KTM 990 Question

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by DRTII, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. DRTII

    DRTII Been here awhile

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    There isn't a KTM 990 at any dealer within 100 miles from me (Van, WA) and I'd love to actually sit on one and take a look at it. I don't need a test ride or anything like that, but to see one in person would be incredibly helpful. I have a 31.5 inseam and I want to know if I'm just a dreamer, or if this bike could be a reality. If anybody close by can help out, that would be great. If not, I'll wait until Sublimity gets their 1190 in and see if that's good.

    Any tips or suggestions, have at it.

    Dan
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  2. tblume

    tblume gettin'it

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    Gresham KTM? Last summer they had three on the floor. Here in Eugene they had one in the front room last time I went in (also summer though)
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  3. DRTII

    DRTII Been here awhile

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    No on both! Inventory isn't showing anything, and cycletrader doesn't have anything within 500 miles. A few in LA, SD, and the Southwest, but most are on the East coast.
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  4. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Gresham ktm's website never shows much for inventory. Call them on Tuesday and double check.
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  5. DRTII

    DRTII Been here awhile

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    I know it's a small shop, I bought from them before. Will do, thanks!
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  6. motorcyanide

    motorcyanide n00b

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    Dan,

    I have an almost new 2012 Adventure. I live in the Beaverton area and you are welcome to come by and take a look if you can't find one anywhere. PM me and we'll see if we can make it happen.

    Ryan
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  7. Rodknee

    Rodknee sensitive? who, me?

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    i have a 30" inseam and love my 990. it does require sliding to one side or the other when stopping though.

    go get one, you will love it! :freaky
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  8. DRTII

    DRTII Been here awhile

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    Moto, b18, thanks for the comments guys.

    Good to hear about the inseam. Let me say that it's more "weight" not a height concern, as I have ridden 35"+ bikes, but it helps knowing that others can manage it. Yes, I know this topic has been completely beaten up for years so I tried not to make a huge deal out of it.

    Ryan, sounds good. I'll let you know. I'd really hate to have to sit on an 1190 because...well...then I'd probably buy it. I'm out in the Camas area right now, but I get out to Beav every once in awhile. It'd be worth it to stop by.
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  9. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    DRT,

    DO NOT demo one of these (it don't matter which one) unless u gots the $$ in your pocket or are willing to make financial arrangements with devil.

    Weight: yeah, there is weight. It is not a 250 that floats over sand. There is also ~100 HP. So, know what you wanna do/ride before you drink the orange koolaid. If big bike ADV is your dream, then this is it. Take it from one who has been shooting up orange for 10 years, there is nothing else like it. I had some of the most epic rides, punished GS and 'tard riders, set lap records on these dammed big KTMs. It would take at least 3 of the other 8 bikes I own to do what my 950A can do.

    The weight is much more than a "weight" thing. It is more about where the weight is distributed on the bike, a dynamic handling thing, and KTM has that dialed better than anyone. Remember, the origional KTM 9XXA was built to win Paris/Dakar, which it did. And they have only gotten better since then.

    Map out your tire/gas/chain budget first, it will be the best bike budget $$ you will ever expend!

    If you would pursue a hot redhead without hesitation, then KTM is the bike for you.
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  10. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    With a 32" inseam, Punkin (my '07 990) was waaay too much/tall/big/heavy/powerful for me. I fell,..lots. Simple stuff most often. Loved it anyway. That was 6 yrs and 55k ago. Still love it, but even more. I fall a little less now :1drink and you couldn't pry it from my cold dead hands.

    Like Hells says.....she does all of the things quite well that it takes many bikes to do. That's why I have no need/desire for many bikes. Just Punkin. Do it. Get a 990/950. It is unique, and perfect, despite it's faults. The 1190 is just......more like other bikes.
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  11. redbastard

    redbastard Long timer

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    Make a trip to one of the dealers near Seattle, it'll be worth it. I'm 5'6" and have a 29" inseam and rode a 950 for years. Stay away from the "tall" seats and the "R" or "S" suspension and you'll be fine. It does take a little courage and skill to master but you can't beet them off road
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    tacosupreme Been here awhile

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    I've got one you are more than welcome to play with out in Eastern Oregon, but it's kind of icy to have much fun on it right now. I've always been a dirtbike guy...then I rode with a dude that had a 950. I got my endorsement and bought my first "street" bike shortly there after. I think the 990 was a good choice for my first plated bike! Super easy handling, no surprises, stable at speed on forest service roads...good two up, and just an all around fun bike. You can't go wrong man, even us dudes with midget legs! :lol3
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  13. DRTII

    DRTII Been here awhile

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    wow...thanks for all of the responses!

    Alien, that was a finely crafted marketing message right there haha. Let me say this, I don't think I need anyone to sell me on it, I've been in love with this bike since I first saw one years ago and just rode street. I've always been fascinated with the "odd" look (I think it stems from my equal fascination with mid 80's early 90's foreign sports cars), and purpose-driven intent.

    As for the DEMO & redheads. I have no doubt it would compel me to hand over money. I'm OK with that decision.

    Tire/Chains, I'm well read on this (though, seriously lacking in mechanical skill) so I know it will make a semi-mechanic out of me. Seems people run all sorts of tire combo's, and after reading the Oso Loco RR I think I was even more confused.


    Apple Jam. Dude...you did a very poor job of convincing me it won't work ha! I will hop up on that bastard with a running start if I need too. Maybe I'll get tired of picking it up, but what are my options? Walking? Riding a huffy? Getting a much taller WRR (actually, that might be a fun bike)? I think not. Maybe I'll just stay out of the rocky stuff for awhile.

    Redbastard. Seattle, huh? I didn't see one listed up around there either. SmokeyPoint is new for KTM, right? I guess I could call them up. 29" inseams, now that's commitment. I like your style. Did you lower it? As for tall seats, I'm really not interested in adding to the challenge.

    TacoSupreme. Not only do I want a taco now, but I appreciate the offer. I can safely say I'm rarely out in Eastern Oregon, but that would be one place I plan to take the bike (isn't the majority of the OBDR running through it?).
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  14. 4corners14

    4corners14 Been here awhile

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    Man.....I'd kill for a 31.5" inseam! I buy 30" inseam pants....but only because I wear boots all the time :D You can get the 990 lowered if you want to. I just stiffened up the front springs, dropped the triple clamp a half an inch and picked up a low seat for the knarly stuff. I carry a sheepskin for road riding and it comes in handy when fixing flats......keeps the rotor out of the dirt! :clap. I've been riding and racing for 40 years, owned dozens of bikes.....nothing has put on more smiles than the 990. Now if I could just figure out how to pack lighter.....



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  15. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Oh yeah, I'm South of Hood River a bit.
    You are welcome to come ride mine anytime, full blown test ride is OK. You certainly couldn't scratch it up any worse than I have :lol3
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    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    30" inseam here. My 990 was fine for most things in the stock form but where I struggled was exploring while fully loaded. Getting to a locked gate and trying to get the bike backed up to turn her around is tough when all you can get on the ground is your tippy toes :eek1 So I was always having to jump off to back the bike up. I hated to do it but but I lowered mine 1" with custom 0.64 front springs and a custom rear spring which is softer than stock. There is actually a sag now when I sit on the bike. Bike rides much better, especially through washboards.

    If you make it to Hood River there are a few of us 9xx guys here. You could sample a little of everything.
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  17. DRTII

    DRTII Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all of the support, definitely a good group of guys here.

    4corners - I'm flattered hahaha. No, but I get it. I keep dreaming about that 34" inseam that magically appears. Hasn't happened so far. I guess 5'10" is where this train stopped for good.

    So, correct me if I'm wrong. The sheepskin would add height, right? Also, isn't it kind of slippery, shifting around when you try to get off? Very smart about the rotor, I think I saw a video where someone used two sticks or something similar to that to prop it up. Have a feeling you only do that wrong once.

    Did you do the fork work yourself? I've thought about Konflict because I'd heard so many great things just to get it dialed in, but I know there's a "free" option to shave an inch or so.

    Applejam - Sweet. I don't get out to HR much (though I was golfing at Indian Creek a few times late this Summer) but I would love too. I know you arrange a bunch of cool rides (or at least it looked that way on one of the threads here) so I'll have to join one of those WHEN I get the KTM <- like that?

    Laduke - Alright, this is 2/3 comments today mention "fully loaded" and . I've ridden A LOT of sport bikes long distance/XC (CBR600RR, VFR and MV Agusta F4) only the VFR was comfortable, but it was a pig in every sense of the word - especially at low speeds. I had GIVI 35L's on the side and a 47L top box, in addition to my Kriega backpack bungeed to the pillion and a tank bag! I know there's a ton of guys on here that would put that to shame with all the Wolfman/Rotopax/Sleeping bag combo's - but, my real point is at 481lbs wet, that was a pretty heavy bike without the gear. However, that was street, the seat height was around 31" and dirt is not the same. So, for a comparison, if I have to think about the 990 loaded like the VFR was, then yes, I can see how it would get incredibly tiresome picking up a loaded 990 on the trail and at the very minimum trying to turn that heffer around.

    Any tips on this besides "avoid single track and parking lots!" HA

    Oh, and thanks for the multiple offers on riding. You don't get that in the sportbike forums, I can tell you that.
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  18. tblume

    tblume gettin'it

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    I feex dis:deal
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    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Dog, I love that bike.
    It's really quite amazing that it still loves me :D
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  20. tacosupreme

    tacosupreme Been here awhile

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    I take my bike fairly heavily loaded pretty much everywhere. As you noted, the OBDR runs through my backyard and it's easy to have an unintentional overnight (went for a "quick" ride last summer and ended up 450 miles from home, no pavement. Whoops.) I keep gear with me everywhere, as well as spare fuel (damn that Seneca gas station and their random hours!). I even bow hunt off of it! Yeah, it's not a 450 but it goes anywhere I want to go. Turning around is easy, post a leg and dump the clutch, it will turn around in it's own length.

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