1290 SA Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by NextHorizon, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. NextHorizon

    NextHorizon Been here awhile

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    With the time getting close for the 1290 Super Adventure to land on showroom floors I'm thinking it's time to start a dedicated thread for those owners. I see one SA has landed in The Netherlands and here in the US they should start arriving next month. I believe only those of us, at least in the US, that put $$ on one early will get one this year, but maybe not.

    What I would like to see here is where we are located, generally of course. What we plan to use our SA for, what we are doing to them, our first ride impressions and concerns and honest to goodness problems we may have. It would be interesting to hear how we came to the decision to purchase the SA.

    Eventually it would be great to hear of trips and experiences we've had with it including pics of course.

    If you think this thread will work or not let me know and I'll start it off.

    Thanks
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  2. paidoutcomes

    paidoutcomes Long timer

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    Have never owned a KTM, just drooled over them in the showrooms and then I am getting into adv bikes and I find the 1190. Drove triumphs and wees but liked the 1190 best but my dealer was out early. I almost bought a 2014es later in the year and when I decided to buy, it was sold. The dealer was going to look for one and I said I would hold off until 2015 for the possibility of digital cruise. Then came rumors on the 1290. In late September the features were announced and I went immediately to the dealer in Fargo and dropped a down payment off. I havent second guessed my decision to wait for the 1290. The "heavy" 1290 wont slow me down vs the 1190es I was going to buy. All the extras on the 1290 were bonuses for me. I just waited for cruise control and was rewarded with the extras and I want every one of them.

    I will be commuting and slabbing for the most miles and motocamping, fishing as time allows.
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  3. Barekat

    Barekat Looking to get dirty

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    For me it was time to slow down and start appreciating the ride more. I've always enjoyed riding with my buddies or just heading out for a few hours on the bike.

    A couple of years ago I starting shopping for new wheels and I identified a few bikes early on... the 990smt was an early contender as it looked like the hooligan bike I thought I wanted. But then I figured I was approaching 50 and had a couple of buddies crash on our annual bike trip so perhaps a different 'style' bike was gonna help me keep my drivers licence and health.

    Around that time I also took a two day off road riding course and had a blast on some pretty serious single track. This got me thinking about dual sport or adventure bikes. I seriously considered the tiger 800xc until I rode it... I was completely underwhelmed by its performance. Nix the tiger. Next was the f800gsa. I drive a BMW car so I thought that would make a good match in the garage. Again the ride left me wanting a bike with a sole... And some more power.

    When researching the f800gsa I found a forum discussion comparing the mid sized Bimmer with the 1190. I read & researched everything about the 1190 but I couldn't find any place to get a demo ride on one. ...I was damn close to pulling the trigger on the 1190 only having sat on one based on print and video reviews... That's when the 1290 rumours surfaced. Then the 1290SA became official and I knew it was the bike I wanted! All the features, power, safety and... Cruise.

    My intent is to do 70/30 tarmac/secondary (gravel & fire roads) at first and once comfortable with the bike venture into more adventurous trips. The bike will need a few scratches before I head for the bush :wink:.

    BTW, great idea for the thread.

    Barekat... North of Toronto.
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  4. NextHorizon

    NextHorizon Been here awhile

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    OK. Thanks for the replies. Both of you came to the SA about the same way I have. I was looking for the best bike to replace my aging 1100 XX that I traveled on and my Tuono V2 that I play on. I was looking for something more capable to travel on, hit twisties and then leave the tarmac when I see something that could be interesting.

    My good friend and riding buddy bought a GS 800 after we had talked about getting dual purpose bikes. Soon he traded it for the GS 1200 WC. I've never liked the boxer, but it's a nice bike. I wanted at least some of the performance of my two current rides. I narrowed it down to the 1190's but they were missing the amenities I wanted, but I really thought about buying one last year. But I held out and then the SA was rumored. I talked to the dealer to confirm that it was coming, cut a deal and sent him a check back in Nov. Now I can't wait for March to come.

    The SA will be my everything bike. Touring, on & off road. It will blast thru the mountain twisties that I like so much riding the Tuono. It will be my commuter too. And I really believe the SA will do it in comfort compared to the XX and Tuono. The XX was my super-tourer, but I'm getting older and the 600- 800 mile days are much harder. The SA will make them much better.

    Talked to my dealer today again. He swears that my SA is ordered. I asked about the two options and it is his understanding that they will be added by the dealer. They are software upgrades only. I also got the parts guy looking for little items I want for it when it shows up. The GPS mount is completely different for the SA and looks to be the way I want to go. I'll wait to see how the air box looks before doing anything with it.

    I reside in eastern Montana, USA

    Let's hear from more of you. Thanks.:clap
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  5. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    great idea, thanks!

    I presently have a 2013 1190 standard and am actually very happy with it, but seeing we only live once, I've put my name down for the 1290, which should be arriving here in South Africa in April :clap

    Will sell the 1190 once I have the 1290.

    At this stage I'm wondering which of my 1190 extras I'll be able to transfer to the 1290.....
    Hopefully the Wings Shorty (have been told it can be done), bash plate, headlight protector, alarm, pannier mounts, tank bag, mirror wideners and radiator guard...

    I'm also hoping the corner lights on the 1290 can be set to stay ON, else I will have to fit some spots on the 1290 for better visibility to cagers
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  6. ZeZeZoom

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    I live in Portugal, not in the USA.
    I decided I will replace my 1190 ESA (bought new the 26th March 2014, now with almost 15.000 kms) with the new 1290SA. My wife doesn't know this, yet.:evil
    The 1290SA interested me mostly because of its (much) increased torque over the 1190. The 1190 is a great bike with plenty of torque (for my needs) and the 1290SA can only be better. One can never have too much torque.:wink: I see the 1290SA as a better and bigger 1190, in which it keeps plenty of the great quality components in the 1190 (like the frame, the clutch, the wheels, the brakes, the handlebar, the lighting, the pegs, the exhaust, etc.), improved further some of those components (suspension, engine and windscreen, the seats too, autonomy) and added several missing features (like cruise control, heated grips and heated seats).
    I made the decision based on the following (economical) factors:
    a) I can transfer to the SA most of the farkles I added to the 1190: the Akrapovic, the PHDS mounts, the Clearwater Darla LED lights, the KTM panniers, the Givi Trekker 52l top case (and adaptor), among others, thus saving A LOT of money;
    b) my dealer made me an offer for my (stripped) 1190 that I consider irrecusable;
    c) trading bikes will likely save me from spending money in a new rear tire, the annual vehicle tax, the 15.000 kms service (not that likely, though, as the 1190 will reach the 15.000 kms mark probably before the arrival of the SA) and the cost of the manwork hours related to the fitting of the farkles in the new bike;
    d) I will get a new bike (with 2 years warranty).
    The 'new and better toy' factor was decisive, though.:D
    I will use the bike almost exclusively on tarmac and mostly for small commuting trips (anxiously waiting for the longer trips at which I know the bike will excel).
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  7. NextHorizon

    NextHorizon Been here awhile

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    To me that is quite a decision. If I would have bought last year, as I about did, I don't know if I would buy the SA. Most likely not because the wife would not be happy with me.:(: As it is now I'm replacing a couple of great but ageing rides.

    I have read that the corning lights are not designed to stay on full-time. I believe the screws that sits below them are for adjustment. I have no doubt they could be altered to stay on though.

    It sounds like you guys have put a lot into your 1190's. From what I see most if not all will fit the SA. I'm looking forward to hearing from you once you get your SA's to see what/how everything fits. Another month or two and many of our questions will be answered. Can't wait!

    Good to hear from you guys. Keep it coming.
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  8. Barekat

    Barekat Looking to get dirty

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    Shouldn't this thread be called "Future" 1290SA Owners Thread? :huh ...just saying. :D
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  9. marcjlmd

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    I have a '14 GSA. Absolutely love the bike (doing another 1500 miles this Saturday), but there is no local dealer (I live in Lubbock, TX). We do have a KTM dealer, and the head mechanic there is an old friend of mine. When I heard his dealership would get the 1290 SA, I jumped on. I will get their 1st bike, next month I hope. I hope I like it nearly as much as I like the GSA.

    Marc
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  10. paidoutcomes

    paidoutcomes Long timer

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    Or fractional owners? I currently own 5% of a promise! What if KTM misjudged the demand and my dealer doesn't get one allocated?!? I would be crushed, and not in the orange way.
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  11. Mister T

    Mister T On the dole

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    HaHa...Funny stuff! :lol3
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  12. ZeZeZoom

    ZeZeZoom Been here awhile

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    The thread title could be: '1290 SA Prospective Owners' Thread'....:evil:norton
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  13. ZeZeZoom

    ZeZeZoom Been here awhile

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    My wife is not going to be happy, either. That much I know in advance.:evil
    I will tell her one of the reasons for trading an almost new (and great) bike is because the 1290SA is more comfortable and a better two up ride.:D My wife never sat her butt in either bike I had/have. She is affraid of bikes and makes a point out of distancing herself from anything bike related. In the opposite corner (...), I am quite a determined (stubborn?...:wink:) guy and keep inviting her to at least make a try and come with me for a ride. The 1290SA will be my 5th bike (in less than four years time:eek1, but that is not the point...) and I hope its great looking seats will help me in seducing her.

    On the other hand, the bike is MY toy (and I suppose every woman knows how guys and toys relate).

    On a serious note: my dealer's proposal for my 1190 is really irrecusable. I will never ever get (from other dealers or any third party) a remotely close figure for it. Let's say that the proposed trading value of the 1190 plus the value of the farkles I will transfer to the 1290SA, plus the savings I will attain (rear tire, manwork hours, etc.) add up to an overall sum that is very close to the quoted price for the 1290SA.:deal I discussed this with a very experienced biker friend of mine (not my wife's preferred friend of mine, of course:evil) who trades bikes almost every month or so (used bikes) and he agrees I should seize the deal.
    I am utterly satisfied with the 1190 and haven't really considered trading it so soon, but I do believe this is a one time only deal.
    I need stop changing bikes so frequently, though.:norton

    On the cornering LED lights: all I want is for them to be properly aimed. I am not thinking of making them stay on permanently as I will have the Clearwater Darla LEDs installed in the bike for that purpose.
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  14. NextHorizon

    NextHorizon Been here awhile

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    What would the suggested titles to this thread look like in six months? For some around the globe our future is their present. Just sayin'.

    Paid, I have had the same thoughts about waiting for the SA and having $$ one it then for whatever reason it doesn't come thru. I think we want this bike tooooo much. If I had to start looking for another bike this year to buy I would not be happy. I guess I would have to look at the 1190's again and accessorize the #@%* out of it. The again maybe I would do the same to an SDR. That would be a kick.:wink:
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    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    just tell her the new bike is much safer than the 1190 and ask her if she would rather see you grow old with her..... :evil:D
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    ZeZeZoom Been here awhile

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    Thank you very much for your assistance, Bundu.:rofl I'll make my best to follow your kind suggestion.:evil:norton
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    NextHorizon Been here awhile

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    Florida Lime Long timer

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    NextHorizon Been here awhile

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    Just so it doesn't spread to the east coast. If I bought a V-Strom I would save some $$$. According to my other half a bike is a bike.
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  20. Mister T

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    Yep. All the NA bikes land in VA now and are then freighted out across the country. :deal
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