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« on: March 12, 2016, 10:57:20 am »

I was vacillating between this bike or going with the svelte Husky 701 and decided efff it, just do the full monty. I've ridden more than I'm going to ride and life is getting shorter by the day.  It's a leftover 2015 and I'm super excited to get this bike on the road. I can pick it up any day but it's more of an issue to get the Mrs. to drive me up to pick it up. About 1.5 hrs away. I'll probably pick it up sometime next weekend.

On a side note, I waded through 308 pages on the ADV thread. There's tons of great information and I'm very thankful to all who contributed! This bike has 39 miles on it. It was prepped for a fellow that was going to buy it and he wound up purchasing the 1190R instead. If you look hard the break fluid reservoir is dirty already with 39 miles on it. I read in on this thread many folks have encountered this issue. I was just shocked to see it with very few miles on it.

Anywho, more to follow when I get some miles on her. I'll post my thoughts, cheers and jeers.  8)

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2016, 10:58:06 am »

So I picked up my bike today and put 200 miles on it and thought I would share my initial impressions.

I had a 2.5 hour spin on the Blue Ridge Parkway, some slab on 66 and about 100 miles of switchbacks on country roads. The conditions: murky overcast day with temps at 38F/3.33C.

At first feels similar to 1190 but then I noticed the steering. The 1290 steers better than the 1190. Very very neutral. Feels a lot less bulky than a GSA, but a fair bit bigger than an 1190. All weight disappears when moving, and it's pretty chuckable. ++ Great features.

Brakes - Performed as billed. No panic stops or farting around with disabling the TC on the rear wheel etc. yet. More to come on that. +++ Stand out feature

With the bike set in sport mode was a 10+ on the sphincter scale in the sense I hope you like to have an intimate relationship with your fuel tank. The first time I romped on it the bike went to 12 o'clock in a nano second. I'm serious! Be prepared or you get caught off guard here. Gears 1 through 4 the bike roosted like Vale crossing the finish line. Unfuckingbelievable! ++++ Deal maker motor!!!!!

The second thing I noticed was the midrange. Dear god! The way this thing grunts out of corners, well, anywhere really in any gear at any rpm is astonishing. The stock can sounds really good too! ++++ Deal maker feature!

Suspension so far is really brilliant, the anti dive on braking is immediately noticeable. The way it floats along on an undulating straight in Comfort mode, but displays not a hint of wallow as you chuck it into a fast corner which it magically rails is very impressive. The suspension is one of the charms of this bike. It really is well behaved at anything I've thrown at it. It soaks it up and shrugs it off with nary a complaint transmitted to the rider in any way shape or form. +++ Stand out feature to me!

Screen - no buffeting in hi or low positions. Still a fair amount of airflow though. It's very nice and I need to adjust it to all positions and see what works best for my frame on this bike. The adjuster is well thought out in the sense that you have a lock lever you throw and just turn the wheels on each side of the wind screen to raise or lower. + Just OK feature

Edited 03/26/16 - With the windscreen installed properly, the mounts flipped to the tallest position and the screen adjusted all the way up I'm please to say it makes a world of difference. At 6'4" I'm getting little no buffeting. There's still plenty of airflow. Stand out feature for a tall person +++

I found the RH cruise controls awkward but useable. The cruise control did it's job seamlessly, the only footnote is that if you reactivate it as say 50 mph and it was set at say 75 mph it takes a bit for the learning curve to catch up. When you set the cruise control it nicely shows the CC setting on your speedo below the actual speed you're doing. Just hit the + or - to dial in the exact speed you wish to cruise at. This option will be a godsend when you need to crunch some miles fast slabbing it. ++ Very good feature.

Seat is a very firm feel to it, it's neither great nor bad to me, somewhere in between and I hope it proves to be comfy in the long term. It's not like 1190 std. or the Power Part accessory seat sold by KTM. My arse didn't get hot from the exhaust or engine heat in any manner. I'll comment more on this when I get some miles under my belt. ++ Good feature

The seat warmer works like a charm and even on it's lowest setting was a bit too hot for me so I toggled it off and on to regulate some. I can't speak for the passengers bun warmer but it has it's own adjustments for the passenger. ++ Good feature

The bike has exemplary fuel mapping. It might be the heavier crank (i think?) making it smoother around town. In fact, I'd say the engine has less vibes throughout the range than the 1190s that I rode, very smooth for a big V. Honestly the motor is that smooth! +++ Stand out feature! I've never ever had a bike so perfect on fueling right out of the box.

The 1290 SA needs alternative colors. More/some orange for starters. white is semi matt metallic, and to me is a bit medicinal if not police like. KTM is going too far here to attract BMW riders in my opinion.

The crappy panniers that KTM have persevered with for a couple of years despite the howls of dismay from owners. I will be selling these to get an appropriate set of panniers. They're very fragile on the outer aluminum skin, the locks are a royal PITA and require fiddling with to use at any level and i just don't like the side loading. I prefer a top loading pannier. ---- Terrible feature

The progressive cornering lights that light up the turns are witchcraft. Further you lean the brighter they get. Yes, they really do light up the corners at night time. ++ Great feature!


Conti Attack tires are simply put amazing! They hooked up in the corners and stuck like glue. I cannot comment on how they would do offroad but I would have to assume they would suck. Just a guess though... +++ Stand out feature for on road riding

SA or GSA? - gotta be the SA every time for me.

(more to come when i have time to put my thoughts in order)

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I rode out of the dealership and realized they forgot to install the lefthand mirror!  
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Roosting in her new diggs!  
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2016, 10:58:54 am »

I have just about got my break in miles on her for her first service and thought I would update this thread with some thoughts.

The U.S. version of this bike gets larger turn signals with incandescent bulbs while the rest of the free world gets LED smaller signals. It's kind of somewhere on my wish list later on down the road. Here's a link to the parts to replace them in a kit with the proper resistor.
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The horn is very anorexic, I meant to the point of being silly and I need to address this sooner rather than later.
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The stock panniers that come with it are really a bad design on several fronts. They open from the side which leads to your gear dumping out. Probably just a preference of mine but I prefer a top opening pannier. The locking system is keyed to the bike which is nice but it's super tough to get them to work properly. A lot of pushing and shoving to get them to close properly. I've read that a shot of silicone on the lock helps. When you use the key I can't seem to find the secret handshake to get the lock to open consistently. It's hit or miss.
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They do have grab handles on the plastic ends that are very convenient.
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The outer skin is very fragile. Here's a pic of when I swung my leg over the bike my boot lightly touched the skin and promptly left a ding in it. Argh! I will be selling these soon and replacing them with something more robust.
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There's the SAS canisters tucked up under the seat where the tool roll would normally go. Many folks just removed them and routed lines to the ground. I thought about it but I'm going to leave them on till the warranty expires. I don't want to give KTM a reason to pushback on a warranty claim. So I have some ideas for carrying the tools I'll share later on down the road when I get to it.

A few minor issues that need attention with I take it in for the first service. I'll have them address the pannier issue. There's a 12V cig adapter on the dash and the cover won't stay seated. pops open 30 seconds into the ride. I tried bending the tabs on it to no avail. There a clunk in the front end only riding in comfort mode and going over speed bumps. There's a thread on ADv called The Clunk Gremlin where others have had this issue and it seems that many are having to beat on KTM to fix it.
http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-clunk-gremlin.1091715/
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 10:59:27 am »

Holy Owner's Packet Batman! This thing is HUGE!
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Nicest tool set I've ever received in a bike. Major props to KTM for this.
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I feel like all I've done is gripe about some the small issues on this first year bike. My apologies if I'm coming across in this manner. What ever short comings this bike may have, I would buy this bike again in a second! The motor, fuel mapping and suspension is amazing. To me it's that damn good.

More to come as I put some miles on it. I try to post the good and the bad and hopes that it helps someone in their decision process. As always thanks for reading my dribble.

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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2016, 11:00:11 am »

One other notable thing regarding the install of my GPS. KTM Powerparts has one that mounts to the windshield supports. Many folks abandoned that mount because the windshield buffets under speed so much making it problematic to see the GPS. I opted to go with the SW-MOTECH Quick Release GPS Mount from Revzilla, $89 delivered. So far I like it but it does obstruct the view of the tach a little. There's not much room to place and electronics as the cockpit is small.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2016, 02:32:35 pm »

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2016, 09:30:18 pm »

well, go figure...I just demo one today!  

that is indeed a deal maker motor on that thing  Thumbsup    and the bags were a pita, ur right, it was difficult to get them open, (we were wondering if the key was the right one)....
very civilized for a beast, i just got a bit of time on it. the dealer only demo if you have someone  leading you....they forgot to mention the guy was a hooligan on a superduke  Bigsmile Bigsmile the guy was not babbying it at all! so i got the chance to open it up,...and yes that thing pulls in any gear at any angle harder than most...the only other bike i've tried so far that feels stronger it's a zx14r. one thing i didn't got the chance to try was the cruise control, the one in the multi worked like a charm, i noticed the SA has it on the throttle side which to me is a bad idea, hard to have a steady throttle hand and set the cruise at the same time (the duc has it on the left)
last weekend i demo the multistrada, (knowing i was going to try the super adventure) i thought it was going hard to beat, i was thinking; there's no way i would like it better.
well, let me tell you....very impressed for sure. it definitely took the luster off the multistrada  Bigsmile
i thought the SA was going to be too tall, not the case at all, fit me just fine... also, i was afraid it would be too heavy, not at all, it was just fine. i can see myself living with this bike. i mean, it made the multistrada feel rather...soft? also, the multistrada fueling was not that good, it made the engine feel, don't know how to describe it "loose"?. its a very good ride. it has all the bells and whistles, and a fancy color display with blue tooth connectivity,...but like it's being said..that 1290 motor is a deal maker, it felt nice and stout from the bottom to the top of the range, not the case with the multi.



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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2016, 10:21:11 pm »

staedtler,

Thanks for reading my review and making a well thought out reply. It seems our view of this bike mirrors one another. Glad you got a chance to try one out. It really is an amazing bike despite a few small issues. Thanks for posting your thoughts and pictures.

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2016, 08:04:42 am »

I've had my 1190 for 10.5 months (11K+ miles) and am still happy with it. Yes, the KTM Adventure luggage is fiddly, but lots of lube helps, as does pushing in a little on the latch. I like how cleanly it mounts to the  bike, but don't expect it to handle a crash very well. I mostly just use the top case. The seat heat is bad in the summer but the 1290 has the new insulated rear header pipe so perhaps you will be spared the roasted chestnuts. The Seat Concepts kit plus a ceramic Beadrider cover means I can ride all day (12 hours) and not feel too beat up. Spacing the stock windscreen out about 0.5" has helped with the airflow, but the SA has different (better?) screen.

I need to pull the tank and see how well the Unifilter air box gasket did at keeping out dust. Kinda scared about that. Don't ignore the air box issues, they are real.

Overall though, the 1x90 platform is great. If I had to, I would buy another one.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2016, 08:45:24 am »


I've had my 1190 for 10.5 months (11K+ miles) and am still happy with it. Yes, the KTM Adventure luggage is fiddly, but lots of lube helps, as does pushing in a little on the latch. I like how cleanly it mounts to the  bike, but don't expect it to handle a crash very well. I mostly just use the top case. The seat heat is bad in the summer but the 1290 has the new insulated rear header pipe so perhaps you will be spared the roasted chestnuts. The Seat Concepts kit plus a ceramic Beadrider cover means I can ride all day (12 hours) and not feel too beat up. Spacing the stock windscreen out about 0.5" has helped with the airflow, but the SA has different (better?) screen.

I need to pull the tank and see how well the Unifilter air box gasket did at keeping out dust. Kinda scared about that. Don't ignore the air box issues, they are real.

Overall though, the 1x90 platform is great. If I had to, I would buy another one.


Thanks for your insight Garry! I hope to catch up with you again and do some riding.

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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2016, 12:01:06 pm »

Some day I would like to try one of those. I'm not usually a Vtwin guy but I've heard nothing but great stuff about that motor. That new 1290GT looks like a winner to me. Your side bags look GIANT. Looks like they could be dragged on good pavement.

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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2016, 10:29:17 am »

Time for a quick update on my bike.

The dealer handed me these parts and said they look ugly on the bike so they left them off? I'm assuming they're some kind of extension on the rear fender so I'm going to make them install this and I'll decide later if it stays or goes.
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Next up, I was handed two of these brackets and was told they were for the passenger grab rails. I knew this not to be correct and figured I'd research it when I get home.
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It turns out these brackets are to be mounted to the windshield. It serves two purposes, 1) to separate/space the windshield from the smoked colored sub-windshield 2) you can reverse them to add or shorten the adjustable windshield another inch or two. To add insult to injury since the bike wasn't set up properly the sub-windshield and the clear windshield rubbed on each other and they are both marred. I called and emailed pics and asked when my new windshield will be ordered so it there when I get my first service.
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Damage to the sub-windshield.
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And the windshield.
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And of course one of the bolts and rubber washers is missing as well.
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2016, 10:38:02 am »

Next, I ordered replacement panniers from https://www.advmotorrad.com/. I ordered Bumot's which are hand crafted in Bulgaria. I'm super excited about these panniers and hope they serve me well.
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Unboxed. I ordered them in Frost Gray and they're a tad darker than I expected but I think the color matches the 1290 SA just fine.
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I also ordered the lockable tool box that nicely fits in-between the pannier and the bike. Remember earlier that I stated the US versions of this bike have the evap system under the seat where the tools normally go and I have some ideas? This is what I was referring to.

Here's a pic of the rack installed with a good view of the toolbox. I should note that it is waterproof.
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2016, 10:43:21 am »

Here's a good view of the rubberized gasket making the tool box waterproof.
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I have my OEM tool bag, Leatherman, duct tape, flashlight, JB Weld and tire repair kit tucked in there for starters.
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Here's a few pics of the complete install. Please excuse the mess in the garage as I'm preparing to move.
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The pizza box is on order and should be here later this week. They have a back rest that should be released in the next couple weeks. They have two sizes on the top box, I opted for the 41L.

Thanks for reading my thread.

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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2016, 11:10:15 am »

Did I say that it looks like it would really be easy to drag those side cases?!!

A real shame on the way the "assembly guy" blew your windshield attachment. Hope they make it right for you without too much noise.
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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2016, 11:16:18 am »


Did I say that it looks like it would really be easy to drag those side cases?!!

A real shame on the way the "assembly guy" blew your windshield attachment. Hope they make it right for you without too much noise.



It might be the Bulgarian version of a wheelie bar!  Lol I hope they do the right thing and I don't have to punch my way through the issue.
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« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2016, 05:11:08 pm »

My pizza box/top case came in and I promptly installed it right away. The top box will get the yeoman's work as it's much easier to get on and off the bike without the side panniers. Really nice welds, fittings, hardware and in general build and keyed to match the panniers. I'm really happy with the choice so far.  Chili  Banana

There's a backrest pad in the making that should be available in less than a month from this update. I'll purchase is and update this thread when I get it. A must have item when you have a passenger on the back.

Well packed in bubble wrap, double boxed.
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4 stainless steel bolts with aluminum spacers, and the mounting plate is done.
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Bottom of the box with a view of the mounting points.
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A nice big quick mount knob to lock in place. Easy to attach or detach with gloves on.
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Installed pics.
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More to come when I have a chance to update.
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2016, 09:41:44 am »

I took the bike in for the first service. They took care of the windshield issue with zero pushback. They ordered the parts for the front end clunk (right front inner rebound fork cartridge) and I'll go back of the install on them when they come in. I need to go back and edit my comments on the windshield as it wasn't set up properly to begin with.

Overall I'm very pleased with the way they handled this issue and the first service was $240 (take off $15 for the chain lube I purchased) was very reasonable.

The next service recommendation is in 9,320 mi/15,000 km. Wow! Times change on service intervals. I'll probably change the oil myself at 4 or 5k and have a proper service at the 9,320 mile mark to check the bike over.

When I have the front end work done in a couple of weeks to get rid of the clunk, I'm going to have one of the optional software updates installed. As of this writing they offer three options. I was going to add the HHC, see description below. I'm undecided at this point in time.

- HHC (HILL HOLD CONTROL) The optional HHC (Hill Hold Control) prevents the motorcycle from accidentally rolling backwards. It identifies if the 1290 Super Adventure is on a slope and at a standstill. After the rider has released the brake, the function automatically keeps the brakes applied until the bike is moving forward. The rider can then set off without rolling backward, ensuring a smooth start.

- MSR (MOTOR SLIP REGULATION) The optionally available MSR (Motor Slip Regulation) works in the opposite direction of the MTC. If, due to shifting down or abruptly shutting off the throttle, the torque generated by engine drag is too high, the RBW (Ride-by-Wire) system opens the throttle by exactly as much as is needed to prevent the rear wheel from locking and causing a potential skid. With the help of MSC, this system is also lean angle sensitive, giving an additional safety plus.

- SCC (SELF CANCELING TURN SIGNALS) ***Already installed on NA bikes. I believe that this is option in other parts of the world.

So far so good 1,000 mile into the honeymoon. I love this bike.

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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2016, 10:57:24 pm »

Excellent report on this machine.  The new 1x90 motor has never appealed to me for the streets like the 990 because I cannot be trusted with that much power.  But I have enjoyed reading about your experience.  Guess we should expect some action pics soon with loaded bags and different landscapes...
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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2016, 09:01:08 pm »


Excellent report on this machine.  The new 1x90 motor has never appealed to me for the streets like the 990 because I cannot be trusted with that much power.  But I have enjoyed reading about your experience.  Guess we should expect some action pics soon with loaded bags and different landscapes...


Many thanks! I'll post some more info this week on my bike. Loving it so far.  Cool

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