Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: El Paso, TX but Jax, FL is home.
1st Post '16 VS over '17 KTM 1090 purchased
So got a good deal on a 16 DL1000, over the 17 KTM 1090 I was looking at.
$11,300 OTD $8999 for the bike and added K60's, Touratech skid and crash bars, Suzuki center stand for the total.
Forgot to get a steering stabilizer added, oh well, I can do that later.
1st "mods" will be for safety, LED replacements for all incandescent lights. 3M reflective striping on several locations. Still looking at LED headlamp upgrades, but I am heavily against HID/LED bulb swaps in parabolic lenses.
At some point, LED spot and Fog lights, heated grips(still reading up), maybe a heated seat or heater in OEM seat and MAYBE a dampener upgrade.
Me: 5'10 med weight, athletic-gym 3-6 days a week, rider for 25 years, never owned my own bike, always have friends with bigger wallets than mine so I rode theirs. 20 plus years on car racing in the USA and Europe. Pro license in Europe. Most of my riding is sport bikes and cruisers, my first ADV. HPDE instructor in Europe and some in the USA. No MSF course, didn't have these when I licensed. I have several motorsports driving schools.
My riding style forecast: 3-5 days a week, year round, all weather, 60/40 as I live in the desert southwest, lots of medium mountains, sand, rock, trails, etc. Local ADV group has already guided me to this purchase and adopted me. Trust me I was looking USA wide for a great deal on a 15/16 1290 Super Adventure.
I respond best to hard facts and numbers. Opinions are taken with a grain of salt. Retired military, so sarcasm and directness is how I operate.
On that note, let the beatings begin. James.