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Old 06-21-2014, 01:38 PM   #1
I dont want a pickle
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Location: Cotati Ca. USA
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Am I crazy?

To think of trading my 950 for a 690?
690 has sumo set up and dirt wheels and seems well sorted.
Has any on gone down and still happy?
Have plenty of experience with the older lc4s.
I know the pros and cons of thumper vs twins.
Wish I could own both but so many bikes already.

Comments thoughts?
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2006 KTM 450 EXC
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:00 PM   #2
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No input but I'm actually thinking of doing the same thing.
I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure

No bike does everything perfectly. In fact, no bike does anything until someone gets on it to ride.

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Old 06-21-2014, 02:25 PM   #3
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I went from a 990S to a 690 Enduro. I actually bought the 690 to resale, but after riding it a bit decided I liked it so much I kept it. For me, it is a blast and most of the time, much more fun to ride. I then sold the 990 for a lot more than I gave for the 690. I miss the 990 every once in a while, but not much. The 990 was a handful in the ruffer stuff and I dropped it a lot.

With the difference in money I had left over, I then bought a low milage Vee 1000. It is much more pleasant 2up and on the long hauls of pavement and the 690 is more fun in the dirt.

So, now I have a 690 with RR tanks for day riding and exploring in the ruffer stuff and the Vee for 2 up and road trips. All for less than the price of the 990!!

But, now I'm starting to think 1190 this fall.....
Call me crazy too.......
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:55 PM   #4
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Location: The New Mexico Desert
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I went from a 950A to a 640A a few years ago because I was doing a lot more difficult dirt and it made sense to shed 100 pounds. That said, I missed the power, and pure fun on the 950, so I just added one back (and kept the 640.) I don't know how that relates to the 990/690.
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Old 06-21-2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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Location: Orange Co., CA.
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I sold my 950SE, mainly because my 625 SXC is easier to manage, can ride to nearly anywhere, and able to carry using the versahauler on the back of my Toyota. Carrying the 950SE on the Versahauler was not an option.

The 690 is capable of long slab days, has better handling offroad than your 950, easier to pickup if dropped and light enough to carry on a hitch hauler if needed. If you miss it once it's gone you can always pickup another, and resale on the 690 is very good.
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Old 06-21-2014, 03:07 PM   #6
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I was on the fence hard recently. Had the same thoughts. I was lucky enough to have a friend with a new 2014 690 and he let me take it out solo for a morning ride. I took it on pavement, freeway, fire roads, sand, etc. Tried to get a taste for the bike in various conditions. It looks and feels like a dirt bike at first assessment, but it is still a lot of bike to manage off road.

In the end, I've decided to keep my 990 and just focus on using it within my own abilities in the appropriate conditions. I'll save the tough stuff for my 450.

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Old 06-21-2014, 05:19 PM   #7
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You will miss the 950
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:55 PM   #8
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i went the other direction. 690 to 990 and now the 690 just sets. the 990 is just a monster everywhere and its so much damned fun! yeah its hard to ride in some places sometimes but it always makes it to the other side. i may be sweating and cussing but the bike never fails me. the reason i didnt like 690 is that long slab runs are hard on singles. i love my bike too much to abuse her on the slab so i let the 990 take me everywhere now.
2013 990 adventure baja
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:54 PM   #9
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I went from a 990 Adventure to a 690 for one year. The 690 wasn't very good off road or on the road. Now I have a 950 Adventure and a 530 XC-W and very happy.
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