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Offline Johannes

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Desision time
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:54:26 am »
Morning ;D

I am happy to say that my next disision in life is to what bike to buy :ricky:
Now I am between a ktm 950 adv or a 690 with the dakar kit and I am 1.71M tall and am not afraid of power or a high bike.

My problem is I dont know anything about the 690's like there road comfort the feul efficiency or maintenance!
Please help?? :peepwall:
 
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Re: Desision time
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013, 11:10:42 am »
What type of riding do you expect to be doing?

Are you looking at mainly tar or mainly dirt?  Both bikes are quite capable, the thing with choosing a good adventure bike is you will struggle to find the "perfect" bike.  Every choice will be a compromise, the secret is to find the best compromise with a bike that will serve you the best for the type of riding you will do most.

This is a lesson that I have learnt first hand, I bought myself a KTM 640 Adventure because we do mainly off-road adventure riding, where we trailer the bikes to a point then try and do 90% dirt on our trips.  For this purpose the KTM 640 is unmatched IMO, and is such a capable bike.

The problem comes in that I also like to commute a bit with my bike when I wake up and see its a beautiful day, I also like to take the Mrs out for a spin every now and then, this is where the 640 falls flat on its face.  And this is where the dilemma comes in with which bike to buy.

I only manage about 4 adventure trips a year, so my reasoning is do I buy the perfect bike for the 4 trips a year I do, or do I buy a better suited bike for the commuting in the week or odd weekend ride which is able to handle the road a lot better along with a pillion.  This is a tough decision, however for me the right thing to do is get rid of the 640 which is an awesome and capable bike and go with either a 950 adventure or the 990.  From what I hear the 950 / 990 is almost as capable as the singles but heavier so it is slightly more limited in the dirt.

As an all rounder that will suite all needs my feeling is the bigger V-Twins are a better bet.  Hope my 2c helps a bit.
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Re: Desision time
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 11:35:41 am »
i have the 2012 690, im very happy with it! i fitted the Omega kit because its made locally and i could replace anything i break. >:D

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Re: Desision time
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2013, 12:03:37 pm »
I commute about 1200 kilos a month and my trips consist of about 60% dirt and 40% tar and it is usually about 700 - 800 kilos tar a day at 
120-130 km\h..

So I guess the 950 is the best option but the 690 is just so damn sexy :drif: so thats why if the 690 can do it easily then I want it.

And so far all my trips was on a KLR 650 witch did it no problem :deal:
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Re: Desision time
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2013, 01:31:07 pm »
Most people buy a 690 and then spend huge amounts to turn it into a 950/990.  My conversions and changes bring my 690 exactly equal to a 990.  

My take on your requirement would be a F800GS rather than a KTM. 
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Re: Desision time
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2013, 04:40:36 pm »
tHANK YOU ALL FOR THE REPLEYS

I really like the F800 but I did reaserch and the earlier models tend to have alot of problems so I am scared of buying a problem 2nd hand F800 or am I wrong about the bike because I dont know :lamer:
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Re: Desision time
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 04:52:03 pm »
tHANK YOU ALL FOR THE REPLEYS

I really like the F800 but I did reaserch and the earlier models tend to have alot of problems so I am scared of buying a problem 2nd hand F800 or am I wrong about the bike because I dont know :lamer:

You are indeed wrong. The 800gs is super reliable and will take a lot of abuse. Depending on your riding style, you'll probably need to spend a lot on it to get it dirt touring ready or buy one that has been sorted already
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Re: Desision time
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2013, 06:58:39 pm »
BMWs come with guarentees, so if you get 1 with 20 000km on the clock with a dealer service history, all the issues will be sorted.

 KTMs are more likely to be owner maintained. They are also more fun.  I have amongst others, 2 KTMs but I use a GS for my daily commute (70 km), some dirt.  When I need mental therapy, I take the 690. But it is hard work on a daily basis.  You may be tougher than me, though.