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Old 04-27-2016, 03:46 PM   #21
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i want to stunt it too... maybe just a little. i have no clue how though.

i did pop a few little wheelies riding it home though feels great to be back on a good bike. feels even better to have a bike that i am the first owner of, and have put all of the miles on.
i said the same thing about the 690 duke lol. have fun man
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stevieboy, i found the vagabond tail tidy on amazon last night and added it to my list of stuff to get

stevieboy and energyhou, what do yall think of your rc300's?
if the ergos looked any easier going, i would have one of those today. they look really cool
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my skills are rusty, since it's been several years since i rode a bike for the mission of having fun. commuting is almost mindless activity. i had a lot of fun on back roads from my house to Motorcycles Unlimited, and then i practiced cornering in that little subdivision next to Motorcycles Unlimited, where there arent any houses in that oval area. i did a wussy little stoppie and a few wussy little wheelies. lol.


a few pics from today.
the little duke is a cramped tourer. i bought this mesh jacket at Motorcycles Unlimited. it was nice seeing Patrick, the crew, and the shop again. over at cycle gear, later, i found this seat cushion. it's like velcro loops almost. it helps a little, but still. ouch.
i have 201 miles on the bike now
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man things have turned for the better congrats dude

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stevieboy, i found the vagabond tail tidy on amazon last night and added it to my list of stuff to get

stevieboy and energyhou, what do yall think of your rc300's?
if the ergos looked any easier going, i would have one of those today. they look really cool
I like my RC so far. That being said, I am still waiting for the ergo saddle which I knew I wanted so made it part of the original sale. If I was a KTM dealer I would have one on hand at all times as they are an easy upsell. I managed to get about seventy miles-yes, 70, before the radiator fan took a . Problems with the fans are well known all over the internet but nobody has replacements. A week later my dealer has a fan but everyone was very cryptic about whether or not it was going to be covered under warranty. REALLY? Seventy miles and it goes bad? Ya think it might be a warranty fix? Hour and a half job to change out the fan is going to take at least three days. Fortunately the weather is not too good so I probably wouldn't be riding anyway. Once I get the new saddle I can tell whether the additional inch in height means I will not need lower clip ons. If I change out the bars and triple clamp I can check the steering head bearings as there is a high incidence of them having absolutely NO GREASE! Also need to check the swingarm pivot bushings (bushings not bearings) as there are many of them that are sold with NO GREASE. And to think I sold a perfectly good Aprilia RS125 and traded a Yamah R6's' to get this thing.
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Jeez. That's pretty bad. I'm at about 220 miles and I keep hearing the fan click on.
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The bikes do run hot so the fan comes on pretty early and often. If at some point it sounds like somebody is trying to shove a cat through it you have a bad one!
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The stock fan is junk, look for the SPAL conversion write up thread on the Duke 390 forum and make the swap ASAP, best decision I ever made. Works on both Duke and RC.
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Is everybody on all the same forums? I hope Mullet boy doesn't show up over there too.
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i dont know mullet boy yet. i am also on the duke 390 forum.
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man things have turned for the better congrats dude



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man, i wish it was nice, but the little duke is so cramped, i wouldnt recommend riding 2 up on this little bike.
but yeah, thanks. things are a lot better than they were a few years ago.

another positive is that i started smoking around the time the divorce began. ever since i got the duke, i have had no desire to smoke.
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Congrats on your new KTM. Cycle Shack North is a sponsor and willing to help. If you need anything, ask for Bill in parts. I'll make sure you get a good deal.
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thanks bill. can you recommend a good tank bag for the duke 390? i have a nice magnetic bag, but i dont want to mess with all the straps.

i used my big tank bag as a tail bag on wed, and once i had some stuff in there, i didnt like it. the bike is small already, but with the tail bag crowding me in, yeah, no. :P
getting on and off the bike was a bit of a challenge.

i have seen a few nice looking tank bags with a connection that bolts onto the gas cap. those look nice.

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I'll look into it for you. The Cortech Dryver tank bags are nice, but I don't see a ring for the KTM gas cap. I'll research this and be in touch.
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HUGE congrats. Like Patrick said, it's been a long road up until this point based on previous posts. Congrats on pulling through the tough times! I think this is indeed the appropriate gift to yourself.
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i appreciate that. long and winding road and all that.
it's seriously a breath of fresh air. i have a bike i want to get parts for, but not because it needs it. this guy is working 100% and everything is current, legal, good, etc.
i havent had a bike like this in ... EVER! my sv was the closest to a new bike, and i rebuilt that thing from pretty shape. the rear sprocket had about 5 teeth on it, the tank had a soft ball sized hole in it, the engine was all kinds of shitty, and the tags were illegal as , but it ran and it was my first bike, and i wanted it so bad. lol.
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RC is back from the dealer. I "rescued" an R1 from them years ago when they were solely a Harley dealer so I never really had any interaction with them after the deal. They were very pleasant but seemed as unimpressed with the KTM warranty process as I was. Very cryptic and secretive. I am hoping to get paperwork for my records on the work done but they couldn't give me any when I picked up the bike since they had no way forward from KTM. Now if only the weather would cooperate and I could ride.
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well that's strange. you'd think they would just be able to get you that info.

i was thinking about riding to work today after i stepped outside and it was only sprinkling. as if on cue, there was a loud clap of thunder and then buckets started pouring down.
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