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Re: Test riding a 1290R Superduke tomorrow
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2018, 08:17:29 PM »
There is a youtuber named Lamb chop rides that is selling his heavily modified gen 1. You may want to check with him on price if you like. He is somewhere in the UK
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Re: Test riding a 1290R Superduke tomorrow
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2018, 08:22:57 AM »
*Originally Posted by windyrun [+]
There is a youtuber named Lamb chop rides that is selling his heavily modified gen 1. You may want to check with him on price if you like. He is somewhere in the UK

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Re: Test riding a 1290R Superduke tomorrow
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2018, 10:18:58 AM »
Well, I took the 'beast' for a blast yesterday. Great bike with incredible power but i found it a hard bike to ride smoothly and it felt like it just wanted to bite you all the time. I think the brakes on the BMW are better as well.....more bite and grab. I will say the clutch was a lot shorter on the KTM and much easier on wrists.

It handled incredibly well at speed and felt very nimble for a big bike (more so than my s1k). It's obviously faster in mid range but 2nd and 3rd gear are really short. 3rd, 4th and 5th gear are ludicrous and it goes like mad.

Overall, it feels hard work to ride. Like it wants to rip your arms off all the time and as much as I would love one for blasting around on weekends, spending another 5-6k on top of mine for something that's arguably not much better, i'll stick with the s1k.

BMW have made a great bike at a very competitive price and you can get one for a song compared to the KTM.
 

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Re: Test riding a 1290R Superduke tomorrow
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2018, 11:52:31 AM »
*Originally Posted by CrazyBiker [+]
KTM and Aprilia resale is lousy. I can get a better used deal on them than on any BMW. KTM has the worst reliability among these. Test rode both the tuono and superduke. Loved the V twin grunt but not a fan of the low end vibes. Eventually I might end up getting a 2017+ 1100 tuono over the duke. Still performance wise S1000R is hard to beat by either of those bikes. I want the tuono mostly for the sound and refined classy looks!

Both my friend and I traded our S1000Rs for KTMs early this year. He got an R and I got a GT.  First of all, resale on our S1000Rs sucked. It if the KTM resale is worse its not enough to matter.  I traded an immaculate 2016 with 23,000 miles on it and got $7,500 for it.  Less than half what of I paid for it.

As to comparing the bikes, I am not going to say one is better than the other. The S1000R is faster and is ultimately the better sport bike.  In my case, the GT is nearly as fast, handles nearly as well but has a lot more features and comfort for all day riding, which is what I do with the bike. 

If I did not also own an 1199 Panigale I might prefer the S1000R.  But having three bikes, the SD GT is the better middlebike.

BTW, Im nearing 7,000 miles and have had zero problems with the KTM, nor has my friend.
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Re: Test riding a 1290R Superduke tomorrow
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2018, 03:23:15 PM »
That superduke gt is a really good compromise for sport but comfy riding. Haven't test ride it yet as I don't want to get into troubles with the wife 😂😂😁😁
It could be better looking though...
S1000R red
Faster than I can handle...

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Re: Test riding a 1290R Superduke tomorrow
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2018, 05:31:53 PM »
I like the looks and idea of the 1290 GT. Luckily there aren't any dealers near me or I my wallet might get into trouble  :008:

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Re: Test riding a 1290R Superduke tomorrow
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2018, 09:15:07 PM »
 Only rode the gen.1 but the majority of the reviews I've seen say the gen 2 is a more cultured version with less engine braking and smoother throttle.
If my local dealer hadn't shut down I would have give one a try.

 


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