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post #1 of 48 Old 01-06-2016, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom V KTM 1190

OK, so I am looking at a new bike, I was/am very partial to the 1190 but something in my head keeps saying, that's a lot of of money.
Not that I can't afford it, just struggling with the 8-10 $K price difference, in as much will I have 8-10 $K more enjoyment?
Lot of fuel, tyres and farkles can be bought for the price difference.
For me, the defining factors are the KTM resale value is better, street creed along with the top shelf components.
I do like Euro bikes having previously owned an Aprilia and a Benelli.
For the record, I'm referring to the adventure with the 19" front wheel, not the R with 21" front wheel.
I have a DR 650 for more serious off road, so I am looking at mainly road/gravel long distance touring which my 650 XT excels at.
To throw a spanner in the works, I am also partial to the MT-09 Tracer but I think the 17" front wheel will rule it out for the type of riding I do.
Plan on some test rides this weekend so I'm hoping this will give me some clarity.
So please add your opinion on what I should do.
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I rode them back to back and basically the Strom is 2/3rds of the KTM at 2/3rds of the price. Not to belittle it as it is a fine machine. Go with your heart/wallet.

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, street creed :
I think you mean street cred, but seriously if I ever buy a bike based on what the people in the street think, its time to give it away and start playing bowls. Street cred? Really. Thats something for harley riders.

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If you are one of the people saying the vee2 is lacking in the suspension department, you should rule out the fj-09. I owned a 2014 fz-09 and absolutely love the motor but the suspension was garbage. When I heard they fixed the suspension on the fj I got excited because I still have parts from my fz that would fit. I rode the fj and the vee2 back to back. The fj still has the garbage suspension that came on the FZ with a little stiffer shocks. The vee2 suspension makes the fj suspension look like walmart pit bike quality.
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OK, so I am looking at a new bike,
Plan on some test rides this weekend so I'm hoping this will give me some clarity.
So please add your opinion on what I should do.
While you're riding the KTM1190 try the KTM1050 as well. White Power front and rear suspension, Brembo brakes etc. About 7 grand less but without the top end horsepower which most would probably not use anyway. Cast wheels with a 19" front put it right beside the V2 for touring and dirt roads.
It still has ABS and most of the power modes and almost the same bottom end power as the 1190. Rings my bells.
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Buy two of the 2014's instead of one KTM and you always have a spare, of course you will ride the first one for 100k miles and have no issues with it, and the second one will collect dust, but then in 10 years you can sell the first one and ride the second and you have a new bike for another 10 years.

The KTM power would be nice I think, just a thrill issue when powering out of corners and starting off at a light etc, but the V2 is no sloucher either.
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Plan on some test rides this weekend so I'm hoping this will give me some clarity.
So please add your opinion on what I should do.
Why not post after the test rides and let us know what "you" think.

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Get the Multistrada......you will thank me.
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"White Power front and rear suspension"

Is it really called White Power??
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I thought I wanted an 1190 until I rode one. It was just not nearly as remarkable as I expected it to be. Granted, it's a nice bike, but it didn't make me immediately want to get rid of my '07 Vee (much less a new Vee).

It didn't feel as quick as I thought it should, and I have seen some reports of these bikes on dynos putting out significantly less than they should, considering average drive train losses and the listed horsepower by the manufacturer. Maybe I had one of those.

And the heat issue, that is certainly real. I didn't even know about that before my test ride, but after 30 minutes on a cool day, it was very much apparent to me that my left leg and nether regions were getting quite hot. Where I live, it gets very hot and humid in the Summer, and having a bike that cooks my lower body would make commuting an unpleasant experience.

A dealer just North of where I live has a couple of 2015 Adventure models for $13.3k, I'm assuming that is with the $1500 KTM rebate, and also they were offering a free Klim Badlands suit with your purchase. Deals on the 2015s are certainly out there to be had.

We don't get the 1050 here in the States, either.

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