The "I Love My Super Duke!" Thread

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

  1. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Not in Canada yet... gotta wait till the ice floes melt a bit :huh but from the pics and writeups I am thinking the same thing, only it's my GS that may get traded in.
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  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'd do it.. I could live with the SD as a second bike, but the MS could
    be the perfect do-it-all (not offroad obviously). Can't find a single thing
    wrong with it (other then the price).
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  3. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    Did you get it yet? You're going to love that bike. I picked up an '08 two months ago at nearly half off of MSRP. I still can't believe the Super Duke can now be had for the price of an SV650. The bike is so smooth and easy to ride it's ridiculous. It's got to be one of the best performance bikes designed for the street (not the track) out there. It has perfect ergos, power, handling, and braking for fast street riding and it's so user friendly I swear it's as easy to ride as my Dad's Versys.......just faster. :evil When I bought mine the one reservation I had was the throttle snatchiness I'd read so much about online. When I actually rode the bike however I found quite the opposite. The throttle response is so smooth and precise it makes the bike an absolute joy to ride in nearly any condition, in town, out of town, country roads, wherever. I had even read one account where a guy said he was fearful just trying to negotiate a parking lot due to the dreaded throttle snatch. He must have been kidding around though because we can't be talking about the same bike. Sorry to ramble on so but again I think you're really going to love this bike!

    Since this is my first post here I'd also like to say "Hi" and mention how appreciative I am to be a part of such a great rider's forum!

    Sean

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  4. jcarlson9

    jcarlson9 Been here awhile

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    finally got some time to take some photos of my new to 08 sd,the 950 sadly is up for sale its a very cool bike.:D [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]now time to work on the 990 but its got almost all the stuff it needs
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  5. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    Both of those bikes look great! What a combination. I've got the touring screen on my SD too. At first I didn't like the look compared to the stock screen but now I think it really suits the bike well. It does seem to offer a bit of relief from the windblast at highway speed too.

    Sean
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  6. Rsquared

    Rsquared Echo

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    Jcarlson9, Out of curiosity, how does the SD compare to the 950 SM handling and power? Pro's and Con's of one versus the other.

    Thanks,
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  7. dogfm

    dogfm Been here awhile

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    I had one of the first SD's - preowned by KTM, I bought it with 9,000 miles on it and sold it when it had 22,000 miles on it. I really regretted selling it. The only thing to note is that it's not so good for pillions :D

    I found the fuel injection fine, had 16t sprocket, akras and some carbon. Did three of the Keith Code track schools on it- I was certainly the limiting factor.

    Brilliant bike certainly the best so far ..after a year without a KTM I just bought a 950 SMR, the roads here are c*ap so some I'm hoping more suspension travel will help :rofl .
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  8. High_Side

    High_Side Been here awhile

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    How do you like the fmf pipes on the Duke?
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  9. jcarlson9

    jcarlson9 Been here awhile

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    i like the way they fit,and look great,but a bit too loud even with the baffels in,by the way the 950 price has been lowered,must sell it sadly cant keep both
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  10. No Degree

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    Anyone running Leo Vince slip-on exhaust? Did you re-map using the Akra slip-on map or did you leave it with the stock map. I've been pouring over the thread at www.superduke.net and cannot get a solid answer. It seems that there has been success both ways. A PC111 and custom map is one of the best ways to go but until then I either re-map or not.
    My bike is a 2008 bone stock SD.
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  11. Bert Fox

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    I would guess a lot will depend on the altitude you live and ride at? I get away with stock maps on most of my bikes because I live at 5000' and ride at 8-9000.
    Bert
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  12. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    I have the factory slip on map for the Akras that I am running with my FMF's.
    with out a map it will run pretty poorly lots of backfiring and popping.

    I would get the factory map for slip ons and not mess with the PC3 unless you feel the need.
    I find my bike runs pretty well without a PC3 so I haven't done anything else.
    I did a track day last year and found the fueling was never a problem.

    Leovince's are nice pipes, the FMF's are great but kinda noisy as noted even with the restrictors.
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  13. Bert Fox

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    I have a Leo on my Xchallenge. It has been a great can. I had carbon Leos on my V11 LeMans and that big twin pounded the packing into submission after about 6,000 miles so it was too loud for my taste. I think I'll leave the SD stock, since I also like the heat shields on the stock cans. I'll have to wiat until I pick it up and ride it some though.
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  14. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    That's more Leos then the V11, IMHO.

    I'm surprised to see Leo's have such a big following in the US, while we
    (close to Italy) usually slap it on if we can't afford a "good brand exhaust"
    or if the stock pipe goes bad (because leo's here often cost less then stock
    pipes).

    Even their 2-stroke stuff, while great in performance gains.. burns out
    after just a month or two (scooter stuff).
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  15. vanos954

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    OK I love my Superduke but I have a question...how much did it cost everyone to do a valve adjustment at the dealer....and why is the first one at 600 miles, seems absurd. I gave my dealership the opportunity to do it, after sitting there for a week they called and said it would be $850 to CHECK the valves (adjusting would be extra of course!) and change the oil. I obviously declined, picked it up and changed the oil myself (after spending like $120 for oil and parts...doh) but am left wondering 1) Does it really need a 600 mile valve adjustment...I mean come on it sounds/runs/feels just fine and 2) How hard would it be to do the adjustment myself. I have the manual and tools, just not sure if I want to go messing with it.

    Thoughts, suggestions, comments?
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  16. apessino

    apessino Long timer

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    You don't really need a fist valve adjustment/check until 4000 miles or so. I didn't do it for any of my 3 KTMs, and even at 4000 the valves needed little to no adjustment. I believe KTM is not even recommending the 600 mile check anymore.

    Also, if there is any way find a different dealer. $850 for a valve check + oil change is insane. I don't think I've ever paid more than $400.
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  17. Bert Fox

    Bert Fox Casual Adventurer

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    I have had 2 different dealers tell me not to worry until 6-8000 miles. When I need it, it will be $150 to check and $2-300 for adjustments along with other scheduled maintenance. I'd say check around for a better dealer....
    Bert
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  18. vanos954

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    Yeah, the dealer wanted 5.5 hours @ $105 an hour just to check the valves...seemed ridiculously high to take the tank off, pop the valve covers and prod around with some feeler gauges. I guess when 4000 miles roll around I'll put some of my tools to use and check them myself.

    Unfortunately they are the only dealer around...none of the other KTM dealers deal with street bikes (that I know of)...I guess I could always take it to Atlanta?
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  19. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    If you can do it, check them. It won't cost you anything - unless one or more are out of adjustment, but it would be good to know and maybe catch one now, ya know? No point in waiting, either.
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  20. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    I haven't gotten my first service done yet either as I just hit 750 miles before the weather around here turned into something out of a Polar expedition! However, the first dealer I called (25 miles from where I live) wanted $650 for the first service and I nearly dropped the phone in shock. He did say though not to bother getting the valves checked until at least 1,000 miles. The second dealer I called (80 miles away) quoted me $300 for the first service including oil change. I think I know who I'll be going to. Fortunately, the 80 miles is out in the country so I can have some fun gettin there. I wish there was a way KTM could keep some of its dealers from charging such outrageous shop fees. When I got the first price quote I remember thinking I might as well have bought a Ducati if I wanted to spend this kind of money on shop charges. Fortunately, the other dealership is close enough that it's not too far out of my way to go to them and I don't think $300 is unreasonable at all for a valve adjustment and oil change.

    Sean