1290 SA Owners Thread

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  1. bigdave-gs

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  2. airwater

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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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  3. SRTie4k

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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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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  6. 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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    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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    Sent Glenn at Clearwater lights a email, hope I can help! Joe
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  9. Bart20170

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    And excellent build quality 20170619_125121.jpg
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  10. RichBMW

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    Have you got a part number for those? Big improvement on comfort?
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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)
  14. frez

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    My feeling is that as long as they are still selling them the T will remain but it will probably get an update in 2018/19 with the new virtual clocks screen at a minimum.
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    My KTM tank bag doesn't fit with the Barbacks.
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    The risers are staying and tank bag will go up in the flea market once I find some hardware to replace the tank bag mount hardware.
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    Yes, all of the 1290s are really a mid-life cycle refresh of the 2013 1190 Adventure launch. I don't think we'll see any material changes now for a couple of years on the S, R and T when they are replaced by the 2290 Mega Adventure S, R and T.
  17. kaertner

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    SA comes with all the extras included unlike the SAS or SAR. For me, I will keep my 2015 SA until there is something significantly new & different. The SAS is virtually the same bike minus the factory extras, so not really anything attractive there and also has a smaller tank. It has same engine, same power, same frame, same suspension.
  18. TheBritAbroad

    TheBritAbroad Just ride it!

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    The SuperDuper Adventures. :lol3
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  19. TheBritAbroad

    TheBritAbroad Just ride it!

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    The T is much better equipped as standard than the S. I personally think the 'T' will likely next year get the LED lights and dash farkles the are being tested on the 'S' at the moment. I doubt the T will go away as medium/long term it's designed to take on the BMW GSA and seems to be (slowly) eating into BMW'a market with that bike. The 'S' I guess is designed to eventually take on BMW's GS. The 'R' bikes are a different market of their own and already rule that roost.

    Impossible to say the KTM future though other than just guessing. Maybe of related interest is I see that KTM are planning on making their Husquvana brand the third biggest selling bike in Europe within 2 or 3 years(!). Nobody can say they aren't ambitious!

    Incidentally, the '16 SA and the '17 SAT aren't the same. The '17 is Euro4 compliant, which means no bad fuel dongle and it does have carbon canisters under the seat etc. etc.
  20. gsuks

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    Personally I think the saS version is more refined than the 2015 SA
    Especially the front end
    Suspension
    Brakes and wheels

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