New Superduke GT owner experiences.

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:46 am

Cheers NZ Dave ;)

I've just been out on my 017GT in our magic winter sunshine (bit brisk early in the day at 10C...) and was thinking as I flowed through the mountain twisties......what a magic bike, on a magic day, :D

Annnnd, I got waved at by another 'orange' GT heading the other way.......how good is that? He was the only other 1290Gt I've encountered in my 7,800km journey (no, not 7800kms today, ;) since 11 Feb, geeze, Donald gets away with it but I'd get hammered if I fibbed :lol: )........hmmmm......I've lost my exclusivity bragging rights now :lol: ......oh well......he looked fabulous as he glided past in the 60km zone, so I figured I must also look dam good on my orange bike 8-) .

Also, my suspension has softened up heaps since the early miles....... it really can take 5000kms or so for suspensions to fully wear in and settle - though a smidge more rebound on the rear would help with that 150mm of long travel. I like the front as it is.....not too soft and not too harsh. I leave my tyres at about 33f 36r.......TPMS tells me they are 36f & 39r when fully highway hot and the oem Angel GT's are wearing/gripping well. I might slide the fork tubes up one more ring, but I'm in no hurry at this stage.

I'll put PR4's on at about 15k and run what they like (prob 33/36 again) because I really like Michelin's, but the Angels have proved to be ok using the lower pressures (TPMS Warning 'off', but TPMS readout 'ON') .

Must find the time to fit my K&N airfilter........ :roll:

I'm using sport settings more and more nowdays - that's how much softer the suspension has become - and I change the damping settings 'on the move' (GT won't let us alter the load setting on the fly, so I leave it in 1+lugge). Sport engine map is nice too..

Cheers from the other side :)
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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by DaveNZ » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:24 am

I did 800Ks on last thursday and friday, Aussiedave. I left home on a clear crisp morning 3degrees, the temp got down to -1 and thick freezing fog, then up to 6 then over the Bombay hills to Auckland and a balmy 15 degrees (thank fuck) i need some hand guards, heated grips on 3, but my finger tips froze. while in Auckland i brought this unusual KTM bag that straps to the rear seat, says you can fit a helmet into it, any way its a nice orange. then headed home next day, 14 degrees, then back over the Bombay hills to 100Ks of thick fog and a high of 6 degrees, back home on the coast and a balmy 15 degrees, those crisp inland still days really freeze your balls off. 1290 was flawless, Street mode and street sus setting rider only, lovely comfortable ride, wouldn't want to be on any other bike in those conditions. Fuk it was a cold ride, for a bag. :D
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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:44 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: You mad bastard.......

We think 10degC is cold here in Brisbane........softcocks I hear you thinking...... :lol: :lol:

Can't say for sure in your temps, but the Acerbis 'Dual Road' schmick'o hand guards work fine for me - I am only using mild-temp winter gloves and "min" hotgrip (not my beaut snow & ice gloves I bought when riding a HD Road-King 1340 over some freezing/snowing alpine pass on one of my trips to the pre-trump USofA.... :roll:).

So I suspect you'll find them good and you can choose colours......they are minimal but offer just enough protection to let the hotgrips work well without that icy blast hitting your digits.....there's prob cheaper things that'll work as well as Acerbis.....but they won't look as good :!:

I'm perplexed at the angst some direct at their machinery.......the old saying passed down from fathers to sons springs to mind......."a good tradesman never blames his tools"...... he just uses a bigger hammer :lol:

I'll take my GT thankyou :D ........ uses no oil, warps to eye-widening speeds in an instant, and all that with comfort and great fuel range.

Cheers all.... :)
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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by DaveNZ » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:29 am

Ive been hunting on eBay for some Acerbic hand guards like you got, i found one place that advertised them, i emailed for a postage price, but no reply. Im going over your way in November, got a wedding at Byron Bay, thinking of hiring a camper van, and doing a little inland touring. Also I'm going to be looking for a bike shop that sells Dainese leathers, i need a new jacket. so i may hit you up for some info Aussiedave,
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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Aussie Dave » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:51 am

Cheers mate...... Byron Bay........yeah.......got the pretty-est girls in the world.......errr, and the hinterland is as NZ as we can offer.....Aussie's best Ducati mechanic lives and works there as well - you can drop by and say g'day......he used to wrench for the Ducati World Superbike Squad and has travelled the world making Duke's go faster and win races! 'Desmo HQ' is his shop, Aurthur is his name, and he has a small range of nice stuff on hand, but you may have to go further to find dealers with a great range (maybe Ballina, Coffs Harbour Ducati/H-D,......or even Sydney :o ).

Keep us in the loop - might be a good excuse to zing down for a coffee - Byron is only 2hrs away.....1.5 on a GT :lol:


Ps, gotta add.......I had a peek at the Caponord1200 forum (1st time for several months) and they are still going round in circles.......but good nature'd banter.......would be good to get this forum up to that level, but it is ok, just different ;) .......and I really miss the emoji's from the Capo12 site :lol:
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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Aussie Dave » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:18 am

Ahaaa, just remembered........ for DaveNZ (and anybody else), the 2017/18 International bike show (Troy Bayliss bike extravaganza) is on this year in Sydney, Nov 24th-26th (oh yes, miss November cannot be more right......oh wait, bike show..... :oops: ).... it will be held at the new Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre right on the harbour......naturally.......just where all the convict ships used to unload our ancestors ;)...lovelly spot, really...... and they might have Dainese jackets on sale.....if not, the big bike shops/accessory wharehouse's are nearby-ish.....Dr Google research required.

Not to be missed - I was at the one held at the Olympic site two years ago when it was 42C in the shade and a looong taxi ride from the airport......but the harbour venue should be excellent...just an easy train ride and a walk.

Might get to see the rumoured 2018GT model 8-)

Next year it will return to Melbourne, which is just too long a flight on Jet-scare (for me)......Sydney is only 1hr of terror.......and I'm an aviation fanatic :shock:.....those wings just bend too far nowdays, and every week some scare-bus is having engine problems and emergency landings.......bike is much safer, less distance to fall in the event of a crash....... :lol:
Current delights...1290GT-2017, CBR1100XX-2005

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Eddie » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:37 pm

veloflyer wrote: The fuel range calculator is a joke. It shows over 400 miles at fill-up and then drops from 70 miles to 30 miles to 0 miles in about 15 miles. Luckily, fuel MPG calculation seems accurate.
There's a simple explanation for this, at least: it's always in kilometres, no matter what units you've chosen elsewhere.

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by ruffneck247 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:44 pm

Eddie wrote:
veloflyer wrote: The fuel range calculator is a joke. It shows over 400 miles at fill-up and then drops from 70 miles to 30 miles to 0 miles in about 15 miles. Luckily, fuel MPG calculation seems accurate.
There's a simple explanation for this, at least: it's always in kilometres, no matter what units you've chosen elsewhere.
On 2017 this is fixed

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:16 am

2017 fuel range estimater = still not really dependable......mine tries to run me dry by about 40kms.

I'd prefer a conventional reserve fuel warning light and a nice big trip meter that resets to zero and counts the kms while using reserve fuel........but it is what it is for now, and I just rely on the flashing fuel bar. Thankfully we don't have much ethanol polluted fuel here in Aus, so my gauge works fine...... ;)
Current delights...1290GT-2017, CBR1100XX-2005

Prev loves...Capo1200TP-014, CBR11xx-002, 2xFZR1000genisis-94, FJ1200-89, FJ1100-84, XS1100P, VF1000F-83, CX500, VF750S, KZ1000J1-81, KZ1000ST-79, CB750F2-77, CB360T-74, CB175.. started it all in 1974 ;)

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Eddie » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:35 pm

ruffneck247 wrote:
Eddie wrote:
veloflyer wrote: The fuel range calculator is a joke. It shows over 400 miles at fill-up and then drops from 70 miles to 30 miles to 0 miles in about 15 miles. Luckily, fuel MPG calculation seems accurate.
There's a simple explanation for this, at least: it's always in kilometres, no matter what units you've chosen elsewhere.
On 2017 this is fixed
About time. What are the chances of getting a software update for the 2016 model?

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by OldGit60 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:36 am

Hi All,

The love/hate relationship with the GT continues, but I must admit the 'Put it in sport and ride like it's stolen' approach works. 3,000 quite hard miles later and, yes the suspension seems to have softened, or maybe it just works better a higher speeds. I find myself 'squatting' on the bike and letting my legs take out a lot of the bumps when going for it, and weight shifting helps a lot - especially on sweeping high speed (120 mph +) bends.

The question I have for you all is tyre choice. I'm at 3000 miles and the rear tyre is not far off replacement. I'm thinking of Dunlop Roadsmart 3s, I was impressed with them on a CR600 at Haslam race school and Dunlop claim good life out of the centre portion of the tyre. I try to keep off motorways and long straights but do like to use all 174 horses on occasion!

Any observations, recommendations?

Thanks in advance....

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by MR C » Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:38 pm

I fitted some Metz 7RR for a trip to Spain and I'm not a huge fan ! I had the rear break loose on a sharpe right hander, it could have been some shite on the rd surface ! I also find they feed every imperfection back to the rider, wet weather was really good, N621 potes- rianha in the wet and the bike felt amazing holding every tight line perfectly so not sure why the rear broke loose in the 30 degree heat !!

I'm off again soon to Germany and going to try the Metz 01 as they get great reviews, the stock GT tyres I found to be fine and only once spun up on the overbanding .

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by OldGit60 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:43 pm

Thanks for that MrC, I'll check them out.

I haven't got any problems with the Angel GT's fitted but was hoping for a bit more mileage, how did the Metlzer's stand up?

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New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by MR C » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:40 pm

OldGit60 wrote:Thanks for that MrC, I'll check them out.

I haven't got any problems with the Angel GT's fitted but was hoping for a bit more mileage, how did the Metlzer's stand up?
I've done 2500 miles on the Metz whilst away and I recon there's at least the same again, having carbon wheels does help with tyre wear, less wear that is, I try to avoid motorways / highways and the wear is really even across the whole tyre.

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by DaveNZ » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:29 pm

OldGit60 wrote:Thanks for that MrC, I'll check them out.

I haven't got any problems with the Angel GT's fitted but was hoping for a bit more mileage, how did the Metlzer's stand up?
I got 6400Ks from the Angel GTs, not to bad considering i don't tour on it. I'm expecting around 5-5500Ks from the M7RRs, but the edge grip on the M7s is far superior to the GTs, the new Roadtec 01s will be a great tire, not as grippy as the M7, prob similar to the GT, but last a little longer, well thats the feed back I'm getting from my mates on them. Im sticking with the M7RRs, great wet and dry grip, thats all i can ask for.
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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by OldGit60 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:33 pm

Thanks guys, will try and source the Metz.

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Aussie Dave » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:54 am

Ha, was hanging around at KTM Central after a very nice breakfast and coffee from 'Tony's Cafe' and ended up talking with this geriatric old fart who had dropped his ageing 'Bandit 1200S' and broken a front indicator.......and even he spruiked the mythology of "KTM=keep throwing money".......bugger me :roll: ......but I just said - that's my 1290GT and it hasn't cost me anything (other than buying it and changing oil & filter, and some accessories).

Seems the reputation of years ago (990 adv and SMT's etc etc) might be set into folklore... :roll: ..and he looked so old and feeble, I though he should be trading in on a scooter......U kno, the three wheel ones that can't fall over at traffic lights :lol: .

Didn't bother me this morning, as I warped past two cars in a tight passing zone......oooooweee does the Gt get going when asked...... :D :D....... I figure the detractors are just jealous they haven't work'd hard enough to be able to afford one ;)

That's 8,500kms up and I'm still smiling...... :D :D
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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Aussie Dave » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:03 am

Oh yeah, nearly fergott.......Mr C, those sexy wave disk rotors you have on your carbon wheels......

What brand are they? and what do you think of them? are they better quality than the oem Brembo rotors?

Cheers mate ;)
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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by MR C » Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:59 pm

Aussie Dave wrote:
What brand are they? and what do you think of them? are they better quality than the oem Brembo rotors?

Cheers mate ;)
There Galfer, the ones Ktm sell are also from galfer, buying outside the dealer makes them much cheaper. I've got the rear wavy and did buy that from the dealer, not got round to fitting it yet.

My ducati had Brembo rotors and they started to rust after 200 miles ! I can't advise the difference with the Ktm stock rotors because the originals have never turned a wheel, the galfer rotors look like new still after 7k and you can haul the beast up with one finger.

I cannot fault my bike its really perfect, I've got it just a right.

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Re: New Superduke GT owner experiences.

Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:09 am

Thankyou Mr C.......I'll have a look at the Galfer site........one of my errr "Galfer" oem front rotors has gone wobbly and will be replaced under warranty after doing 6-7000kms before I realised it was grabby. They are so thin - unlike my CBR1100XX rotors.....130,000+ kms showing their age but still straight! :lol:
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