I’d like to say Thank You for all of the responses!
I posted an almost identical message on a G310GS forum and I received good responses there as well.
Of course, each side could be called “bias”… but I choose to call it “informed”.
One writer brought up a very valid point and that was to look into what kind of issues KTM Duke and RC390 owners have experienced with their bikes. It was eye opening as many had a multitude of issues that Vit/Svartpilen riders have encountered. Primarily, bike shutdown while downshifting and computer management gremlins. Overheating was a big problem that seems to have been fixed with 2018 KTM models. Coincidentally, today, I ran into a (2015) KTM RC390 rider and practically ambushed him in the parking lot and asked a lot of questions regarding his experiences. He had nothing to complain about and loved the RC and was happy to have it. He mentioned that he didn’t like how the engine brakes when you let go of the throttle, but beyond that he was more than satisfied with it.
Now the BMW? It has its own host of issues. Some that have been mentioned here and a host of others. Also, It is’t a Dakar or a Sertao by any means (on that note, I passed up on a pristine and well-farkled Sertao about 2 weeks ago as I am cursed with a lack of height- thought I’d make a great jockey or F1 driver!) though the 310GS does have a bit going for it in its lack of weight. The advantage the BMW has is the plethora of accessories – which leads me into a whole other issue and that to make the 310GS the bike I want it to be it will immediately cost another $2,500-3,000US in add-ons.
For the Svartpilen? Bar end mirrors and an Akra exhaust and I’m good to go! – for now 😉
I’m off to the dealer tomorrow and I might just come home with one 🙂