I had similar fears when I bought my 2015 KTM 1290 SA. It has had a couple of recalls over the last two years for pretty inconsequential issues, mostly about zip tying wires so they don't abrade. The high beam switch was replaced under warranty when it became intermittent. Otherwise, perfect over 13,000+ miles. I would have to say that the Super Adventure is probably the single most enjoyable motorcycle I have ever owned. It is truly awesome in many ways. I think I am nearing 50 bikes in my lifetime, so I have a decent base to work from.I notice KTM is not on the list......It's only anecdotal, but the fuel pump crapped out of the 1190 r ON MY TESTRIDE......The dealer had to send a trailer for the bike and I. Needless to say, that sold me on the Africa Twin. It was down to those two.
I'm glad I decided not get the BMW.......
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Published on April 7, 2015