KTM Super Duke 1290 GT

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ncj01, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. groaner

    groaner Been here awhile

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    Just dropped my SDR off for 18k service.
    They had a 2017 new concourse for 12999 plus 360 shipping 3k off list
  2. clogan

    clogan Been here awhile

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    I traded my '10 Connie (40,000 miles) for my SDGT. The Connie was solid, reliable, comfortable, and reasonably fast. But it always seemed a bit heavy, which was especially evident in curves. And the older I got, the heavier it seemed.

    But getting on the SDGT, after 40,000 miles on the KAW...man, I didn't know what fast was! The SDGT is a rocket. Makes my Connie seem like a mo-ped. And if the Connie seemed a bit heavy before, well now that I'm on the KTM, the old KAW must have been downright obese! If my numbers are right, the SDGT is 180 pounds lighter than the Connie. That's an whole additional person!

    The SDGT is the easiest to ride, most nimble bike I've ever had. Probably the quickest, too. Might also be fastest bike Ive ever had, but my 'Busa was pretty fast too.

    Remains to be seem whether the KTM will prove as durable and reliable as the C-14 was long term. I admit to having reservations, mostly due to the seven warranty claims thus far on the SDGT, compared to zero claims on any other bike in my entire life, going back to 1971.

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  3. EvilSteve

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    Now that you mentioned it, I remember you posting that on one of our shared forums now. I've been keeping an eye on the reviews for the 2018 model that's supposed to resolve a lot of downsides of the prior models.

    Range is a concern for me for any bike, IIRC the MT10 is great but suffers in the milage department? Anyway, it's a good thought, I'll add it to my mental list. :-)

    I didn't have a whole lot of distance on my PR5s before my bike went for its little excursion but what little I had done included a track day; I liked them. There's a lot more edge grip on the tires but I've heard people say that the profile is less pointy than the PR4s. Be careful when you're looking at people's reviews. My inclination was to say the PR5 turned in faster than my PR4s before I reminded myself that my PR4s were squared off a bit from freeway riding so it's not really a fair comparison.

    I never really liked the Angel GTs, they felt like a sport tire on a GT bike so wore really fast and didn't handle the weight in the center of the tire very well (in terms of wear) IMO. Definitely preferred the PR4 to the Angel GT.
  4. groaner

    groaner Been here awhile

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    I love the SDR for what it is. I put a 30 liter and a 10 liter Kriega bags on it for travel and has worked out ok.. I only take maybe 2 longer trips a year, the rest lots of local 100-120 day trips.. My problem has been back and shoulder aches,, I have been doing lots of work to get into shape, its helping but still have aches.. I am going on a 5 day trip in june and am worried that I will not recover for the 300-350 mile days.. My friends all have cruiser, Indian, Victories. HD.. Im the odd duck with the duke.

    So if my back has problems I guess no matter what I ride it won't change.. I have higher bars on my SDR and I sit up fairly straight so I dont think its the bikes fault. Oh well.. I am hoping I can get better in 3 weeks.
  5. groaner

    groaner Been here awhile

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    I just looked at a 2017 today Concourse,, Wow it looks so big compared with the SDR. $12,999 great price though.

    I need to ask if the GT is more comfortable than the SDR since I have arthritis or muscular problems. I really like my SDR but going on long trips it has its flaws. The GT is what I wanted originally but I didn't want to wait for the late fall or spring of 2016/17/ My riding buddies keep pressuring me to get a cruiser,. but I cant really wrap my mind around giving up the fun factor I get from the SDR .. There has to be a compromise. somewhere, there is no do it all bike I guess. Since the majority
    of my riding is local, doing a cruiser just does not do it for me.. However I know on long trips it would work great. duh... I dont know..
  6. Motopumps

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  7. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    I picked up a Gen I FJR for a commuter and I could probably ride that thing around the world if I didn't fall asleep on it. It's waaaay comfortable. But if you quote me as saying that I'll deny it. GO ORANGE!!!!


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  8. Hwy101

    Hwy101 Been here awhile

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    The pre-load numbers are the opposite of what you might think: "+" numbers reduce spring pre-load, increasing sag. You should check static sag and "race", or loaded sag (with you and your usual riding gear) so you have a baseline, before making any changes.
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  9. Toejamii

    Toejamii Still Learning

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    Currently running pilot 5s they are as good as the Angel GTs

    Sorry to hear about the off Evil Steve , get better mate

    Ive got the 1190R and SDGT am 100KGS and find the suspenders great on the SDGT maybe they only work for fat bastards !

    Best of luck bike hunting its always fun :-)
  10. groaner

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    Fudfy. You said the hard seat on the GT was not that great for long rides?
    Did you get the heated PS seat yet?

    Anyone change the bars or add risers on the GT.
    I compared the two bike and found the bars and seating positions are the same on the SDR and GT.
    I put 3/4 inch higher bars on my SDR and it did make it better for me.
  11. Troy_V

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    I'd be curious to but bars with a different bend on the GT. Has anyone tried that yet?
  12. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Not yet. New shop I'm building is taking all my beer and parts money. Another 200+ mile ride set up for this upcoming weekend and my butt is already complaining. I will say it seems as though it might be breaking in a little... or I'm getting my iron butt back.


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  13. brianpc

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    Get the PP ergo seat... Worth it. The stock is good but after 100mi it wears on you . Ergo heated seat is great so far for the long day rides I've gone on.. Real test will be my week tour next month.
  14. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Not sure if I'll order one by then so keep us posted how it works on the trip. From what I've read it's the one to go with.


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  15. groaner

    groaner Been here awhile

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    What has helped me on longer rides is 1, I wear Adidas climate lite undies..https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QG7XEQI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Also I found out that my Kevlar lined Jeans, by ADV for some reason really help in keeping the seat rash away, then finally when I really want the most comfort, I wear cushioned compression bike shorts. Tada! Every little bit helps when you are 66 and counting,, that sucks.. Just when you have more time to enjoy life you are running out of time.
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  16. brianpc

    brianpc Long timer

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    I wear compression shorts with padding sometimes on short rides. I switched to a pair of the MotoSkivveez and they seem to work very well, the ass pad contacts cheeks with seat at all the right places and you don't get monkey ass. tested for 300+mi riding days.

    Also, FWIW - I've been able to stand up on the pegs on longer rides w/ no issues, so that helps a bit. I just installed knight designs pegs so I think it should be even easier. :)
  17. Toejamii

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    Pet the Power parts seat have done a couple of two week trips and its pretty good on your bum
  18. oldfuddy

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    Put the tank bag on tonight. Centered the mount in the middle of the bag... bad call. Sits about 3/4" too far forward. Interferes slightly with the key and back of bag slightly rubs tank. For those putting one on I recommend pushing the mount to the front which will have the bag sitting back clearing the rear part of tank better and a little more access to the ignition. It's not bad and I could leave it, but I might re-drill it.

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  19. groaner

    groaner Been here awhile

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    You would think KTM would have that bag made to fit, just right? I would like a new bag for m thy bike since my Wolfman strap on bag has put tiny scratches in the tank, which I got 95% buffed out now, possibly a tank mount one. However with the straps you could move the tank front to back for adjustment very easy. The Wolfman has worked out well, the size is very good, only 5" high then will go to 15 liters expanded. However they sit a bit higher and dont collapse that much. I was looking at the Givi https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/givi-xs307-xstream-tanklock-tankbag. These bags dont come with any separate pockets inside and the outside ones on the givi look worthless for smaller stuff. I dont want the bag interfering with the view to the gages or handle bars. Maybe a nice tail bag, but that makes you have to pull your leg up to get on the bike each time.. Oh well, Hey the bag looks good, what size is it, liters?
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  20. Ride Far

    Ride Far Been here awhile

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    I was thinking of the Givi XS307 but not so keen on the big mount ring that's needed. Twisted Throttle gives a good overview of Givi vs. SW Motech mount systems at the link below. I went with the SW Motech Daypack tank bag, which is the same as oldfuddy's... he's got the KTM / GT branded version of the same bag.

    The Daypack is small at 5 liters, expandable to 9 ... but to me the GT with the elevated peak on the tank is not real conducive to tank bags, unfortunately.