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Spectacular! KTM always makes me want to be 40 years younger, and a bit wealthier. Beautiful machine, as are most KTMs.
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A sexy beast. Probably lots of decimals on the price tag...
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A sexy beast. Probably lots of decimals on the price tag...

He got it at the same dealership that i got my V-1000. They had a dealer special on them. $5000.00 off plus he got them down lower.
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He got it at the same dealership that i got my V-1000. They had a dealer special on them. $5000.00 off plus he got them down lower.
$5000 off of what $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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$5000 off of what $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


He failed to mention that...

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Oh man the Super Duke GT.

KTM has a really cool demo program for their bikes. The sales manager at our local shop asked me if I wanted to demo one to which I responded: "Is the Pope Catholic?" Hell yes I would!

Got to take it up in the twisties for 40 miles of pure joy. Man what a bike.

That 1290 V-twin motor is an absolute beast. You can loft the front wheel at will. And the WP suspension is spot on. Plush and yet firm. The bike handles like a dream.

If I had the means I would have one in my garage too.

Your buddy is a lucky man.
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Oh man the Super Duke GT....
Is it just me, or does it look a bit like a guy named "Darth" from the side...?

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Is it just me, or does it look a bit like a guy named "Darth" from the side...?
Nope you are correct Eddie. I did not really care for the looks when I first saw it but....when it is under your butt and rumbling down the road...well that's an entirely different equation.

It totally fit like a glove and was like an extension of my soul. Just think and it happens perfectly.

The down side is I would need to own a tire store, cuz with all it's torque and grunt, I would be going thru tires every couple of weeks.

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The MSRP on these is 20k in the US, a little cheaper than a Multistrada S, and priced inline with the S1000XR. It has more power than both of them (175hp vs 160hp on the Duc and Bimmer). It is literally just a Super Duke with a bigger tank, saddlebags and a taller windscreen. Riding position is identical to the Super Duke R.

You would definitely need to own stock in Michelin or Pirelli with one with all that torque haha.

Maintenance is as bad as you expect. 9k mile valve check, 8 hours of labor for the 9k mi service according to the KTM dealer I asked, this adds up to about the same maintenance cost as a Multistrada.
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The naked Super Duke looks better than the Duke GT (this is my jealousy speaking) . Anyway, both out of my budget either to buy or maintain...and I'm not sure I'd be doing the service myself on a beast like this. I tend to think it's similar to buying a Lamborghini and changing the oil in your driveway.
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For some reason this reminded me of the joke from years ago when Hillary was first running for the senate seat. She came out in a skirt outfit versus one of her favorite pant suits, and asked her assistant if it looked okay. She said not really, your b..ls are showing.

Hope everyone has a great riding weekend!
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