XR650R to a KTM....Maybe

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by CollinsB, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Doug Matson

    Doug Matson Long timer

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    Congrats Brian, that is a great choice. Have fun with it.
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  2. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    So Collins, is that a rotax engine? It is a good looking bike. I am going to replace my XRR at some point. I know that KTM is an attractive option, but not everyone understands that the XRR is not easy to replace. The reason, I think, is that it does so many things well and it also seems to shield the pilot from a lot of the harshness the desert deals out.
    It is an easy bike to rack big miles on. I have never owned a KTM, but I know they are the Sharpest knife in the drawer. But they don't seem like a long-distance cruiser. I have been studying the BMW XChallenge. It may be a lot like the 510 you ended up with.
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  3. CollinsB

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    Not a rotax motor... It's closer in comparison to the BMW 450X, than the XChallange. It's lighter weight (to me anyway) and geometry a bit more racey. It's a whole different ride than the XRR.

    Haven't had a chance to ride other than down the street. We'll see how it works out after this weekend in the desert!
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  4. ktm55

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    Pretty bike! What is your planned usage ? Street:trail ratio?
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  5. CollinsB

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    It will be used for desert and mountain trail rides... 95% trail, 5% street. My previous ride (XR) was ridden onroad maybe 60 miles. Frankly; I dont think I put more than 1,400 miles total on the bike the entire time I owned it.
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  6. Big_John

    Big_John That'll be the day

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    The 650R is a seriously diverse bike. It can win the Baja1000.....or it can take its rider to the ends of the earth....especially when properly equipped.

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    But I am in your same place, Brian.......

    I want a big KTM in the worst way. I am also a big guy.....6'4", 260lbs. The Pig is a great bike for me, but I want more.....

    I have my eyes set on the 2009-2010 990 ADV "R". I must have the "R".....its suspension is very appealing.....ever better than the 950 Super Enduro (yeah, look it up).

    Gotta have a 990R!!!!!!



    ..........
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  7. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    I see the OP got the TE, great bike!

    I thought this was fitting though, since most of the discussion was XRR vs KTM. Here is a ride we just got back from, both a KTM 950 SE and a XRR.
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  8. CollinsB

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    Th BRP was awesome..but I lusted for something lighter and more agile. The 950R, and the Enduro were both heavier than the XR, and more maintenance. The EXC500 was interesting,... but I couldnt justify the price.
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  9. dogsslober

    dogsslober No neck tie, Ti neck

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    Pretty Husky. Maybe this should be moved to thumpers now:D
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  10. Doug Matson

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    I think the Husky motors are based on the RFS KTM motor but with their refinements. Which is a great motor.
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