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Old 12-12-2012, 04:54 PM   #16
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plus longer brake lines !
the R model in 2011 was lowered from the height of 2010 R model
265 mm in 2010 R
250 mm in 2011 R
210 mm all abs regular 990's
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:10 PM   #17
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Seriously consider a well kept preowned 950 SER... If you can find one.

If you like jumping... it's better suited.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:07 PM   #18
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take a test ride

ride a couple of them
get a feel for the vibes, some are worse than others especially the 950's
your gonna have to live with it
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:39 PM   #19
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I have a 32" inseam and the R was just way too tall for me so you really need to sit and push one around before buying it.

I thought I was going to mss the extra two inches but I guess I don't ride hard enough to need it.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:36 AM   #20
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Howdy All,

I was wondering if I could plumb the depths of the KTM Hive Mind to help me pick a 990. Please feel free to respond.

I currently own a Super Tenere 1200 and have ridden it across country twice and down to Key West once. In total I have put 18 k miles on since last January when I bought it. I've done about 2 k miles of dirt with it, mostly in Idaho, and it does surprisingly well. However, it's greatest weakness is leaving the ground, or rather, coming back down to the ground. On my last dirt ride I snapped a spoke and totally crunched my bash plate (thank goodness I had a bash plate, it did its job, no damage to the bike). I was catching air far too much with a 580 lb bike; it just isn't made for that.

On this same ride was a fellow on a KTM 990 R, and he didn't have to slow down quite so much when the little jumps (water breaks in the trail) came up, whereas I had to slow down and use lots of body english to deweight the bike as it hit a jump. Needless to say the guy on the KTM pulled away from me and led the pack all day. The Tenere is a highly capable adv bike, and indeed it excells in most categories. But I am looking for something more dirt worthy, more specifically something with more suspension that can better handle being
If you are so prone to flying the bike I'd be looking at the 09 or 10 R's which have taller suspension than the equivalent 11s and 12s....
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