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Old 09-25-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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KTM offers new stability system for 2014

KTM will offer a system that combines anti-lock braking and traction control to reduce falls while taking curves. It is supposed to prevent the dreaded braking high side too. The article does not say if the rider can disable it for off road riding.
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2013/09/2...ol-technology/
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Perfect bike for rich noobs. Computer to correct most braking and throttle mistakes, and enough ground clearance to hop curbs and go through ditches.
Looks like somebody is jelly.
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Looks like somebody is jelly.
Nah. Take away the fancy gyroscope, throttle and braking gizmos and it MIGHT keep up with the Tiger and BMW from '08, even with the bigger power plant...and the only reason I see that as a possibility is that KTM finally ditched the 21" front tire for a 19". The year I bought my bike, the KTM was the worst-rated adventure bike in a 4 or 5-day adventure shootout. Even the Tenere kicked its , and that thing is a fuggin' pig. If the new one was shaft drive it might be worth considering.
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The ktm 950/990 adventure is in a class of its own offroad. Up to when the new multistrada came out, it would spank any adventure bike in the twisties even with a 21 inch front tire. The 1290 should be comparable or superior to the multistrada and is still miles ahead of any of them offroad. Ive had 3 lc8 - 950 adv, 950 SM and 990 Super Duke - all awesome but the adventure is the jack of all trades - the leatherman/swiss army knife of motorcycles. Ive got a 1190 reserved
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The ktm 950/990 adventure is in a class of its own offroad. Up to when the new multistrada came out, it would spank any adventure bike in the twisties even with a 21 inch front tire. The 1290 should be comparable or superior to the multistrada and is still miles ahead of any of them offroad. Ive had 3 lc8 - 950 adv, 950 SM and 990 Super Duke - all awesome but the adventure is the jack of all trades - the leatherman/swiss army knife of motorcycles. Ive got a 1190 reserved
I hate you But your correct about the LCR8, can't wait for the new adv. Let me test ride it please
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The ktm 950/990 adventure is in a class of its own offroad. True. In off-road performance, the Adventure outperforms the Tiger, BMW, Suzuki and Tenere.

Up to when the new multistrada came out, it would spank any adventure bike in the twisties even with a 21 inch front tire. If you put an experienced rider on a KTM and a noob on a Tiger, maybe. Besides...until the Multistrada came out, the BMW was the best-rated adventure bike.

The 1290 should be comparable or superior to the multistrada and is still miles ahead of any of them offroad. I'd have to lean toward "superior," if for no other reason than the lower maintenance of the KTM
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Your point? Here's a VStrom turning nearly an identical lap time...from a pit start.

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Upon further review, it appears the VStrom's second lap is around 10 seconds faster than the KTM's. That's a heavier bike with less horsepower turning faster times on the same track...in case anyone missed it.
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