Who went 1290 to 790? Talk to me.

Discussion in 'Parallel World (790/890)' started by Roadhawg011, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz 34 sleeps Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    In the bay area, I notice my usual freeway speed is 88 mph. I've had it up north and doing a long stint at 95++ :augie on roads where it was safe to wick it up.
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  2. OhDuh

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    3.6 seconds 0-100 km/h and around 215 km/h top speed.
    Wobbling depends hugely on your tyres and how the weighting was done. Also the handlebar position seems to have quite a bit impact on high speed stability.

    Anyway the heavy buffeting between 130-160 km/h makes me drive faster or slower than that.
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  3. Roadhawg011

    Roadhawg011 Been here awhile

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    I also noticed quite a lot of buffeting on the highway. The Stock R screen was raised pretty high, I figure it might be better in it's lower setting?
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  4. mickd

    mickd crash test dummie

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    For me its better in the low position @ 5ft 9
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  5. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer Supporter

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    Gives cleaner air to the helmet at speed in low position for me as well. In the high position the buffeting at speed was tiring.
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  6. Roadhawg011

    Roadhawg011 Been here awhile

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    Why am I such an indecisive little bitch?

    I've done the "Fuck it, I'm gonna get a 790." decision in my mind like 10 times now, and each time I start doubting it and go back to "You idiot, the 1290 is the best bike in the world, just keep it!".

    Why am I like dis?




    (2 people are looking at my 1290 on Saturday morning. Im also meeting them at a dealer so hopefully I can organise a decent long 790 test ride. I need to bang it down some dirt to really know I think.)
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  7. TrailTrauma

    TrailTrauma Nemophilist

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    Precisely! You DO need to bang it down some dirt to really know. Because after that you'll drive back and slap a deposit down clear of conscience, and powerful in your resolve.
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  8. Doc Dee

    Doc Dee Enjoy the ride.

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    The man behind that working man's motorcycle is either a highly paid working man or a very hard working working man ; )
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  9. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum Super Supporter

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    Coming up on a year of ownership of my 790r and still love it and no plans to replace it. Overall the 1290 SAR is much more refined for highway travel. Better wind protection, able to handle higher speeds in more comfort. I ride interstate on my 790r and it is fine at 75-80, but I would prefer the 1290 for any sustained highway faster than that. Again, the wind is a problem on the 790r. I have the RebelX rally setup on my 790r and that is the best so far but the 1290 is still much better for wind protection. I replaced the 1290 because of the weight and difficulty of picking up the beast off road. It is approx 100 lbs heavier than the 790r plus the center of gravity of the 790r is much lower so picking it up is not so hard. It is also way way more agile off road. I have the 790r and also a Ducati Hypermotard 950sp, but if I had to keep one it would be the KTM because it is such a great all around bike.
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