Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Palm Beach County, Florida
I have a 690R and it's likely the best handling of the bigger thumpers that I have ridden and it's still a bit of a beat on tight single-track. My R1200GS won't even come close to being the slightest but spry on single-track, so the speeds are a lot slower, which doesn't mean that it's bad.
I can see the AT being right between the two, especially with such a thin center profile. With the right tires, I bet it will be fun to toss around on the single-track, albeit not as fun as a smaller thumper, or especially something like the 501 or 500 EXC.
I see the AT as the bike that can travel and take on those dirt/gravel roads you pass while road riding. My KTM 950 was a fabulous bike off-road when you stood up on the pegs and I bet that the AT will be equally, if not, more capable and best of all, there will be dealership support close by, no matter where I ride. That means the world.
Now I will likely sell both the GS and the 690R and have 1 bike. Oh yeah, and get rid of the Versys, which is such a fun, simple bike.
Peace from Florida
Jim in West Palm Beach