How About What You LIKE About Your 1190R?

Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by JoeShoreline, May 14, 2014.

  1. JoeShoreline

    JoeShoreline Adventurer

    Sep 28, 2013
    Eastern LI N.Y.
    It seems like we only focus on the problems we have with the new 1190. How about what we love about it?
  2. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

    Sep 1, 2010
    West Central Missouri
  3. trinitydirt

    trinitydirt Been here awhile

    Sep 1, 2013
    Escaping the rat race for a few
    Days at a time............ Popping wheelies, drifting, jumping, and even cruising to Starbucks!
  4. scudrunner82

    scudrunner82 combustion addict

    Oct 6, 2012
    Catskill, NY
    Its the first bike I ever owned that makes me feel invincible on shitty roads. Intentionally drifting around wet, gravelly or even dry corners is not my usual riding habit or best skill set, but this bike makes it like cheating. The power is so massive yet controllable its remarkable. The suspension is every bit its equal. The harder you ride it, the better it feels.
  5. davehg

    davehg Adventurer

    Feb 2, 2010
    I like that mine showed up today at the dealer after several months of waiting, and at the same time as the Unifilter and Black Dog skid plates arrived.
  6. OrangeV

    OrangeV Long timer

    Nov 24, 2013
    Fully agreed my friend :D
  7. RobZorba

    RobZorba Been here awhile

    Jan 18, 2014
    • Powerful and smooth 140 bhp+ Vee twin engine, class leading for 1200cc Adv bikes
    • Good fuel economy (40 mpg UK gallons) compared with other 140 bhp+ 'bikes
    • First class brakes / ABS - controlled stopping distance shorter than similar 'bikes
    • Superb fully adjustable suspension made by WP
    • User friendly instrument display and controls, full "Enduro" options as standard
    • Narrow profile - easy to filter/ split lanes in traffic
    • Conti Trail Attack tyres - graded rubber - great for grip and handling on road, quite good off road
    • Good availability and range of accessories in Europe (USA problems noted)
    • Good value compared with an R1200GS of same spec/ accessories
    • Good warranty, dealer network and support in Europe (USA problems noted)
    • Very comfortable rider and passenger seating (Ergo seats)
    • Weather and wind protection is good for an Adv 'bike

    KTMSMITH Been here awhile

    Jul 5, 2007
    As a Super Enduro owner I seriously questioned the need or wisdom of an 1190R, but a buddy brought his over for me to test ride.... 30 minutes later I knew he just cost me a butt load of cash. The Super Enduro was gone 2 weeks later. I only contemplated keeping it because of its uniqueness not because of any real superiority in performance compared to the fact the 1190R only gives up a little to the SE on technical riding....a simple matter of physics. On the road the 1190R crushes the SE...dirt roads and 2's a toss up in my mind. For me, the gain in asphalt/dirt road performance more than offsets the SE's advantage in the most technical riding situations.... which I typically defer to one of the other steeds in my stable for anyway.
  9. Suddenstop

    Suddenstop Been here awhile

    Oct 13, 2013
    New England USA
    I think this thread is a great idea, and folks who are looking at the bikes and see us complaining may miss what awesome bikes they are. I would buy it again in a second.

    I did not start out as an orange lover, in fact my last bike was a gsxr 1000. While it was a really amazing bike, riding it was not putting a smile on my face. Putting around on my old cb400 in the backroads was fun, but my latest bike was like taking a lamborghini through a mcdonalds drive through. It was a great bike, but did not feel right until 100mph.

    So in searching for a new bike i had only one criteria -- fun. It was very hard to quantify and some very non scientific criteria. I am a believer that its more fun to drive a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow.

    I ended up zeroing in on adventure bikes, because riding dirt bikes on the street sounded like fun. I thought i was going to get a new vstrom 1000, but found the bike disappointing. I saw the new ktm and loved it, but had a concern that it had too much power related to my elusive goal of fun.

    But the more i thought about it the more i wanted it and i went with my heart and bought it. I am sooooooooo incredibly happy i did, and I like my bike more the more I ride it.

    In terms of power, it has less than my last bike, but most notably a heavier flywheel and completely different feel. In a word i love it and do not find it overpowered (in relation to fun). The engine is strong, but you can grab handfuls of throttle and the bike pulls nicely. When you want or need that rush then it has a nice top end as well.

    The bike makes me smile like no bike i have ever had. It does everything, bang corners like a sportbike, i can lean it down to the edge of tread and feel it squirm. I can click the adjustable suspension and put miles on the highway in total comfort.

    And i have explored trails near my house and crossed mud and rock sections. The bike is amazing, and opens new possibilities and is better at the real world than anything. It also has a ton of character.

    For $70 i fixed the achilles heel which is the air filter, and have no problems. I am even drinking my coffee out of a ktm mug as I write this.
  10. Boats69

    Boats69 Adventurer

    Mar 23, 2014
    South Africa

    Looks cool, goes great and makes me feel as if I know what I am doing ...

  11. Paulev

    Paulev Adventurer

    Aug 14, 2013
    Cheshire UK
    In a poll of Adventure Bike Rider magazine readers, the KTM 1190 came out top with 32% of votes compared to 27% for the new BMW GSA. In the same magazine they did a back to back test of both bikes and concluded that the BMW was a slightly better on road tourer. Get on the rough stuff and the KTM knocked into the weeds.

    I love everything about my 1190R. Power, handling on and off road, build quality all perfect for me.
  12. 2wdrift

    2wdrift Been here awhile

    Nov 3, 2013
    Pretoria South Africa
    Scary yet controlled
    Restrained madness

    And I love the fact that it can be controlled offroad in sport mode with the MSC off, it does not Fu(k out like I was expecting. Just brilliant controlled slides in any gear, the handling is really superb.
  13. 2wdrift

    2wdrift Been here awhile

    Nov 3, 2013
    Pretoria South Africa
    I agree that the bike is awesome, but the fact that we focus on the problems we experience with the bikes is very important for potential owners.

    We also do not only focus on the negative but we also provide a way for others to avoid the problems we have by preventative maintenance like the uni filter, thus saving the next guys from sitting next to the road like some of us did.

    I do not intend any offence.

    All in all the 1190R is an awesome bike when it works.

  14. Mowster

    Mowster Stressed Member

    Dec 13, 2008
  15. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

    Oct 4, 2007
    Louisiana (North)
    That about says it for me. :clap
  16. Black Hills

    Black Hills Long timer

    Apr 7, 2011
    Western South Dakota
    I can honestly say it is the best all around bike I have ever ridden. I had a 990 which was fantastic, but lacked the power to make me smile in the twisties. For that I had a CBR1000. I traded both the 990 and the CBR for the 1190 and do not regret it one bit. the power and road manners of the 1190 are fantastic!
    The only problem I have had with the 1190 is a little dust in the airbox (remedied with the Uni filter). Everyone who rides it comes back with the same stupid smile on their face, the love it too. If yo are considering one I would do it!!
  17. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

    Nov 30, 2008
    SF. Bay Area
    Howdy Orange Crush Folks!! This is my first AA......I mean Orange Crush post :freaky

    Sooooo I'm looking at the 1190R as my first KTM and replacement for 1200GS.....yeah I know, keep it civil people (no mud throwing :D ), anyway I am conferring to this post and you fine folks to any post 1200GS riders who've made the switch and have comparisons and contrast with ownership of this fine steed. I like to travel and do a fair bit of off-road but that being said I'll ride this bike 3 states over to meet friends and go off-road and do weekend get-aways two up rides. Yes, I've read several other post and I know whats already been stated but I guess my questions focuses on reliability (post intake and MCT failure aside) and cost of ownership. My 1200GS cost about $250-$300 in parts to do it's 6000 mile services and for some reason I'm annoyed with it as I approach 60,000miles with that bike. I'm wondering what this bike is costing everyone for parts to do a regular service and are most people doing this themselves?

    I don't want to take away from the focus of the OP and would like keep the things you LIKE about the 1190R going but just maybe if you can add to it with the above questions. Cheers.....
  18. Grundy

    Grundy Been here awhile

    Jan 12, 2007
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Having come from a 06 950A with 30k miles....

    Oil changes are a treat. No more 2+ hour oil changes, Wrestling tweaked crashbars, tanks that have changed shape due to ethanol in the fuel and shrouds that don't fit quite right because the replacement aluminum thingy that holds the whole upper mess together isn't right.

    Sight glass instead of a dipstick.

    Those that are bitchin about the airfilter service need to work on a 950 for awhile. :rofl

    In spite of being more labor intensive the ride of the 950 was worth the entry fee. I loved the bike. The 1190R is light years ahead in every area.
  19. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

    Jan 23, 2003
    West Texas/Rico
    Concur. The 950 was not fun to work on.
  20. BlueDownton

    BlueDownton Adventurer

    Apr 28, 2013
    Flagstaff, Arizona
    I switched over from a 1200 GS, and I love everything about the bike. Don't get me wrong, the GS is a solid, solid bike. But on the dirt, it really is in a different league. Based on all the bikes on the market, we are pretty lucky to be riding one of these things. Couldn't be happier with it.