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Old 12-03-2013, 11:06 PM   #52
F650Dakar_Norway
What off-season?
 
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Joined: Sep 2004
Location: Norway, Scandinavia
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I'm already starting to miss the simple air filter access on the 690 RFR and 9x0 series.

28 screws/bolts, some plastic panels and the fuel tank must now be removed before the rider can make a simple roadside air filter and filter box inspection.

With some 2013 models already dust-self-destroying this can put the 15 000km service intervals in question.

Another question is legitimate; can the KTM dealership customer interface effectively handle the targeted two-wheeled GS-oriented customer group with appropriately tech-savvy service and quality attitudes?

BMW also had its fair share of teething problems from the intro of the 2004 1200 GS.

The 1190 katooms are having the potensiale to grab market shares in the important GS segment.

The state-of-the-art tech complexity of the 1190 series may appear a tall order for a dealer- and workshop network previously tuned and adapted to the simpler dirtbike regime.

Where people normally chuck their bikes into vans and mostly frequent less paved roads and dirt race arenas.

The 1190 series will require a totally different approach and customer orientation.

We can already see this tall order in the Norwegian dealership network.
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