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Old 10-01-2012, 11:20 PM   #2
Gnarly Adventurer
Joined: May 2011
Location: White Salmon, WA
Oddometer: 132
Thumb Sometimes bigger is not better...

I used to ride the KTM 990 ADV-R which is the best bike in its class ( IMO ). One day I was riding a dirt road alone and decided to pull over and take a break. The bike tipped over due to soft footing for the kick stand. I could not pick it up so I had to wait for help. 4 hours I waited...finally a hunter came by and helped me out. The following day the bike went up for sale. I replaced it with two bikes. A 2012 KTM 990 SMT which is perfect for pavement. I also got a 2013 KTM 500 EXC which is a total joy in the dirt. I can easily pick up the 250 pound 500 EXC. I have figured out a simple effective pack system for the 500 and will install the 19L KTM tank when it shows up at the dealer. The bike will weigh less than 300 pounds ready to adventure tour. The 500 has plenty of power and is very rugged so it should be reliable.
2013 KTM 500 EXC
2012 KTM 990 SMT
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