After riding a KTM 1190 I can't imagine it being in the middle of any pack. Not sure about that article.In the same issue of MCN they kitted out a bunch of new bikes for an offroad trial. They rated the Tiger 800 number 1 with the new BMW 1200 GS waterhead and Super Tenere also highly regarded. The test concentrated on offroad capability.
The triumph 1200 was not well thought of and the new 1190 KTM was in the middle of the pack.
I read the new strom article as mostly positive but with a street biased recommendation.
This is always confusing because this is the British MCN, not the US MCN.