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@oldfella, I'll be over to your house soon so we can ride those 26 bikes together.

I had over a dozen enduro and sports bikes in the past and the 425-pound Honda Nighthawk 700S might have been the most fun. More recently, I bought a new Honda Goldwing in 2018 and sold it within 24 months. I found it comfortable, like a recliner, but at 845 pounds, only 97.8 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque, it's so it feels like you are riding a big fat slow responding whale. Also, I did not like that you could not remove the trunk or side bags, and my helmet could not be stored in the trunk or either side bag because they reduced the size of storage in 2018 from past models.

After that whale, I mean, Gold Wing, I bought a 525-pound 2015 BMW R1200RT. Immediately, I liked the lighter and more agile feeling, but I found it to be a bit boring. It claims to have 125 HP, but its slow response feels like 70 HP. Also, it sounds like a lawn tractor, and the seating was too cramped for any ride beyond 3 hours. I recently rode a friend's BMW K1600GTL Exclusive all day with my wife. She liked the comfort a lot, and at 708-pounds and 160 HP @ 6750 RPMs and 129 lbs of torque @ 5250 rpm, I found it to be a much more enjoyable ride compared to the Gold Wing Whale. On the second day, I took the K1600's rear trunk off and rode by myself, and that machine has lots of power!!

I am planning to ride the KTM 1290 SAS soon, and I'm sure at 485 lbs dry-weight, 160 HP @ 9000 RMP, and 101 lbs of torque at 6500 RPMs, it will be a joy.
Did you ever test ride the new SAS? If so, would love your feedback and perspective…
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