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Any thoughts on this naked streetbike??

They look cool but I have never actually seen one in person. Im thinkin it might be a good next bike

 

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They're cool looking. The seat is a good inch or two higher than the Z. I've heard that the KTM V-Twins are vibrators though, so don't expect it to be anywhere near as smooth as the Z.

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They look cool, sound cool, ride cool - they are just BADASSS Naked bikes - but the price and maintenance schedule scared me off. Why pay 50% more for a bike than I did for the Z?? And, while I loved the sound...I wasnt sure I could get used to the vibrations from the v-twin motor...or the compression braking for that matter...
 

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They have even more engine braking than the Z??? Wow. I thought the Z had a lot!!

But yeah, the maintenance on the KTM motors is a PITA. I have two of their 525 motors in quads and they're work... two oil filters and two removable screens, and 10-hour oil changes. Yikes. Basically one trip to the dunes and you change the oil. Most people go 2-3 changes on the filters though.

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Thats an awesome looking bike! But like most people have said you have to pay to play on that bike. Dont be scared of the vibes concerning V-twins. I came to the Z1K from a buell which had the vtwin feel at stoplights but one you get going it had less vibes the a 600 supersport. Best advice is to go ride one first!
 

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V-Twin = Not for me

but I have always liked the looks of the KTM's
 

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thats a sweet bike but would choose new z1000 over it any day
 

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They will not be importing any of these into the US for 2012, however, they will be releasing an all new 1200cc version for 2013!
 

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There's actually a comparison article out there between the Ducati Streetfighter, new Z1000, and KTM Duke. Read that if you want more information. From what I've read, I think the new Z1000 is a better bike than the Duke.

As far as engine braking goes, I don't know about the old Z1000s, but the new one is nothing compared to the Buell I had. I can downshift the Z without blipping the throttle when coming to a stop, but I had to blip on every downshift on my Buell. I much prefer the less-intrusive engine braking of the Z.

And as far as vibrations go, the Z is far smoother than my Buell was. The Z is the smoothest bike I've been on.
 

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Skip the KTM. I had one for a weekend demo. It's not smooth from a fuel injection standpoint (even after the latest revision mapping) and it's not a twin you can lug at low RPM unless you hate your fillings.

It's a solid bike from a handling/stopping standpoint but the motor is bad at low end power and not much for top end pull. To me, you have to be one of the other. It's neither.
 
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