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Old 05-08-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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Did you leave the Big 4 and regretted it?

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, listen up.

I am looking to getting some feedback from The Land of the Rising Sun crowd.
If you are a big 4 fan who always depended on dependability but wanted something different than what they were offering. If you have been reading and listening to all the good/bad info from the orange crowd.

Did you go out and buy a KTM 950 or 990 and regrett it?
Did you go back to the big 4?
Or did you just stay with the big 4?

I am always looking for my next bike.
Riding a Motorcycle is like flying like a Eagle without ever leaving the ground. KLR's are not boring if you know how to ride.

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Old 05-08-2015, 03:17 PM   #2
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I spent a couple-three years on a 950. I always tell myself never get the same bike, just keep trying new ones.

This is one bike I will own again. It's a labor of love that rewards with a do-it-all attitude.

Current road bike is an S10.
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:48 PM   #3
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Of the Big 4, the only manufacturer that makes products I'm actually interested in is Honda.

Yamahas are dependably ho-hum across the board.
Suzukis are reliably crass and compromised.
Kawazakis are responsibly cheap, but also cheaply made.

My next bike may very well be the new Africa Twin. For now, the 950 is a wonderful machine. Mine is listed for sale only because I have other priorities.

Yes, I know I'll have to replace the water pump, fuel pump and clutch slave sometime soon. But for now, it's lovely.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:03 PM   #4
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I regret I didn't buy my NineFifty SOONER...
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:15 PM   #5
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I don't foresee myself buying another bike from the big four.

In my opinion the Japanese bikes are for people who commute daily, don't own a car, and/or are old.

I ride for pleasure, I don't commute on a bike, so I want something that gets my heart beating. I do not want the motorcycle equivalent of a Honda Civic/Toyota Corolla.

I learned to ride on an SV650, it was an great low cost bike, but built by bean counters and felt like it.

Traded up to a 990 Superduke and never looked back. To me, the SD had character and felt like it was built by people who cared about making an exciting motorcycle, not pinching pennies.

When I wanted to change to adventure riding, the only choice was whether to get a 690,990, or 1190.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:25 PM   #6
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I bought my first 950 Adv in 2006. I bought a SE in July of 07 and sold the Adv a couple months later. I still have the SE. I bought a 2010 990R in 2010. They are keepers.

I will never sell my 950 SE. I love the 990R almost as much. If I had to get rid of one or the other- I wouldn't.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:35 PM   #7
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I had honda's all Africa Twins. I Now have a 950 adv s.

I commute on it daily. I use it for weekends away and do the odd event on it.

It does everything I ask of it and it's more capable then i am. I never once regretted buying it And will never sell it. It's the first bike I've ever owned that I can say that about.

So"Did you go out and buy a KTM 950 or 990 and regrett it?"

No not once have I regretted it.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:44 PM   #8
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I bought my 950 Adv brand new in 2004 and still have it. I've had other bikes along with it in the stable, but no desire to let it go. We moved overseas for two years and I stored the 950, it's that good!
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:53 PM   #9
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i wanted at 990 adv when i bougt my wee strom, I couldnt stand it so i bought the KLR 650 and my feeling is its better than the wee but i couldnt take it anymore and 1 month ago i bought a 12 990 and love it. I rode my KLR as i was thinking about keeping it but when i did ride it i wanted to turn around and go get my KTM as it really does put the F in Fun
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Old 05-08-2015, 05:29 PM   #10
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Back in March of 2008 I bought a new 950 SE then a week later I did an impulse buy of a new 990 ADV S. I still have both of the bikes with no immediate plans on selling either. Both bikes have proved to be 100% reliable. The 990 ADV is my primary bike. In addition to those, I also have an '08 990 Superduke, an '11 990 SMR, and an '09 RC8 all of which have been 100% reliable. Yes, I have a KTM problem!
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Old 05-08-2015, 05:57 PM   #11
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Yep, and so does my wallet.
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:14 PM   #12
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I was always a Honda guy until I rode a 990! Got mine two years ago and wish I had done it sooner. I like the direction that it looks like Honda is going with their new African Twin but I wont give up the 990 to get one. I might have the new Honda parked next to the KTM and my XR650 but the KTM will be there until the wheels fall off.
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:15 PM   #13
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I wouldn't say regret. I just wish I was a better rider off road with it. I am comfortable on my DRZ, but the 990 intimidates me a little. It is a giggle machine though. The power, the feel of it, I usually end up with a big smile on my face. Until I find some sand, and then I am a nervous Nelly. I know that I need more time on the 990, but if I am riding off road I just take the 400.

It definitely has more character than the 1150 GSA I had before, and it just looks awesome, and sounds wicked. And it is a blast on the road. There are no other 990s around where I live, so it is cool being the only person that has one.

For the kind of riding I am interested in now, I have considered parting with it and getting a 690. But than I take it for a ride, and that thought goes away.
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:30 PM   #14
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I've regretted every one I sold, but none of the ones I bought.

I could never go back down to a Japanese bike. Never.
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Old 05-08-2015, 07:12 PM   #15
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Thumb 06 950 Adventure (black)

Bought it new. Tim the shop owner and mechanic was a 950 guru. Primary reason I bought the bike. Of course Tim sold the shop and left town. Done all the maintenance and repair myself almost since day one. If it weren't for this site, I probably would have gotten rid of it, because most KTM shops don't understand this bike and I certainly don't trust anyone locally.
Again this site is incredible and has made the difference. The bike is exciting, well balanced, fast, and just a do everything kind of bike. I replaced the fuel pump at 25,000 before it actually failed. Same with the water pump at 40,000. After market clutch slave unit early on at 20,000. It's got 51,000 on it now and I just did a canistectomy. Should have been the 1st thing I did. What a difference.
I'm 67 and have decided to back off some of the more serious off road escapades. Can't pick it up as easy now a days. That aside, I'll never own another bike. This bike still has the grin factor off the charts and I've grown attached.
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