Just about sums it up.HI @Auron - welcome to the site.
I'd say it's definitely more of a sit on rather than in - though I suppose that depends on how big you are (I'm not tall at about 5' 8") - for me it's more of a "blend in with it" as the ergos are that good for me.
You are definitely not miles up there like on a supermoto - it's a great bike for street riding.
That's funny I just went through the same thing with a GSXS1000f. Anything worth comparing? I hated that 4-5-6 gears were basically 150 rpm apart.I'd actually be reluctant to buy any bike without a test ride. From my perspective, there's 2 aspects to buying a bike. One is the technical specs/performance that you're looking for in a bike. The other is emotional appeal. To give an example, my previous bike was a Suzuki GSX-S 1000. It was bought on a whim and the test ride was very short, basically just to see what the ergonomics were like. I bought it and simply never got on with it. It performed well but seemed almost bland to me - no character at all.
When I bought the 790, I had also tried the Street Triple 765, having loved the 675 I owned a few years ago. I would have been happy with either bike but the telling difference was that the 790 made me laugh on the test ride and it still does every time I ride it. As others have said, it's not without a few niggles but they are more than outweighed by its character and sheer fun of riding it.
Mind you, in NZ, it's easy to get test rides compared with what I understand it's like in some parts of the US and a few other countries so good luck, whatever decision you make!
Hi Auron, comparing bikes is a highly personal thing but if you want to see where I was coming from, have a look at these blog posts in order:That's funny I just went through the same thing with a GSXS1000f. Anything worth comparing? I hated that 4-5-6 gears were basically 150 rpm apart.
Theres new mapping out for the 1290GT now and its much better suited for general roads. I liked the suspension on my 1209R, the rear just needed more preload, but comparing sports bike suspension with the touring SMT, your not going to get that plushness on sporty suspenders.That's funny I just went through the same thing with a GSXS1000f. Anything worth comparing? I hated that 4-5-6 gears were basically 150 rpm apart.
The reason I asked my original question is I bought a 1290 Duke a couple of years ago as felt very let down by the suspension and handling. I just couldn't get comfortable at all and suspension was light years from the superb boingers you get on the SMT, which is a wicked bike btw.
Had 2 1290s, brutally fast, 790 stealth, and sneaky fast.I came from an R1 and was very worried about the power of the 790. Not having test rode it, but having sat on it a few times (and some real good input from my brother who test rode it), I decided to pull the trigger and buy it. I will say typically I wouldn't do that as I agree with Geoff, but this bike kinda has it all, minus a few small things. I really wanted something I could use as a commuter, and when I wanted, tear up the twisties as easily as the R1 did. in fact, I think this bike is more nimble and fun than the R1. The power is there, and I am not disappointed in the least. I actually surprised myself on a ride with a friend when I cranked the throttle. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase. I think now, after 4000 mi, if I were to get another, I would move up to a 1290R, ONLY if it handles as well as the 790, but I think the 790 platform and design will always be ahead of the standard design of the 1290.
Bottom line: Go for a test ride and make a decision after that. I believe most dealers now have a demo bike you can test ride (they didn't when I was looking back in Nov/Dec '18).
Not all dealers here have all models on demo - KTM seem to like to spread them about a bit.if you’re buying new the dealer will have one for you to try?
That’s completely alien to me, I’ve never even considered a dealer wouldn’t have a demo of the bike they’re trying to flog :surprise: guess things are different out your wayNot all dealers here have all models on demo - KTM seem to like to spread them about a bit.