As far as special prep of bike for journalists is concerned, it goes the full gamut. Iíve seen bikes that idle like race bikes that I suspected were cheaters. (Though I could never prove it, and weíre long past the height of the sportbike wars.) Others have come with improper set up that I fixed in my own garage. With the problem of the first 790, KTMís US press staff is quite small, and I think they were overloaded with getting a dozen bikes ready for the media launch. Since the bike had a noisy top end from the beginning, I just thought that it was a noisy design Ė until it got worse. Then we called and asked.
Iím having a blast with the Duke, and Iíve already told KTM that I want to buy my test unit. This is only the second time in over 20 years of testing bikes that Iíve done this. The last time was 16 years ago with my 2003 R6. Thatís how special this bike is.