KTM 990 Adventure as first ADV bike

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by ilyaon, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    If you have the sense to control your right wrist, and can afford to fix it WHEN you drop it by all means buy it. It's just a bike, nothing to be afraid of. Don't let the drama lamas scare you away, it's not a late 70's multi cylinder two stroke screamer with a shit chassis and brakes.
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  2. what car??

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    So many opinions out there. A lot to sort through. So I guess I'll chime also.

    I rode some bikes as a kid, never owned one though, just borrowed friends.

    In 2010 I bought a used KLR in Oct. Not a bad bike, but saw a 950 at the Kawasaki dealership and fell in love with the looks of the thing. Like a dirtbike on steroids, wait it is....:rofl. I knew I had to have one. December 2010 I bought a brand spanking new 2010 990. Sold the KLR. I have ridden the thing offroad yes I've dropped it. Learn how to pick it up properly so you don't hurt yourself. I love the bike and wouldn't trade it. There's lots of talk about learning on a smaller bike, I didn't really.... Just jumped in and bought what I wanted, I have a tendency to do that though. There are complaints about this that and the other, people like to complain about things though.... I personally don't mind the oil changes, not really that bad, but people like to complain when things aren't instant or super duper easy..:rofl I like the power of the bike, the looks, the capabilities off road which is more important to me, I love this bike and would buy it again in a heart beat. I have a deep respect for bikes as a whole. I like to take her on dirt roads and trails, like to take her on motocross tracks also, she is a lot of fun!

    I guess the best thing to do is test ride her, assess your needs and your future and go from there. I'm not going to say to get it, well maybe a little. Did I mention how awesome of a bike it is??? It's a great bike with lots of character, learn how to turn a wrench and you'll save tons of money. Get some gear and go out and camp, tour, see the world if you want. She is comfortable to ride for hours on end both on and off road. But again, it's just another opinion in a sea of opinions, all are wrong, all are right. They are opinions. What's yours????
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  3. DirtyRoadie

    DirtyRoadie Been here awhile

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    My first experience riding the 990 adventure made me buy it. I have many many years on road riding experience, almost zero offroad, unless you count mountainbiking in which case I have LOTS(Too much if you ask my wife). I love the Adventure on pavement and dirt roads, it's an awsome touring bike even two up and loaded down. There is hardly anywhere near me to ride off road unless I want to be chased out by angry farmers or angrier law enforcement personell and the few trails we have are very tight, rocky and muddy. We do have lots of dirt roads within an hour ride. The first time I went and rode real off road was a blast but I wasn't comfortable on the beast and was WAY slow compared to my friend on his XR650. So I hit the aftermarket and bought a used Suzuki DRZ400 for my KTM:evil. Problem solved. Yes, I know there are many on this forum that are awsome off road riders and will laugh at my solution to off roading, I'm not that rider, I just try to keep 'er upright.
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  4. viverrid

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    The OP asks for opinions but then doesn't want opinions.

    "Could" it be a first bike? Yeah. is it a good idea? No.

    It's best as a bike for a strong AND experienced rider (and preferably a larger one, though ther have been short people who rode them). It is both high like a dirt bike (approx. 35 inch seat height) and heavy like a street bike (up near 500 lbs. fueled up and ready to ride). Its capabilities would be wasted on a newbie.

    Better to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slowly OR ineptly. If this bike is what OP wants that's his problem not mine, but he posted here AND THAT'S MY OPINION. Heck, a high school friend of my daughter bought a Hayabusa as his first bike, a classic stereotype of a fail. He was a careful guy and didn't kill himself. But it was several months before he went higher than 2nd gear. Why would somebody WANT a first bike that was too much for them? So that everyone can laugh at your ineptness when they see how you ride it?

    It's like around here there are quite a number of rich old men in BMW cars, creeping around curves at less than the speed limit. Do they look cool? NO. Why get a car like that if you can't fucking drive it. Why get a performance bike that you can't ride worth a shit.

    I don't get it.
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  5. ilyaon

    ilyaon Adventurer

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    I think it's a very good point
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  6. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    I'm going to try to find a nice, low mileage, 950 Adventure, maybe even a sport model, next summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of my getting my motorcycle license. It will be my first "ADV" bike and I hope its not too much bike for me. Actually I think I will love it from all the impressions and experiences I have read about. I'll be selling my Z1000 and XR650L and this should do most (but not all) of what those bikes did but more in some ways. Looking forward to it. Can't imagine it as a first bike no more than I could imagine my CR250 as a first bike, but whatever. If you want it, get it, just try not to wreck it.
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  7. Midlife

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    The 990a does most things well, and it is as scary as you want it to be. Just cuz " it can" does not mean "you will". How many jeep drivers out there push it to the limit.........buy it, ride it enjoy it.
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  8. Iwantabikesobad

    Iwantabikesobad Long timer

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    When I bought mine the entire sales staff came out into the parking lot to see if I was going to crash it. Ha Fooled them.
    The next day I rode it to my grandmothers funeral. Following break in procedures I took it easy until I caught up to a truck and horse trailer on a long winding grade. Got to the top and waited till the first clear road. Had been following in 3 rd.gear, pulled out and cranked the throttle.Remember my other bike was a DR-200. Well I found my self slid back, Arms straight with the throttle still twisting toward the stop. Blue sky was all I could see. Talk about a game changer. I learned respect for the bike in that 4 seconds. It is fairly tame to ride like any other bike but the potential to do hooligan stuff is so easily obtainable. Mine hate less than 3500 rpm and tells me so. Get to 4K and its Go Time. Very smooth and well mannered. Its not happy creeping through inner city,stop/go stuff. It is a bike that enjoys momentum. It has hugh power if you use the gearing and keep the bike in its proper Rpm range. Around town my wifes X-country (650) single is much easier to ride. Lots less shifting and lighter.
    Look close at what you really intend to do with it.
    Ride pavement and pose in dirt stained gear(bought at pawn shop)
    Ride pavement and earn the dirt stains by learning offroad skills.
    Ride pavement to get to dirt roads and learn slowly.
    Ride hoping to never crash and loose the shiny finish.
    Ride only to StarBucks
    Plan big,buy Farkles, Be a legend!!!!!!!!
    If you make up your mind to own one( Good For You). I still love mine like day one. I dont claim to be a hard core offroader with mine. Heck folks here may laugh at my skills but I am the only one who has to be happy with my choice. It fits my personality and does all I ask it to.
    Grandma told me just before she passed on, Cant take money with you,use it making yourself happy.
    In 20 years will you look back on this and think (I should have bought it) Its a big leap but doable if your commited.
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  9. JohnnyWaffles

    JohnnyWaffles Been here awhile

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    Some of you treat this bike as an extension of your dick.

    Take it away and you've lost your manhood, hence the elitist commentary on others joining the KTM 990/950 club without the supposed pedigree required.

    Thank you to the rational majority who maintain the brains of this forum.
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    Respectfully,

    John
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  10. dave54

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    My opinion would be to go a take a test drive and see how you get on .If you have already built up enough experience then your skillbase should be well able to cope with the 990.If however your talking about starting out as a first timer on an 990 as your first off-road big bike then I would urge caution as you are giving your self a very steep learning curve .The bike itself is very capable off-road and I`m being honest by saying that my step up to the 990 was to progress my skillbase through a series of smaller capacity dirt and duel purpose bikes to where I had the confidence to ride the 990 and enjoy it.It would be a shame if you were to buy the 990 and then find you don`t get on with it, well because I happen to think its one of the best bikes ever built .I use it for multi-country exploration which is what it is brillant at and yes I even ride it to work just because I can..End result is the more you ride it the better your riding skills will be so I say go ahead do yourself a favour, test ride it, and then do the right thing and buy it.Regards Dave:jkam
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  11. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    +1 Thank you. Half of these posts read like unless you're big, strong, hardcore, extreme and super experienced like me you shouldn't buy it. :puke1 Just buy it and use some common sense you'll be fine.
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  12. crofrog

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    With out any previous experience you're not even going to be able to use 1/4 the bike and even simple off-road situations can turn into major obstacles. you'll have a much easier and cheaper time learning to ride on something smaller when it comes to off-road.

    Not to mention it sucks allot less to get pile driven by a 250 than a 950.
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  13. DragonNester

    DragonNester Been here awhile

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    :lurk...What lap are we on??
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  14. 4corners14

    4corners14 Been here awhile

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  15. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Totally right but none of us can use a 250 to it's potential or we'd be factory racers not work a day stiffs it's all about fun, why tell him he can't have some too?
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  16. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    This minor thing was a major undertaking

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    And I have done some stupid stuff

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    But you can't do this on a 250, and I didn't have to spend my money on a 250 first to do it.

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  17. Gil.caz

    Gil.caz Adventurer

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    It is my first adv bike. But I have many years experience with dirt bikes and rode a gsxr 750 for some time too. The power is nice on the road, but I can see how it can be a handful off road. Haven't had a chance to take it off road yet. Still breaking it in. But Barstow will be hit soon.
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  18. Meico640

    Meico640 Banned

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    Ive just had the pleasure of my very first new bike at almost 50 !!!:freaky

    Must be a bloody good omen as 2 months after I drop the deposit the girly tells me she is pregnant with our first child...:clap

    So two firsts in one year, what a lucky boyo !

    Anyway, KTM oz have stopped importing the 990ADV & I was lucky enough to get one of the 2 White ones that they did manage to import.

    I reckon it's got to be the best bike I have ever had, just can't see me taking it in the dirt anytime soon. Might have something to do with the $23,000 it cost, or the baby costs coming up or the fact that I'm still in the polishing stage...(ok, I think it's the Polishing stage, I'll get over it)

    Or

    The fact that I have a fully prepped KTM640ADV sitting next to it...

    In the OZ desert I'm sure the 990 is gonna be amazing & I'm sure I will find out but to be honest, the 640 is truly the best ADV bike off the shelf with very little to spend & a fuel range of over 400+Kim's


    So I'll count myself lucky on many fronts, but my advice to any new KTM owners is, just get a new seat ! (Renazco):deal
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  19. Pops of the desert

    Pops of the desert Adventurer

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    Little background before my opinion. I am 57 years young have been riding since I was 13. Raced Desert and Motocross for 25 years. I am not in the greatest shape, drink too much beer, and ride my 990 like I stole it. Have only had the 990 for going on 5 months and still have my XR dual sport THIS IS MY SINGLE TRACK BIKE. I ride two up on the adventure alot (with a pillion as experienced as I am) lots of nasty two track and the Sierra NV bolder piles.

    I will say I would not let someone I love with no experience ride my 990. It would be a bad experience for both of us.
    The bike is difficult just to turn around in a parking lot for the inexperienced rider. IMHO you would learn the skills needed much quicker on a smaller bike.

    That said some people are naturals, I have seen kids win their first race entered and never look back. This is a call your going to need to make.
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  20. Iwantabikesobad

    Iwantabikesobad Long timer

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    That is something that hasnt been brought up is the weird slow speed handling. Its not bad or dangerous just different than any other bike I have ridden. My goal is to do a no feet down circle in my back yard. I havent made it yet. Slow figure 8's are something that must be practiced on this bike to be good at. Shifting weight around is a must on this bike. It is also one of the things that make it so great to ride. A kayak (For another simple explanation has) What is called primary and secondary stability. I find that KTM has the same thing. Above a certain speed the large diameter rims/tires and center of gravity want to keep the bike upright. Under a certain speed there is alot of leverage because of the height working against you. This is especially true for a short legged dude like me. Once it starts to fall over you have to be ready and dab a foot down or gas it.
    Dont get me wrong, I am not faulting the bike for this it is just a tall bike.
    Now on the flip side, Get this thing rolling and it will do magic things. It will within your abilities be a joy to ride. On dirt woops my wife looks like she is riding a pogo stick. She commented the other day that (why doesnt your head ever move up and down when you ride. Its all bike and knees I tell her. She rides very tense in the dirt and cant relax. The KTM feels much like a live animal with a semi mind of its own. Let it have its way sometimes and dont fight it. Only worry about the big stuff and the bike will either skip over or crush the little stuff. Avoid baby head rocks though.
    When I bought the bike I was told to (ride it standing up until you can do it for at least 20 miles with no fatigue. This is on pavement. It has become one of my greatest joys riding this bike in the mountains standing up and steering with just foot pressure and simple body leaning. This does cause weird looks from cagers though.
    I know its getting long but I am 40 ounces into it.
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