I took this bike out for a ride today.
I filled out the paperwork and was given the keys for a few hours this afternoon. I recently tested the KTM 1190 Sport Bike and wanted a comparison. My first impressions were good. It seems like a really good bike with lots of features for the $11,900 price tag.
The first thing I noticed was the brakes... mostly the rear brake, actually. My V has a horrible rear brake, so it was touchy (for me) at first. This bike was smooth. The transmission really works well. In comparison, my V clunks quite often while going through the gears. This one clicked like a expensive gold pen. I imagine the V was smoother when new. It ran at 3200 RPM at highway speed. Much lower than my Versys. But it really suffered in the turns. My bike really likes to turn. The new DL1000 really needs a lot of input from the rider to turn, compared to the Versys. The windscreen has a 3 position adjustment that works well, but I found the middle position to be the only useful position at most speeds. Of course with this bike you get all the electronics. I found that you can turn off the traction control while riding but you cannot turn it back on when riding. You have to come to a stop. I spent the whole ride trying to figure this out. I liked the gear indicator as well as the rest of the dash. Power was great. I tested the KTM last week in "off road mode" by accident. I found the limited 100hp to be more than sufficient for anything I need. I never tried the full 150hp "sport" mode at all. This VStrom had about 100hp in it's only mode and it seemed fine for me. But, I have to tell you, the Versys is almost as quick. The VStrom's power is there... right from 1000RPM and up. I found the ergos to be sufficient. In fact the only real problem I had was the bars seemed to be assembled wrong. Meaning the were rotated back and down too far. This of course would be a 5 minute fix with an allen wrench.
So the test went OK. I think I could ride this. Now it was time to talk money. The '14 VStrom retails for $11900 for the base model. $12900 for the SE which features a useful center stand and ugly side cases. He did not budge an inch on the price, in fact he added a whole bunch of crap on to the price, like freight, PDI, Administration fees... the end result was a dismal $2500 for my Versys on trade, and $243/month for 60 months, using 9% intrest (!!!!) Do the math. 243 X 60 = $14,580 with the Versys $2500 = $17,080 total investment for a bike that is slightly better in only "some" areas, than what I have got.
Forget about it......
I spoke with the KTM sales guy and he offered $296/month for 60 (@ 5.4%), and gave me $3500 for my Versys (what I paid for it). So for about $50 dollars more a month for a KTM 1190 Sport Bike.
I think I'll keep the Versys, it is free, and it has tonnes of life left in it. I was nice to try new bikes though.