The Pankl gearbox was impressive. The shift throw was short and positive, and it worked well with the Quickshifter +.
As far as which bike I would buy is concerned, I’ve already bought it. While I always have tons of fun testing large displacement bikes, I’ve always been a middleweight fan at heart. Just to weasel a bit, if I rode on a high-speed track like Portimao frequently, I might feel a little differently, but for the riding I typically do in my spare time, I’m crazy in love with my 790 Duke.
Now for a little fun: At new bike intros, the manufacturers typically give us a little gift for attending. Consequently, I have received enough branded baseball caps and backpacks to last several lifetimes. When KTM gave me what was labeled as an indoor bike cover, I was pretty stoked at the practical nature of the gift, but when I opened it, I laughed harder than I have for a long time. I hope my Scalpel doesn’t mind being called a Beast. Maybe it’s a mini-Beast.
Last edited by EvansB2; 02-07-2020 at 09:14 PM.