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I've bought something orange!

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I've had my eye on the KTM "Beast" 1290 Super Duke R since they were launched but they're just not practical enough for me...and then they launched the 1290 Super Duke GT. The last two annual bike shows I've spent too long on the KTM stands but the price with options was just silly for the miles I do etc. 

Then I heard that KTM had allocated a number of bikes to the dealers to pre-register and sell with £5K off to make room for the 2018 colours (no other changes). I'm colour blind so I certainly wouldn't throw £5k extra at a bike for a colour and neither would I pay top buck for a 2018 model when the rumoured 2019 face lift is likely to be out in 6-9 months. I get the full warranty from date of collection and second hand bikes are currently a couple of grand more than these discounted ones! :0

I called 8 dealer and was told I'd missed all the bikes but then I found one and have done a deal with delivery in mid-Feb. A slight delay due to the global multi-marque recall on Brembo master cylinders but at least that'll be done.

For those not aware (I guess mainly the car guys reading this) the bike has a 1301cc V-twin engine. It generates 173bhp and stupid levels of torque for a bike (106lb/ft max with over 100 from just 3k rpm). Traction control, rider modes, WP semi-active suspension, cornering ABS, quick shifter, cornering lights and the Brembo M50 brakes make up a good spec list.

I can't wait!! :grin:

 

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Not a bike fan but that looks great. Something to look forward to. +++

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Brother in law has the KTM RC8. He has had loads of bikes and never kept one as long as this one as he really rates it +++

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I rode an RC8 in the Austrian Alps a few years back. Great bike but not suited to my use on road. e.g. you can see zero in the mirrors even if trying to look under your arm. Maybe a waist size issue! LOL.

 

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I collected the bike from Bristol on my trailer on Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday there was a lot of fettling putting on rad guards, fender entenders, hand guards etc but today in the glorious sunshine I managed to have a 90 mile spin.
I'm limited to 6500rpm (redline is 11,000) but it's not too bad : you just snick another gear and use the torque. It's still good for about 120 or so. I can't wait to unleash the full 173bhp though.
Normally when I have brand new tyres I'm really steady and bed them in gently. This bike just gave instant confidence so was happy at 70-80% straight off the bat.
It's really comfortable with plenty of leg room and an upright stance. The screen's really effective even above legal speeds (ahem!) .
The heated seat and grips get too hot on max but I guess when it's really cold I'll get a true test.

Loving it already especially the Akra enhanced noises :)
Shame it got dirty on it's first trip out but the enjoyment easily makes up for it. 

Excel bike show tomorrow. I need some bits and maybe will pick up a 60mm socket and a 250NM torque wrench(!) for the rear wheel nut.

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