Back in 2010, I was searching for a bike that would be my all-purpose bike. I wanted something that would travel well at highway speeds, something that would carry luggage, and something that would take me well off the beaten path. I thought at the time that the perfect bike would be something like the old Honda TransAlp 650 with smaller displacement and V-twin smoothness. But, those bikes brought a premium in the US if you could find them just because they are getting rare. And then there was the parts problem if you broke something on a long-in-the-tooth bike like that. It seemed like there was nothing out there that really checked all the boxes for me. Then I ran across some threads talking about the KTM 950 Adventure. It was way, way more bike than I needed, but wow. I found a listing on eBay and started talking to the owner in private messages. A few weeks later, he dropped off a new-to-me, well used 950. Over these past few years, my 950 has been my constant companion. It has been the thing that I turn to when I need a break from the rest of the world. It has given me that opportunity to just break away when the world seemed to be crashing down on me, like when my Dad was in a nursing home trying to recover from a stroke . . . and failing. Me and my sis on a day away from the nursing facility near Estes Park: We were happy to be on the bike. Otherwise, we weren't happy. The 950 has taken me up the highest navigable road in the country. Here's sis at the top of Mt. Evans: And, the 950 has given me every chance to "play" with all sorts of things, like digging into the internals of the bike, or just making up some new graphics. One day while riding in Colorado with my sister, we stopped for gas in Idaho Springs. She tried to get back on the bike and couldn't get her leg over the seat. She nearly fell to the ground laughing and said, "Why do they make these orangecicles so damn TALL!" From that point forward, my bike was the Orangecicle, and I immediately changed my ADV handle to match. Over the past two years, my riding has been changing a lot. I ride a lot locally with a small group of guys who like to really explore the places where no one goes. Tracks that have me out of my element on the 950 due to the weight. And then there was that crash that I had in Colorado riding the Backcountry Discovery Route. Not this one: This one: Yeah, that hurt. Cracked ribs, and I think we still did another 100 miles that day. So, after riding a few smaller bikes and thinking about what I want to do next year at 50+ years of age, I decided that it's time to retool. I told my Dad once that he should spend all of his money before his death because I didn't want any, and that if he left me any money I'd buy the biggest motorcycle I could find and ride it all the way across the country. (He hated motorcycles and, more specifically, me on motorcycles). Well he didn't get the chance to spend all of his money, so I'm going to keep my promise. But I am going to vary the size of the bike a little. I think, and a lot of other people think, that KTM is really pointed in the wrong direction. Riders like me want a bike that will do everything reasonably well. Good range, low weight, reasonable power. I think KTM should be focusing efforts on the middle adventure market rather than on GS competitors. I have no desire at all to own an 1190, 1290, or the new "restricted" 1050. I would be frightened to take a bike like that back through Colorado off road. Nope. Not me. Instead, I'm downsizing. I picked up this really unused 2010 690 today. A few months from now, it should look like this (borrow from Clare and Sam's Chasing Horizons thread): This is a very happy day, but the picture of my old 950 and my new 690 leaves me a little sad. To me, it's a reminder that I'm preparing to say goodbye to an old friend. But such is life. I don't collect bikes. I ride bikes. I have room for one bike in my garage, and that bike is going to be a KTM Quest. Orangecicle version 2.0. Alright, let's do this.