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'07 1200GS vs '14 1190 Adventure R both with 42k miles

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Hey folks! Wondering if you can help me decide between:

  • '07 BMW 1200GS - Stock for $6500
  • '14 KTM 1190 Adventure R - tons of kit for $8500

Both have equal miles at 42k, with recent dealer service. I wish I were closer to dirt, but realistically I'll be on concrete slabs. AND I'm looking to do a ride from California to Kentucky and back (with some Route 66 to say I did it). I have dreams of off-road camping adventures in Big Bear/Arrowhead and National Park hopping.

I sold my Duc Monster 900 cause I'm too tall, so KTM height won't be an issue at all. 

Thanks!

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On slab the BMW is smoother.  The KTM will be fun though.  Its a blast to launch the VTwin down the on ramps.  

Whats the big red dial looking thing on the KTM close to the passenger peg? 

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