Just curious, why is the KTM preferred to work on?I will take another approach, Bring it on!
If a motorcycle company owned ducati instead of a car company they would maybe look more at making bikes instead of two wheel cars. Yes I know it could go bad but I see it not getting worse than it is now. Ducati should do the styling and KTM handles the money and design philosophy. I know that as a mechanic if a new Ducati and a new KTM rolled into the shop the KTM is much preferred to work on.
I think KTM is much like BMW in styling (efficient but ugly) so I would hope that could improve. If they kept the two separate but shared secrets in engineering they could challenge the world.
Not true. Bajaj owns 47.9% of KTM. KTM is still in charge.
What motor configuration do you think KTM is racing in MotoGP? Why would they buy a company like Ducati only to dilute their core product? Ducati reaches markets KTM can't. It's a perfect fit. Anyhoo, who said Ducati is for sale?I think KTM would combine operations and before you know it, Ducati isn't what we've come to expect from them in terms of product. Would the desmo valve system cease to exist? And how does Ducati's DNA of high performance fit in with KTM's belief that they don't belong on the road? Would the V4 have ever made it out of the planning room? It just seems like a really strange fit. I don't see it working.
Of the street KTM's I work on the KTM's just do less stupid assembly for assembly's sake. I think it may be the dirt bike heritage from them in that most dirt bikers do most maintenance themselves so they give you better instructions in the manuals (even owners) and the bikes have fewer "hidden screws" . On a multi or ST series there are body panels that have hidden screws which means to get panel "A" off you need to remove panels "B" and "C" first. WTF! Back many years ago this was the joke the Japanese companies played on us in that to get the front left turn signal off you started by removing the right rear turn signal. This is now Ducati, all do it to some extent but after working on better designs for decades you see there is no need for it.Just curious, why is the KTM preferred to work on?
Yep. An acquaintance of mine was so psyched to get a KTM SDGT, and then he was even more psyched to get rid of it. Beyond nonexistent and/or poorly made parts, he had one major problem after another to the point it was stupid. Made my Ducati seem as solid as a Honda Civic in comparison. On top that, KTM has a weak warranty where they may not cover the electronics - just the motor and frame - or something to that effect. In any case, KTM doesn't give one the impression that they really stand behind their products. And, finally, there's that total money grab scheme in which for XXX $$$ more, KTM will "unlock" more of the bike's features after break-in.I will say that as frustrating as it is to get parts and accessories for a Ducati, it was much worse when I tried out the orange. It took 6 months to get a top case for their sport touring bike. Once I had it, I noticed that all of the manufacturing molding dates were 8 months old. WTF?! My general opinion of the company was they have no management. Things may or may not get done, and definitely not on an schedule.