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deltabravo

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Posted: 01/13/20 09:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out the KTM 790

BMW 1200 GS / Adventure is a HUGE bike. Adventure is gigantic.
A long time riding buddy has the Adventure model and he calls it the DEATH STAR. He's thinking of selling it get move to something small / lighter.


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Posted: 01/14/20 08:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

KTM's are great bikes, but high maintenance and very high parts costs. Personally unless I was racing I'd stick with the Japanese bikes just for ease of maintenance and parts.

My grandson had a KTM and the motor held 1.2 quarts of oil, two oil filters, two oil screens, and required oil/filter changes at 6 hour intervals.


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OK, if I do use it to commute, it's a 70 mile round trip and last night it was 70-80 MPH.

The KTM 790 looks interesting, but it's so new that there are few on CycleTrader nationwide and the price isn't too far off MSRP on a new one

On the KTM website, some of the bikes say they have a 10K KM service interval. Does that mean a service that needs to go to the dealership to get a major service done?


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It could be, but you'd really need to talk to the dealer to find out for sure. Be advised they are very tall bikes, not really made for slower trail riding.

Since you haven't ridden for a few years, I'd have two bikes: street and trail. You can do that easily for the price of one popular "adventure" bike.

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Just as an example, my riding buddy bought a new KTM 690. He is a big strong guy, many years riding/racing. He works as an exec in the motor sport industry, knows many dealers, to help with service, parts discounts, and latest info. Here is a pic of him, with his new bike, happily giving it a hug. Too big/tall, even him being 6'1"s tall. It would cruise on the freeway at speed, but not smoothly. After one year, it was gone. He has 3 other bikes in his arsenal much more suitable for their purpose.

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I worked on my grandson's KTM which he bought after it had been converted to a "supermoto" type. It was quick, but very tall and pretty darned fragile, and would put your hands to sleep within a couple miles. After he blew it up twice he got rid of it. Parts prices were outrageous, if you could find a dealer that had them in stock. Most had to be ordered.

As you can tell, I'm not a fan of KTM. [emoticon]

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Just an example of a sweet off road model, here is a pic of the same buddies recent purchase. It is super lightweight, easy to handle, gobs of endless power.

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Having access to a good dealer/good part supply, is the reason I am not a fan of any of these, exotic models. I have a Honda CRF 230, for my off road, lots of single track, and creek crossings, steep climbs. It's pretty weak, as delivered, but with added Honda factory power up kit, a whole different story. I am only 5'10"s so seat height works great. I did need to add bar riser, especially for standing. The suspension is not race ready, but neither am I anymore. Here is a pic of me taking a break, dang camera cut me off. [emoticon]

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I enjoy my cruiser and carry it on the back of my fiver. It works for the little bit of gravel that I ride on. For my next bike I wrestle with whether to go full touring such as a Goldwing or something like the BMW R1200GS. I think if off road was a significant part of my riding I'd go with the Africa Twin.
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A full dress touring bike is pretty job specific. I put 35K on a full dressed wing used only for it's intended use. At the same time, I had a CBR600 canyon dancer, and a KDX200 for off road fun. I think the cruiser is a better choice, for you 4x4ord, if you intend to haul it, ride it short to medium distance.

A cruiser would be my suggestion for the OP, just getting back into the sport, and like I and Howard suggested, get a second bike for the trails.

Jerry

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