What bike do you want today?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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  2. robfilms

    robfilms Been here awhile

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    a 2016/2017 suzuki gsx-s1000f

    -the fairing version so i can hope for a better windscreen and maybe install heated grips, hand guards and find a way to mount some luggage.

    ymmv

    be well.

    rob
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  3. robfilms

    robfilms Been here awhile

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  4. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    I still don't trust Norton enough to contemplate purchasing. Some of their corp decisions are whack. Not addressing known quality issues on the bikes is a big one. Kinda give me an Eric Buell vibe. :p3rry
  5. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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  6. Philthy64

    Philthy64 Been here awhile

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    I can't tell what's stock and what's custom on that. Tidy enough to be a production bike (not the chair) but I sense it's not. Strangely alluring whichever way.
  7. smithe

    smithe Been here awhile

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    That's a Ducati Scrambler, not sure which version though.
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    jmlmjmjm Long timer

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  9. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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  10. rlkat

    rlkat Mine's a whisky

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    KTM 690 Duke.

    Mmmmmm...
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    Too expensive, though.
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  11. Shep

    Shep Vagabond

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    Best motorcycle money I ever spent!
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  12. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Really? If you don't mind my asking, how were the vibrations on it? I'm not attacking, I'm honestly curious.
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  13. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF

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  14. Tpnewsk

    Tpnewsk Been here awhile

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    The new ones (last 1 or two model years) are better balanced and don't vibrate much, allegedly.
  15. Doofus

    Doofus or not...

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    I'm a big KTM fan, and that bike looks great but I have what might be an irrational fear of bikes with a single disc for the front brake. I have not ridden one in a long time, and brakes have come a long way, so I'd like to ask the collective if that is not something to worry about? In which case, that would open up a pretty big selection of cheaper/lighter "around town" bikes to own. Wrong thread maybe, but just curious.....
  16. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Tenere of the above average variety

    Don't know that much about them, but my other Yamis fit me well and I want a big do-it-all bike.
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  17. rlkat

    rlkat Mine's a whisky

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    I've not ridden the 690 Duke but it only weighs about 150kgs and the front caliper is a 4 pot Brembo so I'd imagine will be OK. Certainly wouldn't want a single disc up front on a big bike.
  18. sbn

    sbn Been here awhile

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    Today I'll want a Moto Guzzi V9 roamer or bobber GIVI outfittet.

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  19. Shep

    Shep Vagabond

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    I can tell you why that statement is true for me. Obviously it won't be for everyone. To put my answer in perspective you need to know where I am coming from: 50 years of riding, at least that many bikes, including everything from a Gold Wing, to the Mighty GS, to Ducati, etc...a well rounded assortment.

    My 690 is a 2013 so probably has a few more vibes than the newer one. My feeling on the vibes is that they are a matter of perspective. First time I rode the Duke I was coming off a sweetly smooth Street Triple...and I noticed some vibes. Not enough for me to be turned off, but more than the Street Triple. Later, I sold the Triple and demoed the Duke again...never noticed the vibes at all. I've owned the bike for a few years now and I can honestly say I do not notice any intrusive or annoying vibrations...and I still own a Triumph Triple engine. So, the vibration concern is a non-issue to me; others may disagree. Well, if you run it up to the redline, around 8,000 + rpm, some vibes will come, but there is no need to do that. On the other hand, once I hit 6,000 rpms, with the Akra on, the Heaven's open and the Angel's begin to sing!

    So, what's so special about this little bike? After owning plenty of big, heavy bikes, getting on a compact, light weight (about 350 +/- wet) machine is refreshing. That would be true for many smaller bikes. But take a 350 lb machine and put 70+ hp in it, 55 lb.-ft of torque and a couple sticky 17" tires and you've got something very special. I added the performance kit to mine so it is even lighter and has a bit more hp. Brakes? Who needs them when you've got the kind of engine braking this thing has! As for cost? I've seen them new on the floor for $7900.

    If I could sum it up in simple terms, this bike reminds me why I ride motorcycles. I have other bikes; bigger bikes, faster bikes ( I have a 1290 Super Duke too...and I"m not an orange Kool-Aid guy either), but I never have more pure fun than when I ride this bike. It makes me feel like a hero, like I'm a much better rider than I really am. And it is so easy to ride. For me, the 690 Duke is just pure, simply riding pleasure. It is also quite comfortable. I have the Powerparts ergo seat and I can ride mine all day. Right now I am fortunate enough to have 3 bikes in the garage. I love them all...but the one guaranteed to make me smile, or cause me to pump my fist in the air from pure adrenaline as I run down the road? The 690 Duke. Every time.
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  20. ARiderX

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    I resisted :becca :lol3

    Neither in the place or timeframe to buy a motorcycle right now. But those are sexy bikes for sure...