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Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much ho' started by goodcat8, Apr 23, 2012.
Are you prepared to pay a fortune for a titanium crash bars???
You mean they cost money??:huh
Hey Umitc, I just notice the same thing this morning!. And I couldn't find were the contact area is located...
I think I found the contact area, it's the last bit of the plastic guide above the swingarm near the pinion. for most of the swingarm the gide it's higher but in that location it's exatelly the same hight of the mark on the chain.
there's noting to worry about....
We're up over 10,000km now and the bike is doing well. The original tires easily went 9500km, but we changed them in Istanbul before heading on to Bulgaria. The main issues we have with the bike are the side stand (too short) and the chain rubbing on the chain guard. The latter is easily, remedially, fixed with a liberal lubing of the chain, but with the full load of luggage the side stand does not adequately support the bike. We've been running in "Street mode" most of the time and the bike performs well there.
Maybe I missed this, but what is your fuel economy on this trip (overall or typical)? Thanks for your updates and whetting our appetites waiting for the US launch!
Welcome to Finland and get yourself an R. Even though we have miles and miles of gravel road the standard model sells better, so there are R's still available.
My LBS told me that the 1190 I'll pick up next Friday is one of the last standard ones they'll get into the country this year. I already had a panic moment because of that - ordered the bike before I had a proper chance for a test ride. But who needs test rides anyway?!
You might try one of the oversized side stand "foot prints". You could add a couple of spacers between the plates and probably gain a half an inch (mm's?) Wider foot print and longer length. Both good things.
Tried the bike (1190) today, just a 20-minute run in urban and extra-urban conditions so hard to reach firm conclusions.
Nevertheless, it was extremely impressive. I suspect you'll be pleased.
Or do what a lot if the guys around here do.
Get a hockey puck, drill two or three holes through the side stand foot and the puck (counter sink the screw/bolt heads in the puck) and bolt it all together. It'll lengthen the stand a little over an inch. And it looks cool!
Moronic, I would be interested to hear what your impressions were...are you going to write them up?
I need to test ride as well. Problem is in Australia there aren't a lot of dealers around. KTM have two dealer types , off road and road, some have both but most of the out of city dealers are off road bikes,(singles).
The is a dealer in Sydney but riding in the city tells you very little ! I will head to Canberra to test if they have a demo there.
They do. I rode it this morning.
I'll be trying her again next week, two-up and possibly back-to-back with the Multi. Might have more to say then.
Not sure my impressions are worth much after such a short time on board. There are several posting here who have taken delivery.
In the mean time, if you've specific questions, I'm happy to give what answers I can. Take them with plenty of salt.
Here's my view as I have had a couple of rides, first with the R for an hour or so, and then a few days ago a short stint on the standard model (which I had already ordered at that point).
Having ridden on the pavement for the last six years I couldn't really tell a difference about the impressions on gravel roads/off-road. Mind you, I learned nearly the hard way that the Off-road drive mode frees the traction control quite a lot... "Yes, I'll take the R-model but please fix the crash-damage first"
As my current steed is a '91 GSX-R 1100 with slightly tuned engine, I was already impressed with the power figures. 141 hp at the rearwheel, according to a bike magazines dynotest, is the same number as my Gixxer produces. And yes, the ponies are all there. Winding up the throttle really makes the scenery go by fast. And the brakes are equally as good, although maybe due to the weight not as powerful as the single disc on the new Duke 690.
The TC does it's wonders as when on gravel you can go silly with the throttle. The street tires offer no grip so giving the 1190 a handful on the gravel at +100 kph makes the bike wag it's tail a bit and the TC light keeps flashing happily. And speed keeps going up, even with the rear spinning (or trying to). Or maybe it was just that the controlled traction that did assist to really get the speed up, instead of making the roads look like a farmers playground.
The R was a tad too high for me, and I suspect knobbies makes it that much higher that me with a 82 cm inseam wouldn't be comfortable anymore in off-road conditions. Even with the OEM tires I had a few doubts about making a u-turn on uneven ground, had to think if I need to get out of the saddle to keep the bike upright.
Suspension on the R felt firm, don't know if it was in standard form or had some dialling in done. The standard models chassis felt a bit more plush, although I had only a short ride with it and that on pavement. Couldn't feel any difference between the Sport/Road/Comfort -settings but as I said, a too short and street-oriented ride...
The worst part with the 1190 is the turn indicator switch. It has about one millimeter of movement which makes it feel numb. So atleast before I got a feel for it I had to check the dash to see if the blinkers were on or not. But as that's the worst part, well, I think it's a heck of a bike. Best parts - poweeeer. Makes me laugh out loud, so it's a definitive plus in my book.
And your review is ?
I also test rode the new GS.
I prefer the GS.
I just got one of the last 300 Rs ones in Germany! Can't wait to hit the road.
I guess the plastic guide.
Yes, I know that you are correct on both points, but for now, we're just using a nice flat Croatian Rock we picked up along the way....SFSG. The stand performs fine with the bike unloaded, but with a full load of luggage it's a bit dodgy.