I just wanted to get a feeling how happy you are with your Svartpilen? I have mine for a year now, 5,500 km on the clock, a mix of commuting and regular weekend tours. Invested quite a bit in extra parts, overall the bike up to now cost me ~8400 CHF/US$ (a bit less in €). Don’t really feel like selling it, overall it’s a cool bike, rare, stylish, and surprisingly agile on the Swiss mountain roads that are my terrain.
Yet, I am getting rather tired of two issues:
– The brakes. Front brake stuttering, on and off, sometimes stronger, sometimes less, but never goes away (tried greasing brake cylinders, etc.). Extremely annoying when breaking medium-hard into corners.
– Motor cuts out, sometimes. Happened last weekend, while overtaking, going up a mountain pass. Was sort of scary. Happened today again, when shifting down, slowing down behind a tractor.
So, what is wrong with this bike? I thought I buy tried, tested and reliable KTM tech in a nicer visual package. Do 390 Dukes have the same problems?