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I’m new to the KTM world. Just purchased a barely used 2021 SDR and absolutely LOVE it! As such, I’ve been investigating the 22‘ SAR for off-road riding and have been searching this forum for content from owners reviewing the bike, but there’s literally almost nothing—at least from what I can find. I see discussion regarding the SAS but very little about the SAR. Maybe I’m searching incorrectly? Is this bike just so rare that almost no one has one? Or are all the SAR owners too busy riding to stop and post anything? 😂 Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Hey Wgeorge 1376 : I ride a 2022 adventure r & absolutely love this bike , it’s amazing. I took it to Baja & rode some some really rough rocky dirt roads, the bike handles really good & the suspension is excellent, I also love riding the twistiest here in Colorado.
 

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Hey Wgeorge 1376 : I ride a 2022 adventure r & absolutely love this bike , it’s amazing. I took it to Baja & rode some some really rough rocky dirt roads, the bike handles really good & the suspension is excellent, I also love riding the twistiest here in Colorado.
Hey thank you SO MUCH for the reply! I think my biggest question has been how well does it handle on road, so thanks for the feedback there. Been a little concerned about the 21" front end and how it will handle paved roads.
 

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It's a new bike released in an era of supply shortages and inflation. I'm guessing there's a combination of not many to buy and not many people buying resulting in fewer people posting.
 

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It's a new bike released in an era of supply shortages and inflation. I'm guessing there's a combination of not many to buy and not many people buying resulting in fewer people posting.
Thanks for the reply. I'm sure you're right, however there seem to be far more SAS threads than SAR. I guess that speaks to popularity of the particular models?

For reference, I have much more experience with the Ducati board as I have owned several Ducati's down through the years, and there is currently a 9+ page thread going on the new Pikes Peak that includes many reviews from new owners. That said, when I look at the total views of each of the sub-forums on the Ducati and KTM message boards the Ducati board has WAY more views. More people = more conversation I suppose.
 

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2019 Super Adventure R here in Northern California. Awesome bike, but when the outside temperature gets to about 80 and above, it's a hot hot hot son of a bitch to ride! I haven't gone with the cat delete yet, but I did wrap the rear downpipe. Still pretty damned hot on the legs! I worry that the engine heat will ruin the rear shock.
 

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2019 Super Adventure R here in Northern California. Awesome bike, but when the outside temperature gets to about 80 and above, it's a hot hot hot son of a bitch to ride! I haven't gone with the cat delete yet, but I did wrap the rear downpipe. Still pretty damned hot on the legs! I worry that the engine heat will ruin the rear shock.
Interesting! I haven't heard too much about this issue as of yet. I'm in Oklahoma and it gets hella-hot here so that's something to consider for sure.
 

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2022 SAR is night and day better than the previous 2019 for heat felt by me as a rider. As for highway, you will feel a steering wheel shimmy more than your SDR on highway speeds. I have already replaced my front steering dampener with a Tourtech one (I think they are just rebranded hyper-something pieces) that I can tighten up, which helped a lot. The Scotts/BRP that fit the older doesn’t fit the new and they haven’t made something yet.
As for getting one, I flew to a different state, literally called down the dealer list and happened to find a dealer that had one show up that day in the crate and pulled out the card….if you can get one, you will not be sorry!.
It is fantastic on back, windy roads, slap on an OHRV sticker and go off-road (if your state hasn’t almost banned all motorcycles and get dusted by packs of 20 4-wheelers and 2-ups), then ride it back home - stretch the legs by standing and rock back and forth on the pegs going around corners and feel like you are flying! I love the ADV world and this new SDR is the king of the jungle in my opinion…..I won’t ever look back at a BMW until they rework everything….this bike is ‘dialed’ in with the adjustable dampener now (still want the Scott’s though) and you can click in the suspension to your liking and I don’t think I will ever get to the point of out riding the bikes capability…..if you can, sweet! Take some videos, but as a ‘cut out of work early’ and weekend warrior on the bike, I don’t think I will. Heck, I can roll it up in 1st, 2nd, 3rd all day and just brings such a smile. Heavy, but feels so light once it gets going.
Get one…..if you don’t agree with my mini-rant/review, you WILL be able to sell it. Oh, get the tech-pack right away and just be done with it.
Good luck! I will be out riding.…..hope to see you.!
 

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Hey NH22SAR1290 : like your post, you say you’ve experienced some head shaking, I haven’t had any head shake yet & I’ve got over 4k on my 2022 sar 1290. The tires I’m running are Dunlop trailmax missions, but I didn’t experience any head shake with stock tires either.
 

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2022 SAR is night and day better than the previous 2019 for heat felt by me as a rider. As for highway, you will feel a steering wheel shimmy more than your SDR on highway speeds. I have already replaced my front steering dampener with a Tourtech one (I think they are just rebranded hyper-something pieces) that I can tighten up, which helped a lot. The Scotts/BRP that fit the older doesn’t fit the new and they haven’t made something yet.
As for getting one, I flew to a different state, literally called down the dealer list and happened to find a dealer that had one show up that day in the crate and pulled out the card….if you can get one, you will not be sorry!.
It is fantastic on back, windy roads, slap on an OHRV sticker and go off-road (if your state hasn’t almost banned all motorcycles and get dusted by packs of 20 4-wheelers and 2-ups), then ride it back home - stretch the legs by standing and rock back and forth on the pegs going around corners and feel like you are flying! I love the ADV world and this new SDR is the king of the jungle in my opinion…..I won’t ever look back at a BMW until they rework everything….this bike is ‘dialed’ in with the adjustable dampener now (still want the Scott’s though) and you can click in the suspension to your liking and I don’t think I will ever get to the point of out riding the bikes capability…..if you can, sweet! Take some videos, but as a ‘cut out of work early’ and weekend warrior on the bike, I don’t think I will. Heck, I can roll it up in 1st, 2nd, 3rd all day and just brings such a smile. Heavy, but feels so light once it gets going.
Get one…..if you don’t agree with my mini-rant/review, you WILL be able to sell it. Oh, get the tech-pack right away and just be done with it.
Good luck! I will be out riding.…..hope to see you.!
Wow, thank you for the reply and the thorough review!

As luck (or fate) would have it, I found a BARELY used (only 1100 miles) 2022 in Washington state that I purchased yesterday. I Plan on flying up there from Oklahoma where I live, and riding it back. Should be an epic journey! Really excited to get this bike and start riding!
 

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Great find! I saw one used one that I think had the full Arrow exhaust and a bunch of touratech components on the web, with about 1k mi. as well. Not sure why people are selling these.
As for the head shake, perhaps it was just my stock dampener???? Or I just suck at forward pressure on the bars??? I still have the stock Battlax A41 on the front and noticed it most around 65-70 then again about 110.
But I do ride mostly with MTC off and could be pulling up the front a little and noticing it then.
Not quite sure. You can take the stock dampener and add thicker oil, or get an adjustable one if you feel it and that worked for me.
For my next comment: my disclaimer is that I am not mad about this, but it is a little annoying. That said, I get that there are some supply chain issues and they may have had to pull some old parts to get some of these bikes out….I will say, this is a small annoyance and does not detract from my love of this bike…..I will get it fixed.
That is the right angle cover to the water pump. This was a known problem in the past and unfortunately I have this once again (I know of at least one other customer at my dealer with the same problem, but others without this issue…so it may not be on all US, 2022’s). It seems like this piece is indeed an oval and not perfectly round. Well, if you have ever had an oval with a round hose clamp, you know that it will always have a slight leak, regardless of the torque on the hose clamp. The fix is to reorder the right-angle water pump cover and I am still waiting for this to get in and hope that the replacement part is indeed true round and not oval. I am just glad this is under warranty as it is a pain to get to, drain and reinstall.
I noticed it with a puddle in the bash plate, then followed the drips up to the part.
As I stated, no clue if they all have this, or if I just got ’lucky’, but you might want to at least look to see if you are like me, or more lucky than myself.
Let us know how it feels when you ride it home! Congrats on the find!
 

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Great find! I saw one used one that I think had the full Arrow exhaust and a bunch of touratech components on the web, with about 1k mi. as well. Not sure why people are selling these.
As for the head shake, perhaps it was just my stock dampener???? Or I just suck at forward pressure on the bars??? I still have the stock Battlax A41 on the front and noticed it most around 65-70 then again about 110.
But I do ride mostly with MTC off and could be pulling up the front a little and noticing it then.
Not quite sure. You can take the stock dampener and add thicker oil, or get an adjustable one if you feel it and that worked for me.
For my next comment: my disclaimer is that I am not mad about this, but it is a little annoying. That said, I get that there are some supply chain issues and they may have had to pull some old parts to get some of these bikes out….I will say, this is a small annoyance and does not detract from my love of this bike…..I will get it fixed.
That is the right angle cover to the water pump. This was a known problem in the past and unfortunately I have this once again (I know of at least one other customer at my dealer with the same problem, but others without this issue…so it may not be on all US, 2022’s). It seems like this piece is indeed an oval and not perfectly round. Well, if you have ever had an oval with a round hose clamp, you know that it will always have a slight leak, regardless of the torque on the hose clamp. The fix is to reorder the right-angle water pump cover and I am still waiting for this to get in and hope that the replacement part is indeed true round and not oval. I am just glad this is under warranty as it is a pain to get to, drain and reinstall.
I noticed it with a puddle in the bash plate, then followed the drips up to the part.
As I stated, no clue if they all have this, or if I just got ’lucky’, but you might want to at least look to see if you are like me, or more lucky than myself.
Let us know how it feels when you ride it home! Congrats on the find!
Thanks for the info! I’ll keep an eye on it.
 
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