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KTM 1190 Adventure review

Discussion in 'KTM/Husqvarana' started by fatowl, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. fatowl

    fatowl Member

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  2. nigelphoto

    nigelphoto New Member

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    Its ugly - silencer the size of a dustbin, not even Leighton Aspel would stay on the pillion over the jumps, and there's pipes 'n plumbing all over the place
     
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    Barftone Well-Known Member

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  4. nigelphoto

    nigelphoto New Member

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    I agree - form follows function. The Yam looks the business, compare the rake on the XT to the KTM, and the size of the fr wheel. With all that power I suspect the KTM front end would wash out on the loose.
     
  5. boboneleg

    boboneleg Well-Known Member

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    I have a 950 Adventure which I've owned for 6 years now and put 35,000 miles on it, one of the best bikes I've ever had.

    I had a test ride on a 1190 when it first came out, the bike was superb, various modes of power for varying conditions, smooth and great suspension, BUT there was something niggling me on the way back to the showroom, comparing it with my 950 it came to me, it doesn't have any soul. Add to that all the electrical gubbins which I think is totally unnecessary and I actually preferred riding the 950 back home.

    What has been KTM's mantra for years? 'Ready to Race' but in my opinion that has been abandoned with this bike, they have just joined the other manufacturers in the race to build the biggest 'Adventure' bike. If you ride on the road 95% of the time with the occasional foray onto an easy gravel track then this is a superb bike but if you like a bit of trail action then maybe you need to look elsewhere.

    Big Trailie....

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    even bigger trailie?

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  6. Boris

    Boris Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    As you say they are all up to the same tricks. The big 1200GSA is a fantastic bike and surprisingly capable off road. But that's surprisingly capable for a quarter ton 1200 bike. Just about any smaller capacity bike will run rings round it off road. I've pretty much given up on taking mine up much more than gravel and grassy trails as it's just too much work and there is always that niggle that I could end up in a position that I just couldn't get out of without a block and tackle and spade, At least I have the strength to lift the 400 and given that and enough time that should allow me to pretty much drag it out of almost anything
     
  7. Paul-S

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    Bob, you need parking lessons......that's not inside the box !!
     
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  8. stanbloke

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    Big KTM's are for this :D :D . The new one's did'nt "flop my mop" at all....KTM seem to have lost their way.
     

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