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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2016, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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KTM Reliability ?

Hello,

I do not, as yet, own a KTM. I joined this forum for the sole reason of asking a question. I am going to buy an Adventure/Touring bike and I have been researching all makes and models. The one question I have is why, when I look at used KTM's, don't I see any high mileage KTMs? I see BMW GS's with 100K plus. I don't think I have ever seen a KTM with more than 30K.

My friend thinks it's because KTM does not have a large dealership network so riders are nervous about traveling long distance without support. Another friend claims KTMs don't survive that long.

Can anyone offer some true KTM owner insight on this?

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Ray
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2016, 08:55 PM
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The bikes survive. It's the riders that expire. Then, according to the riders wishes, the surviving bike is buried with them.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-18-2016, 02:57 AM
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Well i bought mine KTM with 4k km (2013 model) so before i bought him i wrote here smillar thread, coz i saw also alot of ktm's with low millage compared to the other bikers, but i think that there is alot of ppl who buy KTM as first bike, and KTM is very agressive so i think maybe is too much for some ppl thats why they selling them fast with low millage. I can't tell you anything about "Reliability" coz i own him for about 2 months and i did only 600km.
Ps. i'm from Corsica and i see here almost every day tourists motorcyclists from over the world, alot of them are on KTM's Adventure or Super Duke, some times even duke 690, so i think is a good sign.

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Ive always been a fan of KTM. I had a Yamaha for a brief period and went right back to KTM. They do have a lot of downfalls though.
Ill break it down.
Pros: -Amazing Power, KTM's can be rode stock by a beginner or a pro. Itll give you the exact power you want to use weather its a slow fun ride or balls to the wall racing.
- A lot of customization to fit your needs. KTM has aftermarket parts for everything.

Cons:
-Expensive. Off the showroom floor or used, KTM's hold value and your wallet will feel it initially buying one.
- Very fragile. What I mean is, bikes break right? You fix it and a couple rides later something else minor breaks, its life. What I found with KTM's is everything minor goes fast. Minor things that wont stop your ride or DNF you at race but small things that add up in value in a great way. Bearings, linkages, fork seals, exhaust pipes, levers etc.

Overall- I think its worth it. Reliable, durable (where it really matters), and do you know of a bike that looks more badass than a KTM? hahaha

I hoped this helped you a little. Keep in mind that this is just MY opinion. Not facts.
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i will do small offtopic here but when i was small i had small romet 50cc

Every familiar mechanic was able to repait it for 1 beer hehe.
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Ps. i'm from Corsica and i see here almost every day tourists motorcyclists from over the world, alot of them are on KTM's Adventure or Super Duke, some times even duke 690, so i think is a good sign.
Hey man, riding around Corsica is on my bucket list of things to do. Beautiful part of the world, I hear. And by the way, when I was a teenager (in France) I too was riding a 50cc moped (mobylette bleue).

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Previous mounts have included: BMW K1200R, MV Agusta Brutale 910R, BMW R1150GS, MV Agusta Brutale 750S, Honda VFR800, Yamaha XS650, Honda 400/4 supersport, Honda 360 twin etc
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