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Old 11-21-2008, 08:00 AM   #1
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Anyone use a Super Duke for Touring?

Just wondering if anybody has outfitted one with bags or a windshield?
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:40 AM   #2
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I have a buddy who is attempting to purchase a used one for this purpose. However, I don't believe he planning on putting a windshield onto it. He plan is soft luggage and go.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:24 PM   #3
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I got a new Super Duke this year. I set up a Wolfman Beta tail bag. I was afraid it mite melt on the Leovince pipe. So I went to Lowes and got a 12" by 24" aluminum diamond plate, bent the ends down at a angel 6" on both sides. I put this under the bag stays put and keeps the bag off the pipes. for now all I have is the tall KTM sheild and hand guards. I'm looking for a bigger sceen but I think its going to be a winter fab project. I'd post a pix still can't get it down sized da.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:40 PM   #4
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You don't need a tall shield on the SD. Kriega 20 liter pack is best on the SD.
Go to superduke.net & do a few searches for guys touring - mostly across the pond, but many tour on the SD & the SD-R.

http://www.superduke.net/forum/viewt...973&highlight=

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Old 11-21-2008, 09:14 PM   #5
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GREAT PIC!!! That one's going on the desktop.

You can tour on anything. The SD's not really made for it (most high-performance bikes aren't), but if it's comfortable for you, then why not? The only real drawback is the lack of accessories. This shouldn't be a prob for most shorter trips- a tail bag and a backpack should cover it. If you manage to fabricate a workable windscreen, I'd love to see pics.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:51 AM   #6
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I was researching this same topic some time ago, and this is the setup I liked the most. Not cheap, but very clean.

But, I still don't have a Super Duke. I can't seem to convince myself to sell my SE for it.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:52 AM   #7
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A friend of mine tours on his SuperDuke. He has the KTM "touring screen" for it and was using the Ventura luggage system on the rear. He has since switched to a different tail bag setup so that he can put aftermarket pipes on it (that won't work with the Ventura brackets).

We did a 10-day, 3600 mile trip together this past summer. Pretty rare to see a SuperDuke and a 950 SM-R decked out with luggage on the road together.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:23 AM   #8
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A friend of mine tours on his SuperDuke. He has the KTM "touring screen" for it and was using the Ventura luggage system on the rear. He has since switched to a different tail bag setup so that he can put aftermarket pipes on it (that won't work with the Ventura brackets).

We did a 10-day, 3600 mile trip together this past summer. Pretty rare to see a SuperDuke and a 950 SM-R decked out with luggage on the road together.
Just wondering who was more comfortable on that trip, you on the SMR or your friend on the SD??
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:49 AM   #9
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Just wondering who was more comfortable on that trip, you on the SMR or your friend on the SD??
We were both very happy with our rides. 350 - 450 miles of twisties every day for 10 days. Usually on the road by 8am and to the hotel by 5 or 6. Both had stock seats, but I had a sheepskin pad on mine. The SMR is more comfy over beat up pavement, but the SD is more nimble in the twisties.

The biggest difference on a trip is the SD has a larger fuel tank, so I had to stop every 100- 120 miles to top off. I was concerned about finding gas that often in the boonies, so I paid attention to the route and my trip meter and filled up opportunistically. I also carried a spare 2L of fuel in a saddlebag (just in case).

Not a great photo of the SD, but here are the bikes together at Turners Corner (bottom of Blood Mtn, GA):

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:03 PM   #10
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I have toured on mine and it was fairly comfortable. It gets dangerous if you get behind schedule. Never tour on a bike that will let you drive like an idiot to make up time.

I am planning trips from Minneapolis to Texas and Minneapolis to Boston for next Spring. It have found it to be outstandingly comfortable.
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:48 PM   #11
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Well let me explain my thinking. I rode a Super Duke 2 years ago and loved it. I used to have a Honda Interceptor 500 that I did long trips on but it was a little small and I wanted something FI.

I thought about a new Interceptor but I decided to go with a cruiser instead and like it very much until I have to play with it. It doesn't take to the air, it won't pull wheelies, and it's not as nimble as I would like it to be.

So I am thinking about selling it and getting a SD, Sprint, or VFR. So far I have this itch for a bagged SD because the motor is sweet and the chassis is incredible.

I just wish there was a good way to put big bags on it. Givi doesn't even make a setup for it.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:10 AM   #12
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The new SM-T might be right up your alley?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402954
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:55 AM   #13
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The new SM-T might be right up your alley?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402954
IF you're not in the US.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:40 AM   #14
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The new SM-T might be right up your alley?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402954
I just creamed my pants. Where do I sign?
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:45 AM   #15
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The SD is a purdy bike.
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