Some I recognize, yes.OldGit60 wrote:Hi Guys,
First post on this site.
I have 1290 gt and would like to hear other owner/riders opinions on a couple of issues I have.
First off, wind blast. [...] Has anyone found a good aftermarket screen?
Quickshift. I've turned mine off as I can change quicker and smoother without it. It only seems to work smooth(ish) on full throttle which is not always desirable on normal roads. Anybody else agree?
Suspension. Semi active seems to default to rock hard with little re-bound damping on the rear, [...]
Those issues apart the bike is great - especially the way the engine just pulls!
First, introductions: I am Albert, just turned 46, 1.85m/70 kg, doing 35000 km on average yearly, using all sorts of motorcycles (supersports and sporty grand tourers mainly, but also enduro and all-road). I took delivery of my SDGT in April this year. Meanwhile, travelled nearly 15000 km with the bike, despite having to hand it in twice, for a variety of works to be done.
For amusement, bear with me:
- - Delivery of optional parts (hard cases, nav-mount, ergo seats) took about a month and a half.
- - Side stand spur broke of at the first service, in April, and has only recently been replaced after it nearly came of the bike all together due to loosing one of the bolts that mounts it to the engine (vibrations).
- - Frame was replaced in June (7600 km) due to a bracket holding the modulator for the butterfly valve having been torn due to vibrations. Dealership suspected the exhaust or engine to cause the vibrations, but already then I suggested to look into the suspension, as road compliance was pretty poor sometimes.
- - Master brake assembly (front) replaced due to it coming of the handlebar as a result of pulling the lever somewhat firmly while braking, which caused one of the bolts holding it in position to snap of.
- - Replaced the righthand instrumentcluster (a.o. cruise control), as this item is supposed to keep the throttle in position, and both could turn freely around the handlebar.
So we returned home some days earlier. I invited the dealership to come and get the bike, and keep it for as long as KTM would need to sort out their issues. Despite the magnificant pull of the engine, I was fed up with it: to secure mobility I purchased a brand new FJR, my sixth I believe, but luckily at a reasonable discount this time. Admittedly, it is a boring lump of steel, but at least it runs, reliably, and it corners properly, also fast if determined.
Anyway, further repairs and mods took place in September and October. This took about 5-6 weeks, after which the bike was returned. What they did:
- - Extensive testing, and replacing various parts of the engine electronics, in an attempt to solve the frequent stalling that occurred (mostly) after engine braking at higher altitudes.
- - Reassembling the headlight/fairing/etc., as all this pointed to the left after the frame was replaced.
- - Reassembling the front forks, which alegedly had not been manufactured correctly (so could never have worked properly)
- - Reducing the rear spring rate, although not clear how.
- - Replacing the front brake discs due to deformation.
- - Replacing handlebar grips, as these had worn out already by 6000 km.
- - Replacing various black anodized parts, as these started to turn into some purple-ish type of sensation.
- - Replacing sidepannels and mirrors, for no obvious reason, but free of charge so fine.
- - 15000 km service, free of charge, also fine, and a nice gesture.
- - Inspect (and repair or replace) hard cases, as already since they were mounted in June they stopped keeping rain out
- - Replace the righthand instrumentcluster, agian, for the same reason as described above (probably damaged due to wrong assembly as part of the second badge of repairs).
- - Next year, first trip through the Alps should confirm (or not) if engine stalling has been resolved. If not, even though I love the bike for its pull and agility, I'm afraid this KTM will not be a keeper...
I also recognize that - even despite the improvements on my SDGT - the 1050 Adventure is the better bike of the two, at least in terms of comfort, handling and cornering. I guess this is obvious, because the Adventure is probably targeting a different audience.
The buffeting you mention makes me suspect your helmet. How long have you had it and does it (still) fit properly? In my opinion, the windscreen on the SDGT does not do a whole lot, but in lowest position there is a clean flow of air around the helmet. What annoyed me in the beginning - used to it now - is that the narrow shape of the windshield can cause buffeting at the shoulders. This is not a big deal, but the contrast just feels awquard.
Quickshifter is hopeless indeed, except under full acceleration and > 7000 rpm, when it still responds slightly delayed, but nevertheless a convenient option sometimes. You can help it by manipulating the throttle a little bit, but even then it takes "ages" before it changes gear.
Hope this helps.