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Offline Will Morgan

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A new bike coming....
« on: August 14, 2019, 11:29:18 AM »
My Gen 2 XRT Tex is a supremely comfortable accomplished tourer 2 up but a tall heavy old beast for a feeble unfit old git like me = last year I got a 765 Street Triple as an alternative ride to complement the Tex.

Loved the light fast nimble 765 ST and started thinking about one bike to fulfil both roles = it had to be significantly lighter (& if possible lower) than the Tex but as fun, fast & nimble as the 765 ST as possible, but still with as much of the sophistication of my XRT as possible.

That's a big ask so the short list was short. Multistrada & S1000XR have previously failed to meet with my pillions comfort requirements so only 2 candidates = BMW R1250RS or KTM Super Duke GT.

Test rode both solo, then again 2 up. Debated which of mine should be traded in = get BMW & keep 765 ST, or get KTM & keep Tex.

KTM is super light. Seat is about same height at a Tex, but narrower = it feels lower. Engine heat is an issue in traffic and who really needs 175bhp?

The second 2 up test ride exposed flaws in BMW = riding position far too much of a racing crouch for me and it left my beloved pillion sat high in all the turbulence at m/way speeds = she’d vetoed BMW before the end of the ride!

So my new KTM will arrive 1st Sept……..and the Tex stays, albeit relegated to “old faithful” status for when that supreme comfort is required or weather isn’t Super Duke friendly.

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Re: A new bike coming....
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 12:54:55 PM »
 :152: :821: Congratulations on yet another bike brother  :169: Here's to many happy and healthy miles on the new steed  :821:
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Re: A new bike coming....
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 03:48:40 PM »
*Originally Posted by Will Morgan [+]
So my new KTM will arrive 1st Sept……..and the Tex stays, albeit relegated to “old faithful” status for when that supreme comfort is required or weather isn’t Super Duke friendly.
With the KTM, it might not hurt to have a spare bike, just in case...  :038:
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Re: A new bike coming....
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 03:52:13 PM »
With 175bhp however, you won't need that many front tyres
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Re: A new bike coming....
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2019, 05:15:51 AM »
*Originally Posted by CaptainTrips [+]
With the KTM, it might not hurt to have a spare bike, just in case...  :038:
My experience with KTM is it will never leave you stranded, you will just have little things you will be working on.  :001:

 


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