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Well, sort of! My husband bought a 2002 KTM Duke last month. Very cool bike. I know, I know... he cheated by not building his own, but he absolutely loves the bike. He did a track day on it also, if you're interested here's the link. I can say with all honesty I haven't seen him this excited about a full sized motorcycle since he had his TL1000s. Giggling like a schoolgirl is an apt description.

I have ridden it and it's an impressive machine. The power delivery is superb and I'm impressed with the attention to detail.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2002, 09:30 AM
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Good pics. How well does it hang with the sportbikes? Looks impressive!

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Cool, welcome to the cult of supermotard!! Nothing at all wrong with buying a factory-built one...much simpler that way. I'm wishing I'd gone that route myself. Don't let him hog that bike all to himself - make sure you get your share of riding it
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Don't worry, I'll get my share of time on it!

Bri was in B group and was having no problems keeping up with a GSXR 1000 and Robert on his ZX9R. He passed more people than not. Firebird is a pretty short track, it definitely favors smaller machines. Like any motorcycle, if you can carry cornerspeed, you have a big advantage. He said the Duke acted as close to a two-stroke in that regard as any bike he's ridden.

The guy on the 426 was bumped to A group, almost NOBODY could catch that guy!

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That guy was AWESOME to watch!

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So, when are you getting your SuperMotard elo?

Try it...........You'll like it!
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I don't think I'm ready to go "full tard" yet, I haven't reached that zen in my riding yet. Why should I when I have a perfectly good Duke in the garage whenever the mood strikes?

In all seriousness, I put a few more miles on the bike this weekend and it was... very different. I've never ridden a dirtbike in my life, it's all been sportbikes. I do like the upright riding position, but I was confused as to where to sit, there's SO MUCH seat! And after pulling over to check the rear tire pressure I later learned that they just are light in the rear. That's a little disconcerting if you don't know! The bike definitely needs a steering damper, even my husband admitted that it shakes at anything over 50. The only huge complaint I have is that it has no fairing. I really like having something to block some of the wind. My neck hurts!

I'll say it again though, I love the motor. It's so smooth and controllable! Too bad the bike is so tall, the way it acts it would make a spectacular beginners bike, so confidence inspiring. And I thought it would be wierd and unstable in corners being so high but it actually felt (shhhh, don't tell anyone I said this) better than my SV.

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Well you're right, it is a good start and SuperMotards are a blast! The lesser travelled bumpy twisty roads are a revelation on a SuperMotard also. Any-who, enjoy!

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