Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: California Gold Country
Another old timer signs off
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.
2016 KTM 390 Duke
"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."
- Mark Twain, 1887