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Can you guys get off your bikes long enough to give some reviews. I cant wait to get one. A duke that is. Ride safe.
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there are many professional reviews available on the web not sure there is much more any of us could add
it's a great bike

However help with options, upgrades and mods is where this forum can help further than the printed reviews

Have you ordered yours yet?

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there are many professional reviews available on the web not sure there is much more any of us could add
it's a great bike

However help with options, upgrades and mods is where this forum can help further than the printed reviews

Have you ordered yours yet?
Ya I’ve read every review i can find. I keep learning more. I cant afford more than one motorcycle. I have one to sell in the spring.
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Ya Ive read every review i can find. I keep learning more. I cant afford more than one motorcycle. I have one to sell in the spring.


If you live in the northern hemisphere winter is coming as they say.
we are already seeing used bikes come onto the market and next spring the choice will be greater

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Can you guys get off your bikes long enough to give some reviews. I cant wait to get one. A duke that is. Ride safe.
There is some stuff the reviewers miss, most of them dont live with the bikes neither do they take the bike thru all aspects of motorcycling. I’m putting my bike to sleep in November and will make a long term 10tkm review. I will put the link out here for all you guys, at least for good laughs 😄
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hope she sleeps well

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Can you guys get off your bikes long enough to give some reviews. I cant wait to get one. A duke that is. Ride safe.
I would wait until they have sorted out the teething issues before parting with your hard earned cash. As the KTM warranty is not worth the paper it is printed on!
They will jerk you around for months, and then deny there is an issue!
Then send you an email, telling how to circumvent the problem....... but not resolve it.
TBH The majority of times they don't even reply to your emails.
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there's a lot of praise for this bike on the interwebs and I think it's very much worth it, however, using the bike daily people like members of this forum can provide valuable feedback not found in pro reviews. my two cents:
+ fun engine with great noise, love it
+ light, combined with good power
+ coming from 390, everything is better :-) (power, finish, noise, dash)
+ quickshifter is fun thing to have
but from practical point of view, i don't like these:
- in wet, you will be dirty from the road ... the mud guard on the back is not sufficient (I don't get it how this is tolerated on modern bikes :-D)
- town / low speed travel on bumpy road is irritating, rain mode helps, but still ... throttle is twitchy
- while fuel consumption is good, tank is only 14 liters which is good for around 220 kms, then the light comes on
- no wind protection. this is to be expected on the naked bike and can be sorted with accessories

so all in all, it's not the most practical bike in the world but i believe it can be overlooked / fixed with accessories and the positives are well worth it.
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+ fun engine with great noise, love it AGREE
+ light, combined with good power AGREE
+ coming from 390, everything is better :-) (power, finish, noise, dash) its better but I love 390's too
+ quickshifter is fun thing to have very true
but from practical point of view, i don't like these:
- in wet, you will be dirty from the road ... the mud guard on the back is not sufficient (I don't get it how this is tolerated on modern bikes :-D) I fitted extension front and back which helps, but still allows a lot of road **** to cover you and the bike
- town / low speed travel on bumpy road is irritating, rain mode helps, but still ... throttle is twitchy coober fixes this completely
- while fuel consumption is good, tank is only 14 liters which is good for around 220 kms, then the light comes on, In normal riding I get 70MPG which is over 300 kilometer
- no wind protection. this is to be expected on the naked bike and can be sorted with accessories still hoping the pp screen will reduce a little


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