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Old 03-22-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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Tell me about KTM's

Looking at getting a SMT and owned nothing but Japanese bikes (about 20) I was looking at Multistradas but don't see it being worth anything in 5 years and have so many electronics I'd be afraind to use it. I do want something that gives me piece of mind that it's well built and can take abuse.

I've heard they are developed by madmen, which sounds intriguiging. If I'm looking for something that excites me, do I need to look any further?
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:20 PM   #2
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Madmen? Agreed.
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:21 PM   #3
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Get a new 1190 adv. Strada on roids!
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:22 PM   #4
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:32 PM   #5
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I used to ride nothing but the red chicken wings but now having drank the orange kool aid I cant go back
I look at hondas now and think "My Gawd how did I ever fall in love with that big boned nag"
maintenance is about the same IMO, the KTMs do need some de-quirking but once dialed in reliability is about equal if not better than most jappers
Parts availability and pricing is about equal to Honda

however, I am referring to Off Road bikes
the jappers probably still have the edge in the crotch rocket and pure motocross categories
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:59 PM   #6
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Looking at getting a SMT and owned nothing but Japanese bikes (about 20) I was looking at Multistradas but don't see it being worth anything in 5 years and have so many electronics I'd be afraind to use it. I do want something that gives me piece of mind that it's well built and can take abuse.

I've heard they are developed by madmen, which sounds intriguiging. If I'm looking for something that excites me, do I need to look any further?
I bought a Multistrada 1200 after looking at an SMT. However, I did it partially because I'd never had a Ducati and wanted one. The Multistrada is fantastic but if I was doing it again, I'd definitely get the SMT. Very similar and just as much fun. I have a few friends with SMTs and they love them.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:41 PM   #7
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Looking at getting a SMT and owned nothing but Japanese bikes (about 20) I was looking at Multistradas but don't see it being worth anything in 5 years and have so many electronics I'd be afraind to use it. I do want something that gives me piece of mind that it's well built and can take abuse.

I've heard they are developed by madmen, which sounds intriguiging. If I'm looking for something that excites me, do I need to look any further?
I picked up a clean, low miles SMT over the winter....mine's a '10 which is the model that I was looking for. With under 6k on the odo and a snow storm arriving, it was not a bad buy and I've been riding it as the weather permits. As the model years progress, there are more electronics and gizmos including an ABS system. Over here, there's a retailer with #2 SMT's and killer prices on them ($11k before TLI). I'd consider the upgrade if they'd give me a good trade-in. The SMT appears to be the template that the new 1190 Adv Std is derived from, it certainly wasn't the more dirt worthy 990 Adv which has a few quirks. I began the Euro bike passion with BMW's 15 years ago but my last 6 bike buys have been Orange for a reason. I spent a lot of time comparing models/brands and I'll stick with my current stable of bikes for the time being....'02 1150gs, '08 690e, '08 990Adv and '10 SMT.....YMMV......
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:59 PM   #8
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I used to ride nothing but the red chicken wings but now having drank the orange kool aid I cant go back
I look at hondas now and think "My Gawd how did I ever fall in love with that big boned nag"
maintenance is about the same IMO, the KTMs do need some de-quirking but once dialed in reliability is about equal if not better than most jappers
Parts availability and pricing is about equal to Honda

however, I am referring to Off Road bikes
the jappers probably still have the edge in the crotch rocket and pure motocross categories
IMO
Interesting, I have loved my Hondas but there was always something missing, if I could find something that is as reliable/durable and a thrilling ride I'd be a super happy customer.

I actually enjoy maintenence as long as it's not unreasonably difficult. I also like de-quirking. I found a rediculous deal on a new '12 SMT, I'll let you know Tuesday how things worked out.
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:37 PM   #9
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I sold my SMT for the 1190 Adventure. I liked that bike a lot. No complaints other than a twitchy throttle at slow speeds. It was a fantastic bike. But now after putting some miles on the 1190 I don't miss the SMT.
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:37 PM   #10
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I was a Honda man. I'm now ktm. I tried to think what I'd replace my 950 adv s with if the time ever came and the only thing I can come up with is a ktm 990 or a 690 enduro. Nothing else would even come close.

Mine is due it's second service since I bought it and no issues.
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:40 PM   #11
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I prefer my honda trail 110. It has 4 high and 4 low!!
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:45 PM   #12
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they are all fine, but . . .

BMWs are fine, Hondas are fine, even Suzuki's and Yamahas are fine. But, when you reach the limits of this those brands when riding aggressively, you choose to ride a KTM.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:44 AM   #13
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BMWs are fine, Hondas are fine, even Suzuki's and Yamahas are fine. But, when you reach the limits of this those brands when riding aggressively, you choose to ride a KTM.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:47 AM   #14
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Get the orange stuff.

Had a Honda CBR929 (fast), Honda CB750F2 (reliable n comfy), Honda VF750S (shaky), kawasaky ZX12R (FAAAAAASST!!!!), yammie XV535 (cho chop chop)...

Trying the 950, wooohooo!!! What have i been missing... the rest is the same story for most OC users
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