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Old 10-29-2012, 07:35 AM   #52
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Originally Posted by jerdog53 View Post
KTM has to build a midsized twin!
There is sales out there they are missing out on, everyone who has purchased a 800GS or Tiger XC could have purchased an 800 twin KTM and probably would have had there been an option.
I for one donít need a 1200cc 150HP big duel sport to make up for other inadequacies, I donít want the cost of a 1200cc bike be it purchase price, insurance or fuel and donít want to deal with the weight!
Keep it small, nimble reasonably powerful with provisions for bags and proper fuel range!
All good until you work out the difference in the costs for design, production, marketing and distribution. there really isn't much in it between a cleverly designed 800 V-twin adventure bike using the latest lightweight materials and a 1200 using the same.

The market price for the 1200 is much, much higher (probably 30% in most markets) which results in a far more profitable choice for the manufacturer. As I mentioned in my earlier post, you'd really need to sell huge volumes to make the case for the 800.

I'd only like to see KTM build it if it didn't bankrupt them!

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