Serious KTM Super Duke Vs K3 ?
1st and foremost I bleed KTM Orange. I've owned many of their 2 Stroke Off road Dirt bikes (Mostly 300EXC's) and have loved the brand for a variety of reasons.
I currently have a very nicely sorted and set up to my preference 2003 GSXR 1000. It has the LSL Super-bike Bar kit on it and various other SATO and Yoshi bits. Its a wickedly fast bike and does everything I could ever really want it to, certainly it exceeds my abilities at every measure on the streets. With the LSL kit its very comfy for my 43 year old beat up body and short stature. With the gearing I have on the bike its a beast in the city and makes my daily commutes highly entertaining.
However, I've always wanted a KTM Superduke since it was 1st released. Recently I've been fortunate enough to have the cash to be able to purchase a Superduke outright, couple that with the Styling upgrades (To me that new headlight is orgasmic), along with the Electronic Rider Aide Suite additions to the 2017 version had me rushing to put a deposit down on one.
I've ridden Twins and V-4's and understand how differently the power characteristics are compared to an inline four's, what I'm wondering is, after some soul searching, is will I be disappointed with the 2017 Super Duke R 1290 compared to my sorted 2003 1000?
I wonder just how much difference their will be in top speeds?
I wonder how badly the lack of wind protection and ability to tuck in will be?
I know I'll love the Torq. increase and the ability to power wheel in any of the 1st 4 gears but will I be discouraged when messing around with my buddies who ride a 2002, 2008 and 2015 GSXR1000?
Again, none of us go to the track, and only occasionally do top speed blasts, most of our rides are spent on twisty, lonely country back roads where I think the nimble, and slim KTM will be at an advantage.
I worry about the lack of a top end Howl, the Top end rush of the 1290 SDR not comparing favorably to my current ride?
Then I think even if it doesn't compare, the new~ness of it, the sharp styling, my brand loyalty and desire to own it will overcome any shortcomings?
Thoughts? Should I pull the trigger? If I do, I will also add, at the time of purchase a set of BST Carbon Fiber Rims, a Shorai Battery, the Full Akrapovic Ti Exhaust and the associated Dealer ECU reflash which all added together should make the bike considerably lighter and add about 12HP bringing the claimed HP up to 189HP.
I guess I'm just trying to avoid buyers remorse.
Thanks for any insight.
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