KTM 950 Adventures — Motorcycle Escape

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KTM 950 Adventure

Never before have so laughed so hard, so often

Who How can a 500-pound, 90 horsepower, er, dirt work so well on the road and be so fun to ride? (Enough questions.) and superlatives come easily.

Who How can a 500-pound, 90 horsepower, er, dirt work so well on the road and b

we know KTM’s 950 Adventure S like Picasso’s take on an rally racer—the big-boy bikes designed to get to unpronounceable ahead of all those other with unpronounceable names. because that’s exactly it is—a barely streetified of the bikes KTM has been using to the egos of its World Rally

But some funny things on the way to Latigo Canyon. The same compact, wonderfully usable LC8 that rockets rally like Fabrizio Meoni the sands of Tunisia also out to be nearly magical on the contorted roads of the Santa Monica The giraffish, enduro-soft chassis, you’ve successfully mounted and off, turns out to be absurdly in almost any street riding

And the modest overall weight, positioned handlebar and sit-up position act like a triple of 100-proof confidence, conspiring to sliding the Pirelli Scorpion A/T tires more of a pleasant than a portent of imminent

Rider after rider on this crazy thing various levels of initial It’s so tall, after that even six footers are to using the sidestand as a crutch climbing and we do mean climbing But after a couple corners, all evaporates, replaced by waves of goofy pleasure.

This is not only amazingly fast twisty asphalt, it is also easy to ride, even for with scant dirt-bike

Where lower, stiffer dart and thrust, altering and tire loading with change in throttle or brake, the S just flies and floats it all. The beautifully controlled, adjustable suspension allows of pitch under acceleration and but with conservative steering buffering all that usable this just serves to one’s control inputs. You sit up there on top of the world like own high speed lifeguard and

The wide Renthal handlebar changing direction quick, and easy. And the predictable, progressive while not quite up to roadracer work fine in most riding situations.

Bottom While many of the other here feel faster, more thrashing, gnashing and hardly any of them actually are over a given piece of unknown road. Riders who typically run third or fourth in our pace line suddenly themselves dicing for the lead—and less stressed, more and more secure doing it.

thing makes good feel great, and great feel like they’re

With stickier, more oriented tires, and the suspension up to the stiffer end of its range, you could up on race-replica leather boys all day and have enough mental left over to do your The torquey yet highly revvable perfect carburetion, great good (90-ish hp) peak and plush, forgiving chassis let you keep your head and traction while the higher men and machines around you were theirs.

Flies in the couscous? Well, the S is simply too tall for novices of any and anybody else below 5-foot-9. Which is why KTM, in its wisdom, also makes the 950 Adventure, with lower and a 1.4-inch-lower seat height.

We tried this version, but it be even better on the street, and far manageable in any dirt situation we can of short of traversing the Chott at 170 kph.

KTM 950 Adventure

Ironically enough, for us, the S’ extra height well make it less for actual dirt duty its shorter brother, simply the great elevation saps and saveability in technical situations, maneuvers and low-speed slogging. And beautiful, orange, metal-flake tends to instill fear in proportion to the Rockwell hardness of the below.

The extra travel of the S gives you greater ground clearance and absorption off road, but with a machine, especially one equipped street-oriented tires, you really want to be vaulting over trunks and smashing foot-tall at serious speed. If you were racing—and somebody else was for the bodywork you might talk into gassing it, and letting the chips fall where might. But in the real world of and monthly payments, the $500-cheaper Adventure is probably the way to go for just anyone we can imagine.

The Adventure is with either aluminum or plastic pannier boxes, a book holder and a custom tank bag for the next-stop-Cairo crowd. The rideability of the thing does one to keep on going, but there are a problems for long-haul fanatics. the hard (and hard-edged) though fine for short becomes a sore spot about a half hour.

And the small, forward-mounted fairing and shield only serve to the airflow around your at any speed over 70 mph. You can serious time on an autobahn or make no mistake, but you’re to feel like a Dave bobblehead after a while. as the BMW GS spawned a legion of fans and a aftermarket we predict the faster, and more light hearted KTM inspire the same.

And a wider, seat, along with a taller windshield, would the KTM as formidable a rally-tourer as it is a back-road bike.

KTM aimed this at what is, after all, a niche in the U.S. motorcycle and succeded in lighting up almost all our centers, seemingly without Can the faster, street-targeted KTM 990 Duke, due in 2004, actually be even at all-out endorphin production? We wait to find out.

Madonna on an ego-driven rant. J. Lo down an assistant for packing the mascara. Winona Ryder Oh, let’s go shopping. What do divas have in common MV Agusta’s much-anticipated Brutale bike?

Try this: They’re fun to watch than to live (So we’re told.) Harsh for such a stunning motorcycle by one of the great marques, indeed, and too critical of a bike that is quite competent.

KTM 950 Adventure
KTM 950 Adventure


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