AKA: Krammit the Frodge
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pittsburgh PA / KC MO
my two-and-a-half cents
i think i might be willing to part with a pinky finger for each of them...
six in one, half dozen in the other...
(advance caveat... this is my own narrow-minded, 6000-miles-from-home opinion with little access to research materials and limited knowledge on either machine, so please feel free to correct any or all of my points)
...but duc does have a more well-established (existing) support/ maintenance network. at least around pittsburgh pa anyways. i only know of two KTM dealers within an hour of me, and only one of them sells streetbikes. from a service standpoint, i'd be a lot more leery of the KTM, due to the fact that it's a brand-new design so the techs will require training and/or fiddle-time to learn the new engine/ bike whereas the duc, while also a new engine and bike, seems to offer the possibility of a much more accessible maintenance field. also, i know ducati has some dedicated dealerships/ service departments, whereas all two of the KTM shops are kind of afterthought shops that primarily sell stuff from the big four UJM companies. i'd prefer to not have some brand-new 22 year old graduate of MMI working on my 30-some thousand-dollar bike IF i even had that kind of money to shell out on a bike. if you're gonna go with the KTM, i'd at least give them one year to get the kinks worked out of their tooling etc and get a service network spooled up. but then again, i see ducatis on a semi-regular basis, but i can't honestly say i've ever seen a KTM streetbike around me, and since we "twinophiles" seem to like to buck the societal norm to begin with... i'd probably end up with the KTM.
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