The "I Love My Super Duke!" Thread

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

  1. Heatwave

    Heatwave Obsessive-Compulsive

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    My fuel pump motor seized at 2,500 miles. My first real trip since I bought the bike in January. Fortunately I was in cell range of the hotel and some friends came to get me in a pick-up. We had to truck it all the way to Grand Junction 220 miles away. The trip was saved when Derrick at Grand Junction KTM agreed to swap the fuel pump assembly out of their demo. It is an easy swap so I was up and running in 30 minutes.

    I have been following the post under orange crush about possible replacement motors since the whole assembly costs $500. Last I looked no one has found a suitable replacement...

    Otherwise the bike has been great. Most fun bike I have ever owned.
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  2. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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  3. Bald Kirk

    Bald Kirk Dances with Dirt Bikes

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    Hey everyone Bald Kirk here.

    I thought I would never say this but I will be selling my Super Duke. My family and I will be moving to Honolulu in the next month or so and I have decided not to take it with me. I will probably buy a Yamaha WR250x when I get out there. After a visit to the island I think the Yamaha is more suited for the type of riding I will be doing.

    In the next coupld of weeks, after I have a clear title, I will post it in the flea market. I thought I would give any of my fellow Super Duke fans a little advanced notice.

    [​IMG]

    I have the tank bag listed in the flea market already if anyone is interested.

    Respectfully,
    Bald Kirk
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  4. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    Looks like a nice bike, hope it sells ok, they are a fun ride huh ?:ricky

    Are those KTM handguards you have on it ? any problems fitting them ?
    I might have to mount up some for the colder months around here.

    I bet Hawaii has some good dirtbiking spots.
    I watched a program from there and the scenery and trails they showed looked like fun.
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  5. Bald Kirk

    Bald Kirk Dances with Dirt Bikes

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    Hey there - the handguards were intended for the Adventure. I had to make some adjustements in order for them to fit but it wasn't too bad.


    I currently own/am selling multiple street and dirt bikes but I am restricting myself to only one bike on the island. I love leaning a street bike way over but there is something about totally wiping out on a dirt bike that kinda tugs at the heart strings.

    There appears to be alot of pavement and not so much dirt. The island is very small and speed limits are lower than the main land. I have narrowed it down to a Yamaha WR250 or Suzuki DR400.

    Now I have to decide between knobbie or street tires!


    XOXO,
    Bald Kirk

    Also, I didn't know what to think when I saw the guy on a stretched Huyabusa (wearing flip flops, shorts, a t-shirt and no helmet) creeping along in the heavy Honolulu traffic. I felt sorry for him. All the pent up horsepower and testosterone going to waste.
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  6. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    Kirk:

    I noticed you said you are headed to Honolulu. I lived there for a year and i had a DRZ SM while living there. It was the perfect bike for the island. I even took it up to Kahuku and played in the dirt with it a few times. I also got pulled a couple of times after trying to lane split, they don't allow it here. Can't blame a guy for trying. Enjoy the island!
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  7. Bald Kirk

    Bald Kirk Dances with Dirt Bikes

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    I am glad to hear that I'm thinking in the right direction.

    Kirk
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  8. duckman

    duckman co conspirator

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    i spent 4 weeks in kauai this winter and rented a HD while there, the whole time i wished i had my triumph scrambler .plenty of off road oppertunity and no real highways are ideal for the scrambler, just go up 2 teeth in the back you're set.
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  9. Bert Fox

    Bert Fox Casual Adventurer

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    I bought an 08 FJR last year in Nov. I am kind of bored with it and want something lighter. My dealer gave up the KTM street line and has a new leftover SD he will trade me for my FJR with 22,000 miles. I have a 34" inseam and it sounds like the SD is one of the better fits for guys with long legs. I am thinking of putting Pirelli Scorpion Syncs on after I wear out the stockers. I'll never do a track day but I might throw my Giant Loop bags on and take a dirt/gravel road out here in the NV outback...
    Bert
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  10. Chiasmus

    Chiasmus Been here awhile

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    Awesome thread and pics. The SuperDuke has to be the sexiest naked bike on the planet.

    One question....Is the rear subframe on the Super Duke R the same as the SD? I ask only because I'm curious as to whether or not you could temporarily convert it to a two-up (pass pegs).
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  11. jcarlson9

    jcarlson9 Been here awhile

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    Just found a couple 08 sd,s with exhausts on if I can talk the wife into letting
    me sell the sm,I just may go for it soon,and if you want to sell the r tail piece I'll take it:D
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  12. badweatherbiker

    badweatherbiker Been here awhile

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    Beautiful bikes! Have not ridden one yet but it's on my "list".
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  13. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    Weird place to post this....:spam :spam :spam ??
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  14. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    Hey for those who are lucky enough to be liquid during these tough times, there are some very sweet deals on SuperDukes to be had on FleaBay. I'm not really knowledgeable about KTMs but I'm guesstimating new 2008 SuperDukes can be had for about 60% of MSRP right now.
    Not the sort of news that will be welcomed by current owners, but if a SuperDuke is on your wish list, now might be a good time to get off the couch.
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  15. jcarlson9

    jcarlson9 Been here awhile

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    just put a down on an 08 sd,if i pick it up next week ill post some photos:D
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  16. KTMRyder

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    I like my 07, it works pretty well on the track and is a real hooligan machine for the streets.
    I only have a 30 in. inseam and the SD is a bit tall.
    KTM always seems to build their bikes for the taller people.
    the bike isn't bad comfort wise, I have ridden a 400 mile day on it but its no FJR.

    Tire wise I really am liking the Bridgestone BT 016's they worked great on the track and still seem to be wearing well on the street.


    Somebody asked about the subframe on the SD and SDR, I believe they are totally different. I think you can buy a kit to turn your SD into a SDR tailsection, don't remember where I have seen that.:scratch

    The SDR seat is known to be a real pain in the ass, literally.
    I know KTMtwins.com has a Renazaco SDR seat listed on their website.

    Ran into a guy at the dealer with an SDR and he had redone his seat, said the stocker was unbearable for him.
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  17. jcarlson9

    jcarlson9 Been here awhile

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    Well should be picking up my 08 sd tomarrow,I'll post some pics when I get it:clap
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  18. HMFIC

    HMFIC n00b

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    Congrats!!!

    I picked up my SDR earlier this month.....
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  19. skrub

    skrub Been here awhile

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    I must have bump my head. Today I saw the 2010 Ducati multistrada at the dealer show. I like it. 150 HP Thinking of trading in the Super Duke. :eek1 Ya Ok let me have it What do yall think ?
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  20. MotoPolack

    MotoPolack n00b

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    Looks nice but I will wait a year or two and pickup one on the Ebay with 8k miles for 50% of original price. Still SD looks better. :D
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