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New guy

Post by Spiff » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:11 am

(So this is a double post. I already started a thread in the 1290 section. Sorry, I'm that guy.)

I'm new. There I said it.

Been doing a little lurking here and there. I'm here because I have a new 1290r on the way. I live in Vegas. I had to sell my old ride (SXV550) to get this bike, I hope it is as good as I think it will be.

I am unsure if it is cool to talk about specific dealerships here, but I found a small dealer with a fair amount of inventory. They have treated me good so far, including price. If anyone is interested I can forward their info. (As long as the moderators don't mind.) Just trying to help people find their bike.

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Re: New guy

Post by RDKLL » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:32 pm

Welcome,
I am new as well. This is a we bike for my wife and I we are doing 250-350 miles on the weekend. Wont be doing that for awhile...hit and run last week.
I think you are going to love it
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Re: New guy

Post by Spiff » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:26 pm

Hit and run? On your bike?

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Re: New guy

Post by Aussie Dave » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:43 am

Welcome Spiff, and commiserations to RDKILL (I've seen the photo's of yur 'hit-n-run')...... :(

I've not ridden an SD-R, but it's gotta be similar to the 017GT......so you'll not be short on horsepower and once you grind the newness out of the motor/suspension, and find some settings you like.....(same old story for any brand).....you'll be :D ......you'll also have the new TFT dash instead of the GT's old style dash!

I'll assume the SD-R manual will state that you should run ridiculously high tyre pressures just as the GT manual does......but for a solo unloaded rider, you will not need 36-42psi f-r.......most of the gang on here have tried lower pressures to suit their circumstances and the lights don't go out.....in fact, those high pressures might even be the cause of a few crashes due loss of grip. My choice is 34-36f-r solo and for 1+luggage touring I bump them up to 35/36f and 37/38r cold and the 'Angels' are fine with that.

You will think the front forks are a bit on the stiff side - this eases with miles, and I've noticed the rear can be a tad too softly sprung on solo pre-load......so try 1+lgge.....anyway...enjoy.. ;)

Ps just remembered.....motor is sweet from 4500rpms up, and does not like higher gears until it has a few 000mls up.......that's also what's going on with the 39/40 tooth rear sprocket talk......just puts the motor into it's sweet spot rather than riding around in a lower gear than normal.... ;) .....see what you think in a while.

PPs.....hey - we are all newbies here....the 1290GT has only been out for a year (we only got new stock here in Aus this year after the first shipment sold out before hitting the showrooms in 2016......) I've got only 4200kms on mine so far (approx 2600mls).....wanted to knock a few hundred more on over the long weekend but had to help shift the workplace into new (bigger) premises while sniffling with a lingering cold..... :roll:
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Re: New guy

Post by Spiff » Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:23 pm

I appreciate the hello, and heads up. I have a 1290r on the way, didn't notice this was a gt intro section until I had posted. That said I do plan some relatively long trips. I went back and forth on gt or r. The biggest tipping point was I the new electronics. I have to say the bags would be nice to leave gear in a secure manner. Oh well, life is full of comprises.

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Re: New guy

Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:46 am

No worries......we're all part of the "Orange" family... :lol:
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Re: New guy

Post by DaveNZ » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:41 am

Wellcome Spiffy, and congrats on ya R, i had the R first (18,000Ks on it) now have the GT, both great bikes
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Re: New guy

Post by Spiff » Mon May 01, 2017 12:20 am

Sure are a lot of Daves around here. It's my name as well.

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