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Old 11-27-2012, 02:44 PM   #16
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MC USA didn't rank the 990 Adv very high

This compares the BMW, Yamaha, Ducati, KTM, and Triumph big dual sport bikes. To me it seems they were more interesting in long distance tourning than dual sporting. Ducati Multistata got top marks due the motor output. But 130hp in the dirt seems a bit over kill to me. Even the 990 with 97hp is really more than can be used in the dirt.

Along the lines of this thread, MC USA also didn't like the tires on the bike. I wonder if a more street oriented tire would have been more to their liking. That and maybe a 19" front rim??

For me the KTM still wins as I want decent road performance and the best possible dirt performance. I was surprised that the KTM wasn't the lightest bike, but the low CG makes it feel lighter than the scale shows.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by cjracer View Post
Same thoughts as above. If you are going street, GO all the way. 17" are so much fun and do work. Think 990 SMR with a larger tank.

And a 950 SE with 17"s is a blast. IMO.

It feels like a big 560SMR.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:43 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by ktm55 View Post
Just checked out Woody's Wheel Works. For the best set up 19/17 sealed wheel set before brake rotors and a sprocket it like $2000

I guess it's just money or maybe eBay
The fellas at Woody's are using premium components(like Billet hubs) and workmanship for their wheels. Using/sourcing your own hubs/rims and sending them to Woody's will ensure their workmanship and heavy gauge spokes are in the build, but not their billet hubs.

edit to add: 19/17 all the way
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