I'm not sure if I posted before or introduced myself before, but I like bikes, and riding bikes. Do enduro's, and off-road racing, MX a bit, and play on the farm with a Sherco trials bike. Kids all ride from about 2yrs old, and started racing as well. I'm by no means a good rider but just like riding bikes. I've got a 300XCW, just sold my 800GS, because not using the 800 so much, but I'm itching for a dualsport again. If I buy I want to buy new, so 990 R sound nice, and the 1190 sound like its a 1200 GS competitor. What do you guys recon? I even think of a 690 with Dakar conversion, but the thumper worry me a bit? A dual sport is like 4x4, you still use them most of the time on tar, although you tell your mated that you're a hardcore offroader. Still saying that you do not want to be frustrated by a overweight companion. The new 1190 is only 10kgmore than the 990, so makes you wonder, but the fun factor????? There is nothing nicer than to get on sandy stuff, stand up, and start pinning, with suspension that just soak up everything like that 300!!