Is it sexy? Yes. Sexy in both black and orange.
Is it fast? Like shit off a shovel.
No really, is it? Stupidly fast.
Does it sound good? It’s a 1301cc v-twin with 180hp, bloody oath it does. Needs an aftermarket pipe to let it sing though (test bike had a Wings exhaust, sounded the goods).
Is it comfortable? Very. If you’re a bigger guy this will suit you perfectly. Wind protection is good also. KTM Powerparts seat is a pearler.
Is it easy to ride? Surprisingly the bike is a puppy dog at cruising speeds…until you crack the throttle.
How does it handle? Very well, imagine a sedate sports bike. Suspension soaks up bumps nicely.
Does it stop? On a dime.
Is it practical? Kinda…buy an adventure bike or car if you want practicality.
Is it economical? Much more than expected.
How is the dash? Great. Easy to read with all the bells and whistles (tank range, engine settings, odo, temps, fuel gauge, kitchen sink and more).
What doesn’t it have? Quick shifter. Huge oversight for me, especially considering the price and opposition (Tuono 1100, BMW S1000R).
Are there any negatives? The engine chugs in the low-mid range in higher gears (strange since the bike has enough torque to turn the earth). Handling is not as sharp as some. Traction control and wheelie control are intertwined, good for simplicity, bad for adjust-ability and wheelies (plus it resets when bike is turned off).
Reliability? KTM have had no big issues in the past and the 15000km service intervals are promising.
Is it expensive? At $26000 ride away you bet it is.
Do I want one? Ken’oath. I’ll take one in orange thanks.