The superduke.....thats right. You traded the first 1600 because the later bikes had a better transmission.
So, if we go back to the Superduke, the only part we all questioned was its reliability. Anyway, how was yours? Any problems with it?
Rock made a similar switch, back in 2017. He had the s1000r, s1000xr, and the superduke, oh, and a 1200rs. Although he never liked any of them, and I dont mean to speak for him, but he ended up back on a Ninja. Not because it was better...well, it became better once reliability was factored in.
Im at the same point with my c14 and my Ninja. Money wise, I couldn't trade both in and leave on a Ninja 650 and not owe money.
Just as you sold your Ninja, Ivan released the "E6" flash for the 11-13. Its probably at least 10x better than what we had with the butterflies removed and the power commander flash. Did you ever get to try that exact flash? That stopped any and all thoughts about selling or trading mine. About the time I was done with my c14, he released a flash for that. The c14 flash is even better than the ninja flash, so there goes the idea of selling it.
My Superduke, which now has somewhere around 24,000 miles on it has had one problem. Many times when starting it would make a screeching noise and the starter would slow down and sometimes even stop. I always got it started in one two tries and it was an intermittent problem.
They just recently dug into it and first replaced the starter (per KTMs instructions). That did not fix it. They then replaced the starter “torque limiter”, I think some call it a spague clutch. That is what I suspected based upon what I had read. But when he put it back together he discovered that there were two washers (spacer?) on the shaft where there should have only been one. He contacted KTM who confirmed it should not have had two. So He put it back together with just the one. I’ve ridden over 1000 miles now and it appears fixed, which I feel certain it is.
I’ve never had a vehicle that was perfect, and never will. I’m very picky. But I love the bike. Ride-ability below 4,000 is not great. A big high performance twin usually isn’t. That is my biggest complaint. The fix is obviously to ride in a low enough gear to stay above 4000 rpm. The bike is fast, has enormous mid range torque and handles welll. It is also loaded with features which I like. I had to put a Sargent seat on it, but that has become the norm for me on any bike.
When I traded the Ninja 1000 it was for two reasons. One is that is just what I do! Second is that I wanted certain features. Cruise control is now a must have. Other things like electronic suspension and tire pressure monitoring are nice to have but not required on all of my bikes. Remember too that my Ninja was not even an ABS model, much less all the new ride modes, traction control etc.