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Old 10-28-2012, 10:03 AM   #1528
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Sorry, Dude. But think about what you're asking for.

Originally Posted by LukasM View Post
Why do you guys keep recommending bikes if you have not even ridden them? It's pretty obvious that you have never taken a 690 on the highway or we wouldn't be having this discussion.

The 690 is pretty light and makes a lot of power for a single but it is nowhere near as smooth as a twin could be (neither the 654 nor the 690cc version), and with the close ratio 6-speed you either gear it to work well off road OR the highway, you can't have both. I also trust my Husaberg more than I would trust a 690 so I see no reason to carry the extra 60 lbs.

I enjoy performance and light weight so I'm not interested in a DR, been there, done that (including a full KTM suspension swap).
It is true, I've never ridden a 690, but I have owned and ridden a KLR and DR, and now own a 990.

So, you want KTM to build a 750/800 cc twin, similar to the Tiger/BMW F800GS, but you want it to weigh 350 lbs, be suitable for highway purposes, and handle like an MX bike off-road. Plus, you want it to be reasonably priced and strong. Damn, that is a pretty tall order for any maker. They would need to shave 200-ish cc's off the 990, and find a way to lose 80-100 lbs. That means tiny tank, skinny seat, and little or no wind protection.

I think you have a better chance of riding a unicorn

All in fun, mate. We all have our wish list, but I've yet to see a single bike fit everyone needs absolutely perfectly. There are always compromises.
2012 KTM 990 ADV R.
2007 KLX 250S
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