Years sold: 2004 to 2006
MSRP new: $11,998 (’04) to $13,898 (’06)
Blue Book retail value: $5,610 (’04) to $6,600 (’06)
Basic specs: The 950 Adventure is powered by a liquid-cooled 942cc V-twin fed by a pair of 43mm Mikuni carburetors and rated at 100 hp. A steel frame, together with long-travel WP suspension and wire-spoke wheels (21-inch front, 18-inch rear), makes this KTM well suited for off-highway riding.
Why it’s desirable: Based on the bike that won the Dakar Rally in 2002, the 950 Adventure was designed to tackle all but the roughest off-road trails, while also being KTM’s first serious entry into the street market. We named the 950 Adventure the Best Dual-Purpose Bike in 2003, saying: “Dual-purpose bikes have long been lauded for their versatility, but never has a motorcycle been as versatile as the new KTM 950. Part rally racer, part dual-sport, part adventure-tourer, it’s the best multitasker ever to wear semi-knobbies…”
Useful resources: The best online source of information for the KTM 950 Adventure is advrider.com. In the “Orange Crush” section, you’ll find many useful threads from owners who know the bike inside and out.
June 10, 2014 By