Almost but not quite there yet

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Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:44 pm

Evening, Im sitting on the fence about getting a GT (and that is never a comfortable place to sit)

let me explain please

Current bike Hayabusa (as were the previous 2 ) Ive had my eye on a GT for a few months but coming from a inline 4 cylinder history the idea is pretty radical!
Went for a test ride last Saturday (2 up) and we were both absolutely blown away bike the comfort, engine, rider friendliness and the whole experience. My wife reckons its even more comfy than the busa!
Anyway..
reading all the problems people have had, especially the later half of 2016 has caused me to question my leanings, Ive only ever had one new bike, this one, and when I left the showroom it only went back for its sevices and one recall 3 years later.
Was last year a glitch or are the number of complaints still arriving at the same percentage?

I would be really pleased to be reassured that the vast majority have no "teething" problems

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by Bruce Wayne » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:46 am

Anecdotally, it seems there are a lot fewer issues being seen with the 17 models than the 16s from what's being talked about on forums/Facebook. I've got a 17 and it's been plain sailing for me so far. I'm very happy with the bike.

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:48 am

thank you :-)

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by Aussie Dave » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:47 am

G'day Mick & Mrs Mick..... ;) from the land down under....

Keep in mind we of the never never (Aus) don't have to use E-thanol poisoned fuels like you might be forced to.

I gather a lot of forum banter is associated with UK ethanol blends causing the fuel sender float or the fuel pump filters to degrade.......seems odd as Europe has had ethanol fuels for ages.

So keep the research going.....maybe the SD-R guys have had more time to find solutions (GT has only been around for a year, though it is basically an SD-R with a big tank and a screen and touring biased electronic suspension).

I have a 2017 GT and it goes mightily hard and I don't feel stuffed after a long day on the bitumen (400-600kms). My 2005 Blackbird is sort of similar to your Hayabusa, and is still going strong as my No2 bike (I'm the weak link.....worn left hip.....errr, larger waistline,......you know...... :roll: ). Neither use any oil, unlike the Italian bike I traded for the Kat'o..... :P

Early days for me as I have only 8200kms (= about 5000miles) up - I will have to visit my local dealer soon as I think I have a disk rotor with a bit of "runout" causing some slow speed grabbing ......KTM Aus are good sports with warranty......my Honda has much thicker disk rotors which are still straight at 130,000kms 8-) but it's brakes don't work as well as the orange bike's Brembo's.

I love the GT.....it's a hoot to ride (as you know)......so if you have confidence in your local dealership it should be fine......forum's do tend to cater for the squeaky wheels, but they do find the faults and sometimes even bring about some fix's ;).

Ha, my Nissan is at the mechanics for new engine mounts, so the GT is doing the ride to work thing cause it had the most fuel in the tank.......up till today I had only used it for recreation.....but I like it around town..... :twisted: :twisted: ..... :lol: :lol:
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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:41 pm

Cheers Dave, I have found over the years the fuel tank appears to get bigger , it seems to reach my belly more these days... and Mrs Mick does mention that when hanginging onto my love handles whilst climbing on the bike are easier to find :D

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by DaveNZ » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:22 am

Jeeeze Mick, get your carcass to the gim, get rid of that fat :o :o . then get yourself a 1290 GT :) , I'm on my second 1290, had the R first, now the GT, and i fuking love it :shock: , So theres a few fuking niggles, lifes to short to whinge, get the GT and out on that big twin. If it breaks down, no sweat, push it for awhile, might help shed a few pounds. Seriously mate, its a very good bike. :D
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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:24 pm

:D
My missus would not be happy pushing the bike while I steered

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:33 pm

Order made deposit paid... grey/Orange on its way. Feeling awesome!

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by DaveNZ » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:19 pm

mick shere wrote:Order made deposit paid... grey/Orange on its way. Feeling awesome!
Awesome bro, look forward to you joining our wackie crew.
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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by Aussie Dave » Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:42 am

Congrats Mr Mick......you'll be counting the sleeps till it arrives.... :mrgreen: .... I sometimes wish I had selected the silver-grey with matt orange side stripe (seen two other GT;s just like mine in the last two weeks - I feel so common :cry: )........ not :!:

I think SW Motech still offer the pannier frames for Givi side cases in case you need to carry more stuff for Mrs Mick than the KTM OEM cases will allow... ;)

You might try the 'sport' engine map from new - it is noticeably smoother around town than 'Street'.......(I like the street map - it has heaps of grunt everywhere, but 'sport' gives a nicer throttle for commutes......and still has full power where you want it......yeeeharrrr :!:).

I got the boys to kill the TPMS "low pressure warning", but keep the TPMS readout on because I run lower tyre pressures (eg 33f 34r).... got annoyed with constant 'Warnings'... :D....I still check my pressures on the fly.....no need for a tyre gauge nowdays!

Welcome to the dark side... :)
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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:02 pm

Many thanks guys :)

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:05 pm

onward and upwards! (it must be upwards cos its always hard work :) )

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by Richard » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:15 pm

Congrats on the new bike order Mick, I got mine in January 2017 and its brilliant, the weather has even picked up so I don't have to ride it in the wet (Scotland!). On that, its one of the best bikes I have ever ridden in the wet. Must be the electronics coz it not me making the difference.
My wife thinks its great, way better that the ZX10R but that probably because she has a grab rail on the KTM as its no slower that the ZX10.

The KTM standard luggage system is pretty good at all fits nicely and stuff stays dry (see Scotland again) but I'm looking for a rack for it for a trip to the Bol D'Or in September and it wont carry enough for two for a couple of weeks. I used to have a 990 Adventure and that carried enough for long tours easily but is not as much fun as the GT.

Cheers Richard

Anyone got a recommendation for a rack?

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:21 pm

:) cheers Rich, much appreciated, chunnel or ferry?

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by Richard » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:48 pm

Hi Mick,
Ferry out of Newcastle to Ijmuiden. Its the nearest one to us since the Edinburgh one shut down a few years ago.
Chunnels great but its 600 miles away!!

Cheers Richard

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Almost but not quite there yet

Post by MR C » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:34 am

I've got one of the first batch of 2016 GT bikes, and it's on 7000 miles, only issue I've had is my horn used to stop working when hot, simple fix and no need to visit dealer, just move horn, the bike has been faultless in all weathers from a full week in torrential rain to a week in 34 degrees in Spain, yes I would like the suspension to be a little softer however over the miles it's got better, cruise on the right is just a stupid idea but you adapt over time, stock seat is like a plank however when your on a mission you don't really think about the hard seat and the engine is just fecking awesome .

I love mine and whilst I've looked at other new bikes, ive not found anything that I feel could replace it.
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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by RDKLL » Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:26 am

Mr Mick, congrats on the bike order. We started looking for a new bike because we wanted to get a bit sporty because we are now in Mesa AZ, awesome roads in every direction and the guys I ride with had sporty bikes. My Valkyrie bobber gets the job done and looks fooking cool doing it but when my wife hinted at wanting to get on the back again I stared looking and I found the SDR and when I asked how it was 2-up that was the first time I read the magic word...Super Duke GT...I read review after review and because I put the Valk back to a 2-uppable bike, me and the Mrs put a few miles on to make sure this is what she wanted and we then took a GT for a test ride and she loved it...in her case the panniers gave her a comfort of having something behing her calfs. She was used to the Valk laid back attitude with a back rest. Picked up a grey '17 that at the moment of our test ride was sitting in the box. We test rode on 1/7 and picked up on 1/13 and then averaged over 1000 miles a month until 4/13 and after 3 months and $10K we got it back on 6/25 and I got cleared to ride on 7/18 Long story into a best seller...the other day she expressed interest in riding the KTM by herself, she is licensed and had her own Valkyrie for a few years...we will see what the future holds
I guess all of that was to say...YOU MADE THE RIGHT DECISION!

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by mick shere » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:04 pm

Dropped my busa off today for part ex assessment, rode in monsoon conditions with cars aquaplaning around me and my pinlock (double glazing solution for the visor) steamed up..
When I got off the motorway, to be honest, I was a bit twitchy stopping twice to check the front tyre pressure (a kick) all I could think was next time I ride I'll have tyre pressure monitors and abs.

I would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to reassure me and welcome me into the KTM fraternity

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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by DaveNZ » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:32 am

Im heading off on my 1290GT this friday Mick, doing 4 days, heading up north of NZ, we have just had 2 weeks of on again off again rainey weather, (it is mid winter after all) but the forecast is looking good for the sat-sun-mon, so looking forward to the ride. Its an Italian Motorcycle Owners ride, but I'm leaving the Multi home this time, as I'm going solo, and taking GT. Temps forecast are 12-17 degrees, so cool, but not too cold. No fun riding in a down pour eh, can be dangerous stuff. Take care.
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Re: Almost but not quite there yet

Post by AllanP » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:41 am

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