The "I Love My Super Duke!" Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bald Kirk, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

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    Can anyone comment on what I've heard about the throttles on these bikes being ultra sensitive? I've even read on this interweb thingy thay are unridable. I'm sure it's not VTR smooth, but dukes are not too bad are they?
  2. Trans4ormer

    Trans4ormer B to V 1983

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    My SDR throttle is a little sensitive, but you get used to it. You can slow it some with a G2 adjustable throttle tube. The positives for this bike FAR out weigh the sensitive throttle. If you are looking for a bike that just puts the fun back into riding...this is it!!

    There is a 2008 SDR in Aurora CO for sale at a smoking good price...it's in the Denver Craigslist.
  3. stripple

    stripple Runnin' Hard

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    I read through this whole thread the other night.:wink:

    This bike was never on my radar before that. Now, I want one in a big way!

    KTM just keeps doing what the others don't, making FUN bikes. While the others are making what i like to call "two wheeled human transportation modules".:cry

    If anyone from KTM is listening, THANK YOU for putting out passionate machinery! :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
  4. 81forest

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    I just discovered this thread, need to read it through tonight.. I am the proud new owner of a 2007 model and I'm loving it so far. 6600 miles, Leo Vince exhaust, headlight mod, everything else stock. She burns some oil, not sure how much yet. The previous owner is a buddy who mentioned topping it up somewhat regularly. The bike obviously needs to be tuned to the exhaust, it is throwing out fireballs on deceleration..:D
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    I need to get the ECU re-mapped for the muffler, any suggestions? Go to the dealer or get the Tuneboy thing? Other mod suggestions? Great thread, I'm subscribed!
  5. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    It's basically a bored out version of the 1200cc RC8R dual spark plug per cylinder engine. From everything I've read when KTM went to the dual spark throttle delivery became extremely smooth so I would expect nothing less from the new 1290. That said I already find my 2008 standard SD to be very smooth for a performance twin. I absolutely love the power delivery of my 1000cc LC8. The power of the 1290 has got to be like being pushed along by the hand of God. I can not wait to try one!
  6. Newbusa

    Newbusa Been here awhile

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    Go to Nels 2 wheeldynoworks just outside Seattle, #425-269-5332 ,He reflashed my ecu to my full Akro system gained 7 hp also raised my rev line 500rpm as well.It cost me 190.00. My Superduke is the same colour and year as yours.
  7. stripple

    stripple Runnin' Hard

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  8. 81forest

    81forest ADDRider

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    Thanks for the replies, I just read through that other thread as well. Lots of happy owners is always good. :clap:clap:clap

    Kind of dreading the first time I have to remove my tank. Seems like that problem is fairly common?
    Newbusa, thanks for that number, I will definitely use it! :freaky
  9. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    If Ethanol tainted fuel has been used in an un-coated tank there's a good chance it will be distorted and potentially a pain to put back on after you take it off. I can't tell for sure from the pictures of the new bike but it looks like KTM may have gone with a polyethylene fuel cell with bolt-on shrouds to look nice. If they did go that direction it would be great because all of this tank distortion nonsense would be a thing of the past.
  10. Trans4ormer

    Trans4ormer B to V 1983

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    Congratulations on the new to you bike. Would not worry about the small amount of oil being used, as they all seemed to use some until really broken in. 11K+ on my SDR and it doesn't use any. One thing you might consider changing, if it hasn't been done already, is the oil site tube. It gets very hard and cracks...use remote control fuel line with 1/8" ID, available from local hobby store.
  11. 81forest

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    Will do, thanks! I will not worry about the oil then, since the mileage is so low. I am now trying to read through all 68 pages of the TuneECU thread on superduke.net, tons of great info on there.
  12. wipe-out

    wipe-out Been here awhile

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    Love mine! Still thinking about the Duke 3 front, maybe over winter.

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  13. duckman

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    i could be wrong,just ask my x wife, but when ducati went to duel spark it was to pass ecu emisions .
  14. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    That may well have been their motivation for going to the dual spark design because in theory it should provide for more efficient burning of the fuel/air mix in the combustion chamber. For whatever reason though there seems to be a correlation between when KTM adopted that design and when their throttle response smoothed out. Before that guys were equipping their bikes with more progressive throttle cams and doing a ton of breather mods to try to smooth out their bikes. After the dual spark came out I only read about how smooth the power delivery is. I've only ever ridden KTM's with the single spark plug configuration and I always found them to perfectly fine albeit extremely responsive but other guys raised Holy heck about the "jerky throttle". Some even filed a petition against KTM to fix it. Again, I never saw the need but apparently the new models are smooth by almost any body's standards.
  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Piaggio once went to dual spark because of emissions only too on
    their 500cc single.
  16. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    We need night time video before you tune it!
  17. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    500cc single, is that a motorcycle or a scooter? Just kidding. :D
  18. 81forest

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    Haha, I thought of that too- if I had a little camera set up on the tail it would make a very cool vid :kboom

    So far I love the bike! I have not had a chance to adjust suspension yet, hopefully that explains the front end jumpiness I'm feeling. The front goes pretty skittish over small bumps in a corner. I'm thinking of putting the stock bars back on instead of the straight bar. Comments?

    What are everyone's thoughts on handguards?
  19. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    Can't comment on front end skittishness because my 2008 has always felt extremely well planted to the road. Regarding hand guards, I avoided them for years because I didn't think they looked "streetfighter enough". This past winter I finally got tired of my hands freezing so I bought a set of SMT hand guards and mounted them on the SD. They fit perfectly and the color, shape, etc worked really well on the SD. The best part was my hands felt about 20 degrees warmer than they did without them. It was some of the best money I ever spent on the bike and made riding during the cold months so much more comfortable. I took them off in the late spring to get more air flowing through my gloves to cool my hands during the warm months. I also think the SD looks a bit better without them but believe me they will be going back on as soon as it gets cool out this coming fall.
  20. Trans4ormer

    Trans4ormer B to V 1983

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    First thing to check is the tire pressure, then bleed the air from the forks...before doing any knob twisting.

    I installed hand guards for the same reason as Pork Chop Express...mine are just a 2 bolt version that block the wind, bugs & grit.

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