2018 KTM Duke 790 first ride

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Kona990, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. Hatori

    Hatori Been here awhile

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    What were the initial problems you had with your bike? Were they not minor?
  2. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Dumb post.
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  3. nostatic

    nostatic i drank what?!? - Socrates

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    Speaking of blowing things...

    A vacationing penguin is driving his car through Arizona when he notices that the oil pressure light is on. He gets out to look and sees oil dripping out of the motor. He drives to the nearest town and stops at the first gas station.

    After dropping the car off, the penguin goes for a walk around town. He sees an ice-cream shop and, being a penguin in Arizona, decides that something cold would really hit the spot. He gets a big dish of ice cream and sits down to eat. Having no hands he makes a real mess trying to eat with his flippers. After finishing his ice cream, he goes back to the gas station and asks the mechanic if he's found the problem. The mechanic looks up and says "It looks like you blew a seal."

    "No no," the penguin replies, "it's just ice cream."
  4. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    Yeah, that really brought the house down when I was in seventh grade or so.
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  5. Dauntless

    Dauntless Been here awhile

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    The main problem is the rear wheel having excessive play in the hub. KTM’s solution was to tighten the nut. The dealer did this and it still has excessive play but KTM says it is within spec. Also, the speedometer is off about 10 percent and the gas tank leaked on some bikes. The brake light housing was poorly designed and breaks where the mounting screws attach. If KTM had better customer service and a warranty longer than one year, I would consider being a first model year owner because the bike is pretty cool.
  6. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    You have no idea.....
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  7. Dakar Dan

    Dakar Dan Long timer

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    Two year warranty here. Great dealer an hour away. Global recall for leaking fuel tank fillers on the 690 Duke V. Hopefully things like the rear wheel fixed. Most of the riding software seems to be well developed and the bike itself probably uses a lot of 690 and 1290 derived parts beyond the new engine, which itself has been extensively tested. I’d be a willing guinea pig.
  8. nostatic

    nostatic i drank what?!? - Socrates

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    Yeah, I should knock off the highbrow humor around here.

    I suppose I should change it to the Penguin goes to a Starbucks...
  9. billbob412

    billbob412 Been here awhile

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    I thought it was funny, just the way it is, I don't remember that one from 7th grade.:rofl
  10. Dakar Dan

    Dakar Dan Long timer

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    An oldie but a goodie! Inoffensive to nobody but penguins. And seals.
  11. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    And mechanics that talk to penguins.

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  12. Hatori

    Hatori Been here awhile

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    Well hopefully KTM has learned their lessons. It seems that KTM expect this to sell very well (almost MT07 like) so they wouldn't want any bad press from their potential customers. From what I've read there have extensively tested the motor for half a million kilometres or so, hopefully all is well. Although it was interesting to read that at low revs it was somewhat snatchy.
  13. Hatori

    Hatori Been here awhile

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  14. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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  15. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    I'm waiting for the "R" version of this to hopefully come out.
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  16. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    I'm waiting to see what the after market exhaust people come up with - I'd like to see what a low slung stubby can looks like, similar to the Street Triple (if it can be done).
  17. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    I've been trying to figure out what it is about the bike that is leaving me cold and I think it may be the lack of a trellis frame - it's just such a visual thing on Dukes. It shouldn't be a consideration but there you go.
  18. billbob412

    billbob412 Been here awhile

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    Hey, i'm a mechanic and i wasn't offended, o wait thats right iv'e never met a penguin.
  19. oldoval

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    Just watching the reactions of testers in these videos makes me think KTM accomplished the difficult trick of making a motorcycle that is fun and dynamic without having to resort to huge horsepower or expensive components.

    Looking at specs alone, it's hard to discern which bikes will have that "thing" that makes them a hoot to ride. I think the Japanese have a difficult time with this concept sometimes. They may build an extremely competent motorcycle but the riding experience is just lukewarm. The FZ/MT Yamahas seem to have that "thing" that punches above their price and component list, and they have gotten the press and praise for the effort.

    The comments in these initial reviews talking about exceptional front end feel reminds me of KTM's own 950 SM. Another bike with a rather mundane spec sheet that turned out to have awesome handling and "feel'.

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  20. LOFTYBOB

    LOFTYBOB Burning up 98 Octane

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