implants and a stocker for around town
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  12. duct tape

    duct tape Lost

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    I know a guy with three SE's. :clap

    Right now I have a 990 ADV and a new to me 950 SE, plus a 300. I'm considering trading the 990 for either a 1200 GSA or waiting for the 1190R.
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  13. keener

    keener Speed changes you.

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    If I were you I would by a 450 or even smaller bike so I can have a different kind of fun that I already have with my 950. A friend recently lend me his 250 husky and 690 for a day and I had totally new way of having fun in the trails that I don't get from my 950.

    If you really don't want a smaller bike and love your big Katoom, I say spend your money on a second set of wheels with serious knobies.

    Having said that,... dude, nothing wrong with two bikes if not three as long as YOU RIDE THEM ALL. :p3rry
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  14. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    Two is NEVER wrong.:D

    My garage is properly fitted with an 07 SE, a 2010 990R and identical twin 2012 500 EXC's (one accented with orange, the other black, so as to distinguish them for mainentance)

    :clap

    Go for it! :thumb
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  15. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    I'd either go way more dirt oriented like a 200xc-w or 250xcf-w or allot more street oriented like a 950sm. The 950sm is truly a phenomenal bike.
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  16. veltex

    veltex powerball win needed

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    Two ktms go together well, 990adv and 250xcw for me
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  17. Denalidirt

    Denalidirt High Plains Drifter

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    I'm thinking of doing the same thing my 950 for the daily commute and thrash rides on the way home and an 1190 for the longer overnight trips to chicken or the Brooks range.
    This is in addition to a 525
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  18. DavidD

    DavidD Been here awhile

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    Got my 990R for the road and occasional fun off it (the road not the bike). Then I have the 350 EXC-F for racing and serious off-road stuff. Oh and a Moto Guzzi Griso (in orange of course) for when I want something else. But there is still room to improve things; swap the 990R for the new 1190R and if I can find a decent one a 950SE just because........

    So yes two would make absolute sense, but maybe the 990 and the 950 SE OR the 990 and a 500/450/350/250 Enduro bike - either way thats a lot of fun and probably some serious explaining to do to your bank and partner :rofl
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  19. c-zulu

    c-zulu Resident Dirt Burner

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    :thumb
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  20. David37

    David37 Been here awhile

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    Nothing wrong with two KTMs, I have an 07 950 SE and an 09 450XCF. I recommend finding a good KTM 505 dual sport which is a great street legal dirt bike.
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