Alright, this is just fancy car camping, people. Move along, move along.
Suggestions on years to watch out for or major changes between 2007 and present on the BMW or KTM? I am leaning towards a KTM because of size and price.
Thanks for the awesome info! Posted my HD on craigslist today, we will see.
1999 Toyota Landcruiser
Is there any way you can test ride a GS12 and a KTM 990?
I know most BMW dealers will have a demo to ride.
As for finding a 990 to test ride I think it might be harder to do. I know here in GA the KTM dealers are few and far beween and I have yet to see one as a demo to ride.
They are so different it would be good to ride them and see what you like and what you dont like.
2006 Toyota Tacoma Ute.
1994 LandRover D1
2008 KTM 990 ADV-sold
1972 Toyota LC FJ-40-sold
1992 SWB RR Classic-sold
2006 BMW GS1200-sold
Great discussion. I did kinda the same thing. I sold my Honda Valkyrie Interstate and switched to a Honda XR650L. Can't get over the fun factor. Easy to commute, 48 mpg and all dressed up to travel and half to a third the investment of the GS or KTM.
Course I only ride pavement if it is getting dark and back roads will take too long. I am probably 70% dirt 30% pavement. I am more the fast back road and left the gearing stock. I can run all day at 70 with the windscreen on.
I just got tired of always wondering where that side road went to. Now I can find out and avoid traffic all together. This bike is too tall for you, but there are lots of inexpensive and expensive dual purpose/adventure bikes out there.
Good luck with the move. I sure like mine.
Jimmy Lewis course and not only was it a blast, but it did great things for my overall riding skills. You might be surprised what you can learn to do with big GS with the proper instruction (just strip all your farkles off the bike before the class!)
I just think it's a good idea to spend some serious time in the saddle before buying bikes that both expensive to buy and to own. They're worth it, and the BMW and KTM are both great machines; however, they are very different riding experiences. And the BMW 800GS is also worth looking at.
I did just this...
I went from a Honda Nighthawk to a Ninja to a HD...it was too big of a move from the Ninja to the HD but I did enjoy the HD. Last summer I stumbled on a '97 BMW R1100GS with only 52k on it for a steal from a co-worker and jumped on it...very nice bike, can't believe how much fun I have on this thing! SO after 7 years of the HD, it is going buy buy this spring.
The BMW and the KTM are both great bikes with the best possible riding positions. I own a GSA, but I spent some time on the KTM 990 Adventure before I made the purchase. The GS has better wind protection, shaft drive, and tubeless tires that can be plugged on the side of the trail in 10 minutes. Those were really the deciding factors for me. Other than that, the KTM makes better noise, feels lighter and more nimble, and I LOVE orange. You really can't go wrong with either. I still own my Harley, but it doesn't get out of the garage much now that I have the GS.