Anybody also have a dual sport?

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  1. Oct 5, 2019 #21

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    Sounds like something I would enjoy. I looked at the Africa twin Honda and have not had the chance to ride one unsure if it's for me. The height won't bother me since I'm a little taller than you. The power you describe sounds like what I'm looking for. I did a quick search and didn't see any advertised so I might need some pointers on how you did the google alert but don't think I'll be lucky to find something 20 miles away like you did. Good score!
     
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    It took me a couple of years to find one. As far as I know, there were only a few thousand produced worldwide during 07-08 because it had to be a production bike to qualify for Dakar, if memory serves. I entered a few keywords for the google alert and I would see on average one every month to month and a half come up for sale nation wide. I wanted one that didn’t have a lot of aftermarket parts or pieces from other KTM bikes like huge tanks or front fairings. The guy I got mine from had almost all of the body panels remade in carbon fiber as well as custom carbon fiber exhausts. I also got the factory panels with it.

    If you’re bigger than me and are in the market for the most powerful dual sport out there, I can’t recommend it enough. The only issue I had with mine was that the factory suspension is a bit lacking for hard off road. Ohlins makes a superb setup for this if you’re willing to spend the money. I routinely take flight with mine and am very confident in its ability to handle it.
     
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    I've had a DR650 and a DRZ400E. I currently have an 07 650 Vstrom I use. All good bikes.
     
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    The KTM Super Adventure R 1290 has caught my eye. But there is a 1090 for sale very close. Anyone have any experience with these bikes?
     

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    They are both awesome bikes. The 1090 has less of the rider helping technology and a little less power. One thing to be VERY careful of is KTM has the shittiest air filtration setup on a motorcycle. Dust gets past air filter and eats up top end of engine. No recall on it as far as I know. Crazy they let that KNOWINGLY happen for years and did nothing about it. One of the coolest motorcycles ever made is very flawed right from the factory.
     
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    Good info about the air filters. I did a little reading on a KTM forum and a feller was talking about his motor being ruined because of this very problem. If I buy one I will have to find a better option since it will be in the dust. Thanks for the reply!
     
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    I've got an 07 klr650(my 4th or 5th) and a '17 CRF250L (ridiculously slow, never wouldve bought if it wasnt such a steel). Klr is stock besides slipon and has 78k miles! Crf has 1500 miles and I've done almost everything to improve the power; 2mm overbore, ported head, yosh full race system, EJK fuel programmer, and on and on...Still slow. Lol And for sale!
     
  9. Oct 20, 2019 at 5:22 PM #29

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    I've had a XL600R, XR650L, DR650, but now have a Ducati Scrambler (Full Throttle edition), and love it.
    Since my back has gotten worse throughout the years, I can't do the rough off-road, but I still like the gravel & "fire roads". I like this Scrambler also because I only have a 28", and it is not nearly as tall as the true dual sports, and seat & ride is much more comfortable. But, out of my true dual sports, the DR650 was the best to me. Simple air cooled, can be factory lowered, very dependable & simple to work on if needed. No radiator to puncture, no water pump to go out.
    But, for commuting in town, Scrambler is great, can touch flat-footed at redlights, 72hp stock, air cooled Monster 800 Desmo motor in a Scrambler.
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    How bad is the routine maintenance on the Ducati? Valve adjustments/ intervals, etc? Iv never owned one or known anybody who has. That is a good looking bike though. The ducati... How are they offroad?
     
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    Being a Desmo, it does require a tighter maintenance schedule. I bought a Warranty/Service Plan with the bike, so the dealer does all the maintenance.
    As far as off-road, not sure yet. My back has been bothering me this past year, plus I just haven't had time to take it off-road. I have had it on gravel roads though, and it does great on gravel. My XR & DR always felt like the front end was going to wash-out on loose gravel, but the Duc feels much more stable.
     
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    P.S. The Ducati Scrambler "Desert Sled" version is more off-road oriented, but, is 1.1" taller, which killed it for me. This is what I originally wanted, but just a tad too tall for me.
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