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post #1 of 28 Old 08-18-2016, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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So having graced (!) these pages for a number of years I have decided to go the way previously blazed by Greywolf....well, almost. I am downsizing rather than getting out of riding altogether.

Cognizant of the fact that I won't be doing longish tours any more, and getting increasingly wary of riding the tall 'Strom up a steep ramp followed by a quick stop inside the toy hauler I have decided that a smaller and lighter scoot might be better suited to my current physical abilities and needs. All I was waiting on was a bike which met several important criteria: it had to be compact, have enough oomph so that I didn't feel like wide-eyed potential roadkill on the superslab, and have ABS. My new KTM 390 Duke fills the bill to a T. At 338 lbs wet it's light enough to push up hills and ramps and doesn't intimidate in any situation, but with 42 hp it won't get in its own way. No, there isn't much in the way of passenger accommodations, but my wife doesn't ride with me any more so I have converted the pillion seat pan into a topbox carrier.

Greywolf, if you are reading this and one day get the urge to ride again you could do worse than consider the 390 Duke. It's a trick little outfit at a bargain price. Riding it reminds me sometimes of my old RD350 in size, agility, performance, and overall fun factor -- and that's a high compliment.

Anyhoo, my trusty '08 DL650A is now in the capable hands of a nice young man (they all look young to me) from the Bay area. I'm sure he will enjoy it as much as I have.

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Best 'o luck with the new toy. I understand it has a pretty good reputation. I'm afraid all of us are going to be in your shoes at some point in our lives. Good to see you're taking it with equanimity.
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So having graced (!) these pages for a number of years I have decided to go the way previously blazed by Greywolf....well, almost. I am downsizing rather than getting out of riding altogether.
Been riding since 1964 and having become 69 a week or so back, I feel you. I also don't plan on throwing in the towel completely, but feel the slow down pulling on my passenger rail.
Ride safe bro'.


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Best of luck with the Duke. Keep us posted on how you and it are doing.

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The little Duke looks like a great toy for short distance riders. I'm not interested in short distance riding though. The cost in money, dressing hassle and time isn't worth short rides to me.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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I feel the same as the OP. The size of my Wee is getting a bit hard to handle for me (I should be so lucky :^)
As a remedy I decided to give an old flame of mine another go-round. I will be picking up an '01 SV650N this coming week. The 1st gen SVs are a perfect size for me and weigh in at around 400lbs with a full tank of gas. I'll be keeping the Wee for a while so that I can fully evaluate the pros and cons of the two bikes. The only (happy) problem that I have now is that I've calculated the cost of equipping the SV as I will need and it will run over $900.

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Forgive me for asking, how old are you?

I was at Deals Gap last Veterans day and while pumping gas had a couple old timers pull up. They we looking at his brand new Indian Scout lower pipe missing a cap. One of them went to store. I started talking to older one about riding the Tail, he completed about the cap. I asked how do you like Scout? He said very much and it reminded him the 1st bike (also Indian Scout) he bought new back in 1946. Holly mackerel the guy was 83yo, 30 older than me!

Though until this year I haven't been riding for 4 years due to health reasons I have a few things I have to do like riding to Prudhoe and doing Pan-American hwy before it is the time to throw a towel.

Good luck with your new bike from what I have seen Duke is a good choice.


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I ride with a friend that is 78. I think time is finally creeping up on him. He's started talking about dumping his BMW R1200Rt and sticking with his Road King after he dropped the BMW in his garage last week.

This being out of warranty sucks.
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I am downsizing rather than getting out of riding altogether.
hey, not a problem at all. extend the mc fun as far as possible.

i am not ready for a change - my v's been around here only just over 11 months - but i have been reading about the honda CB500F. everything about it is rave-worthy except the apparently required and expensive 600-mile valve check/adjustment; next check is 16k, and every 16k thereafter.

anyhoo, have fun with your ktm. my neighbor has two. he's a dirt freak. LOL.

you have my permission to check in here anytime, despite having let go of your zuke.

don't die wondering.
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Don't be a stranger here on the forum, Mike.......someone besides Grey Wolf has to keep us "in line" from time to time.....
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