Cheers all...... sure the 790 would be good...... it's lighter and the latest design....... but that 1290 motor is AWESOME!
I know what you are saying about the Aprilia brand....... I had a Capnord 1200 TP for 2yrs and almost 40k kms and even though it was good to me, I couldn't imagine keeping it for 10yrs and huge kms like I have done with my Honda Blackbird 1100XX.......
Your only problem is deciding which 1290 suits you best....... the SDR, the SDGT or the SA Sport
I have the SDGT as I'm in need of the 400+km fuel range offered by the bigger tank and the luggage system for errr gentlemanly touring
It makes 170hp at the crank, 150hp at the rear wheel...... compare that to the DD1200 which only put 105hp to the ground!
The brake rotors are Brembo and they will warp on all bikes using them....... some early 1290's had some issues but we are not super sure if they were quality control or owner induced or dealer/agent neglect. Anyway, they have been on the market for many years now and mechanics know them much better now than 4-5 years ago.
I'll never forget the unending screams of complaints about the Caponord on forum's...... KTM forum's are pretty quiet by comparison........ I'll never buy another Italian bike either.......
PS Just read you are coming from a DD900/DD750 to the 1290...... you are going to be blown away by the amount of go on tap......... keep your wits about you....... they really do bend time and space at 9.5k rpms!
PPs That used bike should run perfectly..... KTM's fuel well, stop well, go hard, handle nice etc etc. If there are any rough areas that haven't been sorted, there are clever dongles or maps available now...... but even stock standard the SDR/GT is verybloodygood