The Next Best Bike in The World Ever......Thread :-)
So,I've done 100 miles in the last 2 days.
Fuck all,I know,but don't forget I'm stuck on Guernsey at pissy slow speeds.It's been hell.
It's an electronic bike !!!
My dealer's mechanic took a day and a half to PDI the fucking thing and fit accessories,such as my Garmin 590 mount etc.
But he did a thorough job and took his time.
The TFT screen is fantastic-very bright even in the brightest sunlight-changes colour/brighness at night.Love it
All the new gubbins such as the KTM My Ride,Quickshifter,Hill Start,MTC is all pre-installed on the bike and is unlocked using the expensive fucking laptop I had to fork out for.*
I have the separate Ergo seats,rider and pillion.
Heated grips are very hot on max,as are the seats.Easy to operate as the menu lets you install favourites and short cuts,so a simple press of the UP button accesses the heated grip settings and the DOWN button accesses the seat heating :
Hill start does what it says on the tin.
Quick shifter works well-not as smooth as I had on MT10 but good enough.Down shifting is pretty good too.
The KTM My Ride is bollox-I'm pretty tech savvy but I cannot get it to work properly.
The issue is my Scala Packtalk I think.
I pair my iPhone to the KTM under PHONE.
I then pair my Scala to the KTM under HEADSET RIDER.
Both work fine and if I get a call,it shows up on the screen and I can answer using left switch gear.
But the issue is I can't play music ! The track playing shows on the TFT screen,and shows the control options-the left switch gear buttons let you change track/volume etc,and they work,BUT I cannot get any actual audio in my UE earbuds plugged in to the Scala.
Tried everything and reset the Scala etc.I don't have the iphone connected to the Scala,so it doesn't confuse the issue,though I did try it as well.
So I've given up with it for now.I'm sure some bright spark will have the answer once more bikes are on the roads.
I'll go back to using the Packtalk linked straight to my phone and ignore the My Ride feature for now.
With regard to the bike itself-obviously it''s pretty ballistic,or at least it will be off an island with a 35mph speed limit !!
I love the feel of the bike with the 21/18 wheel combo-for me much more so than the 1290S which I demoed from Premier Bikes a few weeks back.It's personal preference.But the 1290R corners like it's on rails.Bloody fantastic.
I'll have a much better idea next week-heading to France to meet some mates,first service booked over there next Thursday then the plan is to head to Germany/Adenau/Das Ring !!!/Cochem etc etc ,after picking up the g/f from Dusseldorf Flughafen International.
It's ages since I last had a trip away ,and as I'm off work for some time ,I may as well fuck off and have a bit of fun.
Anyway,so far so good.
Plus it has an egg carrier !!!
*dealer/mate quote of the day.