OneWheelDrive.Net 2004 KTM 950 Adventure — Counterpoint

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KTM 950 Adventure

2004 KTM 950 Adventure – Counterpoint

by Neil Johnston on Tuesday, 15 2005 Comment

Every quantum physicist knows the Schrodinger’s cat – a feline in a sealed box a vial of poison.  The cat may be alive or it may be … by a quantum event may have released the poison the vial.  The poor thing only as a waveform – as long as you aside the practicalities.  So what when you open the box and the cat is lying looking either … or

  You poke it with a stick and out for sure.

Strangely, that all us to the KTM 950 Adventure which exists in an state of existence – somewhere the state of road bike and bike, until the observer to see if the bike lives up to a certain

Those expectations are pretty the press has been almost praise for the big Katoom and maybe working against the bike – can be affected by observation and observation by it’s the bane of empiricism.  predominantly a road rider, the of having one bike that it all is near overwhelming.  With saying that the Katoom can be like a big, tall, sportbike, the expectations set up are lofty, but from a sport bike or a sport tourer you may be left

Road feel, for example, is at best.  You know the tarmac is but that’s about all – the long WP suspension just leaves you over the Earth’s surface.  The Scorpions, fitted stock as are on the Ducati Multistrada, give road grip, but a dirt is going to come away that they lose too quickly when it comes to the trails.

Part of that is up to the in the dirt the 75-degree twin’s at around 93 hp and 62 ft-lbs of torque can loose the rear Pirelli minimal effort.  It’s than you’d ever a litre twin to be, more the SV650’s lively little in nature but with gobs stomp.  I for one can’t wait to see it in upcoming road bikes.

  On the road that proves than enough to make the end get very light at a moment’s

Our tester, however, featured a spot at 6000, feeling the engine is starving – this be the “carb icing problem” in some forums.  This may be due to the big baffle-ectomy from the pipes, and the re-jetting to take advantage of flow through.

Now why are we running a long-term bike?  Well, KTM Canada got around to returning our regarding a tester, OneWheelDrive.Net man Evan Leung had a bit of a break reality.  Next thing you he’s acquired a long-term a do-it-all replacement to our man’s

All practicality aside, it was more that front on this which either looks an escapee from the Coneheads or has you wondering when Lord is going to show up to feed the than common sense resulted in the purchase.  It’s menacing and farcical – qualities marketing folks are familiar

Closer inspection reveals a few fit and issues. For example, the cable to the bars blocks the ignition entry and exit.  Another niggle is the lack of heat over the up-pipe to the mufflers that your foot to feel the warmth even on days.

  Brake and clutch levers are it’s a two-fingered affair at and they offer little I’m not sure about the gearbox, the are dirt inspired and I kept the lever on the downshift.  All the controls just weren’t where I them, and keep in mind is from a guy who adapted to the BMW switch-gear only one honk of the horn.

The well, while Evan may the “iron …” gene, I from softer stock – Klingons think of seating probably had the KTM Adventure in mind.  that in Canada, at about this is a premium bike  – so why it feel like a work in Even the luggage isn’t as or practical as other offerings for being top loading and the aerodynamic of beer coolers.

Despite the …-plank, the bike’s are great.  The 950 simply begs to be up on, and coming from most oriented bikes you’ll at how narrow the beastie is as you lord the SUVs on the road.  That gives you great push the Magura bars and adds to the feeling of this mere wet offering.

KTM 950 Adventure

Stating the obvious, the is just tall and traily.  on it, the black and orange ruminant is to flat foot, indeed I make it look small – but I’m 6’2” and look for jeans a mythical 35 inch inseam.  my tall brothers and sisters, there is a bike for us – not an imaginary test rider.

  That don’t expect everything to be – the wind protection sees the hitting me square across the

Out on the road, madness reigns; the throttle and the front end gets and airy as the motor’s torque itself known.  Initially think that this is a do it all that can hang with the set.  Frankly, you’d be

  You can do it all, but it just doesn’t as well sorted on-road as like BMW’s R1200GS, has you saying “lets scare the out of the sportbikers”.  Still, you can hoon the twisties with the best the pace is sane, but this is to a genuine off-roader than any adventure offering out there.

on the binders and the Adventure dives Greg Louganis.  That’s a somewhat underwhelming offering of braking power, so prepare to yourself with the rear if you’re coming from the

The KTM Adventure 950 exists in an in-between it’s more on-road a dirtbike, more off-road other adventure offerings.  that I am at best a light rider, would I buy one?  all the hype and there is a lot in the magazines – no.

  It suit my needs, especially the price point and unsettling of being a work in progress.

bike is maybe the victim of its own which has left it with the things to all people” perception.  The KTM 950 instead feels like I expect a really well really big dirt bike oh, and then lets slap Scorpions on it and send it out on the road.  For a adventure rider like the 950 is too finely focused on off-road to be happy elsewhere.

  The light adventure set is likely off on more defined offerings as the V-Strom, R1200GS or Tiger.  The KTM 950 measures out a lot more “hard in the end.

KTM 950 Adventure
KTM 950 Adventure
KTM 950 Adventure

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