Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Murrysville, PA, USA. A pleasant, wooded suburb of Pittsburgh.
This emerging market niche - 400-and-under ADV/Enduro/Scrambler/Dual Sports - once again brings up the question of whether KTM/Bajaj will offer an ADV version of the Duke to challenge the 310GS of BMW/TVS (et al). This topic has come up repeatedly since the inception of the current Duke lineup in 2013, with denials and ambiguous responses from KTM. Perhaps the entry into this niche by several other manufacturers will give KTM/Bajaj an incentive to move forward.
The wheels on the BMW 310GS are interesting. They appear to be stamped steel with a sort of "hinge" in each spoke, which could permit flexing. Presumably the rims are also steel. Such an arrangement would be a bit heavy, but would be far stronger and more resilient for offroad duties than brittle alloy wheels.
"If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else."
2015 390 Duke
1980 Moto Guzzi V50 II (becoming a cafe racer)
1984 Moto Guzzi SP 1000