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The KTM 950 Super Enduro R - is it suitable for Adventure Touring, or does it belong on the race circuit ?
2010 KTM 950 Super Enduro R

44 Marine Drive, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town
(021) 511 7966
(021) 511 2538
-33.910000, 18.471117
-33° 54' 36.00", +18° 28' 16.02"
"The KTM 950 SE is the ideal bike for all those who want to hit the trails hard and rooster along loose gravel roads. But don't expect to get more than 2500km out of your back tyre, if you gonna hang on the throttle, especially with the 72kw on tap on the right handle bar grip."
Craig Marshall - Rider
KTM 950 Super Enduro
The test ride took place over an incredible 1700km journey from Cape Town, across the Western Cape and via the back country roads of Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn eventually landing up in Stytlerville in the Eastern Cape, 150 km inland from Port Elizabeth.

The Wild Dog Forum held its Eastern Cape Bash this year in the small farming community town of Stytlerville, on the back plains of Baviaanskloof mountain range.

4 days in the saddle, over 1000km of dirt, the KTM 950 SE proved to be more comfortable, and more fuel friendly than expected.
"The 950 SE really came into true form on the open and sometimes twisty gravel roads, once used to how much throttle to use, to keep good traction, the SE has a super confidence inspiring way of staying upright."
14.5 L Tank - 170km if you take it easy

2011 KTM 950 Super Enduro R - Specifications
Engine type Twin cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement 942 cc
Bore x stroke 100 / 60 mm (3.94 / 2.36")
Performance (homologated) 72 kW / 8500 rpm
Max. torque 90 Nm / 7000 rpm
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Starter/Battery Electric Starter / 12 V 11.2 Ah
Transmission 6 gears, dog clutch engagement
Carburetor 2 Keihin constant-pressure carburetor CVRD 43
Control 4 V / DOHC
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Engine lubrication Motorex, fully synthetic, SAE 10W-50
Primary drive 67:35
Final drive 17:45
Cooling Liquid cooled
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch, operated hydraulically
Ignition Denso battery ignition
Frame Chromium-Molybdenum trellis frame, powder coated
Subframe Aluminum 7020
Handlebar Aluminum, Ø 28 / 22 mm (1.10 / 0.87"), tapered
Front suspension WP USD Ø 48 mm (1.89")
Rear suspension WP mono shock
Suspension travel front/rear 250 / 255 mm (9.84 / 10.04")
Front brake Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, floating brake disc Ø 300 mm (11.81")
Rear brake Brembo 2-piston, floating caliper, floating brake disc Ø 240 mm (9.45")
Rims, front/rear Spoked wheels with aluminum rims, 1.85 x 21"; 2.50 x 18"
Tyres, front/rear 90/90-21"; 140/80-18"
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16"
Main silencer Twin stainless steel silencer with catalytic converters
Steering head angle 64,4°
Trail 112 mm (4.41")
Wheel base 1577 ± 10 mm (62.09")
Ground clearance (unloaded) 330 mm (12.99")
Seat height 965 mm (37.99")
Tank capacity 14.5 liters / 2.5 liters reserve (3.83 / 0.66 gal)
Weight (no fuel) 190 kg (418.88 lbs)
Tested Fuel Economy:
"Riding conservatively at around 100-120km/h the 14.5 litre tank consistently gave me 170km, and possible more, as there was always a few litres left."
For about $849 Aussie - you can fit a 30L Safari Tank

Seat Comfort:
"Although the seat is not the most comfortable for more than 100km, however its not bad considering its design is for 'stand up' type Enduro racing. Unfortunately Gel touring seats like on the 950/990 do not fit the SE"

Nearly 20kg lighter that the 990 Adventure, the SE is an absolute pleasure in the 'Dotted Line" rough stuff. and the bike effortlessly wheelies in 3rd and 4th gear.

Wind Protection:
On long fast stretches, at 120km +, the SE's lack for wind protection is a real issue, especially with a MX style helmet and peak. Changing your body position helps tremendously.

Of course one only notices vibration when you on tarmac, the SE does have a noticable vibration from about 150km/h.
The Question is......
Would it be viable to convert a 950SE into a touring bike, with 30L long range tank, Panniers, Faring, and some kind of seat conversion?

Answer: No! - by the time you have put the extra cost into the mods, you might as well just buy the 990 Adventure. Unless you find one already converted at a good price.

For long distance, comfort, top end speed - the 990 Adventure is the machine.
For dirt munching, rock hopping, sand surfing and drifting through mountain passes, the 950 SE has no equal - but go easy on the throttle, back tyres are expensive.

General Opinion:
The KTM 950 Super Enduro is a beast, and I mean that is a good sense. Despite the very few fall out issues like wind and tank capacity, the aggressive racing geometry makes the bike extremely well suited to adventure riding, especially if you are going to do shorter more hard core routes, but the 950 SE is definitely aimed more skilled riders with the ability to muscle her around in the rough.

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