hard decision on changing bike

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hard decision on changing bike

Post by spasm » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:08 pm

i have the yamaha xt1200z super tenere, had it since new 2011, i do love the bike weve got a sort of bond really after sharing 55k miles together, touring europe and lots of weekend adventures with clubs like ABR and others.
since i bought the bike i have done everything to her, full arrow exhaust system, power commander, ECU flash remap, k&n airfilter, crash bars, spot lights, bash plate, adjustable screen, heated grips, number plate S10ERE,
gel seats,
and i have just had all the bearings everywhere replaced, wheels, head, swing arm e.t.c. new proggresive fork spings + seals, spark plugs + coils, i did this work to be ahead of the game really as i didnt want stuff failing whilst on a long tour, especially as i was thinking of riding her across america next year.
so yes ive done a lot of work making this bike my bike how i want it. now i have a problem ive fallen for the KTM 1290 super adventure i want one. but i clearly cant have both why have 2 adventure bikes, equally i dont have the space.
i just cant make my mind up what to do now haha, my bike is mine all payed for and im not going to get a lot for her with those miles on her even though shes been well maintained. im waiting to see the KTM dealer on saturday to give me a exchange price on my bike and test ride the KTM.
am i losing the plot lol
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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by Whippet » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:12 pm

There are two types of bikes, mending bikes and riding bikes, yours is the latter. (thumbs)

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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by OnHellas » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:19 pm

But you've only just got the S10 run in!!!

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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by PankGS » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:47 pm

For the pittance you'll get in a part exchange keep them both you will soon see wich one
You want to ride the most. Then think about selling on the other hand
Can't have to many bikes!!.

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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by tub64 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:52 pm

its only money, if you can afford it then go for it!!!!!!

Watched MCN report on YouTube, they loved it, mind you you will be looking at at lest £10,000 to change I reckon.

I'd be interested in yours :)

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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by JJay51 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:54 pm

Whippet wrote:There are two types of bikes, mending bikes and riding bikes, yours is the latter. (thumbs)
How many KTMs have you owned then?

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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by bond_yzf » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:09 pm

I'm in the same decision making process.

Could have a new Africa twin but just struggling to bring myself to get shot of the 800gs.

Like you say you personalise a bike and bond with it.

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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by 92kk k100lt 193214 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:19 pm

Sadly too its quite likely that well maintained bike with a few miles up is likely to be a better bet for reliability. Its not a slight on the KTM, its just the way everything is going.
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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by SteveW » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:19 pm

bond_yzf wrote:I'm in the same decision making process.

Could have a new Africa twin but just struggling to bring myself to get shot of the 800gs.

Like you say you personalise a bike and bond with it.
I'm really not convinced that the AT would be an improvement over your 800gs.
I just can't help thinking the AT looks flimsy.
......The only other bike that could possibly temp me would be the new KTM 1090.
But it'd have to prove to be a bit special, the 800GS is such a bloody good bike.
I know I'll move on, but I'll always rate the 800gs and probably miss it.

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Re: hard decision on changing bike

Post by DB1200 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:20 pm

The S10 is a very good and capable Bike, I had one and was very surprised at how well they handle. I've now got a KTM1290 - the best bike I've ever owned.
I was lucky, my local Dealer had them on offer as the new model was coming out. they are an expensive bike but you get a lot for your money. Have a good long test ride (preferably in the dry to get the most out of it).
I think you'll like it :-)
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