Hello to all 2 wheeled brothers and sisters in arms, This thread will document my journey with the KTM 990 adventure for my own personal documentation as well as for any who are interested. Throughout my motorcycling career, I have come to the conclusion that there isn’t a type or brand of motorcycle that is best, and that anything with a motor and two wheels will put an enormous grin on my face and for different reasons! But unfortunately, so many bikes, so little funds and time. The ability to justify multiple bikes to myself and... my wife has waned and even the... motorcycles are like pairs of shoes justification no longer works. After having Harley’s (Dyna series), Triumphs (2006,1977) Sports bikes (GSXR, H2) and a Honda Africa Twin most recently, I discovered that an ADV bike ticked a lot of boxes. The Honda was a beautiful bike that was reliable and as good in the dirt as it was on the road but for some reason the Honda just felt... dull. And so, the search for the ultimate all-rounder led me to… The KTM 990 ADV. The 990 looks imposing. Just to look at it, the machine has a serious attitude. It looks as if it does not suffer fools and wannabes gladly and will spit them straight off. It is not a beautiful looking bike, far from it. Ugly, utilitarian, fit for purpose and mean looking. It looks fit for an apocalypse… It looks epic. Riding the bike, it is as mean as it looks. I have never ridden a bike that is as unfriendly to the user as the 990. It feels as though it is daring you to make one, just one mistake and it will make you pay for it big time. The machine isn’t happy messing around town on down side streets, its as if its angry at you for subjecting it to this mundane nonsense, all the while waiting to tear through the sands of the Sahara. But as soon as you let the beast free, it is your best and oldest friend, it handles beautifully with as much power as you could ask for, and you can do no wrong as the beast gives everything it has to you and allows you to cross any terrain with you on its back with a massive smile on your face. This machine is clearly something special. A bonding period has begun with the Orange beast, we are still feeling each other out but I get the feeling that this is the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship.