KTM 950 Adventure — Cycle Torque Magazine

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Off-Road Superbike

Test by Davis. Pics courtesy of KTM

really serious off-road Buy a KTM 950 Adventure. There’s no need to go for extra power with beast.

And as you would expect a KTM, the chassis has set new standards in the for big bore adventure machinery.

great ergonomics and plenty of clearance you can take the biggest KTM no other adventure bike dare. The 950 has been around for a few now, and the 2005 model is a refined machine. Subtle, but mechanical changes have the temperament of the motor, and increased

The adventure bike market is and growing. If you like the idea of the big smoke behind on the weekends, and a slight horsepower … a good look at KTM’s 950

What a motor!  KTM are a amazing company. In a few short they have come producing only single dirt bikes, to winning 125 race GPs, supplying for MotoGP teams and some pretty special road (990 Superduke, 950 Supermoto).

KTM’s first 950cc turned heads with its design and light weight it was introduced in 2003, and it’s interesting today. The motor has unique design features to the size down, which it ideal for an adventure bike. design allows for a very head, while the dry sump ground clearance.

KTM has cleverly the oil cooler and oil tank, saving space and weight. The motor is still fed by carburetors, but apart a few throaty crackles here and you wouldn’t really notice.

Our bike had just completed a trip and the scheduled service was not due to the Christmas break, but were impressed with how well it It was always silky smooth, when the mercury was pushing 40 even on steep and rocky The 950 can be loped around in ‘explore as you take in the scenery, or when the is right you can light it up like a

In the dirt the throttle can be used a trigger. Wind on a handful as you a sweeping turn and it will bag up a rental… I mean drag There are not many bikes give you that kind of at those types of speeds (In you were wondering, BMW’s HP2 is one comes to mind, but it isn’t an bike, it’s more of a bike, without the benefits of a large tank and extras panniers). The six speed gearbox precisely and effortlessly.

The hydraulic clutch gives of feel when riding technical terrain. First is nice and low which helps for loose descents.

We have had the pleasure of riding two 950 Adventures were fitted with mufflers. One with Akrapovics and the with Genuine KTM Hard cans. Both were short of … (if you have a for V-twins you will know I mean); the Akrapovics were the of the two, and maybe slightly to some, but the Hard Equipment were just on the right of the line.

That being the standard mufflers do let the soul of the shine through, without loud or restrictive.

Much like KTM’s bikes, a chrome-moly frame alloy subframe provides the of the Adventure chassis. With upside down WP forks and a front wheel the Adventure is like a big dirt bike an adventure bike. The forks the rough stuff well being soft and gooey and offer a wide range of and rebound damping adjustment.

One which was instantly noticeable was the of steering lock – like dirt bikes, the adventure do with quite a bit more range to aid maneuverability at low speeds.

The shock is a WP PDS (bolts straight to the without any linkages) unit also has a remote, hydraulic pre adjuster. The adjuster flips out for but on our test bike it was difficult to or know where you are in the range. better to have than not to.

is 210mm of travel at both

For 2005, the chassis has been from 860mm to 840mm will suit most as will the more comfortable Keep in mind the 950 can eat up the highway when needed, but it really in the dirt. It is not as plush and comfortable to sit on as adventure bikes, but that is the you pay for the extra performance and off road

Braking is taken care of by Brembo discs up front a single on the rear. The front have plenty of power and a feel. One thing that I when I first rode the 950 was the rear brake. It’s there – probably too much for a bike like this. It a bit touchy on the tar and the dirt; a hard set of would lessen this would be worth it.

The multi digital instruments are neat and to use, as is the storage compartment sits between the twin caps.

The twin tank has been used to enable the to carry the fuel very With a 22 litre capacity we we could get a 400km range a percentage mix of 75/25 of tar and dirt – but a heavy right hand could be reduced in a hurry. The 950 is with a hard to user and a more convenient side The fuel tank sits and low which is great for weight but it does seem to make it in the event of a crash.

A set of crash bars would be insurance.

The standard dual rubber does a good on the dirt they are fine in the but more aggressive knobby would be handy in wet conditions. On the tar hang in there, but they give the feeling they to be pushed really hard in

The big 950 is a great motorcycle. It’s versatile and offers a high of performance. Until the KTM came out BMW owned the big bore adventure market, but there is room for a dirt oriented competitor.

The KTM appeals more to people this market from a bike background, as the style and will be more familiar to They will probably be the of riders who can take advantage of the off road capabilities.

KTM has backed the bike with a two unlimited kilometre warranty, and are a special on remaining ’05 stock the ’06 models arrive in May. has been reduced to $18,490 + which makes it excellent for money.

Accessory List 950 Adventure Accessories Panniers: – $1600 pr – (+ mounting kit $720) – $1300 pr – “ “ Tank bag (18 litre) Low gel seat (20mm lower) – Crash bars – $577 crash protectors – $562

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