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Offline chrisB

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« on: May 07, 2006, 05:15:23 pm »
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I have to share this, I ride my little "Uber thumper" f650GS and love it, I thought I was going to train myself up with little Uber and go for the 1200GS later next year, until today. At the AMID show I decided to go and "walk" on the dark side for two laps on the KTM 950 Adv with my son as pillion - WOW what a bike  :shock:

It handled like a dream around the track, excellent brakes and of course exceleration, is only 5kg's heavier than my 650! The seat is a bit hard but I hear you can buy an softer seat for about R1100. The silver one costs R85000 and the orange one about R95000 according to the sales guy's.

I did not have the time to tae the "990S" for a spin, but they say that the fuel injection on the "990S" makes a huge difference aswell.

What a nice experience, I gues it will be hard to choose between 1200GS and the KTM after today.

What's the service intervals on these bikes like? I could not get an consistant answer from the two different sales guy's that I spoke to, one says 5000 and the other 10000?

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2006, 05:21:55 pm »
I'd say about 5000 km's especially if you are going to do alot of dirt riding. Krazy and LITO would agree on your lust for the Katoom  8) They will also be able to tell you alot more about the bike. I would go for the S if you are tall enough the normal one just seems too low when I stood next to it. Don't kniow if this has an effect on the ground clearance ?
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2006, 06:01:33 pm »
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I gues it will be hard to choose between 1200GS and the KTM after today.!

not if price is a deciding factor. both are good bikes, 1200gs and 950adv.
 the seat is hard, but not so much that i'd pay for a softer one  :lol:

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What's the service intervals on these bikes like? I could not get an consistant answer from the two different sales guy's that I spoke to, one says 5000 and the other 10000?

the manual says 7500km  :wink:
 

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2006, 08:45:10 am »
Thanx for the info, how well will it commute I saw that the handle bars is not wider that that of the 650 and the fairing seems to be okay so getting through the traffic should not be an issue, the balance with the bit of low speed riding that I did inside the bike area felt pretty good. I commute every day with my UberThumper so commuting will play an important role of the bike, I cant see doing that on a on a 1150ADv or 1200 for that matter altough I just LOVE those bikes  :?
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2006, 08:54:30 am »
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is only 5kg's heavier than my 650!

Not quite...the 650 weighs 175kg dry and 192kg fully fuelled.
The 950 weighs 198kg dry so it is actually 23kg (28kg wet) heavier than the 650.
Figures from official BMW and KTM websites

Still...it's not that much
 

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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2006, 09:42:14 am »
i can squeeze in between a dumptruck and double-cab quite easily  :wink:
 

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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2006, 09:49:09 am »
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i can squeeze in between a dumptruck and double-cab quite easily


That sounds excellent! How's the fuel consumption on that baby? I get 24.5 km / litre in town at this point, from the 17L tank I usually fill up on average @ 380km per tank...
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2006, 10:08:21 am »
i dont know about km/l, but i get 6l per 100km mixed cycle
 

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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2006, 10:56:22 am »
It seems i am losing my son to the dark side as well!!!!

I will keep him on the straight and narrow.
 

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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2006, 11:12:19 am »
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It seems i am losing my son to the dark side as well!!!!


Use the force you must!  :D Tempting the dark side is!
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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2006, 12:57:33 pm »
 

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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2006, 01:00:28 pm »
Ha-ha  :D  dis freaking snaaks  :D  :D  :D
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2006, 01:02:50 pm »
Fell off my chair  K-E... hilarious.
 

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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2006, 01:03:26 pm »
Hoekom is die oranje een duurder as die silver?
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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2006, 01:06:13 pm »
Because it's so ugly, KTM had to increase the price for the "perceived exclusivity."

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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2006, 01:14:40 pm »
The 1200 GS is an excellent commuter as well.  The BW's service intervals is 10 000 km, and not that expensive.

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« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2006, 01:39:47 pm »
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Hoekom is die oranje een duurder as die silver?


oranje is 2005 se model en silver is 2004 s'n.

hier is die verskil tussen die twee:
2005
The bikes are almost the same except for the following minor changes. Multi-function shaft A new, flared drive-sprocket helps to further reduce engine noise. - Clutch cover A new clutch cover, tightened from the inside, ensures less structure-borne noise and also reduces the engine noise. - Carburetor An additional electric carburetor heater keeps the carburetor from icing up when temperatures are low and the humidity is high. Chassis The suspension travel was reduced by 20 mm both front and rear to lower the seat. With 245 mm of suspension travel for the 950 Adven-ture S and 210 mm for the 950 Adventure, their seat heights could be lowered to a comfortable 895 mm and 860 mm respectively. - Seat A lower seat with a new contour and better foam cushioning means more comfort and better ergonomics, for the driver as well as the passenger. - Front wheel Now featuring a 21? front wheel with a more stable rim for total ter-rain compatibility. - Rear wheel The 18? rear wheel is equipped with a broader rim (4.25? instead of 4.00?), which results in noticeably better handling and even more stability. - Rear Brake New brake pistons with heat protection provide even more safety, even when exposed to extreme forces. - Exhaust A new heat shield for the header pipe has been extended toward the back, which means more efficient protection for your legs against the exhaust heat. - Splash guards A new splash guard mounted in the frame triangle efficiently keeps water spray and dirt away from the airbox and electrical system. - Ventilator A new ventilator hood draws heat away from the radiators better, conducting it outside, thereby reducing the flow of warm air toward the rider?s legs. - Colors No more Silver available and the blue one has different graphics, no more GO!!!!!!! claim on the sides.
 

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« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2006, 01:59:48 pm »
Thanx for that information krazy-eyes, any specific reliability issues that you know of? I see that www.bikez.com has a "reliability" ratting of 61.x%comparted to my current bike that's rated 81.x% I guess these stats might be missleading depending on how many people took part in the survey...
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« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2006, 03:41:19 pm »
i have done 5000km and not a single problem.
i have had to:
1. tighten the steering headbearing after some hectic corrugations. it took 5 minutes and hasnt given me any more hassles.
2. lube and adjust the chain tension.

it shouldnt be any less reliable than any other bike.
people always say: "no, dont buy this or that brand because i heard that parts are expensive, or someone i know had such and such a problem".
if you're going to look for faults you'll find it with any brand of car or bike.

i knew someone who said landrovers were bad quality and unreliable when his gearbox blew all its oil seals. what he wont tell you is that this happened after he drove the thing at 160 for 4 hours non stop during a heatwave in the desert.

if you apply basic mechanical sympathy to anything, it'll last as long as it was intended.
besides, this bike was built solely with the paris-dakar in mind, and afterwards adapted for road use - that should count for  :shock: something  :shock:
 

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« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2006, 03:47:56 pm »
Thanks for all that I find it usefull, it's better to speak to someone that is actually using the product, howmuch does a service (standard no chain replacements and stuff) set you back? Do you service at every 7500km?
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