New 1290 r

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New 1290 r

Post by Garrychap » Mon May 01, 2017 9:59 am

Loving the new Duke it's my 3rd one . Just had it professionally lowered and the WP suspension reoiled . It
was done at MCT suspension Stowmarket
U.K. Daren the owner is a suspension specialist and set the bike up properly.
It turns into corners better and I'm loving it.
It's what I should of done to the last 1290 but never got round to it . Full akro system going on with first service .
I will keep the posts rolling
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Re: New 1290 r

Post by rapidgaz » Mon May 01, 2017 12:09 pm

Very nice ride matey.
How much was the suspension setup if you don't mind me asking.


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Re: New 1290 r

Post by Garrychap » Mon May 01, 2017 4:46 pm

It was £230 but he spent a few hours on it and set up the forks . Really thorough. His name is Daren and he does race an R1 !!

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by JJM » Tue May 02, 2017 1:18 pm

Garrychap wrote:Loving the new Duke it's my 3rd one . Just had it professionally lowered and the WP suspension reoiled . It
was done at MCT suspension Stowmarket
U.K. Daren the owner is a suspension specialist and set the bike up properly.
It turns into corners better and I'm loving it.
It's what I should of done to the last 1290 but never got round to it . Full akro system going on with first service .
I will keep the posts rolling
Hi Gary - Thanks for posting. Obviously you are a huge fan of SDR's with this being your third one! That is a testament to the "beast" for sure.

I am waiting for my 017 SDR to arrive at my local dealership (another subject altogether), but I am concerned about the height of the bike - particularly with the ergo seat (adds 20 mm to the bike height). I'm interested in finding out how much you were able to lower the bike and also if it negatively effects the performance or not at all. I think the answer to last question is "no", but it would be nice if you could elaborate on it further if possible.

Congrats on your new SDR - she's a beauty even though it's a beast!

Thanks,
JJM

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Post by JoshSDR1290 » Tue May 02, 2017 5:03 pm

Hi Guys, I, picking up my 2017 Duke this Thursday. I need some advise what kind of fender eliminator to get as i am very picky and want something that looks very minimal as well smaller turn signals so they dont stick out

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by JJM » Tue May 02, 2017 5:31 pm

JoshSDR1290 wrote:Hi Guys, I, picking up my 2017 Duke this Thursday. I need some advise what kind of fender eliminator to get as i am very picky and want something that looks very minimal as well smaller turn signals so they dont stick out
Congratulations, Josh!!

I am not sure if you have clicked on to the 1290 Super Duke R segment of this website or not? But if you haven't you should. There are a bunch of really knowledgable dudes over there who would more than likely be willing to help you out with some ideas and insight. Consider copying and pasting your question probably in the "Accessories" section and you should get some good feedback from well versed people.

This is going to be my first KTM SDR so I can't help you very much at all other than whatever factory specs and voicing my frustration that many are having here in the USA with taking delivery of the new 2017 SDR's due to some unknown KTM SNAFU.

Best of luck to you and your new beast!

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by JoshSDR1290 » Tue May 02, 2017 5:46 pm

Hi JJM,

Thanks for letting me know man!

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by Garrychap » Wed May 03, 2017 2:35 pm

Hi JJM
I'm no bike suspension specialist mate but the guy I use is and he knows his stuff
He said by lowering the bike slightly it should make the bike handle better in his experience and it really dies feel good.
Maybe it feels good as I myself feel more comfortable as it's lower .
I'm off to the Spanish Pyrenees next month to blister up those tyres !!
I will keep some posts rolling .
But I heard KTM are late with production on the full acro system , as they had to redesign the exhaust hanger
Which I'm annoyed about as I have already paid for it and wanted to make lots of noise in Spain !!

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by JJM » Wed May 03, 2017 8:23 pm

Garrychap wrote:Hi JJM
I'm no bike suspension specialist mate but the guy I use is and he knows his stuff
He said by lowering the bike slightly it should make the bike handle better in his experience and it really dies feel good.
Maybe it feels good as I myself feel more comfortable as it's lower .
I'm off to the Spanish Pyrenees next month to blister up those tyres !!
I will keep some posts rolling .
But I heard KTM are late with production on the full acro system , as they had to redesign the exhaust hanger
Which I'm annoyed about as I have already paid for it and wanted to make lots of noise in Spain !!

Thanks for the response, Gary!

I wish you all the best with flogging your SDR! She's a beast and will respond favorably!!

I'll check with my local KTM dealer to see if they have any suspension lowering suggestions probably at the 600 mile service.

Looking forward to some updates from you and your SDR experiences!

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by Scuba1290 » Thu May 04, 2017 4:10 am

Garrychap wrote:Hi JJM
I'm no bike suspension specialist mate but the guy I use is and he knows his stuff
He said by lowering the bike slightly it should make the bike handle better in his experience and it really dies feel good.
Maybe it feels good as I myself feel more comfortable as it's lower .
I'm off to the Spanish Pyrenees next month to blister up those tyres !!
I will keep some posts rolling .
But I heard KTM are late with production on the full acro system , as they had to redesign the exhaust hanger
Which I'm annoyed about as I have already paid for it and wanted to make lots of noise in Spain !!

Lowering the forks in the front slightly yes, The SDR actually needs to be raised slightly in the rear. It will quicken the turn in. Lowering the rear would decrease the ground clearance, which is already not that great when leaned over.

Throw the bike on a front triple stand and loosen the triples to lower the front slightly.


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Re: New 1290 r

Post by JJM » Thu May 04, 2017 1:00 pm

Thanks for chiming in, Scuba!

That does make sense. Hopefully I'll be able to get used to the beast-stance without having to modify, but I appreciate the idea(s).

My local KTM dealer is affiliated with Race-Tech / WP and claim to possess some stellar custom setup abilities - so we shall see if need be.

Thanks again!

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by Fry » Mon May 15, 2017 3:53 am

I had Racetech do a full on set up of my 2003 GSXR 1000 Forks and Shock, Simply amazing. Racetech kit is very good.

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Post by JJM » Mon May 15, 2017 12:55 pm

Fry wrote:I had Racetech do a full on set up of my 2003 GSXR 1000 Forks and Shock, Simply amazing. Racetech kit is very good.

That is really good to hear coming from someone other than my dealership who of course wants to sell their stuff! Thanks for chiming in.

I hope I won't have to think about lowering the bike. But I have heard from many that once a bike is truly set up custom for a rider and their riding style that there is no comparison to a "stock" set up. I suppose that most folks get used to what they have and never realize that there is a whole other suspension-world out there waiting for them.

Interesting stuff.

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by Fry » Mon May 15, 2017 3:09 pm

Being the "Short" guy in my group of riders I constantly get good nature ribbing, even from novice riders in my group. When everyone seen the height of the SDR they taunted me further. I simply told them to STFU, I'm a very good rider and seat height really means shit to me, if seat hieght affects your ability to ride a bike then your skills are concerning. I've never been able to flat foot any bike at a stop, usually tippy toe one foot, I'm sure with the KTM I'll have to slide off of the side a bit at stop lights and such, but it doesn't concern me.

Yes, most riders ignore suspension set up as it is mysterious to them, most never even fiddle with the stock adjustments either, I know it took me a few new bikes before I started messing with the Clickers. Racetech stuff is really good and while I noticed the difference, on the street its hard to notice just how big of a difference. From my perspective it just felt like it was suppose to, did everything without drama.

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Post by JJM » Mon May 15, 2017 4:05 pm

Fry wrote:Being the "Short" guy in my group of riders I constantly get good nature ribbing, even from novice riders in my group. When everyone seen the height of the SDR they taunted me further. I simply told them to STFU, I'm a very good rider and seat height really means shit to me, if seat hieght affects your ability to ride a bike then your skills are concerning. I've never been able to flat foot any bike at a stop, usually tippy toe one foot, I'm sure with the KTM I'll have to slide off of the side a bit at stop lights and such, but it doesn't concern me.

Yes, most riders ignore suspension set up as it is mysterious to them, most never even fiddle with the stock adjustments either, I know it took me a few new bikes before I started messing with the Clickers. Racetech stuff is really good and while I noticed the difference, on the street its hard to notice just how big of a difference. From my perspective it just felt like it was suppose to, did everything without drama.
I hear ya'. My riding skills trump my standing still while leaning the bike over to one side looks in a big way. I come from a dirt background. It takes a special knack to kickstart a KX125 and later on a KX250 when the bike sits a solid three inches or so more than your inseem. Lol

In the dirt, who cares what you need to do or what you look like at a standstill. I just want to avoid the douch factor look on the street if at all possible.

Take care.

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Re: New 1290 r

Post by Fry » Mon May 15, 2017 4:09 pm

I rode a KTM300EXC fr a long time, that fucking thing was a sky scrapper. LOL

I don't care about looks on the street. Minute thelight turns green or the road opens up, not many will see me anyways, LOL

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Post by phayhoe64 » Thu May 25, 2017 5:40 pm

They worked magic on my BMW a few years ago, brill people.
Need to lose that can tho, if your interested I have an akro end can for sale as I changed to an Austin racing part.
If interested msg me, Paul


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