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« on: January 15, 2021, 12:40:44 pm »

I bought this new left over bike in December 2020.

My requirements for a Sport-Touring bike are simple enough. Has to go 200 miles without a problem before a gas stop, side bags, torque and HP, good handling. In other words I want a "do all" bike. Long distance trip, peg scraping in the mountains, putting around without issue and decent range on the gas tank.

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Looks great. Has more technology than I need. High end components that are electronically adjustable(haven't quite figured them out completely!). Got 42.7 mpg on a 100 mile lunch run. Hoping for 45+ when broken in and cruising at 80mph. No surprise, it has great torque and smooths out over 3,000 rpms. The five position manually adjustable windshield takes the air blast off me when in highest position. I'm 5'8". This bike feels like a bicycle compared to anything else I've owned. The 1250 Bandit I had was a bit heavier but the SD feels much lighter. Great brakes. So far at 161 miles on the odometer this appears to be a hyper bike with long range riding abilities. Of course, that's why I bought it.

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VTwin "character". This is one of the smoother VTwins I've ridden but I am not sure I like this. I am used to putting around on big I4s that are smooth at low rpms. The engineer that designed the side stand was just out of school I guess. In the raised position the tang is almost under the left foot peg. Very difficult to "grab" with the tip of your boot. The side bags are difficult to operate. I had read about this and thought the reviewer was being nit picky. Nope. They are very finicky  to operate. These are very small issues and ones that are not deal breakers for owning this bike. The VTwin thing may be to some.

I will contribute more as I get more miles on the bike.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2021, 03:07:30 pm »


I will contribute more as I get more miles on the bike.



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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2021, 12:26:58 am »

Blue, did I ever mention that the 1290 GT is because of me?  That I was the one that convinced KTM to go ahead with the concept?


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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2021, 08:26:32 am »


Blue, did I ever mention that the 1290 GT is because of me?  That I was the one that convinced KTM to go ahead with the concept?





I think I read that a couple of years ago here somewhere. I believe you were part of a consumer group that gave input to the KTM people.

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2021, 10:19:36 am »




I think I read that a couple of years ago here somewhere. I believe you were part of a consumer group that gave input to the KTM people.

Thanks!!        Bigsmile



I was the only one that argued strongly that there is a market for the GT version.  Amusingly enough, one of the other guys in that focus group (who said he couldn't see the rationale for the bike at all) now rides one.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2021, 08:04:14 am »

Went for another 100 mile ride for lunch. Bike still doesn't have 300 miles on it yet. I am getting more and more used to it. Meaning I can ride loose and not have to think about where everything is and so forth. Got 46.7 mpg coming home yesterday!!! I set the cruise on 83 mph and moved smartly through town as I was late getting back. I still have visions of 50 mpg when it is broken in and I can put some more miles on it.

So far so good. This VTwin character is a problem for me though. I am having trouble getting used to this. Got a light bike with a torque monster engine and I can't lightly cruise through slow parts of town where the speed is 45 or 50 in sixth gear. That bugs me.

Got the gauges figured out(multiple ways to change the info shown) and the handguards I put on yesterday match the bike well and my fingers were wind free.  


    Bigsmile     Bike all warmed up and the two buddies and I are stopped for crossing traffic at the street entering the two lane interstate leaving town and we take off when clear.  I let the clutch out quickly with some throttle and then half throttle to 5,000 rpms, bang, bang, bang and the front tire is skimming the pavement and I'm going 80 mph!   NICE!!  I want to redline this thing!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2021, 08:14:29 am »


    Bigsmile     Bike all warmed up and the two buddies and I are stopped for crossing traffic at the street entering the two lane interstate leaving town and we take off when clear.  I let the clutch out quickly with some throttle and then half throttle to 5,000 rpms, bang, bang, bang and the front tire is skimming the pavement and I'm going 80 mph!   NICE!!  I want to redline this thing!!


So which will come first: the ride in the police car or the ambulance?  Bigsmile
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2021, 10:56:04 am »




So which will come first: the ride in the police car or the ambulance?  Bigsmile


     Bigsmile       Headscratch  Hmmmmm.

My tuned up ZX14 didn't get me. Check. The police have almost gotten me before. Let's call Vegas and see what the gamblers are wagering!!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2021, 03:09:20 pm »

"I can't lightly cruise through slow parts of town where the speed is 45 or 50 in sixth gear. That bugs me."

6th gear is an overdrive, and not designed for below 70mph.  You are going to have to get used to using 5th in town.
The powerband does go pretty low, typically lower than an I4, I usually keep mine around 3500rpm's which, in town, is usually 3rd or 4th.
I rarely use 6th unless I'm out on the open road, and the cruise is locked around 85 "or so".
The 1290's do suffer from the EPA like most vehicles, and the lower RPM's can run a little lean.
Fuel dongles, or a power commander will help the bike run the way we think it should.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2021, 04:42:07 pm »


So far so good. This VTwin character is a problem for me though. I am having trouble getting used to this. Got a light bike with a torque monster engine and I can't lightly cruise through slow parts of town where the speed is 45 or 50 in sixth gear. That bugs me.
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    Bigsmile     Bike all warmed up and the two buddies and I are stopped for crossing traffic at the street entering the two lane interstate leaving town and we take off when clear.  I let the clutch out quickly with some throttle and then half throttle to 5,000 rpms, bang, bang, bang and the front tire is skimming the pavement and I'm going 80 mph!   NICE!!  I want to redline this thing!!


Yep --  big twins don't like being lugged...  and spool up quickly when you hit the throttle compared to an I4...   What have you got for rubber on that monster??  sport-touring tires, super sports? or dual sports?  
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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2021, 07:36:20 pm »

SOLD MY NEW BIKE TODAY!!!             Bigsmile              

Me and the VTwin character thing were not bonding well. Great bike but there is something about having a light bike with a torque monster engine that I can't ride like I can a four cylinder bike. Just ain't my thing. I had visions of long Sport-Touring rides I look forward to in the Summer. But I didn't buy this bike for a particular type of riding. As I've written many times I like "do all" bikes and this isn't one of them. This is a hyper-bike for sport riding.
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2021, 08:57:58 am »

Some people prefer in-line 4's, others prefer big V-twins (with over-squared bores), some have bonded with big Boxers. I would have advised sticking with it for a while longer to see if you would adapt to it's "character".

I have one of each, along with a single and triple, and can honestly say enjoy the differences of all of them. It did take me a bit longer to bond with the boxer, but now if I could only have one bike and money was not an issue, I would be riding a new big GS.

And... how the heck do you get such good mpg out of your bikes? Can't be the altitude alone.
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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2021, 12:50:44 pm »


Some people prefer in-line 4's, others prefer big V-twins (with over-squared bores), some have bonded with big Boxers. I would have advised sticking with it for a while longer to see if you would adapt to it's "character".

I have one of each, along with a single and triple, and can honestly say enjoy the differences of all of them. It did take me a bit longer to bond with the boxer, but now if I could only have one bike and money was not an issue, I would be riding a new big GS.

And... how the heck do you get such good mpg out of your bikes? Can't be the altitude alone.


For over 90% of my riding, bikes are transportation. I cruise with small throttle openings and don't use 1/2 or greater throttle to maneuver around traffic.     Shrug    Mpg? Both FJRs got/get 50+, my 1200 Bandit got 50 before I started the "tune up" then 45-47, my 1250 Bandit got 50 up to 55!, the ZX14 has been the only bike I couldn't get 50 out of. Usually low 40s.
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For over 90% of my riding, bikes are transportation. I cruise with small throttle openings and don't use 1/2 or greater throttle to maneuver around traffic.     Shrug    Mpg? Both FJRs got/get 50+, my 1200 Bandit got 50 before I started the "tune up" then 45-47, my 1250 Bandit got 50 up to 55!, the ZX14 has been the only bike I couldn't get 50 out of. Usually low 40s.


I think your self control is a lot better than mine.   Embarassment
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I think your self control is a lot better than mine.   Embarassment


You may be right! I have great self control and restraint. Most of the time!! There is that 10% where my competitive spirit comes out where I use everything I got.      Bigsmile
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2021, 11:54:39 am »

Wow, I'm surprised you made your decision and let it go before it was even broken in.
The bikes character changes when you are able to use the full RPM's and can put it in beast mode.
I grew up on I4's, CB750, KZ900, FJ1100 loved them, but once I got on a V-twin the Torque grabbed a hold of my soul.
I've been riding twins now for about 20 years, tried ZX1000 for about a year, but missed the low end torque and mid range and traded it for my RS1200R. Boxers are cool too ;-)

So Blue, so much for that lust filled affair. Anything else you getting an itch to try?
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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2021, 07:40:30 pm »


Wow, I'm surprised you made your decision and let it go before it was even broken in.
The bikes character changes when you are able to use the full RPM's and can put it in beast mode.
I grew up on I4's, CB750, KZ900, FJ1100 loved them, but once I got on a V-twin the Torque grabbed a hold of my soul.
I've been riding twins now for about 20 years, tried ZX1000 for about a year, but missed the low end torque and mid range and traded it for my RS1200R. Boxers are cool too ;-)

So Blue, so much for that lust filled affair. Anything else you getting an itch to try?


I'm looking around. Not every day but I'm looking. Found a BRAND NEW 2012 Yamaha FZ1!!!!!! With warranty. They want $7490 which is too much for a bike that old. I almost bought one about four years ago but the insurance man said I better not. Incredible insurance cost. All based on the number of claims for that bike. Now, the KTM I just sold was UNDER $200 full coverage!! So the FZ1 can't be more. There are a couple of new 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000s. One at $6,499!!!

I still have the FJR1300 so I can ride when I want.
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