Hi All! Took my first ride on a 2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke today at dealership where I bought GSXS. So my comments are based on a database containing one point and bike had to remain in "street" mode during ride. Anyway, I loved the ergo's (I'm 170 pounds with 32-inch inseam), clutch pull was slightly lighter than Sazook, and the way the tank shielded your knees was better than the suzuki. The throttle/ fuel delivery was better, but I first noticed the presence of engine vibration. The motor, although very muscular when "on the pipe," always seemed to want you to put it in the "correct" gear. I rode my GSXS through a 15-mph school zone in sixth gear, just to see if it would do it, and then it actually pulled back up to speed. So I was surprised the KTM didn't like anything higher than fourth gear around side streets --I put in 6th at 49 mph and it would run but not pull away. Anyway, I did nail it in 3rd gear in the fat of the powerband (4-5000-ish) and you could feel it in your shoulders instantly--that the GSXS would not do! Other items like brakes and general handling felt equivalent and the KTM's suspension was better. Anyway, I'm glad I rode the KTM--liked it but didn't love it to the point of selling/trading/paying $$ to get one. Perhaps a Super Duke GT?