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back to what we all came here for, did you get seat time on the 1090 yet?
hopefully that dealer is offering rides to serious potential owners.
 

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Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
I've been offline hiking in the wilderness for a week. Got back and took delivery of my 1090R on Saturday.
Did about 300km on Sunday - including about 60km on gravel logging roads. I was very tentative riding on the gravel as I didn't want to hurt the bike on the first day. Loving this machine.





 

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I'm no expert on gravel - I am learning my way there. I would say it was sure footed - felt controllable at low speeds - easy to put into off-road mode. The stock suspension on the bike is very good - far superior to other stock suspensions handled some pretty gnarly logging roads full of potholes very well. It didn't kill me when I couldn't avoid a pot hole and went over it. I won't see a need to upgrade the shock like I had to on my Triumph Bonneville. Mostly though I was just glad that I didn't hurt it on my first ride.

The bike is exactly as advertised a very comfortable road bike that is good in the twisties. Lot's of power - feels quite nimble to me. Get's you to the logging roads well and then also performs in that environment. I've doubled the roads on Vancouver Island that I can ride with this bike. The rally pegs are the business - love then for my big feet - and give you lot's of confidence standing up on the pegs.
 

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I seen similar feedback of the suspension from journalists and its no surprise, typically higher up the range KTM gets really good with suspension. Its just in the lower segments that they begin to cut back but when you're spending $5k for a bike...its reasonable.
 

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KTM has plenty of practice with suspension thanks to their lineup of dirt bikes, a lot of chances to perfect and fine tune it when their products are constantly going over large hill and who knows what else.
 

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If there's anything that KTM is going to get right, and essentially just has to get right, it's suspension. If they don't have that down by now, there would be something wrong as that's definitely one thing everyone knows them for. Amazing off-road performing bikes.
 

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Well part of it is the fact most riders in these higher segments don't complain as much and are more content with what they have. But at the same time people still nit pick, which is completely fair. It takes a lot for me to swap out suspension.
 

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I wouldn't say they don't complain as much. A lot people in the higher segments I find have a lot more experience and know exactly what they want and make all the changes necessary. Suspension being one of the first ones that they'll really get into and keep going back and forth tweaking until they get it right.
 

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I wouldn't say they don't complain as much. A lot people in the higher segments I find have a lot more experience and know exactly what they want and make all the changes necessary. Suspension being one of the first ones that they'll really get into and keep going back and forth tweaking until they get it right.
They also have more money so getting certain things done is almost as easy as being said! Many riders out there that are completely hands-off but have a fat wallet.
 

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That's very true. Every time I think of that, I think of Busas lol. Those guys definitely have some fat wallets and I almost never see them working on their own bikes anyways.
 

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Well to own what's dubbed the King of Motorcycles you do have to fork up a lot of money just to get one if buying used. Most guys I've seen with Busa's are loaded, some even roll up to meets with the Busa in their own trailer.
 
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