Mostly they’re selling too short chains!! If anyone of you is thinking about buying new chains? And looking anything but the originals. Here’s a warning!
It seems that there is wrong information about the length of the XR’s chains! Quite many marketplace is selling 118-links chains and the XR has 128-links!! I was very lucky to find D.I.D. 525 chains that has 128 links but they are maybe too weak (X-ring).
As far as I know there’s not too many aftermarket chains that are long- and strong enough -I would prefer XW-rings not the X-ring.
…but I can’t find that corner!!
I went to my garage anyway to install new levers. They are beautiful red!
And then I took the bike out and started it first time in 2016 like this:
This amazing piece of machinery is now aviable…. ok not in the stores yet but the prize is known for all and it’s 24701 euros (in Finland). That makes it pretty much the same than BMW S1000XR and Ducati Multistrada… and these are the main competitors too!
The finnish introduction here (language is still english!)
It’s very aggressive lookig bike and I’m wondering if 1290 Sper Duke is called “The Beast” then what will this be???
This is going to be introduced in one week! EICMA starts at 19th of november. It’s a mean machine! it’s supposed to have same powerful specs than SD 1290 but it has frames and panniers. There’s should be cruise control also.
What about how it looks? Well I think KTM is still going further away from being “ordinary”! This looks aggressive, killer, mean machine and I’m not sure if I like it or hate it!?
Actually it was already in june when I tested this. But I was so much waiting for my new bike (BMW S1000XR) to arrive that I just couldn’t make a review of this. Now I can.
The size of this bike is HUGE! I mean it is really big, it’s wide and it’s tall but luckily it’s not too heavy! When you take the seat you’ll notice that it’s actually quite easy to handle and the sound from the engine is not loud.Riding the bike is also very easy! For the first time for me (in KTM) the throttle is actually very much possible to operate. It doesn’t give that On-Off feeling! But still if you just twist the throttle it gives you acceleration that makes your wrists stretch a lot!
Off-Road riding is pretty much the same than in GS. The size of the bike is not a good thing in the middle of the forest.
Because of the size it feels closer to GS than XR (My opinion). And it was the first KTM that I actually liked!