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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-17-2020, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys so tempted to buy but have heard few problems with oil leaks coolant etc probably just normal moaning .are most bikes ok everyone happy etc many thanks
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Hi guys so tempted to buy but have heard few problems with oil leaks coolant etc probably just normal moaning .are most bikes ok everyone happy etc many thanks
I think KTM have had a few assembly issues - or rather some quality control failures to be honest.

It's possibly to be expected from a small(-ish) manufacturer as they have ramped up production on a new model and I think they have struggled to keep on top of QC.

That said, I had a coolant leak from the radiator top hose (hose was weeping internally - replaced under warranty) and a weird small brake fluid leak from a badly installed line entering the ABS unit under the tank. Both fixed within a couple of days by my dealer under warranty.

I was obviously annoyed by these things on a new bike but these things happen. They were fixed quickly by my dealer and neither has changed my opinion of the bike now I've had it while - it's just so awesome to ride, with perfect ergonomics for me, a fantastic engine and great neutral handling, it really is a peach of a bike.

It's probably the best bike I've owned for just enjoying riding it, the way it makes you feel - it always puts a smile on my face when I head out. It's so light and easy to wheel in and out the garage too. There are more and more aftermarket bits and pieces appearing on the market too to change the things you want.

You can get a skewed view of any bike as you only seem to hear about the ones that post about problems they find rather than those that have no problems and just ride them.

Get yourself a test ride and see what you think - you'll love it - but you already know that
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Cheers dma yep that's what I thought every review has bad points thanks for the info , The trouble is just been looking at the 890r now 😩😩😩😩 ffs lol, some really good deals on the 790r just need to decide 😁
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Cheers dma yep that's what I thought every review has bad points thanks for the info , The trouble is just been looking at the 890r now 😩😩😩😩 ffs lol, some really good deals on the 790r just need to decide 😁
Welcome to the forum Cornish!

Has Euro/Brit pricing been announced yet on the 890R and what is it compared to MSRP on the 790 - before deals and whatnot? Oh, and do dealers have an ETA for them to arrive on the showroom?

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Hi Younglion I can get a new 2019 790 for £6995 the new 2020 890r is £10400 think available from march could be wrong
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Hi Younglion I can get a new 2019 790 for £6995 the new 2020 890r is £10400 think available from march could be wrong
And both of those figures are full MSRP not discounts on either?

3400 pounds is a **** decent bump in price - wowza.

For reference, whats an new SD1290 msrp there?

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And both of those figures are full MSRP not discounts on either
Welcome Cornish!
I’m guessing your 790D price is discounted from retail?
My thinking is the 890R will be 3-$3500 over 790D pricing.
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Iím guessing your 790D price is discounted from retail?
My thinking is the 890R will be 3-$3500 over 790D pricing.
Agreed - I guess $4000 CDN over the $11,999 MSRP for the 790 so $15,999 - smack dab in the middle of the 790 and 1290SD which is now $20k I think for '20.

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It's possibly to be expected from a small(-ish) manufacturer
Smallish? - They are way up there with the big players - We (I am guilty too) think of them as small or new players - but they are not.

2020 890R 12.499,00 EUR
2020 790D 9.999,00 EUR
2020 1290R 19.900,00 EUR

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Cheers guys yes the 2019 790 is a discounted price prob to get rid of 2019 stock while new 2020 model comes think originally they were £8400
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