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Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by CollinsB, Dec 10, 2012.
Congrats Brian, that is a great choice. Have fun with it.
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.
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!
Pretty bike! What is your planned usage ? Street:trail ratio?
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.
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.
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!!!!!!
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.
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.
Pretty Husky. Maybe this should be moved to thumpers now
I think the Husky motors are based on the RFS KTM motor but with their refinements. Which is a great motor.