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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #40 on: January 22, 2009, 10:05:02 am »
LS you just signed his death warrant  :'(

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #41 on: January 22, 2009, 10:06:02 am »
So no 990 to 1200 change known of?

Just wondering, because I was thinking about getting a 1200 :laughing4: :laughing4: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #42 on: January 22, 2009, 10:20:07 am »
LS:

On more than one bike: You know what I mean - two bikes serving a similar purpose. Like a 640 and a 990. :mwink:

On doing anything on a 990 that you can do on a 640 - well if you cannot come up with something, then I guess your answer (I will believe anything) is as good as it gets. :thumleft:

Won't comment on the opinion bit...just lame. :pot:
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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #43 on: January 22, 2009, 10:20:59 am »
So no 990 to 1200 change known of?

Just wondering, because I was thinking about getting a 1200 :laughing4: :laughing4: :imaposer: :imaposer:

1200's are for old peopol riders, why would people change from Race Ready to poser?


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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2009, 10:36:36 am »
If you want this question answered go on advrider.com. There you will find guys that have gone from a 1200 to a 990 and vice versa. Unfortunately no one that shells out good money for any brand of bike is going to tell you they made a kak decision.

I think purely by virtue of the fact that we ride bikes, we have a little more ego than your average limp dick cager. That being said you are going to find it very difficult to find someone that shelled out the dosh to tell you he prefers what he just sold. The ego will prevent from happening!

My advice and please, this is only an opinion, go ride a 990 for as long as they will allow you to and then decide. Buying a bike is a bit like getting married where as test riding is like having that naughty gf. Often the naughty gf does not stay that way once you have married her!

No one can tell you what to do, go with your gut and enjoy whichever way you decide to go.

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #45 on: January 22, 2009, 10:39:44 am »
If you want this question answered go on advrider.com. There you will find guys that have gone from a 1200 to a 990 and vice versa. Unfortunately no one that shells out good money for any brand of bike is going to tell you they made a kak decision.

I think purely by virtue of the fact that we ride bikes, we have a little more ego than your average limp dick cager. That being said you are going to find it very difficult to find someone that shelled out the dosh to tell you he prefers what he just sold. The ego will prevent from happening!


My advice and please, this is only an opinion, go ride a 990 for as long as they will allow you to and then decide. Buying a bike is a bit like getting married where as test riding is like having that naughty gf. Often the naughty gf does not stay that way once you have married her!

No one can tell you what to do, go with your gut and enjoy whichever way you decide to go.

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You can actually ignore the rest of all the stuff in this thread, here's the plain truth about this subject.

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #46 on: January 22, 2009, 10:44:01 am »
People rate the 950 as an offroad machine of note but in my experience its closer to the 1200.
Its a tourer that can handle the rough stuff better than the 1200 but its not a 640 Adv.

It may be the best of the litre class in offroad ability but comparing it to the 650 class is silly. Nearly all 650's will drill a 950 if the going gets rough.
And I don't mean dirt roads. Its a 200kg bike ffsakes!

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My guestimates on gut feel after riding them both (hey its a big gut so bear with me)  

BMW1200 80tar - 20dirt  
KTM950 70tar - 30dirt  , sort of same league as the BMW 800.

A 640Adv is the other way around for sure, I'd prefer to be on dirt that tar, maybe its because the whole earth feels like its shaking on dirt and you forget the vibes from the thumper ;)
 

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #47 on: January 22, 2009, 10:44:03 am »
If you want this question answered go on advrider.com. There you will find guys that have gone from a 1200 to a 990 and vice versa. Unfortunately no one that shells out good money for any brand of bike is going to tell you they made a kak decision.

+100

you just answered it

the reason people go from 1200 to 990 is they sell the 1200 easy peasy and they dont make that much of a loss as bmw keeps its value

but once your on the orange beast its value drops like a brick in a swimming pool - they can never sell it again  :o

hence they have to say that they are happy as a pig in shit - even thought deep down they all want a 1200GSA  >:D
 

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #48 on: January 22, 2009, 11:21:12 am »
what shark_za said
 

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #49 on: January 22, 2009, 11:24:25 am »
Yes....again well said Shark. We have been over this in the past.  But I must say the 800 is very very close to the thumpers in ability.  ;)


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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #50 on: January 22, 2009, 11:30:20 am »
Boys boys boys  get a 640 (or690Eish) KTM for a serious fun factor on dirt and a 1200GSA for everything else.  For sand mud and rock (not dirt) day rides a 990 is just as limiting as a 1200!  Never ever get brand befok its about size not brand, usage not brand, practical elements not brand!  I ride my 640 adv and get a hard on, I ride my 1200 GSA and get a hard on! 

To clarify - there is no bike with a 33l tank, huge screen, soft seat etc like a GSA.  There is no bike with a kick start, 28 l tank, light and powerful like a 640adv!  Nothing beats a kdx 200 on serious techinical stuff!

QUESTION!  has anyone bought more than one bike and regretted it?
ANSWER:  NO!


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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #51 on: January 22, 2009, 11:45:21 am »
................... there is nothing that you can do on the 640 that you cannot do on a 990. The only upsides to the 640 is range on the standard fuel tanks and price.


Ughu ughu Bull shit man!! You ment to tell me that the 990 is just as agile as the 640 on the single track rough stuff????

From what I've recently seen on the single dirt track between PE and Uitenhage (part of the Cherrie enduro), the 990 as well as the 1200 are simply not up to really rough tracks, not talking about soft single sand roads. 

I.e. on a +_ 30 degree rutted single track section the ktm 300's and 640s' screamed up, which the 1200 and the 990's not even geting halfway and then opting for the longer alternative route.  Hell even a CFR 230 was way better than the 1200 and the 990.


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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #52 on: January 22, 2009, 12:00:23 pm »
Parra,

So, to summarise.  It is all about personal preference.


Well put, Both are fantastic bikes ..... my 2c

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #53 on: January 22, 2009, 12:20:15 pm »
Plore changed from a 950 to a 800

LS you just signed his death warrant  :'(

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #54 on: January 22, 2009, 12:34:08 pm »
Because i love the GS800 a lot
Because i miss the 950 a lot

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #55 on: January 22, 2009, 12:47:18 pm »

On doing anything on a 990 that you can do on a 640 - well if you cannot come up with something, then I guess your answer (I will believe anything) is as good as it gets. :thumleft:


For one thing - on the Drinks on the breede I saw Fidel jump a moerse log with his 640/690 (can never remember which it is) almost 'feet up trails' style. And it didn't seemed like the bike minded that at all. (ok to also be fair I was amazed at what Fidel could do with that short legs of his, but that another story)

I don't see the 950/990 be able to do that (or if it is able, it won't take it in its stride like the smaller one)

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #56 on: January 22, 2009, 12:50:52 pm »




 (ok to also be fair I was amazed at what Fidel could do with that short legs of his, but that another story)





Dude, that just doesn't sound right, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt..... :biggrin:
 

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #57 on: January 22, 2009, 12:58:00 pm »
in my opinion there is nothing that you can do on the 640 that you cannot do on a 990.

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #58 on: January 22, 2009, 01:13:09 pm »
It seems to me there are so many opinions.That tells me there is no right or wrong answer.But the advice is to get a friend who has one, organise a ride ,and you spend the day on his bike.Ride all different terrains,but make sure you spend the whole day in the saddle and this will give a really good idea if you can live with the bike long term.Maybe see if you can ride it for 2 days one day being a long distance ride.
If you schmaak it then buy a clean used model like an 05 for a fair price and if after 6 months you hate it sell it again and you won't lose too much.Don't spend R140 000.00 if you are unsure.
 

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Re: Has anyone changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted it?
« Reply #59 on: January 22, 2009, 01:32:01 pm »
OK, from all the posts so far either no one has changed from a 1200GS to a 990 and regretted doing so OR no one has the balls to admit it.
My only choice then this to take a 990 on a long days test ride, make a decision and live with that decision.
If I do buy the 990 and regret the decision in a few months time just don't ask me to admit it ;D 
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