Sorry for late reply, forum a bit slow in getting going I think, so haven't looked in in a while.
This is the first KTM I have ever slung a leg over. Bit late to the party but glad I've arrived.
Had all kinds of differing bikes over the years, culminating in the shear power of the S1000R. A bike, for the roads I ride 90% of the time, that made no sense really. Its capability was straining at the leash.
Don't get me wrong, that rush going through the gears was exhilarating but to use a thing like that on the road, the way it begged, was asking for it.
Plus I don't really tour. A 100 mile round trip is about the limit I like. Cruise control etc, was a great feature to have in a bike IF you toured.
I didn't really see the criticism about the S1000R lack of character till I tried a couple of other bikes again. going back to the S1000R after a test ride made me realise what everyone was talking about. A great bike but perhaps just a wee bit sanitized?
Once I rode the 790 Duke & its "only" 100-105 BHP, I was hooked. It's flickability, exhaust note, ride & looks won me over.
The few things that the S1000R was better at (breaking, power) are more than made up for in other areas.
Bikes are more than power and numbers.
Have made a couple of early mods. 3D printed collars so i can fit the Bar end type mirrors I like. Painted the in-the-face exhaust heat shield a satin black & added KTM stickers (till I make my mind up on what zorst to go for, Acra still looks bit big for my liking) & fitting a tail tidy this weekend. Waiting on all the Powerparts Ive ordered. Think that's going to be a long wait though.
Will post a pic after tail tidy added.