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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by merv View Post
    Yeah will do, and there are alot of good places to ride in the Wairarapa though the seal has been pushing ever further slowly to the coast over the years.

    Looking at your pics there seems to be quite a gap between the top of the forks and the handlebars so could a short arse like me drop a bit of seat height by slipping the fork tubes up in the triple clamps or are they tapered as that detail couldn't be seen? Even if you can take 25mm out of the height it makes a huge difference.
    Yeah it looks like you could drop the triple clamps down a bit. Not tapered forks. Ride without tyres and you have saved another 25mm! Those caste wheels will feel fine over rocks but may struggle for grip.
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    "The small (Read under 500cc) adventure bike class will see an upturn in contenders over the next year or two I reckon. For many of us they represent the ideal recipe for Adventure riding."

    I'm picking there'll be a Tenere of about 400cc out in the not too distant future. You read it first here...
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    Cool dash layout

    Thought I'd throw up another picture. I like this dash. Although with my aging eyesight the smaller character font could be a bit bolder.

    The fuel readouts seem to be accurate. I checked it using the old school consumption gauge i.e. fill tank & zero trip-ride-refill and check litres used to kms ridden. So in this view it is showing range expected to be 450km! Yeah but as you see I have been a good boy averaging 53kph in the burbs staying close to home. Even just cruising slowly along smelling the roses it is a joy.

    The screen has two height settings. I've lowered it which seems more comfy to me when riding now.

    Rumours on the web some months ago were that KTM planned to follow up with a 490 and/or 590 in a couple of years. I would trade up in a heartbeat for a few more horses, but I doubt now with the crisis any car or bike manufacturer will be spending a cent on R&D or new model developments for some years until they recover from the covid sales hit.
    ps- I can't see the point of having TC on with 43hp? So I tend to switch it off.
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    As you say - Nice dash. TFT dashes are one of the areas that have really come on in leaps and bounds in the past 5 years or so and the latest are really good. The one on my V85 is similar, a little small but lots of info and easy to use. It looks like the KTM version is that bit bigger and easier to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MD View Post
    Thought I'd throw up another picture. I like this dash. Although with my aging eyesight the smaller character font could be a bit bolder.

    The fuel readouts seem to be accurate. I checked it using the old school consumption gauge i.e. fill tank & zero trip-ride-refill and check litres used to kms ridden. So in this view it is showing range expected to be 450km! Yeah but as you see I have been a good boy averaging 53kph in the burbs staying close to home. Even just cruising slowly along smelling the roses it is a joy.

    The screen has two height settings. I've lowered it which seems more comfy to me when riding now.

    Rumours on the web some months ago were that KTM planned to follow up with a 490 and/or 590 in a couple of years. I would trade up in a heartbeat for a few more horses, but I doubt now with the crisis any car or bike manufacturer will be spending a cent on R&D or new model developments for some years until they recover from the covid sales hit.
    ps- I can't see the point of having TC on with 43hp? So I tend to switch it off.
    Do yourself a favour, get some protection for that screen.
    If it's anything like my 790, if it gets dusty and you touch it, it will scratch.

    The TC will be useful on gravel, albeit making the ride a bit boring.

    Also I understand that KTM is building a smaller 790 Adv, so your 490/590 might be a twin.
    I would love them to make a proper large single Adv, based on a 690, but they don't seem to want too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Do yourself a favour, get some protection for that screen.
    If it's anything like my 790, if it gets dusty and you touch it, it will scratch.

    The TC will be useful on gravel, albeit making the ride a bit boring.

    Also I understand that KTM is building a smaller 790 Adv, so your 490/590 might be a twin.
    I would love them to make a proper large single Adv, based on a 690, but they don't seem to want too...
    Cheers Oscar I was wondering about that soft looking glassy finish. yeah I would have much preferred a twin and more power but the price jump from $10k for this to $24k and the weight jump for the 800cc offerings was OTT for me. I made the decision that the purpose of my adventure purchase was NOT to get kicks from road riding. Therefore the big/heavy/powerful adventure bikes were quickly ruled out.

    I won't be surprised if I end up with the KTM890R Duke in about 2 years anyway to scratch that itch.
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