1290 SA Owners Thread

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

  1. Wanderrad

    Wanderrad Been here awhile

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    You bet! That's the beauty of a community like this one. Lots of info sharing.
  2. airwater

    airwater Been here awhile

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    Anyone else run into problems with the Pirelli Scorpioni Trail IIs? They've been a revelation for the first year/8000 miles (some on track, some twisties and a fair amount of motorway touring) providing lots of feel and grip in all conditions although the front is a bit prone to slipping away without any warning when pushing a bit. Despite the miles, they seem to still have a lot of tread remaining and I cannot see any type of deformity on either front or back. The issue I have is that whilst riding a lot of the feel and grip has fallen off a cliff in the past 500 miles and they make for nervous riding. I'm entering corners at a good speed but due to the lack of feel and grip, running a bit wide and having to correct so therefore exiting slowly. Sure I don't mind replacing tyres after 8,000 miles, that's good use, but looking at them I can't see what the problem is and don't feel to throw them away for no reason if I don't have to.
  3. Wanderrad

    Wanderrad Been here awhile

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    I think I have nearly 8000 mi on mine. Same observation as you. Lots of tread remaining, but I have felt just a little less stability in the turns lately.
  4. frez

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    8000 miles is not unreasonable, if the handling is going off then change them.
  5. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Newly-Clothed Explorer

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    Tire pressure? Try lowering it.
  6. Marki_GSA

    Marki_GSA Long timer

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    Just a heads up. My bike came up with a preload error so I took it to dealer who reckoned the shock was away but said they would let ktm see the diagnosis. Just got a call back saying they sent them another firmware and it is all working again. Bike already had the latest that the dealer could see so maybe there is about to be another one released. Course it could be the same as a PC and just reloading software has fixed it!
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  7. Daffey

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    I'm posting this for a friend of mine. He owns Clearwater Lights, located near Sacramento CA. He needs to design light brackets for the KTM 1290/SA. He said that if someone would bring in their bike to his shop so he can figure out the best location/ design for the lights, he would give them a great deal on the lights and a free factory install (~$200). I don't know if he would need your bike for a few hours, or all day and I don't know exactly what the "great deal" is on the lights, but if your interested in equipping your 1290 SA with the best LED lighting on the market then contact Glenn at clearwaterlights@gmail.com and tell him Dangerous Dave posted this and you can get the details from him. If your not familiar with Clearwater Lights, I recommend going to their web site first and looking at the product line, so you'll have some idea what you'll be talking about. Once Glenn gets a bike, I'll post it here, indicating the deal has been fulfilled and is no longer available, so people don't needlessly waste their/his time.
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  8. bigdave-gs

    bigdave-gs Explorer

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    Wish I was close to California ! ! !
  9. airwater

    airwater Been here awhile

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    Now I feel sympathy for Jorge Lorenzo.
    To what would you suggest? I'm about 170lbs or 76kg and currently running 42 and 36 PSI.
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  10. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Newly-Clothed Explorer

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    32/36? Just a shot in the dark, you really just gotta try different pressures to see if it helps at all, but that might be a good place to start.
  11. paidoutcomes

    paidoutcomes Long timer

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    Jealous that you got 8,000 out of them! My rear was toast around 5,500. The front won't make 8,000 miles on mine either. But I've had the same experience with most of the tires I have run on the 1290 so it must just be me.
  12. hoss1

    hoss1 Been here awhile

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    We've been through 8 sets of ST IIs on our SA riding two up. We got our usual 2500 miles out of them. The front was toast (totally smooth on both sides) while the rear could go twice that far. I got careless with set #7 and let them go 3000 miles. I'm ashamed to admit the cord was starting to show on the front when I got around to replacing them.. I was perfectly happy with them except the tread on the front tire didn't wrap around far enough. We could run right off the tire and the front would slide if we didn't back off slightly. They are nicely round in profile and steered fine for us, but did exhibit a unique wear pattern. I blame us for that and not them. I put on some Metzler Roadtec 01s last week. So far (300 miles) they feel good. The ride is slightly stiffer, but they steer well. The big plus here is that the front tread comes down 3 mm. further on the sides and we now have a lovely 1 mm. chicken strip. However, I am concerned that the front is just a bit trianglar and that may lead to poor turn in as they wear.
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  13. 2 Legges

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    13000 km is a good distance to get out of your tyres , they still might look fine but the best of them has long gone they are no longer the tyre you once loved , there profile has changed and in a bad way and not to mention how many heat cycles they have been through ,so cut the ties and move on and give your self a oh wow moment when you take your first corner on new tyres
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  14. Wanderrad

    Wanderrad Been here awhile

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    Received and installed Rox Barbacks this evening. No cable / line adjustment needed. I was blown away by the comfort on a short test ride.
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  15. CPTJAM

    CPTJAM Been here awhile

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    Sent Glenn at Clearwater lights a email, hope I can help! Joe
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  16. Bart20170

    Bart20170 Adventurer

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    And excellent build quality 20170619_125121.jpg
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  17. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    Have you got a part number for those? Big improvement on comfort?
  18. Bart20170

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  19. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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  20. sbn

    sbn Been here awhile

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    Ok guys. I guess I have to ask... Is this bike going out of the ktm lineup since the S and the R has arrived? If I was in the market for a new KTM big adv bike why should I choose this T model over either of the new SA models? I can't figure out what I get if I buy the T over the S or R other than "last years instruments" and more fuel capacity. In my country this T model is prices between the S and R, the R being the most expensive. Dont get me wrong I really like the SAT, and I think it would be perfect for the sort of 2up riding I do here in europe but for some reason I just keep thinking that ktm had a bunch of these bike in storage and i order to sell them as a 2017 model they slapped a T on there. Or am I missing something?

    Oh and what do you owners think of the corner lights? usable or a gimmick?

    (please excuse my poor english)