KTM 990 Adventure as first ADV bike

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  1. Iwantabikesobad

    Iwantabikesobad Long timer

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    Dear Dog though. Dont ask about center of gravity or roll center, sitting vs. standing. We dont want to start that again!!!
    Just ride it.
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  2. Narsisco Lopez

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    Wow... this thread's up to 6 pages already? Lot's of opinions, huh?

    While it wasn't my first bike, my 990A was my first ADV bike and I don't regret it for a minute... went from a Kawasaki ZX10R to a Triumph Sprint to a Triumph Thunderbird 1600 to the KTM.

    I'm 5'7" and 145lbs and yes, the 990 is a BIG bike, but... SO much fun and it's performance inspires me to become a better rider. Yep... I'm not even close to riding it to its full potential, but I'm motivated and am getting there.

    Don't let ANYONE tell you what you can or can't do, brother. (or in the words of Tony Montana... "The only thing that gives orders in this world is balls." :lol3 )


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  3. SierraJeep

    SierraJeep It's toast

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    In six pages of text, this is perhaps the most useful advice in this thread... and life.

    The only way to know for sure (about anything) is to try it.

    Otherwise "It's too late to wish I was strong." Towns Van Zant
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  4. Narsisco Lopez

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    Awesome quote!
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  5. SierraJeep

    SierraJeep It's toast

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    :lol3 It was actually playing on the radio as I was typing my response above. It just sorta seemed to fit, so I thought I'd lift my coffee mug in salute to the man.
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  6. Aussijussi

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    To top it off, wait for the 2013 model 1190, 150 hp! Some chook chaser :D
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  7. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Nice,

    you rode her into the ground (griping bars all the way) and you didn't even get your nice Klim suit dirty. Impressive!
    Although you don't want that beast landing on top on you if you can help it.
    I did that a couple of times and it was very painful.

    MZ
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  8. Narsisco Lopez

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    :lol3

    My riding companions were also impressed my duds didn't get muddy... I earned the "Teflon Suit' award for that one and they called that pose, "The Scorpion" :rofl
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  9. moosnutz

    moosnutz meow meow

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    Bought my 990 after having owned Suzuki and Kawasaki 650 thumpers. I had lusted after the big KTM since they first came out & so decided 'what the hell'. I bought the bike planning to get it offroad frequently, but with my current life schedule that just hasn't happened. So now I use my big, scary, snarly dirt bike as a daily commuter / beer go-getter. Do I love it? YES. Do I giggle like a schoolgirl whenever I throw a leg over it? YES. Is 8k RPMs nirvana? YES. That said, I've got the bike listed for sale & as soon as I do sell it I'm going to march my happy ass down to a dealer and buy a KTM 990 SM T as I think it will fit my needs better.

    At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what you ride.....
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  10. frunta_sti

    frunta_sti Adventurer

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    All above mentioned will work. My choice was based on actual availability at the time of purchase. No regrets.
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  11. Paul_M

    Paul_M Adventurer

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    I had a DR BIG from 1988 to get my permit, loved biking, sat on a 990 once, so I bought the 990R ..

    I just wanted the best from the beginning, this bike will stay with me for a long time so some "lifemarks" ain't a problem.
    I dropped it already 6 times in the dirt..and picked it up.. no worries..

    so, just go for it! ( but just don't stop using your brain when you're on it :) )

    Paul
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  12. Team_Navigator

    Team_Navigator DRZ Navigator

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    My 990 ADV was also my first 'big' adv bike. Previous attempts for touring ard SE Asia was on my humble drz-sm.
    All in all, no regrets or whatsoever. No need for the worry of too much power or what not. U'll L O V E it!!!


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  13. henryroten

    henryroten Been here awhile

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    So what are you going to do? I believe that the whole gamut of advice has been offered...interested to hear what you gleaned from it all.
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  14. blakken

    blakken dirt napper

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    my wife has take her driving licens this sommer on a ktm duke 690r!
    she has never drive befor.
    now when she sold the duke she bught a 990adv
    she struggles lite but its work
    she ride whit us men in lighter dirt

    so hit it and drive saftly you will not regrat it
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  15. Aussijussi

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    Well, what is it to be, will you or wont you? Surely you rode one already? No, not the GS??:D
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