Tearing up Washington on my KTM 990 R

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by BlockPass, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. BlockPass

    BlockPass Been here awhile

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    Today is a good day. I sold my BMW R1200GS and picked up a brand new 2011 KTM 990 R yesterday. Going to add some updates right away, including a Black Dog skid plate and stand relocation plate.

    No jokes about a KTM being towed by a BMW! :lol3

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    Here she is

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    Black Dog skid plate:

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    And their stand relocation plate:

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    Ready to ride!
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  2. Tooltech

    Tooltech Been here awhile

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    I have one just like yours...great bikes!

    I would suggest Akra cans and KTM folding mirrors. I would also recommend going to NAPA and get some Stainless Steel valve stem caps. :wave
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  3. whiteman

    whiteman "Meow Mix"

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    Congrats on the new motorkykle... I have been missing my 950 for some time.

    Where about are you tearing up Washington?
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  4. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Nice! You'll love it. Make sure you post up pictures of your trips!
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  5. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Go with the Wings cans! Cj designs has great folding mirrors too and they actually helped with the buffeting issue.
    Congrats!
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  6. Flameout

    Flameout Been here awhile

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    Congrats on an excellent choice! I kinda came from the other way: KLR 650 to KTM. Nice to see someone that has experienced the big GS having some Orange koolaid! Absolutely LOVE my '10 R!
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  7. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Fixt. :D
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  8. Tooth

    Tooth State of Jefferson

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    Went from a GSA indirectly to a 990.....apples and oranges....:rofl
    totally different ride...you will love this bike.
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  9. grinns

    grinns Semper Fi

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    I did the same thing. I got the pleasure of riding anouther inmates gs a few weeks ago and I am definatly happy with my decision. I've done about 18k on the 990 so far, what a amazing bike!
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  10. Pistolero

    Pistolero W. F. O.

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    Good call on the swap :deal
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  11. roastbeef82

    roastbeef82 Adventurer

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    I bought one last year, best buy ever - love it.
    Cheers
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  12. jsantos58

    jsantos58 jsantos58

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    I am thinking about making the move to a 990 R, and I am curious about the differences in ride. I found a dealer willing to sell a 2011 new for $11.7k but, I have read if you don't have a tall inseam you won't be happy. So, all you inmates that have made the move, please provide your input.
    thanks
    js
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  13. BlockPass

    BlockPass Been here awhile

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    I am 6' tall, with a 33" inseam, and while I am not flat footed, coming from a motocross background this suits me fine.

    I posted this under ride reports, but will post here as well on my thread, breaking her in on dirt seemed logical...

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  14. KTMandu

    KTMandu Adventurer Wannabe

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    I'm 5' 9" with a 30" inseam. Initially the bike will seem tall but you adapt and it soon becomes second nature to you. No worries. Go for it!
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  15. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    5' 10" w/ 32' inseam on a 2005 950 Adv, which is just a tad shorter than the current 990R. You get used to the height quickly.
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  16. 68deluxe

    68deluxe Long timer

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    Congrats on the new bike, although you got the slower color. :D
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  17. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    Where at in Washington are you? We got a decent little riding group of orange koolaid drinkers down her in Olympia. Nice bike and congrats by the way I run the titanium fmf cans and love them fwiw.
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  18. BlockPass

    BlockPass Been here awhile

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    I am up in Bellevue, just East of Seattle. Surely in the range when a good ride presents itself!
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  19. roastbeef82

    roastbeef82 Adventurer

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    Yep I am 6'1" and I prefer it to the standard height Adventure that I had before, but also I like the bench seat (you can shift positions easily when riding on difficult terrain)
    Cheers
    Phil
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  20. cholla

    cholla earth rover

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    Congratulations on the new steed. We need more proof that your thashin' on Washington though. Ya know, "gouges in the skid plate, radiator / windsheild bug collection, worn rubber, speeding tickets, etc." Your off to a good start. Ridin' dirty! Keep up the good work. And ride it like you stole it, cause you own it! :DWelcome to the club.
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