Originally Posted by 996DL
The similarities between this bike's introduction into the marketplace by KTM and the MTS1200 by Ducati, are strikingly conjoined in the fact that both makers, have and will have to step up to the plate, in regards to mainstream consumer expectations.
Let's hope for both parties, this is another home run, in the motorcycle marketplace...
Exactly why I threw it in here. Both are derived from their superbikes and "retuned" for more low/mid-range performance. Add in the other goodies to make a comfy "all roads" bike, and here we are.
IMO this is the only competitor to the MTS12 on the performance end of the adventure touring genre, so if the OP can't swing the $20k+ (US) cost of the MTS12, the KTM may be a good "second choice" if he's after sportbike-like performance. I'll leave the comments on aesthetics alone.....
And let's hope this is indeed a home run for KTM. Given their financial situation, they can't afford to have this bike be anything less, and I for one like having them in the marketplace. To say they are a "disruptive force" is a bit of an understatement.....