KTM - 950 Adventurer
Last week I was in training for work in Colorado (what a great week to be there, wish I would've had a bike!). While there, I saw a KTM dealer, and decided I'd have a look at their stock. As you may well know, they are best known for dirt bikes. That being said, the 950 Adventurer is a cross breed. It looks very dirt bike, but has street tires, nice looking (BMW like) faring, and it sneeks in as a tourer with saddle-bags. Most impressive to me was at around 500 lbs, the bike is a challenge to tip over. It is so bottom heavy it was almost like a cruiser. I think this is a requirement though, since the inseam is so high. I was on my tip-toes while in the saddle, but felt very little fear that I would ever drop this bike. Seriously, at a 45 degree angle to the ground, it still didn't feel like it would fall unless I entirely let go.
So after these impression I wondered if this low slung weight is common to the enduro/dirtbike genre. Also I was curious if at $11,000 a bike like this is a good value? And finally, has anyone ridden KTM, and I was curious how their performace in general was considered?