Hey guys, I've currently got three bikes in the garage and it's beginning to feel a bit excessive. I used to be a one bike guy and rocked my Street Triple for years. Plenty of road trips on it and now use it mainly as a track bike. I bought a 500 EXC last year to ride the TAT with some friends. Bike has been awesome, but we hardly made it out of Oklahoma before I flipped end over end, knocking myself out, breaking my hand, and ending the trip. Since then, it's been used only a handful of times off-road, and at least once a week to commute on surface streets. I picked up a Triumph Explorer in January for a big touring mount. The Street Triple was getting tiresome on the highway, and the KTM spoiled me to the tall riding position. The Explorer has been great on the streets, but I can't say I'd trust myself on the dirt as it weighs almost 600lbs with no luggage. You can feel the weight at slow speeds and it's fairly annoying coming to a stop. I was about to sell the Street Triple since I hadn't been to the track very much this year, but then rode it around town the other day. What a blast! Thing is a rocket. My plan had been to sell it and put some supermoto rims on the KTM to at least have one lightweight, trackable bike in the stable. Having just blasted around town on the Street I'm now reconsidering. So I'm now looking at the KTM 500 EXC, a full on dirtbike, and the Triumph Explorer, a massive tank of a tourer, sitting in my garage not being used to their fullest. As I was sitting there, especially after the Street Triple ride, I started thinking what bike combines the attributes that I like about the KTM and the Explorer into one platform? KTM 500 EXC Positives: Lightweight Easy to work on Almost indestructible (60+ mph wreck, replaced headlight, gtg) Really fun with huge torque Negatives: Vibrates like crazy Wiring is a bit janky (had chaffing wires behind headlight that I addressed) Terrible highway manners (addressed slightly with damper) Limited luggage capacity Short range Triumph Explorer Positives: Very smooth (once I floated the handlebars with ROX risers) Heated grips Incredibly fast with awesome thrust Handles city streets with aplomb Awesome headlights Normal maintenance intervals Comfortable seat Huge luggage cargo with GIVI sidebags Big range (though not fantastic, 170 miles maybe) Negatives: Heavy (feels like it almost tips over at every stop) Can't find a windshield that works without major buffeting (got a Powerbronze short shield coming in the mail) Don't trust it on dirt (afraid to try really, did I mention it's heavy as snot?) What kind of riding I want to do with this bike: Commute to work Have a place to store my stich and helmet (leaning towards a top box as I've come to despise the girth of the hard side boxes) Offroad riding on occasion, but have the ability to handle everything besides massive jumps Capable of long trips and long seat time Be exhilarating to ride (both the KTM and the Explorer hit this) So basically this list got me thinking about a bike that combines the attributes I like of both bikes. I dig the 500 EXC. It looks awesome, sounds awesome, and is exciting in this gritty, slightly out of control way. It sucks on the highway, but I can imagine with some SM wheels it would be awesome around town. The Explorer has really opened my eyes to big bikes. It's my first bike that I've had luggage on and I love how big and substantial it feels. The weight does suck though, and it's been a questionable purchase since day one. I figure you're supposed to love your bike and I just haven't made that connection with this one. So what do you guys think? 1190 Adventure R? From watching videos, these reviewers are beating the crap out of this thing and riding it harder than I'm probably capable of riding my 500 off road. The most extreme off-roading I'd be doing is dual sport stuff. No whoops, no 60 ft jumps, no tree lined single track mud climbs, nothing crazy. Next big ride is the Colorado Back Country Discovery Route in July. In the fall, we might take another stab at the western TaT. My biggest concern is I'll miss the 500. It's just a damn fun lightweight bike and it did awesome through the Oklahoma sand roads. I'm trying to be honest with myself in what I use these bikes for. Bought the Explorer with dreams of taking multiday asphalt trips and it hasn't happened in six months. Maybe I'm better off just getting rid of the Explorer and putting a bit less aggressive tires on the 500? Eh.... choices.