Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

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Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Vibral » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:45 pm

Like the title says. Some will remember I've had some... let's call them growing pains with my 1290. However those are sorted and the bike has been good since. However, I know, and the Girlfriend knows, I'll need to get another bike. I won't be satisfied with just the 1290 long term. I sold my car in the name of efficiency and financial benefit, and now plan to commute year round on the 1290.

So I float this question out into the either that is this forum.
What do you think you would get as a second bike? Or do you already have a second bike you can recommend?

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Gimlet » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:13 pm

I have an 1190 Adv to partner mine. Love the contrast of the upright riding position, the commanding view, the space, the comfort.
Nothing like the outright power and thrust of the 1290 but still bloody quick and never feels like the poor relation. In fact through twisty roads I reckon I'm as quick on the 1190 as I am on the Duke.
Although they're very different I enjoy riding both equally.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Spiff » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:43 pm

If I am in a position to get another bike my plan is a street legal Husky 501. It appears to be the Super Duke of duel sports.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by djauofd » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:06 am

To me I wrestled a lot with the two bike gig. Of course being 6'-5 1/2" 285 + lbs creates issues on smaller sport bikes. However I did for several years ride a 2008 C14 which was tricked out to 153 hp at the rear wheel. Problem is I wanted to do off road adventure ride and knobies did not go well on the C14. So I got a 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R which was great offroad but 21 front 18 rear was not inspiring on the road. So I made a complete second set of wheels off the enter net buying parts from around the world for about $1,100. They were standard Adventurer 19" front and 17" rear. This was great it did not affect traction control but it did screw up the speedo. Who looks a speedo anyway. 13 months ago I shipped my bike from here in the East (Maryland), to Denver to do the Colorado, and Utah BDR'S with a run into Wyoming and Yellowstone. The shipper crashed and totaled my bike on the Kansas Rt 70 two miles from the Colorado state line. There went my vacation. Any hoot got home and bought a replacement bike for that one, this time I decided to get a leftover 2015 1290 SA. road that bike last fall and this spring and duplicated the trip this year out west. I had the second set so I have Michelin Anakee Wilds on one set and Michelin Anakee 3's for the street. Bike came with Conti trail attack 2's but after 2 defective stock tires the dealer and waranty agreed to put on some Anakee 3's. It is a great street tire with the ability to do some light trail work.I purchased a set of Scorpion Trail 2's which h will replace the Anakee 3's as they get to their end of useful age. Not that I an not happy with the Anakee 3's but the Perelli are basically an update
Angel which are awesome mimd blowimg street tires. I truly have the one bike that cna do it all. You can drag a knee with confidence or take off road on some fairly knarly trails, or commute to work, or take it to a track day. There are times off road you wish you had the 1190 Adv R with the 21 x 18 set up and suspension. But that far and few between. It is an awesome sport touring machine with off road capabitility. Cruz comtrol, heated seats, led lean sensing auxillary lights, semi active suspension with on the fly suspension dampening and pre load. So it does it all and it does it well. It only rpblem is its size can be intimidating. But if you are not vertically challenged this is the bike that does it all. Love and the wife is happy. One space in garage.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by steve59 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:59 pm

The SDR is my bike and the k1600gtl is the family car.
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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by HDKAWKTM » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:43 pm

Heck, if I had the garage space I would wrestle with a 4 bike goal. The wife says to me how many do you need, I always answer 1 more than I have :mrgreen:
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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by michaelnel » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:54 pm

I have a 2017 Duke 690 that I loved before I got the 2016 SDR. Now every time I walk out the door to ride, I look at the bikes, and the 690 always stays home. It's just as great a bike as it was before I got the SDR, but... missing about 100 HP.

The Duke 690 is for sale (with absolutely zero interest from CL buyers), and if it ever sells I don't think I will have a second bike along with the SDR, it does everything I need a motorcycle to do.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Vibral » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:59 pm

Thanks for all the replies I appreciate it. Unfortunately it looks like I'll be needing a replacement for the Duke due to a hit and run last week. No broken bones only bruising. I was going in for a low speed right hand turn when they hit me, spun the bike 180 degrees and flung us into a mostly grass and concrete sidewalk that totaled the Duke.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by HDKAWKTM » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:49 pm

Vibral, hate to hear that buddy. I would be sick as I am sure you are. If I were needing to replace mine I would stay with a SDR but if there were an Aprilia dealer close I would like to try a Tuono. Glad your ok though that is most important thing.
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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Vibral » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:01 pm

Thanks I really appreciate the sentiment. I've been eyeing the Tuono for a while as it was #2 on my list when I got the Duke.

We will see.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Spiff » Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:59 pm

Good to hear your okay. If you buy anything besides an sdr you need to do a comparison for us.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by batmantis » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:17 pm

My other one is something with a similar amount of annoying issues :lol: ImageDSC_0950 by Aaron.OHara, on Flickr

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Richard » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:00 pm

Hi Vibral,
Sorry to hear about your incident. Glad you're OK.
I don't really belong on here as I have a SuperDuke GT but I have to agree with HDKAWKTM the ideal number of bikes is N+1 where N is the current number you have.
I thankfully have a very understanding wife who has 3 bikes of her own. You need: something for distance, the GT, something silly A ZX10R Kawasaki, something old, A 1979 Ducati 900SS and a two stroke Suzuki GT250 X7 oh and something American Harley XR1200X
I can also use borrow my wifes GSXR 750 or her old one a 1980 Moto Morini 3 1/2 sport. Her Van Van 125 is simply so slow its dangerous.
The limiting factor is storage space, my garage is now full so I need a two garage house
I've just thought, I need a winter bike!

Im not sure I've helped your decision process so far so to be sensible the best all year round bike I had was a 1997 620 Duke. Great fun down small roads in summer and easy to ride through the slippy roads we get up here in Scotland in winter, had it for 7 years and regret selling it. Kept my FZR1000 away from the road salt.

Cheers Richard

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Vibral » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:46 pm

Spiff wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:59 pm
Good to hear your okay. If you buy anything besides an sdr you need to do a comparison for us.
Absolutely, will do. Likely won't be until the spring though. I want to be able to pay cash if I can for the bike.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by McDirty » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:13 pm

I have the 1290r thats my track day mountian roads bike. A RC390 that the finance thinks is hers and im currently eyeballing an African twin as id like to try a mix of duelsport and touring.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by michaelnel » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:32 am

I sold my Africa Twin the day I bought my 1290. Have not missed it for a microsecond.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by TexasSuperDuke » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:55 am

I have a 2014 Vmax in the garage with the Super Duke. I sold my Ducati Diavel in September. The Duke was just a little more fun than the Duc and it was more practical i.e. Bags and gas mileage. The Vmax gets my heart pounding and adrenaline going every time. The Duke just goes without much fuss so it feels kinda boring at times.

If you've never ridden a flashed Vmax then you won't know what I mean, but I will always have one. Might want to check one out if you can.

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by steve59 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:59 pm

I had an 06 R3 and I was thinking that a used roadster with a carpenter kit could be done for less than the cost of a new leftover super duke. a 240hp 170 ft/lbs three cylinder cruiser would be a fun bar hopper.
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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Bootworks » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:48 am

Vibral, what floats your boat? A Brutale 800? A DR-Z400SM? A KTM 790r or maybe a Thruxton 1200 r? Or, go to the Dark Side for a 2018 'Fat Bob'? Man, the choices are endless!

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Re: Second motorcycle to contrast the 1290?

Post by Spiff » Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:29 pm

TexasSuperDuke wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:55 am
If you've never ridden a flashed Vmax then you won't know what I mean, but I will always have one. Might want to check one out if you can.
Buddy I grew up with has a Vmax. He said the same thing. He'll never sell it.

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