The "I Love My Super Duke!" Thread

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

  1. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    Sweet bike!

    I understand the R model is more peaky in power than the standard model ?
    I really like the black body/orange frame look of the R model.

    What handguards do you have mounted up ?
    they look pretty nice, any trouble mounting them ?
    does the taller windscreen help any ?
    I am picking up my new 07 standard model tomorrow in anthracite grey and will get some pictures up as soon as I can.
    hope to get a few miles on her Sunday, gotta work Saturday.:ricky
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  2. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    the R has a higher rev limit. power peak is 250rpm higher. people have dynoed R bikes at 130rwhp. whereas the SD dynos around 115. due to the "special" equal length akra header (and other mods) the SDR has just about the same torque curve but a better top end.

    I have the acerbis hand guard. they have LED signals. mounts at the bar end only. they actually decrease vibs at the grip. I got the skidmark screen. its not as tall as the KTM hard part screen. I mainly got it for the look.
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  3. apessino

    apessino Long timer

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    I took my SuperDuke R to the track (Streets at Willow Springs) last weekend for the first time, and it was just amazing.

    I must confess it took me a couple of sessions (and a visit to the amazing Dave Moss of Catalyst Suspension) to get grooving with the bike, but once there it was insane. It sure is different, and the fueling still leaves a lot to be desired. In a couple of weeks I'll take the bike for a PCIII, O2 removal, dyno tune to fix the fueling once and for all.

    Coming out of the last very slow corner into the (short) straight other riders (I was in group B) were shocked at the speed of the SDR. Guys on 08 ZX10s had trouble catching up. :D I ran Bridgestone BT003s (medium) and they performed amazingly - solid and planted the whole day, with excellent wear.

    Lots of fun...

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  4. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    Well, here she is just picked her up today after work.
    I put about 80 miles on tonight riding to dinner with some friends. brand new 07 they got from a dealer who went out of business, got a very good deal.

    I will get some better photos tomorrow if it doesn't rain.:bluduh


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  5. Bald Kirk

    Bald Kirk Dances with Dirt Bikes

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    Looks like the start of a beautiful relationship. :clap
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  6. soundasleeprecording

    soundasleeprecording genuine pleather seating

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    Good to see another of the rare, fastest-color SD.

    Join http://www.superduke.net/forum/ & begin the insanity.

    You'll find all the major/minor mods you can do, and what works/doesn't work.

    Bring your sense of humor, and bring your British/English dictionary.
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  7. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    Thanks, I did join superduke.net I am KStrom over there.
    I am sure I will have a few questions for you guys about a few mods along the way.:ricky
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  8. SDSmurf

    SDSmurf n00b

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    I do a lot of trackdays on my (07) SD, Kyalami (wsbk) and Phakisa (old motogp track); bike is quite frankly brilliant, and punches waaay above its division. My friend (05 SD) and I did 2 2-day events at Phakisa mid-08, and they still talk about 'those crazy ktm dudes'.

    I test-rode a 990SM about 3 months ago; I didn't find any benefits over the SD; the power was down, felt heavier, and the front didn't feel as.... secure as the SD. Coming from superbikes to the SD, the SM was a step too far seating-wise for me, and just felt odd.

    The only thing I crave is a bit more power. But then, I'm in South Africa, where the roads are mostly straight. And I came off a 154rwhp blade.

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  9. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    This bike rocks.....300 mile days.....canyon runs....commutes....

    PCIII + Dyno tune + Exhaust = perfection....

    I have had a 950SM and this is its big bad brother...I have motarded a 950SE and where as that was a blast it was a bit narrow in focus...

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    My favorite KTM to date....

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  10. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    Superduke guys: Have you gone through the same problems the rest of the LC8 world seems to, ie; clutch slave upgrade, starter claker fix, rebuild and upgrade the waterpump, possible fuel pump problems, etc?

    Has anybody got some miles on one of these? What's the report?
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  11. skrub

    skrub Been here awhile

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    I got my 08 in July. I'm at 7500 miles and no problems so far.
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  12. cat

    cat Long timer

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    It is the same engine, the LC8. Only the valves/cam different, afaik.
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  13. dougfromindy

    dougfromindy I smell premix

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    How is it for a tall rider? I am 6'4"
    I am looking at a 2006...any problems?
    The 2006 has a carb are the newer ones F.I.?
    What should I look for (problems?) if buying a used one?
    thanks, Doug
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  14. sebastianp

    sebastianp Been here awhile

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    I'm 6'7 and find it cosy and comfortable.
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  15. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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  16. soundasleeprecording

    soundasleeprecording genuine pleather seating

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    No. None of those have been reported on the superduke.net site (doesn't mean there have been ZERO failures). There are a few UKers on this site with lots of miles on their SDs (they've had them since MY2005).
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  17. soundasleeprecording

    soundasleeprecording genuine pleather seating

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    Do NOT buy a 2006 SD, as the 2005/6 were all grey mkt bikes in the US. Only the '07-on bikes are US spec bikes (plus, they have a bigger fuel tank & radial brakes). ALL superdukes are fuel injected - if someone is selling you a "carbed" one, just walk away.
    I'm 6'3", so I put on the 18mm bar risers, and it fits perfectly.
    Check out superduke.net for more than you ever wanted to know about the SD.
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  18. skrub

    skrub Been here awhile

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    I did read in the SD forum about some fr brake lock ups so I replaced the pads to be safe, much better than the stock pads :evil Shaggie that screen looks taller than the SD touring option but the mnt holes won't match, I'm going to look at the Adventure screen
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  19. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    OK, I got her all broke in now, 2,000 miles and picked up some FMF carbon pipes.
    very loud without the restrictors in and tolerable with them in.
    still pretty rumbly but it does sound good.:evil
    the shape of the pipes really fits the bike well.
    the biggest thing is the heat under the seat is much reduced, it was a real roaster before , especially with the 90 degree temps this time of year.


    Now that it is broken in it runs much smoother and the suspension seem to be much better.

    Pulls like a locomotive, one of the funnest bikes to ride I have ever owned.

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  20. Jaybiker

    Jaybiker Adventurer

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    I do love my SD.....

    I need to get a better pic...

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