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I had a new 2014 FZ09. Put 24k miles on it before it was sold. The FZ07 is very similar in many ways.

Both have great engines. In fact this is the best thing about each bike. The down side however is both suck in the suspension department. This is the area where they skimped to keep the price point down. I spent 2K on suspension upgrades which was a big improvement but still fell a bit short in my opinion.

Then I started riding KTM bikes and was not only blown away by their great engines but also their fabulous WP suspension. Finest suspension I have ever experienced and this is stock right out of the box.

Japanese bikes are great and I have owned many over the years. They work good and last a long time but lack that custom built Ferrari quality that KTM has captured with their amazing machines.

KTM is kinda like the premium spread if you can afford it. If not there is always margarine. :wink2:

I am still lamenting the departure of my Triumph Trophy SE sport tourer. Electronically adjustable WP suspension that made this bike much quicker through the curves than the Concours 1400 it replaced.

I saw a lot of use of zip ties in exposed areas on KTM bikes I have looked closely at. I wouldn't call that Ferrari quality. The 690 thumper I test rode was like riding a paint shaker. The big twins fried my crotch. My buddy loves his 2 stroke dirt bike, but he is always working on it. Another friend traded is trusty DR650 on a KTM dual sport and had the fuel pump die miles from a road in Colorado.

When I was piling on the miles I rode Japanese. Now that I am forced to be a more casual rider (only 5000 miles this past year), I choose to own other brands since I know I will get to the maintenance intervals less frequently, and don't have to worry about a breakdown far from home because my trailer will be within a hundred miles of where I am riding.
 

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...and don't have to worry about a breakdown far from home because my trailer will be within a hundred miles of where I am riding....
I take it that you are comfortable w/ walking 100 miles BACK to your trailer...?

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