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Old 05-31-2013, 12:05 AM   #91
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Can't help yourself Danny!!!

Although saying that, the Tiger and I are getting along fantastically - cheers
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Bit of a surprise to see the tiger gone, but the orange bug does bite hard.
And yes, some have suggested that my bike purchasing is somewhat impulsive. Luckily my wife has just accepted this as one of my inherent traits and has moved onto the acceptance phase
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:42 AM   #92
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I'm on the same situation, eyeing the 1190 from a Tiger 800 XC. I like the Tiger but I have a strong feeling I will like the 1190 Adventure better.
G'Day Lion,

My observation so far is that the two bikes do a very similar job in many respects. There are two area's where the 1190 stands out for me though:

1) Power in Sport mode. Flick the switch to Sport mode and the bike is just insane. I am talking about the kind of mental disturbance that hovers a front wheel above the ground while clearing triple digits (in mph no less) and smokes the rear tyre exiting tar corners. It's the kind of power that leaves your hands shaking after a spirited run and makes you feel like wearing your undies on the outside, super hero style.

Now, I'll be honest and say that my bike spends most of it's time in off-road mode and much of this wasted on my limited road racing abilities. It is cool to light the wick and watch it explode every now and then though

2) Off Road ability: This is the reason I bought the bike. It feels more composed tracking through soft surfaces (although it is still a big bike) and the suspension and ground clearance allow you to carry more speed over broken ground. The difference isn't night and day but it is noticeable and if my sense of self preservation was lower (and my skill level higher), I suspect it could be ridden at some serious velocities through the bush.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:48 PM   #93
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G'Day Lion,

My observation so far is that the two bikes do a very similar job in many respects. There are two area's where the 1190 stands out for me though:

1) Power in Sport mode. Flick the switch to Sport mode and the bike is just insane. I am talking about the kind of mental disturbance that hovers a front wheel above the ground while clearing triple digits (in mph no less) and smokes the rear tyre exiting tar corners. It's the kind of power that leaves your hands shaking after a spirited run and makes you feel like wearing your undies on the outside, super hero style.

Now, I'll be honest and say that my bike spends most of it's time in off-road mode and much of this wasted on my limited road racing abilities. It is cool to light the wick and watch it explode every now and then though

2) Off Road ability: This is the reason I bought the bike. It feels more composed tracking through soft surfaces (although it is still a big bike) and the suspension and ground clearance allow you to carry more speed over broken ground. The difference isn't night and day but it is noticeable and if my sense of self preservation was lower (and my skill level higher), I suspect it could be ridden at some serious velocities through the bush.
And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, Area 1 above is enough reason for each and every one of us to forget everything else and go and buy an 1190. Mr Burren Rider, thanks for making me want one even more. Dam you.

Love the pictures and your story so far. keep it up.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:34 PM   #94
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Mr Burren Rider, thanks for making me want one even more. Dam you.
Sorry Bob. I did spare a thought for your plight whilst riding the deco granite tracks on the way to Dalby last week .







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Old 06-01-2013, 06:36 AM   #95
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Great pics . You mentioned before about the Akropovic muffler being altered any ideas on what's required to do this ?
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:18 AM   #96
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Not sure if your pics are so awesome that makes the R looks great
Or if the R is so gorgeous that makes the pics look amazing
I tend to believe both statements are correct
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:06 AM   #97
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The new one

As a 990 adventure is currently in my stable I read & watch your fantastic review & photo's with great interest. I have only one concern with the R version & that's the seat height as iam vertically challenged at only 5/9" tall. I have test ridden the standard 1190 & found its height fine but I wonder about the taller R ?. Anyway as said before keep this excellent story going one of the best if not the best I've read in a long time, well done.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #98
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:43 AM   #99
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As a 990 adventure is currently in my stable I read & watch your fantastic review & photo's with great interest. I have only one concern with the R version & that's the seat height as iam vertically challenged at only 5/9" tall. I have test ridden the standard 1190 & found its height fine but I wonder about the taller R ?. Anyway as said before keep this excellent story going one of the best if not the best I've read in a long time, well done.
the seat is adjustable in both models you can easily touch the ground.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:22 PM   #100
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Ok that's good news, didn't know the seat on the R was adjustable. Sounds like the R will be my next adventure bike.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #101
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Ok that's good news, didn't know the seat on the R was adjustable. Sounds like the R will be my next adventure bike.
oh dear i might be wrong after looking the 1190r's seat . R got one piece seat the standart got two peice :(
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:45 PM   #102
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someone will find a way to jack up this bike. feels short
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:58 AM   #103
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Only the adventure is adjustable but the seats are inter changable between models. Rode the R you can change zip codes in the blink of an eye, when my peak started to bend I looked at the speedo in 5th and I was doing 250kph, Im sure she will run 270 kph but I need to get a new helmet first
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:55 PM   #104
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I have one on order. I was looking on up grading my GS and rode the new water cooled. Really liked it . Have been riding bmw's for 10 years and let me say I take a lot of convincing to leave the motorad stable. Well I have never bought a bike without a test ride and never will but was lucky enough to be offered a ride on a dealers personal 1190 r. I fell in love with it within 5 minutes. It had knobbies and Akro fitted, did some off road on the test as well. I'm sold on this thing. Now waiting for a phone call within a couple weeks to pick it up. Great review burren rider.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:07 PM   #105
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Great pics . You mentioned before about the Akropovic muffler being altered any ideas on what's required to do this ?
G'Day,

I think it was a matter of taking to the spot welds with a dye grinder and then pulling the bungs out. Like a big double barrel canon looking back at you when the baffles are removed.
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