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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by MacMcMacmac, Apr 30, 2020.
‘21 KTM Duke 890 R. Pick up next week!
The 800 looked sooo much better than the 1500 Drifter and the 800 engine was no slouch for a cruiser engine.
Really fun bikes.
Had a change of plans. Stopped by the local shop to talk about the Drifter I planned on. They just got this out on the floor. Thunderbird Sport. 10,000 miles. Newly rebuilt carbs, suspension redone by Racetec. Sold!! Rode a favorite 50 mile loop. Wow! Great suspension. That big triple pulls like a locomotive. Just torque from the bottom up. Sometimes the lucky accidents are the best. I’m very happy with it.
Adventure Motorsports in Pensacola.
Modifications so far are Heed Crash bars, Evotech spools out back and axle sliders in front. I also installed EBC HH pads front and rear. I originally just wanted a more aggressive compound out back to help with the piss poor rear brake, but just decided to go for the whole set. The front brakes were fine stock, but I went ahead and swapped them too. I'm very particular about brake feel and initial bite characteristics. Next thing I'm changing is going to be the screen. I get awful buffeting, and want something shorter. That's gonna pretty much be it for mods. Luggage will come later when/if I take another big road trip towards the end of this year.
Finally sweet talked the wife into allowing a 3rd motorcycle to join the flock, and have wanted one of these since they came out in 2016... mine is a 2017 one owner (former HD and Ducati tech) with only 6k miles on the clock! Last of the twin shock FXR style bikes and came with all the stock parts. For a Harley it moves with the 110 motor and actually goes around a turn pretty good. Winter project(s) 117 upgrade and suspension hahaha
Been looking for one of these since riding my friend's SM. Found it in the flea market. Have had it 3 weeks. WOW what a ride. 2007 SMR with 20,000 on it and nice extras. Only negative so far is 3.6 gallon tank and 30/35 mpg's.
Wow, nice! I love those. Way better than the Drifter, IMHO!
Like the pipes, one on the other side, right? Reminds me of the Kaw triple with two chambers on the right, one on the left. Were those stock pipes?
Good timeless look for sure.
Actually just on the left. Yes, they're stock. Kinda reminds me of the Rocket Three.....
Ahhhhhhhh! flat track style... sweet.
A buddy used to have one and I rode it a few times. Great bike with good character. Loved the triple!! Almost bought it from him. Not sure why I didn't?
Rode this 300 miles home today, lots of twisties for the start of run in. Well done KTM, bloody sharp bike .
Perfect break in run too.
I’ve owned a lot of bikes, some weird ones too, but this one might be the weirdest.
I just bought an 06 Royal Enfield military, pre unit engine construction same as Redditch built in the fifties. The plan is to build it into a vintage trials bike with parts available from Hitchcock.
Picked up the new 3rd generation 2022 Grom SP 10 days ago
1st oil change interval performed at mile 602 and averaged 134.5 mpg over that period.
I changed the new for 22 oil filter too despite the manual not calling for it until the 8000 mile interval.
The new for 22 site glass window is convenient and much appreciated.
The stock seat is comfortable and much wider than previous generations.
On urban city roads the new 5 speed gearing keeps me out ahead of everyone's way nicely.
The stock handle bars are higher now and more inviting for non-vertically challenged riders.
The stock exhaust is peaceful at speed for neighborhood jaunts. I once heard a mouse behind a wall farting in a cotton ball that was louder.
It's stock, save for a fender delete and integrated tail light replacement.
I kept the rear OEM turn signals which parallel the integrated turn signals for added conspicuousness and also use the pre-programed triple flash feature when the brakes are applied.
A lot of 4-way stops around my area have been re-fashioned into roundabouts creating mini slalom opportunities.
Low maintenance, high efficiency, and tons of fun around town. I've become quite smitten with this new little ankle biter.
That 134.5 mpg seems a little low...
Only thing I'm not entirely sure of is the first tank read full on the dash when I took possession of the bike but the dealership filled it, not me. I'm assuming it was full. I didn't open the gas cap and look in the tank.
If that's low, what should the first 600 miles have averaged?