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Offline SunAndSea

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TEst riding KTM 1290 Super Adventure
on: May 22, 2015, 07:03:04 PM
I've got a KTM 1290 SA for the weekend, should be interesting.

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Re: TEst riding KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Reply #1 on: May 22, 2015, 08:09:34 PM
Your dealer must like you. I had a 1190r out for an afternoon and it was fun. Handling was not what I expected.

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Re: TEst riding KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Reply #2 on: May 23, 2015, 10:01:05 AM
First impressions are amazing, feels so light and nimble compared to the CT and the power is in a different league. The semi-active suspension is also in a huge leap forward. While the CT suspension is good once tuned in properly, the 1290 SA really is leagues ahead making the handling sublime. Still the rest of the weekend to go but I would rate the 1290 SA  well above the CT, which in itself is of course in a league above any GS.

Comes with cruise control, heated grips, heated seat for both rider & pillion (separate controls), semi-active suspension, crashbars, mainstand, proper adjustable screen, 30l tank, cornering ABS all as standard.

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Re: TEst riding KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Reply #3 on: May 23, 2015, 10:22:22 AM
 A bike switch in the near future?

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Re: TEst riding KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Reply #4 on: May 23, 2015, 10:29:09 AM
*Originally Posted by Barbancourt [+]
A bike switch in the near future?
possibly, always open to good things. I'll see after I've covered 500-600km this weekend. I'll have more idea of the quality etc. First impressions are very impressive.

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Re: TEst riding KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Reply #5 on: May 23, 2015, 04:01:04 PM
I'm sure everyone here would love riding one. I'm not so sure about owning one, however.
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Re: TEst riding KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Reply #6 on: May 24, 2015, 10:31:42 AM
*Originally Posted by Eltar [+]
I'm sure everyone here would love riding one. I'm not so sure about owning one, however.

Hi Eltar

This is a question not a challenge but what makes you think that?

All the tests and write ups seem to be excellent

However I don't have much knowledge of KTM regarding reliability, SAV, resale values etc

Any info you could give would be more than welcome  :062:

Thanks  :002:

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Re: TEst riding KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Reply #7 on: May 24, 2015, 02:40:35 PM
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  :008:

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.
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