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smj 02-14-2013 09:44 AM

From BMW to Orange...
About 6 months ago I had to sell my BMW F800GS... Two kids in college, no job for the wife, and so on. It is wonderful what 6 months can bring about! I am going to pick up a brand new 2012 990 r from the local dealer either this weekend or next heated grips are the only option added in. Just a matter of getting over there to do so. It has been fun shopping, I looked all over the country, and when I found an out of state "deal" I liked, I went to the dealer asked him if he wanted my business. We worked it out! So, once again I'll be snooping the back roads here in Coloardo! Very exciting times indeed... This is my first KTM, I am looking forward to a long relationship, and many travels. Of course, this also means I have to sell my 07 XR650R - but I think that it will be OK... Although I'll miss the Honda, too. My hope is that I won't miss the BMW anymore!

Orangecicle 02-14-2013 09:51 AM

Welcome! You'll love that bike.

Make sure you put on a side stand relocator ASAP. There are threads here about that and where to buy.

dualsportride 02-14-2013 11:22 AM

Welcome to the Orange side hope you enjoy the bike, and glad to see things have turned around for you.

unaweep 02-14-2013 11:29 AM


Where are you in CO? We'll prolly cross paths one day soon.:freaky

Be sure to get a skid plate if you're gonna off road it. You're gonna love this bike.

zgfiredude 02-14-2013 03:51 PM

Welcome, and congrats. The good news is that you'll be able to share the ride with your wife if you choose.....wait, did that come out right?

You get the idea! :rofl

BigNastybrp 02-14-2013 04:07 PM

I have the xr and the KTM 990r you will love it. but no way I will sell my xr650r. you will want the kick stand relocation kit.

turbojet 02-14-2013 06:22 PM

Dude I just went through the same process in slightly different order. I've been lusting after a KTM 990 for several years but have always been a BMW guy with a 2010 F800GS (prior to that had a 1999 1100GS). When I heard that we might be looking at the end of the 990 model I jumped on a 2012 Adventure. Since I've sold my both my BMW and my Vstrom.

I'm curious as to why you went with KTM instead of another 800GS? Cheers! And we like to see pix.:clap

Mooney 78865 02-14-2013 07:00 PM

Welcome! You won't look back, Promise!

Bootsy 02-15-2013 05:45 AM


I've done a similar choice a few time ago.
From bmw gs800 + bmw hp2 Enduro
KTM 990 adv R+950 super enduro

very very happy about the choice
so I hope it will be the same to you


smj 02-15-2013 07:03 PM

Thank you, everyone, for the welcome!

I had hoped to pick up the bike this weekend, but that may have to wait until next weekend, as work is rearing its continued-paycheck head again… So to speak...

So, it sounds like the side stand relocation kit and skid plate are going to be required. I have heard the seat is not all that comfortable, and that the wind screen allows too much buffeting… What else? This is all good to know, and I will be looking into the side stand relocation kit and skid plate for sure! Thanks.

Unaweep - I live up in Longmont... Where are you at?

BigNastybrp – As much as I do love the pig, reality sometimes sucks. I can’t afford to keep both.

Turbojet – The BMW is a longer story, here’s the short version… I was going over Weston pass, riding well and “helping” the bike up the west side, which one section seems to be paved with baby-heads and larger. Two 990’s went by like I was on blocks. The BMW is a nice bike, I think the KTM will suit me better.

smj 02-16-2013 09:08 PM

I did manage to pick the new ride up today after all. Got about 90 miles on it toay as well. See what can be done tomorrow! :D

BigNastybrp 02-16-2013 09:59 PM

brp riders think alike sweet bike

unaweep 02-17-2013 09:19 AM


Look great guys! You should both check out for hand guards- Paul is an Adv-er and a really great guy selling hands down the best set of guards out there. You should both check out the Wings exhaust that are currently on sale- check out the link in Rockies Regional forum- fantastic quality on par with Akras for a lot less $$. :deal

Edit to add-

DesertSurfer 02-17-2013 09:39 AM

Mission creeping?
Let the farkling begin!!!

Ramv 02-17-2013 06:38 PM

You will not regret it. Weston pass is a breeze on a KTM. This is Mosquito pass in the snow. Sure can't beat a KTM if you are riding a twin.

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