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    Default Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    Fellow KTM Talkers, I'm considering the leap from my 2005 576 EXC D/S to a big twin and would appreciate your kind indulgence to show me where to learn about the changes year-to-year and the various models.
    I'm not (currently) a fan of street riding except as a means to get from one off road area to another. I just finished a 3 day Baja ride and usually travel SoCal mountains and deserts, but am looking to expand my horizons.
    So, can you recommend a source or 3 to get me spun up? Where I can go to make an informed decision.
    THANK YOU!
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    Default Re: Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    That's awesome, guys! 3 weeks, 52 views, and NOTHING.
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    Default Re: Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    You are probably better off asking/looking here, advrider.com, under Orange Crush.
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    I've never seen a KTM larger than 530 in my dealers showroom since 1991 they tend to avoid them as most dealers are racer oriented.
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    Default Re: Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    Great deals right now on the 17 1090R. .99% financing and rebates. Just picked one up.
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    Default Re: Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    advrider or ktmsupertwins for info and chatter

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    Default Re: Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    amazing deals on 1090r right now i just bought one for 12k.
    Current bike 2018 500 exc past bikes 2018 300 xc 2018 300 xcw 2018 1290r 2017 1090r- 2016 300 xcw, 2015 ktm 1190r 2017 yz450fx ,2010 450 sxf , 2012 450 xcw , 2013 300 xcw, 2015 beta 350rr, 2014 super tenere, 2012 v strom 1000 adv.

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    Default Re: Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    The 1090R and 1190R are both great bikes but I would ride them both if you can. Of the two, I prefer the 1090R, as it's better in tighter stuff due to the lower reciprocating mass in the engine.
    Personally I didn't like either of them well enough to justify getting rid of the 990R I already owned when they came out. Not that they aren't epic.. or even better in a lot of quantifiable ways.
    The 990 is more of a thoroughbred for better or worse.
    It feels more like a big dirt bike than the 1190 and 1090. As I said, this is good and bad, you'll feel right at home coming off a dirt bike but you sacrifice road touring ability to a certain degree.
    The 1090 and 1190 both are more smooth and refined and are way better for road work.
    That being said, even the 990 would likely feel like a Cadillac compared to the bike you are on usually
    For info on the 9x0 bikes just go to www.ktm950.info.
    For what I've seen the 1090 and 1190 going for I'd be tempted to add one but neither could replace the 990.
    The 990 just has more heritage and character than both the 1190 and 1090 put together. No machine has made me laugh in my helmet more than my 990R.
    It just hits the spot for me.
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    Default Re: Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    I own both a 07' 990 and 16' 1190R, but have not ridden a 1090R. For the dirt, the 990 is a better ride imo and should be a bike that you at least consider. But, if you are like me and have an assortment of bikes, which includes a 501FE, then I'd lean towards the 1090 or 1190. The 1190R for me is a bike that allows me to doing most stuff reasonably well. On the street, I actually love the tech that keeps me somewhat safe. The bosch lean management system is the one thing I really appreciate on the 1190 as I tend to ride the bike hard on the tarmac, yet usually am running TKC's or some type of 50/50 tire. The 150hp is also well used!!! In the dirt, the 1190R is not as nimble as the 990 and I would never consider taking it on ST by myself. Getting any of those bike bikes turned around or out of a gully can be next to impossible by yourself.

    Do yourself a favor though and also consider a 690/701 also. The jump from your current ride to these bikes is not so significant and you will be less restricted with where you ride unless your off-road skills are crazy good.
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    Default Re: Adventure R, But Where To Start? Which One? What Year?

    Highly recommend 2017-2018 KTM 1090r. Major thumbs up.
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