It's just a matter of reliability for me. I ride roughly 35-40k kms a year. I need a bike that will run and run without issues. In my circle of biker friends, that unfortunately hasn't been the case.
Well to be honest with you, that's why I really, I mean REALLY wanted to buy a KTM 1190. Resale value and other financial criteria always depend on the person, so some may be ok with all that and some may be not. But I know that the KTM will spend more time in the service than any Japanese alternative, and I just hate that.
I'd rather have 110 to 130 hp that runs throughout the year consistently over a 150 hp that needs to rest from time to time.
That is the single thing that the tests never tell you: What it is like to live with the bike? I am 110% sure that the bike is amazing. How long it stays that way is my concern. And how long it takes to fix it? How much does it cost to fix it? and is it really going to be fixed or will the same problem haunt me for some to come?
That's why, I think, I'll go for another CT or a Super Tenere now. I bloody love to ride the Europeans, as long as they belong to my friends
BTW, I know all of this has nothing to do with 1290 SA in particular. But this is my overall view on the matter, and KTM still falls into that category for me.