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Old 01-12-2014, 12:32 PM   #16
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:38 PM   #17
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..... what about a stray cat?....... Super Enduro with Safari tank .... fud for thought.

Overgrown 690, similar looks, bit lighter than the adventure bla bla bla.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:02 PM   #18
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:03 PM   #19
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I made a post in the wrong place…..

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Old 01-12-2014, 02:08 PM   #20
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Well tks to you all. Good point that I didn't state in the first post. I ride in NV and UT mostly on FS roads I don't do very much of the trail stuff at all. Too old and too slow. Out in NV you have to have 300 range to get anywhere, that's why the RR tanks. Lots of two lane pavement with towns over 70 miles apart. The 690 is just OK as a highway bike but great off road. I am riding to AK this summer. Keep your inputs coming.

I had a Husky TE610 and loved the bike when it was running... I was also looking for something with more range and comfort yet still good off road. So I ended up with a 990 ADV going on 5 years now and LOVE IT
Buy the 990 and get the suspension done right for you by super plush or some on that knows what they are doing and you will never look back!!
The 990 is simply amazing off road and with the suspension set up I can take it where I had the Husky and more! Last fall I took the long way to the rally and put about 3000 miles on in a week, no problem!

P.S. I rode the 1190R at the rally and am going to keep the 990 and buy a 690... Maybe
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:20 PM   #21
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But to be honest, 950/990 > 690
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:35 PM   #22
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690/990/1190?

My 2 cents: sounds from your location and riding style/intentions that a bigger twin would be more appropriate. So then, 990 or 1190?
Well I still have a 950S (4 sale) and recently got an 1190 and I prefer the 1190.
Why? Well, I know the 990 has a good bit more suds than my 950, but for me (I'm 58, and don't do that much tight single-track, either) the 1190 has this going for it-
Better fuel range-pretty well-documented
Better turning radius
Larger capacity tank ( see range above:-) )
Better comfort with an adjustable windscreen
Way better seat. Yes you can change seats with more $...
For me- a lighter more nimble feeling bike, despite clocking in as slightly heavier
Lower seat height-easier to reach the ground-I'm 6' tall-it's a reach
And finally, again just my opinion-a far more refined feeling bike, with improved engine, power, torque and most importantly- improved drive-ability. Far smoother throttle response... Out of the box.
Newer design. This may be heresy to many inmates here, but I LIKE the looks of the new bike, and it's an improvement in almost every way over the 990 unless you're a bonafide Rally Racer.

Touratech did a very nice little YouTube video comparing the 990/1190. Check it out, take both out for a test ride, then decide.
Nothing wrong with your 690- just not the best choice today to go to Alaska...
Cheers, and good luck!
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:39 AM   #23
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Depends on what kind of road / trails you are riding. Today from my point of view for adventure riding lighter is always better.

Replaced my 990 1.5 years ago with 690 (which is now prepped with Rallyraid tanks and some other goodies to make it suitable for longer trips) and never regretted it.

I really missed my light 690 last summer in Canada, when I gave up my plans of a solo ride on the Transcanada Adventure trail, not only for safety reasons (not a good idea to do it solo) but also because of the weight of the KLR 650, which I used for the trip.

Lighter is better!
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:49 PM   #24
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I also vote both. The 690 is great as a do it all dirtbike / dualsport, while the 990/1190 would be a dual sport / long distance tourer.. :)
Love the 690, it's such a great do-it-all bike. I only half-regret selling mine - I will buy another one someday :)
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:33 PM   #25
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Well tks to you all. Good point that I didn't state in the first post. I ride in NV and UT mostly on FS roads I don't do very much of the trail stuff at all. Too old and too slow. Out in NV you have to have 300 range to get anywhere, that's why the RR tanks. Lots of two lane pavement with towns over 70 miles apart. The 690 is just OK as a highway bike but great off road. I am riding to AK this summer. Keep your inputs coming.
I'd much rather take a 990/1190 on an Alaska trip, but I guess you have to ask yourself what would be best after that. The lighter bike for riding NV and Utah may be better which means in the fall you may be asking the same question in reverse. I can't really tell from your post if you are no longer interested in the trail stuff at all, or if you still do enough of it to get the benefits of the 690 since you say it is "great off road".

Good luck though. None of your choices suck.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:40 PM   #26
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I want to thank all of you for your input. So here is what I came up with, I'm keeping the 690. And on Saturday I'm picking up a new 2013 990 Baja. The 1190 r my dealer won't have in, in time for me fix up for my trip and I just don't like the looks of the exhaust system on it anyway. Thanks again.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:51 PM   #27
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Good to hear you've done the right thing!

My next bike is a 690 no doubt. Need something for the days I want to hit the single track with my other group of riding buddies.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:17 PM   #28
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Congrats! I think that is a great decision. I'm glad you decided to keep the 690.

The great thing I found with my 690 is that you will be able to get good money out of it at any time. I did well on mine and am still kicking myself for selling it.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:35 AM   #29
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I want to thank all of you for your input. So here is what I came up with, I'm keeping the 690. And on Saturday I'm picking up a new 2013 990 Baja. The 1190 r my dealer won't have in, in time for me fix up for my trip and I just don't like the looks of the exhaust system on it anyway. Thanks again.
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:52 AM   #30
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I say stick with your 690 if you are satisfied with the suspension and comfort.

unless you need the power a lighter bike is easier to ride
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