we better have a 790 thread, i 'spose

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  1. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi backwards & upsidedown Super Supporter

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    just sat on the 790R.

    Nice fit.

    Wallet stayed in my pocket
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  2. Manakau.KTM

    Manakau.KTM Been here awhile

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    That's a shame. This is what I enjoy about both my lc4 and lc8 engines.
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  3. KiwiPewe

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  4. MrKiwi

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  5. Oscar

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    Phew.
    Can't have just anyone riding Brand Orange...
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  6. MrKiwi

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    :finger :fitz
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  7. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi backwards & upsidedown Super Supporter

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    My impression off sitting on it but not riding it was quite positive. It fits me well.

    It's the same weight as my Transalp, but after that there are no further comparisons. The 790 is a well thought out design.

    I'm too afraid to take one for a test ride.
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  8. Night Falcon

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    Unifilter sent me a marketing email that they have already made a foam filter for the 790. Apparently they will be fitted to all Strayin bikes. not sure about Nu Zuland 790's :dunno
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  9. NZRalphy

    NZRalphy I'm not half as good as I think I thought I was

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    Sat on the demo in Lower Hutt. Nice bike. Nice layout. I liked the low bulk in front of the rider and the very low fuel tank. Seat seemed to be very hard (pine or hard wood?). I'd buy one....but happy with what I've got.
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  10. MrKiwi

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    Seems like there are a few going to be riding it.

    June and July stock are all pre-sold (just over 30 bikes). There is another 35 odd coming in before the end of the year of which half have deposits on and there are more expressions of interest than than remaining stock. There is going to be a wait for a while for some.
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  11. KiwiPewe

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    Would explain why I never had a phone call from my local stealership to come and look at one.
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  12. MrKiwi

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    My understanding is the first shipment was for a demo bike for all the dealers. So you local should have a demo one for test riding and seeing if they suck, err seduce, you into buying one
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  13. Night Falcon

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    AFC told me on Monday that 50 bikes had been sold. The dealers have a gentlemen's agreement not to sell any of the demo bikes for while. I went in and sat on their demo and they insisted on starting it up for me. It felt VERY comfortable and the motor rev'd instantaneously to throttle input. I was able to resist the 3 or 4 offers to take it for a ride.

    Could this be the first KTM to hit the market with a comfortable seat!
    I didn't stand on the pegs but even the bars felt in the right place for my reach. Could this be the first KTM I've sat on that doesn't want me to fit bar risers to it?

    I like this bike a lot and if I was able to use its off-roadness I'm pretty sure I'd be signing up for one. But for the easy road and gravel I do the Tiger is more than capable, plus, for me, its about $24K cheaper than a 790....sadly :twitch
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  14. bikemoto

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    That's kinda my thinking as to why I bought the 1190 standard, not R. It's very much a hybrid bike that copes fine with everything from sports road riding and two-up touring to the gnarlier tracks (roads) like the Porika. There's just no way I'd do anything more technical with such a big bike, even with an R.

    The 640 Adventure is my "big dirt bike" that has done true off-road duties, trail rides and racing hare scrambles. Yet it's also done big on-road rides like Nelson-Auckland commutes, 1000 miles in 24 hours rides, etc.

    I doubt I'd give up either of them for a 790, which sits nicely between the two. But if I could have only one bike: sounds like a 790, no question. Definitely a contender for the Goldilocks award.

    Perhaps in a few years I might be tempted to permanently park up the 640 and swap the 1190 for a gen-2 790 with cornering ABS etc :-D


    Keep the reviews and ride impressions coming, gents. I hope everyone who gets one rides the living snot out of it!!
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  15. Oscar

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    The 690 is gone.
    The 790 arrives on Thursday....:clap
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  16. Ducatijim

    Ducatijim Hopeless Poseuer!

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    Well done with such a smart departure of the 690....I am never that lucky ( maybe I only got shit to sell ?)
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  17. MrKiwi

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    @Oscar

    Happy new bike day for tomorrow. Jealous much...
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  18. Night Falcon

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    +1 new bike day is always a good day!
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  19. Oscar

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    I missed a call from Boyd's yesterday, I'd better see what's happening...
    I'm a cash buyer since I sold the 690, but being third on a list of 15 is not a great bargaining position...
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  20. Night Falcon

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    you all 790'd up yet @Oscar :wings or is it :dhorse