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Old 07-25-2012, 05:56 PM   #8761
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KTM SE vs Adventure

IF I were in the market, should I get a 950 Super Enduro, or an 950/990 Adventure?

I want a commuter, weekend adventurer, and occasional camping/tour bike.

Extra credit question: will I acclimate to the power difference from a KLR, or will I lose my license within a matter of hours, days or weeks?
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #8762
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IF I were in the market, should I get a 950 Super Enduro, or an 950/990 Adventure?
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:44 PM   #8763
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IF I were in the market, should I get a 950 Super Enduro, or an 950/990 Adventure?

I want a commuter, weekend adventurer, and occasional camping/tour bike.

Extra credit question: will I acclimate to the power difference from a KLR, or will I lose my license within a matter of hours, days or weeks?
OK... A bit more serious answer.

They both are fantastic bikes, but considering how similar they are, the riding experience is actually quite different.

SE:
  • Absolutely brings out your inner hooligan!
  • Is a ridiculous wheelie machine.
  • Surprisingly nimble and fun on technical off road.
  • An absolute blast on jeep roads.
  • Magic ability for controlled powerslides.
  • Epic rock-chucker.
  • Loves canyon carving.
  • Has a small stock tank and limited range.
  • Works great with soft bags, not as much with hard bags.
  • Has an incredibly crappy headlight.
  • Makes a 950 Adventure S seem not-so-tall.
  • Is surprisingly enjoyable even on the freeway.
  • Is definitely my preferred KTM 950!

Adventure:
  • A perfect go anywhere, do anything bike!
  • Go around the block, across the country, or around the world. And enjoy every mile.
  • Nip through urban traffic, blast down freeways, rip down jeep roads, sweat it through single track.
  • Has a much larger tank capacity, good hard luggage solutions.
  • Has a wind fairing, but can actually be less pleasant than open air if your helmet/height/windscreen mods aren't right.
  • Much easier to find
  • Is definitely my preferred KTM 950!
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #8764
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As for the KLR comparison, sort of like going from this:



To this:
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:56 PM   #8765
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:09 PM   #8766
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As for the KLR comparison, sort of like going from this:



To this:
I'll take the top one. Much more precision and quality and does more things in the hands of a skilled craftsman.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:19 PM   #8767
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Extra credit question: will I acclimate to the power difference from a KLR, or will I lose my license within a matter of hours, days or weeks?
There's a power difference???

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:47 PM   #8768
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IF I were in the market, should I get a 950 Super Enduro, or an 950/990 Adventure?

I want a commuter, weekend adventurer, and occasional camping/tour bike.

Extra credit question: will I acclimate to the power difference from a KLR, or will I lose my license within a matter of hours, days or weeks?
Jeff, I think you should go get another DL license from another state so that you will not put your Colo DL in danger of being lost!!

The mission profile listed favors the 990 Adventure. better range, better highway manners...... & can carry all your stuff and still have boatloads more power than a KLR!!
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:05 PM   #8769
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I'll take the top one. Much more precision and quality and does more things in the hands of a skilled craftsman.


That top one is pretty sweet...

I think this one might be more representative of a typical ADV KLR.

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #8770
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IF I were in the market, should I get a 950 Super Enduro, or an 950/990 Adventure?

I want a commuter, weekend adventurer, and occasional camping/tour bike.

Extra credit question: will I acclimate to the power difference from a KLR, or will I lose my license within a matter of hours, days or weeks?

Get the Adventure....The SE is pretty much a HUGE dirt bike...The Adventure has a lot more fuel range-(knowing you this is important), a windscreen you can sorta hide behind during torrential downpours-(...), plus Toddler and Geek have one, so they have to be great!

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:28 PM   #8771
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IF I were in the market, should I get a 950 Super Enduro, or an 950/990 Adventure?

I want a commuter, weekend adventurer, and occasional camping/tour bike.

Extra credit question: will I acclimate to the power difference from a KLR, or will I lose my license within a matter of hours, days or weeks?
I've never ridden an SE, but I really enjoy my 950 Adventure. After 7 years there is still no other bike on the market that can replace it for me. One reason I like the 950 Adventure is the ability to put my feet down, I rode one with the S suspension and while it was killer awesome offroad when moving, I did not like the handling on road. I do 85% pavement and 15% dirt with the bike, so pavement is more important to me with the bike.

I'm afraid to try an $E.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:31 PM   #8772
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Tha Rick and Toddler have one, so they have to be great!

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I can ride over 400 miles without putting my feet down

pfb was quite gracious when I was making my choice and let me spend a full day riding his Adv and SE back to back... I chose the Adv at the end of the day (knowing I own a complimentary small bike).

The adventure is an amazing bike.
Pearl is about its (my) limits... but I can't think of anywhere more difficult I'd want to take something that heavy?

What other bike can you leave Fort Collins and run down the interstate @ 90mph.. ride over Kingston/Webster/Cottonwood/Pearl/Hagerman/Mosquito/Georgia/SwanCreek and back to Fort Collins on.. without stopping for fuel?

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Old 07-25-2012, 09:13 PM   #8773
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That top one is pretty sweet...

I think this one might be more representative of a typical ADV KLR.

That is an antique and antiques are always good. I think this is representative of a KLR, but before the doo hickey is replaced (allowing one to use a drill bit rather than beater)
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:38 PM   #8774
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IF I were in the market, should I get a 950 Super Enduro, or an 950/990 Adventure?

I want a commuter, weekend adventurer, and occasional camping/tour bike.

Extra credit question: will I acclimate to the power difference from a KLR, or will I lose my license within a matter of hours, days or weeks?
You should get a BMW GS Adventure.... Rick even agrees it is a GREAT bike. Rick's 950 Adventure is also a GREAT bike, but if you are looking for a commuter, weekend adventurer, camping/tour bike, the BMW has to be considered. I'll let you ride mine any time if you want to see how beautiful and graceful the big pig can be.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:44 PM   #8775
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You should get a BMW GS Adventure.... Rick even agrees it is a GREAT bike. Rick's 950 Adventure is also a GREAT bike, but if you are looking for a commuter, weekend adventurer, camping/tour bike, the BMW has to be considered. I'll let you ride mine any time if you want to see how beautiful and graceful the big pig can be.
+1 on GG's GS...

She flat out LEAVES me going up the twisties with slab...she let me ride it and DANG-POW....It's got the torque of a diesel, the get-er-done of a dirtbike, but alas...

it jumps like a brick. So I'll stick to the KTM.
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