Rock, give ktm a break. They have only had 5 years to look at that issue. Progress can take time....
I was at the shop, today, and someone had turned in a 2007 Yamaha r6. The 2006 r6 is one of the most advanced motorcycles that's ever been made. Nothing comes close to its technology level except the newest BMW's. It had electronic shit before the rest were even dreaming about it. I tried one, years back, so I had to see if it felt like I remembered.
It's a terrible street bike. At 4000 rpm, it has 20 horsepower and almost no torque. It's good enough to flow with traffic, but barely. Finally out in the open, I opened it up. Pretty much nothing happens, but the revs keep climbing. Around 9000, this bike changes....its fucking fast. From about 9000, to its displayed 17,000, you would swear this is the fastest motorcycle in the world. It might as well be a two stroke. Handling is damn near perfect. It feels like a bicycle. I'd have to own it to find its flaws. I wish I were younger, lighter, shorter and smarter. If I had a few of those going for me, I'd have this bike. Its 50hp down on my ninja, but seat of the pants says it's faster. The ninja pretty much crosses that fun line...meaning, you can have fun, but it takes the legal speed limit x2 to do so. This thing was fun and engaging at 50mph and first gear.
2012 Ninja 1000