Im­per­fect 10

After 10,000 miles with the Su­per Duke GT, there are mi­nor nig­gles

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - RICHARD NEW­LAND Sports­bike ad­dict with a love of road rid­ing, in all weath­ers. HEIGHT 5ft 11in WEIGHT 115kg richard.new­land@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

Few other bikes have im­pressed me more than KTM’S mon­grel ge­nius GT. Its abil­ity to be what­ever your mood wants it to be is in­fec­tious and en­dear­ing – but it’s not fault­less. After 10,000 miles in the sad­dle, these are 10 things they could have done bet­ter.

1. Nose job

The screen-like outer ap­pendage that wraps around the head­lamp gets dirt and mois­ture stuck be­hind it. You can tuck your hand un­der­neath it but not prop­erly clean be­hind it, which is both daft and point­less.

2. Mind the gap

The (op­tional, £648.35) pan­niers have a fault in their de­sign. Even when empty, the lid never closes flush to the body, leav­ing an ugly gap along the lead­ing edge. Mine have never leaked, but some own­ers tell me theirs have.

3. Fen­der of­fender

Both the front mud­guard and rear hug­ger are too short, al­low­ing the GT to fling muck over it­self like an ele­phant in a mud­hole.

4. In­suf­fer­able light-on

The cor­ner­ing lights are pleas­ingly ef­fec­tive, but they need bet­ter shield­ing to pre­vent them il­lu­mi­nat­ing the fork leg, nose cone and in­side the fork aper­ture – it’s re­ally dis­tract­ing.

5. Get a shift on

The quick­shifter is a nice thing to have, but KTM need to give ei­ther the soft­ware or hard­ware a good tickle. It’s no faster than not hav­ing a quick­shifter, and is some­what clunky.

6. Fork off

The semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion is a nice fea­ture, and works well enough on the rear, but I find the fork less pleas­ing. It’s clonky and you have to cy­cle through dif­fer­ent set­tings ev­ery few weeks to keep it op­er­at­ing prop­erly.

7. Wear­ing thin

The paint on the ex­haust shroud is a thin ve­neer, and it’s now peel­ing away in big chunks, which isn’t pretty.

8. Push me pull me

The ad­justable screen is largely unim­pres­sive in any po­si­tion – so why KTM gave it so many po­si­tions, and such a nas­tily cheap and blunt sys­tem of ad­just­ment, is any­one’s guess.

9. Brick-gear

The right­hand switchgear is the size of a house brick, de­spite hav­ing few func­tions on it. The cruise con­trol on/ off but­ton be­ing lo­cated on the right also makes it hard to op­er­ate – so I usu­ally reach across with my left hand be­cause it’s easier.

10. Ex­haus­tive think­ing

Pop­ping the ex­haust valve ac­tu­a­tor im­me­di­ately next to the back wheel, then not weath­er­proof­ing it isn’t the best bit of de­sign I’ve ever seen. I give it a shot of lube after each wash to keep it mov­ing, but I could eas­ily see these seiz­ing in the fu­ture.

After 10,000 miles Rich ab­so­lutely loves the GT, but he’s a hard man to please

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