The next chapter...KTM Super Adventure S

Dirt_Dad

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But the front light arrangement is so ugly :eek: ;) (in my opinion :) )
It does take some getting used to. Although I was surprised at the number of people who made it a point to tell me how much they liked the bike. Even got a "your bike is pretty" from a young girl. Must be the orange.
 

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Am glad you’re enjoying the KTM, it’s a cracking bike.

Making the chain painless as possible...................IMO chains really aren’t that much of an inconvenience, they just get on with their job without the need for much attention at all.

The Tenere is my first, and will probably be my only shaft bike, however the thing that I’ll really miss with the shaft, is the lack of mess. On a chain bike, seems that no matter what you touch at the rear, chain side of the bike, results in dirty chain lube on your hands.:mad:

My next bike will be chain drive and I will ensure that the whole chain fling area will get an early and regular treatment with a good wax, then ACF50 over the top of that. Everywhere in that area, swingarm, wheel etc (avoiding tyres & brakes) will get ACF50’d, thus mean the chain lube will wipe off pretty easily.

A bit of prep here may pay off later on?

Just a thought:)
 

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I'm a big fan of auto oilers, put 28k on a chain on my Bandit, must have adjusted the chain at least 3 times. I'm great with proper maintenance but simple stuff like oiling the chain after a ride I'm a nightmare, ride in the garage and forget it, especially when commuting in the pouring rain.

I've never had an issue with a Scottoiler but there are many other options now. They can be messy if you don't set them up properly but if you have black wheels you'd never notice and at least stuff won't rust!

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I am a huge fan of automatic chain oilers, I had a PDOiler on my last bike, a Kawasaki Versys 1000 and it was brilliant!

If you would rather not disturb your bikes electrics, then the Tutoro is an alternative.

 

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Chain kills it for me after 400,000 miles of that, but the "dealer experience" is going to be a constant issue, just like on BMW. Every time I think of Ducati, BMW, KTM, I like them, but come to my senses thinking of the dealer thing. At least BMW is shaft, even if it does explode every 50,000 miles. Not for me, but good luck and enjoy it.I was riding when KTM was called Penton in the mid 70s and a couple buddies had them. They were really nice and a lot cooler than a DT175 Yamaha, but the Yamaha ran on, when the Pentons were long gone. Don't mean to irritate anyone, but just my opinion.. They are nice for sure, and I hope for the best.
 

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Chain kills it for me after 400,000 miles of that, but the "dealer experience" is going to be a constant issue,
I understand. The chain was a huge issue for me, too. I'm willing to try because there are so many worthwhile bikes out there today that are chain drive. I'm hoping the benefits of this bike overpower my hatred for a chain.

Can't complain about the dealer experience. The former GM from Romney is working at this dealer now. To me, I just bought my 8th bike from the same guy who I've been dealing with for the last 9 years.
 

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I understand. The chain was a huge issue for me, too. I'm willing to try because there are so many worthwhile bikes out there today that are chain drive. I'm hoping the benefits of this bike overpower my hatred for a chain.

Can't complain about the dealer experience. The former GM from Romney is working at this dealer now. To me, I just bought my 8th bike from the same guy who I've been dealing with for the last 9 years.
is it tube tyres

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It does take some getting used to. Although I was surprised at the number of people who made it a point to tell me how much they liked the bike. Even got a "your bike is pretty" from a young girl. Must be the orange.
I think the KTM’s just have a unique presence. The colours definitely help reinforce that presence, I was driving home this morning and passed by a duke 125 and gave the kid the thumbs up as even that looks awesome to me.
 

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I test drove one at the dealer. Awesome bike. It had 0 miles on it when I took it out and 10 when I brought it back. It's a beast of a bike and brought back memories from my sport bike bike days.
While test riding it, it blew an oil line going to one of the heads a few blocks from the dealer. I made it back with a right shoe covered in oil and smoke billowing from the motor. The dealer was pissed, at ktm, not me and the fact they had to clean all the oil from the motor..lol
 

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While test riding it, it blew an oil line going to one of the heads a few blocks from the dealer. . . .
Y'all are more forgiving than I am. I test ride a brand new bike, and it shits on my leg? I'm done. Back to the land of the rising sun. Even the Beemer waited to fail.
 

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Sold my 2012 S10 and my 2016 XSR900, and got a 2019 KTM Super Adventure S back in November. I wanted the S10 ergos with the XSR power to weight. Not quite as good ergos, but better power to weight.

I put a fiber UTV exhaust wrap product on the rear header, and that helps keep the radiant heat off the shock. Maybe it cuts it down on my legs too, but the heat is no joke when I wear mesh riding pants.

Reliability can't really compare to the S10, but it is so much better as a street bike in every other way. Throttle spring is too stiff, so scratch that. I personally dislike the street mode for the suspension due to the anti-dive functionality. It ruins the handling for anyone who knows how to make a bike turn and trail brake.
 

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WHAT, it has anti dive.... :eek:
It's been many years since I saw that last...actually on my Honda VF 500 FII, and Honda VFR 750 F, from midt 80'
I find it a little dangerous, because it kind of take the suspension away during braking hard, and this could result in the wheel "stepping"

But, maybe it works completly different here in 2020;), might only make the front very hard.
 

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Still figuring out the suspension. I've tried all 4 modes. So far street seems like the most generic comfortable to me. I've pushed it fairly hard in some of the best twisty stuff around WV this weekend. Definitely impressed me.

I do think riding this bike does change riding styles. Still don't have a good understanding of what semi-active really means. But between no clutch and no change in throttle position shifting, guilt free aggressive (clutch free) down shifting, and whatever is happening in that suspension, I'm already building different techniques to ride this thing. I doubt I'll forget all the skills I've learned over the decades, but at some point I may have to mentally adjust to ride a normal bike.
 

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pretty bike DD , it is a tire eater , one of my buddies has one and loves it . his complaints are tire life and engine heat . after that all is good ....
 

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Well there goes the neighborhood...
I hope you don't hear the neighbors whispering that every time you move.

Actually, nice to know you're still out there. Dirt_Mom is always wondering how you've healed up after your thing last year.
 

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After a few days off the SAS I took a short 50 mile ride today. Immediate impression, this bike is silky smooth. Next observation, in the downhill twisty stuff the bike feels lighter and less like managing the weight of the bike in the tight downhill turns. Just easier. Finally, Moto Skiveez really work. Didn't wear them today and 50 miles was plenty on that seat. Had little issue doing back to back 250+ mile days over the weekend while wearing the skiveez.
 
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