Ode to the 1190 (R) from a former 990 rider

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  1. tedmarshall

    tedmarshall Been here awhile

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    Oh 1190 R how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

    -for your tubeless 18/21 wheels. How will Woody's earn a living!?

    - for your tire pressure monitoring system. So scatter-brains like me won't suffer a hi-speed blowout for not checking tire pressures.

    -for an oil-level sight glass.

    -for making oil changes almost (:huh) so easy a Beemer owner could do it.

    -for relocating your battery from waay down under the bike to under the seat.

    -for doubling your service intervals.

    -for smoothing out your throttle and power delivery. Yay no power commander!

    -for a neato single exhaust. Yay no Remus 2-1 titanium pipe!

    -for going with just one fuel filler. Faster getaways from the pump. :evil

    -for giving me the choice of a reduced-power enduro engine mode AND off-road ABS.

    -and best of all: looking almost as beautiful as my 990 while improving in so many areas.

    Now if a sudden southern breeze should show up to melt all this snow I could ride this magnificent machine.

    Ted
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  2. Wonway

    Wonway KTM Fanboi #2

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    You sound happy Ted :)

    Wait until you put some miles on it. You will be grinning from ear to ear. :evil
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  3. coast range rider

    coast range rider Been here awhile

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    Yes once the snow melts the 150 hp must get added to the "ode."

    Here's a different perspective about the non-R model:
    Thanks to KTM for offering the option for the more pavement oriented rider. One bike does NOT fit all.
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  4. OrangeV

    OrangeV Long timer

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    The KTM is an Adventure Bike, sports bike, touring bike, motard, track bike occasionally, looks great in your garage, comfortable, its not perfect but its perfectly welcome in my garage :lol3
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  5. Wonway

    Wonway KTM Fanboi #2

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    But I don't thank you for buying the same bike as me. What will people think when we both show up at Full Moon with matching bikes? We will have to coordinate arrival times so the awesomeness will not overtake people with weak hearts :D
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  6. mario848

    mario848 Adventurer

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    i'm happy about two 1190's. soon we can overtake the GS crowd
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  7. Wonway

    Wonway KTM Fanboi #2

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    Do we need matching jackets or something? No hi-vis please :D
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  8. mario848

    mario848 Adventurer

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    you guys can hold hands while riding up 41
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  9. Wonway

    Wonway KTM Fanboi #2

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    One of us will need cruise control for that. :D

    Tuneboy is working on one along with engine tuning. (Seriously)
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  10. youngblood

    youngblood Been here awhile

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    Adding to the ode:

    - for steering lock to lock larger than 45ยบ :clap
    - for a lower center of gravity
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  11. tmyhog

    tmyhog Adventurer

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    Look for a third R when you make it up here.Mine is supposed to be running this week.
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  12. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    <!-- #dg-post-title --><!-- message -->Oh 1190 R how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

    -for your tubeless 18/21 wheels. How will Woody's earn a living!?
    Yep you have that one an improvement

    - for your tire pressure monitoring system. So scatter-brains like me won't suffer a hi-speed blowout for not checking tire pressures.

    Not sure its needed, but ok

    -for an oil-level sight glass.

    cant hurt

    -for making oil changes almost (:huh) so easy a Beemer owner could do it.
    990 is hardly difficult!!! but we do have to make alowances for BMW owners.

    -for relocating your battery from waay down under the bike to under the seat.
    cant agree with that, weight low down, easy access, and dont have to unpack to get to it

    -for doubling your service intervals.
    agree thats a bonus

    -for smoothing out your throttle and power delivery. Yay no power commander!

    Cant comment the power delivery on mine is just fine anyway.

    -for a neato single exhaust. Yay no Remus 2-1 titanium pipe!

    You have to be KIDDING, that has to be one of the uglyisest exhausts ever put on a motorcycle!!!

    -for going with just one fuel filler. Faster getaways from the pump. :evil
    Cant see the bonus, you have to take a tank bag off instead of just filling up

    -for giving me the choice of a reduced-power enduro engine mode AND off-road ABS.
    Downside is a CANBUS wiring system, which WILL leave you dead in the water oneday soon ;-) a motorcycle is no place for CANBUS.

    -and best of all: looking almost as beautiful as my 990 while improving in so many areas.
    NO NO NO and NO again, its a nice engine wraped in a hideious looking motorcycle with a fugly exhaust.

    Now if a sudden southern breeze should show up to melt all this snow I could ride this magnificent machine.

    Ted


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  13. Black Hills

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    I pretty much agree with everything except it being ugly. but I'm still trading my 990 for one, hope I don't regret it. I would prefer it with a bit less electronics, but I guess everyone bitched about advances in motorcycle technology forever so probably just the natural evolution of things. I really wouldn't want to go back to points, carbs, drum brakes, etc. so I imagine in a few years I may feel the same way about ABS/TC. Of course if I want to ride a "real" off road bike I will hop on my 300XC-w:D
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  14. wpbarlow

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    Those of a "certain age" (i.e. olde phartes :lol3) heard all the "anti" arguments as they played out. The first one I remember is electric starting, followed closely by disc brakes. Then it was cast wheels (for non dirt use), then CDI, then FI, then linked/AL brakes, ride by wire, ride modes, traction control, etc..Canbus and the Borsch MSC are next/now. So it goes.

    The same thing happened when Bell introduced the original Star helmet- you'd find it laughable now what people said about full coverage helmets (unless you're a typical cruiser rider I guess).

    Motorcyclists are just a generally conservative population-- burdened by what was overall a pretty unreliable history, so maybe it's no surprise.
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  15. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    I suppose thats me your talking about, Bell Tour Star was my first helmet, however my current one is a Shark Evoline and I almost never ride with the chin bar down, it has to be very bad weather, cant abide linked brakes infact as a professional rider I would say that in lots of cases they are positivly a disadvantage. Not all is good because its new, Servo assisted bike brakes came and went, I have nothing aganinst tech, my particular bug is that its not currently up to the job, and the cost of repairing it. When all the systems are seperated then when one goes wrong you replace that and in general the cost is not to bad, however with the current trend, the entire electonic system of the vehicle without which it wont operate at all is contained within one or maybe two units which are VERY expensive to replace. I will agree there is less to go wrong, but when it does, you cant repair, its replace only and again at a very high cost.

    I have cracked cast wheels on quite new motorcycles, and would always prefer spokes for on or off road use, now I do like tubeless rims but spokes are better. Dont get me wrong I love the rest of the stuff, and its great fun riding a bike with it all fitted, the 1190 is the most fun to ride I have ever had, I just dont want to own it. Oh and its ugly as hell!!!!!!! :D
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  16. Altego

    Altego Been here awhile

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    +3 on the ugly but I am glad you guys are happy with it...:rofl
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  17. youngblood

    youngblood Been here awhile

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    Listen fellas, the swingarm alone is a work of art. 'It goes all the way through?'

    The rest of it could look like dog squeeze for all I care. :D
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  18. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    Ok the swing arm is a work of art, and the wheels are very pretty, the brakes are fantastic, the frame is great too.
    Unfortunatly the bash plate looks like an afterthought, the crash bars a) dont look like they do much, and b) again look like an unfinished afterthought, the tank/faring/infill panels look like a dogs dinner, and the instrument panel looks like they got a bunch of parts put them in a sack and chucked it about a bit and "Hey" we have a finished design!! to me its all miss matched angles. No denying that its one hell of a bike to ride, just wouldnt want anyone I know to see me riding it.
    Reminds me of an old bumper sticker "Best friends, don't let best friends buy a Jeep" now reads "best freinds dont let best friends buy a KTM1190" I will admit don't quite have the same ring to it :rofl

    If you can stand the electronics and put up with the looks and people laughing at you riding down the road, it is probably the best bike out there at the moment, its way better than the multistrada, and kicks the arse out of the BMW.

    To be fair even I would put up with the looks if it werent for the electronics and the canbus.
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  19. vasculopath

    vasculopath You're not your bike

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    Ridden one or seen one up close? Betting you would change your tune. One of the best bikes I've ever ridden, and many agree. Don't fight it.
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  20. Wonway

    Wonway KTM Fanboi #2

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    Time to sell mine :D
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