Originally Posted by turbojet
I appreciate all the replies to my original posting. I've ridden a 990 as well (on road) but my current bike is an f800GS. I do a lot of long distance high speed days and the 800gs has a mild high speed wobble and tends to not like much speed above 80mph without feeling like I'm pushing it to hard, which I'm hoping the additional HP from the KTM would nullify. Off road its fine but I think the KTM is better. My real concern is getting used to the maintenance (which after much research does not seem that hard) after coming off a stream of BMW's. I like working on bikes and still believe the KTM would offer the better all around experience on and off road. I think this thread was started mostly because I have a hard time giving up on BMW (as a long term 30 year BMW rider). In terms of dual sport riding I've been through a BMW 1100GS, KLR650, Kawasaki KLX250 and Vstrom 650. Thanks.
Here's a plan.....spend a $1,000 on the suspension of the 800, ands install a Scotts. Take off whatever is not needed and make it as light as possible for the dirt, mount up those big knobbies....and then get the 1190 ADV. when it's available. It'll beat both the 800 and the 990 for those "long distance high speed days". Then you'll have bike's that do what you want in both situations. Your garage can hold 2 bikes, right?
Man, am I good at spending other peoples money, or what!