That's a bold statement. I'd have to know your definition of "mass-market" as I've yet to see a company make a better looking bike than MV Augusta or Ducati. I think the original FZ07 looks better than the FZ/MT09 by a far margin.Best looking mass-market bike since the MT-09.
Let's see if Americans buy them.
Sooo.. My 21"/17" spoked/tubed combo is about to become cast/tubeless 19"/17". Sounds like crappy weather next several days starting tomorrow. Might be busyMy F700GS has 19” front 18” rear as a conservative ADV. The FTR leans in the direction of an ADV given the longer suspension as well. It wouldn’t surprise me to see someone over on the ADVRider forum show up with one with agressive off road tires. They frequently do that with other highway bikes.
Turn-in on the F700 is great. Both bikes are designed more for highway, but capable of really soaking up the bumps. Exactly what I wanted on mine.
Turn-in becomes a much more noticeable issue when you go to 21” on the front. I believe the new KTM 790 and the Yamaha T7 Adventures will be 21”/18”. Both look to be much more designed for aggressive off road versus highway. KTM makes monster off roaders specifically for that purpose. Their highway version is the 790 Duke which is strictly hard surface. And, of course, Yamaha's is the FZ/MT-07.
So called enduros, like mine (as identified on all the paperwork, including my title and registration) are claimed to be good for highway and off-road. The closest you can realistically get to off-road is gravel.
55 mpg with a range of 200 miles between fill-ups and more than adequate passing power along with a smooth ride and very good cornering fit my needs perfectly.
An FTR 750 with a bigger tank would be a winner. If Indian brings it out in that size, it’s unlikely to be much under 475 lbs though, especially with a 4-5 gallon tank. As sleak as the Ducati Supermotard is, it weighs that much.
A good plan and similar to my current setup...My 800 Tiger is more/more becoming my touring bike and my H-D FLHT now sits more/more. I can see the FTR as a new 2nd bike next spring. Hmmm...