Having moved on from an R1200GS last summer the KTM still thrills. The engine is awesome, the extra few thousand rpm and bhp make it feel blisteringly fast. Handling is quick and precise. Tyres and brakes are rock solid, even in rain and single digit temperatures. I bought it because I wanted something a bit different but still comfortable and capable of two up touring. I got that and lots more, I got a daily thrill ride along with its touring credentials. It is expensive, I never thought I'd ever pay £15,000 for a bike, but it's similar to the other bikes in this class. Quality of parts has mostly held up over the winter or are in the process of being sorted by the dealer under warranty. Customization options are pretty good from KTM and aftermarket makers. Go for the racked KTM/Touratech luggage rather than the bespoke type, it's much more robust, usable and looks better.