…. to the best/worst bike ever. If I’ve ever had a love/hate relationship this was it. The big twin was a monster in traffic, awesome on B roads and like a rock off road. However, on big distance days the buffeting was strong and my ears would ring in the evening. KTM has a great concept; 70′ V Twin, tall chassis, low centre of gravity, raw power but this early build had a few gremlins. Electric parts and cabling are lifed to c20K, after that the bike starts to chew ’em. The clutch fails, the over-engineered hydraulic clutch slave cylinder fails to be precise. In the end it wasn’t a contender for a round the world.
But on a good day this bike sang.