2007 KTM Super Duke Questions

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  1. RedFrogTango

    RedFrogTango Been here awhile

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    I'm looking at a couple of '07 Super Dukes that are for sale in my area. While researching the bikes, I came across some specs that suggest that there may have been changes made to the model mid-year. In particular, some of the specs state that fuel tank is 15 liters (4 gallons), while others state that it is 18 liters (4.9 galloons). Does anybody know if there was such a change, and how I can tell what the fuel capacity is on these bikes (i.e., 4 or 4.9). Any other changes?

    BTW, anything else I should look out for on these bikes. Both are being sold by non-KTM dealers that probably did not survice the bikes.

    Finally, the going price on cycletrader for moslty stock '07's with lowish miles is around $8K. Reasonable?

    Thanks, Mike
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  2. Newbusa

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    I have one, as well as having owned a Adventurer and a 950sm. Mine is also a 07 and i believe the 07 was introduced with a bigger tank. Another thing to check is the water pump, On the LC8 engine the water pump failing is a common problem,although it has not happened to mine yet:D, I did have to replace the pump on my Sm and Adventurer.There is currently one for sale in my area and it also is listed at 8 grand with goodies on it. I really enjoy mine ,it puts a smile on my face everytime i ride it.:D Depending on the miles on it,make sure the valves were checked.
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  3. RedFrogTango

    RedFrogTango Been here awhile

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  4. TT RDHS

    TT RDHS Been here awhile

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    Fantastic bike!
    In over 40 years of riding, it's the most FUN I've ever owned.
    And yes the '07 has the larger tank, 18 liters, I believe.
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    P.S. here is some excellent info - http://www.superduke.net/forum/
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  5. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    I've owned an '08 SD a little over 3 years now and it's pretty much my favorite thing in the world. The bike makes you feel like you can do anything on the street and get away with it. Of course, we all know that's not actully the case but it is such a well balanced machine it makes you feel invincible. As far as stuff to watch out for, never leave the bike in the rain because the instrument panel will leak and eventually break. Also, ethanol will ruin the tank.
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  6. RedFrogTango

    RedFrogTango Been here awhile

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    How big is the ethanol issue? I live in Illinois, which mandates that all gas sold include 10% ethanol.
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  7. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    It's a pretty big issue. Check out the Ducati forums. Some guys have replaced their tank 5 times. KTM uses the same type of polyamide tanks manufactured by Acerbis. My first tank got a case of the infamous "mumps" and distorted to where the mounts were twisting. KTM replaced it for free when the bike was out of warranty and I had the replacement tank coated with a feul proof epoxy before ever putting gas in it. That was a year and several months ago and so far the new tank is still in perfect shape. Some have concerns that the epoxy coating won't hold up but I personally feel there's a greater chance of an un-coated polyamide distorting, hence the choice to try the tank coating.

    Regarding the instrument cluster, the 2010 version IS waterproof and KTM replaced my leaky and broken '08 cluster for free with the 2010 version whiich has performed flawlessly in all conditions. The pre-2010 versions are defective junk that should have been recalled in my opinion.
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  8. Hank.SD

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  9. RedFrogTango

    RedFrogTango Been here awhile

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    Yes, I keep turning back to this ad, but it's just too far away to consider. Ever SD within 300 miles is mostly stock and well over 7 or 8 gramd (all at dealers).
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  10. RedFrogTango

    RedFrogTango Been here awhile

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    I have a neighbor with a Duc 1098s that had an issue with his gas tank, but I don't recall the specifics. Do you know if fuel treatments aimed at "fixing" ethanol problems will help? I'm already using Startron additive to my K1300s to deal with fuel injector problems, and I won't mind using it for the SD as a preventative.
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    MIght only cost 500 to ship it? Still a pretty good deal!
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  12. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately, Startron won't keep your tank from distorting. I used it with my original tank and it didn't prevent the ethanol from doing damage to it. I was told by the local Ducati mechanic that Startron is a good fuel stabilzer in that it keeps the gas from separating from the ethanol in your tank but you still have a tank that's filled with 90% gas and 10% ethanol.
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  13. RedFrogTango

    RedFrogTango Been here awhile

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    I've been perusing Superduke.net and it seems likely that KTM will replace the tank even if out of warranty. So the risk may not be that significant. At least I now know to look for when I take a closer look at these bikes.

    On another matter, anybody doing much 2-up on their Superduke? I'm not talking about touring or long days on the saddle, but I do anticipate a fair number of day trips explorng the backroads in the area. The problem is that neither my wife nor I are exactly "skinney". She is quite comfortable on the back of my K1300S, but I can tell that the banna seat on the SD is a bit shorter. I had planned to test ride and decide on the bike on the way home from work tomorrow, but maybe I need to bring the misses in and have her sit on the back. If it is an issue, maybe I can find an aftermarket luggage rack for over the fender. It won't do anything to make the seat longer, but at least it will provide a sense of security. Any thoughts?
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    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    If you want to do 2-up, you'd be better off with an SMT. Only anorexic-skinny supermodels will fit on the back of a SD! :eek1
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    That is what I feared. Unfortunately, there are no SMT's for sale in the area. It looks like I may be holding off for a while.

    Thanks all for the help. It has been an invaluable education.
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  16. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    By sport bike standards the SD is a decent 2-up bike. My wife likes to ride and she likes that the passenger seat on the is SD is only a couple inches higher than the rider's seat and that the rider sits fairly upright in front of her. She hates the way the repli-racer bikes put the passenger up on a perch way above and behind the rider but she's okay with the SD. Passenger leg room is again pretty good by sport bike standards but compared to anything else like the larger adventure bikes for example the passenger accomodations leave a lot to be desired. The furthest we ride 2-up is when we go out to Skyline drive which is typically a little less than 200 miles round trip but that's definitely pushing it from a passenger comfort standpoint. If your only riding 40 or 50 miles between stops you'd probably be okay but any more than that and your going to be hearing from the complaint department.
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  17. RedFrogTango

    RedFrogTango Been here awhile

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  18. Levert

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    I have an 08.
    I've done two up trips in the 400km range no problem.

    No problems with my tank but I always use high octane fuel in canada as it will have no ethanol in it.
    On the SD forum you will find all the info you need to hop your baby up. If you are doing two up you will need to get rid of the stock pipes as they are extremely hot.
    Remove the SAS, turn off the O2 and get some aftermarket slipons. With Leo Vince cans on I can touch the exterior of the cans and will not get burned, they are very cool.

    Ive owned lots of bikes and this one is always fun to ride.
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  19. RedFrogTango

    RedFrogTango Been here awhile

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    FWIW - After deciding to take a pass on the Super Duke, I tried to buy an '06 Adventure that had just came up for sale in my area. But someone else scooped it up before I could get back in town to check it out. I then got a call from the dealer selling the Super Duke telling me that they had a couple of used bikes that never made it on to their website. Needless to say, I now own an '04 BMW R1150R Rockster. The Rockster makes a whole lot more sense for how I intend to use this bike.
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