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2015 or 2017 model?

Post by shotgun2k17 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:31 am

Hey guys.

I'm in the market for a SDR. The dealer that I'm going to use has two in stock and both are new. The 2015 model is selling for 14500 and the 2017 is selling for about 18900. Both of these prices are including dealer prep and taxes. My question is based on the differences between the two models, would the 2017 be worth the extra cash or is the discounted 2015 too good of a deal to pass up. Thanks in advance for all of your help.

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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by Striff » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:43 am

I'm in Australia, but I was going to get the 2015 /16 SDR as the dealers are doing discounts on them.
As much as I like them there were two things I just could not get over coming from a Speed Triple.

The dash, to me it looks terrible, kinda toy like and just did not sit well with me asthically, is minor but I know I would be looking at it all the time, compare it to my 2012 Speedy and the SDR is no match.

The other was no quick shifter without spending more $$, and I was adamant my next bike would have one.

Then luck had it the dealers had just come in a 2017 SDR, done 4000kms with some extras for the same price, so I jumped on it.

Quick shifter is great, and I much prefer the dash.

Is it worth the extra? Tough to say, but if it was me, I would if the budget allows it.



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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by rocketcaptain » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:24 am

having the same issue .. i watch the road not the dash so dont really care about that. not sure how much i would ever use the electronic upgrade packages available on the 17.. i mean we are talking the price diff of carbon rims which really make a difference and i have no desire to deal with key fobs.

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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by Striff » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:16 am

rocketcaptain wrote:having the same issue .. i watch the road not the dash so dont really care about that. not sure how much i would ever use the electronic upgrade packages available on the 17.. i mean we are talking the price diff of carbon rims which really make a difference and i have no desire to deal with key fobs.
Well sounds like you've made your mind up then.
Same could be said about the whole bike if you look at the road, then what does it matter what your ride.


I've ridden both and although only for test rides could not really tell much difference.

I have / had no interest in changing wheels, but the money saved you could also go with a nicer exhaust.

Anyway just my opinion, which the OP asked for.



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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by HDKAWKTM » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:12 pm

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I have a 15 I bought new in late 15. I have read many issues that some have had with the 17 year models. That alone would steer me from them so much I would not trade my 15 even money for a 17. The 17 has the Buell type servo in the exhaust which is a negative to me. Mine was easy to pull the cat install a Remus mid and can load the evo map and pull the SAS junk install a K&N and its as good as any bike can be fun wise. I know those with a 17 may frown on my thinking but even the dash and headlight is a turnoff as well. Find a 16 maybe? I think maybe the 16 has a 2 year warranty? No sure but thought I read that on here. The one year warranty did allow me to get started pulling the OEM fun hindering items quicker though. :mrgreen: . But whichever you get you will love the vtwin power. I am almost 60 and been riding 45 years and owning too many to mention it and my Buell Super tt are top of my list for fun.
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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by 209rider » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:16 pm

No way I'd pay 14500 for a 3 year old bike, new or not. You can find way better deals than that.

For me, the price difference just didn't match up with the added value. I don't ride on the track so the quickshifter is of little use to me. I actually prefer the analog tachometer over the digital version. The upgraded electronics would be nice, but I don't feel like I'm being held back with the first gen stuff.

Like you said, the price difference could equate to some pretty serious upgrades. Seems like an easy answer to me.

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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by kevxtx » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:01 pm

Besides the looks & ergonomics'.

In 2016 KTM gave the 1290 a few more 6HP & Torque over the 14/15 models as in more ignitions as in new ECU software, in 2017 they gave it a few more ponies with head work, shorter stacks & a few other things.

The 2017 1290 suspension was an improvement over all other years.

The Keyless ignition on the 2017 has been a problem for some, 2017 have had a few indicator switch's pack up, the 2014 & 15 models had radiator core electrolysis in 2016 they changed the coolant type to combat this, the 14/15's had rear wheel shaft problems with axle replacements, 2014's had dash bracket recalls, 2014 to 2016 had fuel tank recall on certain vin numbers.

I am sure I have missed a few other things between the models.

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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by HDKAWKTM » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:36 pm

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Shotgun,
I can't leave a ride stock. Bored with one that is like everyone else I am blaming it on. True you may find a 15 or 16 less but it may not be local and you have shipping cost or having to travel to get one. If you plan to keep the bike for a long time I would not worrry about it being 3 years old. Its still new. I have installed the following and am still way under the 18500 of that new 17.

Ergo seat
KTM Rear seat cowling
Evo tech exhaust hanger
Evo tech radiator guard
Evo tech front oil case guard
Evo tech rear axle sliders
Pazio levers
KTM oil cap, filter cover, 3 reservoir covers,swing arm bolt covers
Oberion slave cylinder
Oberion touring footpegs
SAS block off plates
K&N filter
Remus mid pipe
Remus titanium can
Evo map loaded
CRG bar end lane splitter mirrors
Custom tail light with intergrated turn signals and programmable
Yosh fender eliminator.
KTM rear stand

I am still less than that 17 bike new :mrgreen: and mine is tricked out as I like it. It still scares the heck out of this old man but looks so killer I can just sit and drink
a beer and just admire it when its too cold to ride. 8-)
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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by crazyinp » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:18 pm

kevxtx wrote:Besides the looks & ergonomics'.

In 2016 KTM gave the 1290 a few more 6HP & Torque over the 14/15 models as in more ignitions as in new ECU software, in 2017 they gave it a few more ponies with head work, shorter stacks & a few other things.

The 2017 1290 suspension was an improvement over all other years.

The Keyless ignition on the 2017 has been a problem for some, 2017 have had a few indicator switch's pack up, the 2014 & 15 models had radiator core electrolysis in 2016 they changed the coolant type to combat this, the 14/15's had rear wheel shaft problems with axle replacements, 2014's had dash bracket recalls, 2014 to 2016 had fuel tank recall on certain vin numbers.

I am sure I have missed a few other things between the models.
Hey Kev,

Are you sure about the 15 vs 16 HP and SW? I can’t fine any reference that KTM did give ‘16 few more HPs or different software for that matter. Based on their parts catalog, all the ECU and other electronics have the same part number and revision.

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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by shotgun2k17 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:55 am

Thank you guys so much for all the helpful advice. I decided to get the 2015 model and I couldn't be happier.

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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by 2_SL0 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:43 am

Was in the exact same boat. I was looking at an 8k (NZD) difference and could not bring myself to pay the extra 8k. I may of felt differently if this was my only bike but as I have a S1000RR 2016 in the garage as well I wasn't craving all the bells and whistles and actually enjoy riding a bike that is a little more simple in its options. As the dealer said to me, the core difference is a quick shifter and a fancy dash, is that 8k? Can buy a lot of aftermarkets parts for 8k.
But it really depends on YOU, what do you want.

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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by HDKAWKTM » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:12 pm

congrats shotgun. You will love the bike. Are you in Alabama? If so the Barber museum is unreal. I need to go back for the new additional building and see more.
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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by shotgun2k17 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:43 pm

HDKAWKTM wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:12 pm
congrats shotgun. You will love the bike. Are you in Alabama? If so the Barber museum is unreal. I need to go back for the new additional building and see more.
I do live in Alabama and I have been to Barber museum. The museum is great.

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Re: 2015 or 2017 model?

Post by McDirty » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:08 pm

crazyinp wrote:
kevxtx wrote:Besides the looks & ergonomics'.

In 2016 KTM gave the 1290 a few more 6HP & Torque over the 14/15 models as in more ignitions as in new ECU software, in 2017 they gave it a few more ponies with head work, shorter stacks & a few other things.

The 2017 1290 suspension was an improvement over all other years.

The Keyless ignition on the 2017 has been a problem for some, 2017 have had a few indicator switch's pack up, the 2014 & 15 models had radiator core electrolysis in 2016 they changed the coolant type to combat this, the 14/15's had rear wheel shaft problems with axle replacements, 2014's had dash bracket recalls, 2014 to 2016 had fuel tank recall on certain vin numbers.

I am sure I have missed a few other things between the models.
Hey Kev,

Are you sure about the 15 vs 16 HP and SW? I can’t fine any reference that KTM did give ‘16 few more HPs or different software for that matter. Based on their parts catalog, all the ECU and other electronics have the same part number and revision.
There is no difference between between the 15 and 16

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