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L,B'XXX 2009-06-15 06:47

Scooter scum is the affectionate term bikers use for each other.
Sounds like you're all set. Something you might want to add to that is a small bike repair kit you can keep right on your bike just incase. They do come in handy at times.
The ole man went for what started out as a short ride yesterday. It turned out to be a hundred mile ride and he got a little sunburnt even though it was late afternoon. He said he felt much better when he got home. 2 wheeled therapy. :)

xgrafcorex 2009-06-16 20:39

Ahh, haven't heard that one.

Well, I got my bike registered today..have a plate on there now that is legit, am insured, and went riding twice today! :D Still haven't gone all that fast, haven't hit 40 mph yet. :rolleyes: Having a blast though. Seems I'm squeezing the grips a bit hard, I have to remind myself to loosen up every so often when my hands start to ache a little.

Hidrio 2009-06-26 11:23

That's pretty nice. A good all-rounder you've got there. How fast have you been on it now? :p Just remember the most important thing: keep an extra close fucking eye out for all the tin box drivers that think you don't exist.

2005 KTM Superduke (999cc)
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1587987/
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1629437/
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1629440/

My home made tail tidy (slightly illegal)
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l...io/P4130094.jpg
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l...io/P4130101.jpg
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l.../untitled-5.jpg

From our trip through France, Italy and Switzerland.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l...io/IMG_1430.jpg
This was taken at just over 2000m on the Simplon pass in Switzerland. Notice the number plate! Two days before the photo it snapped on some rough roads in the French alps so we shoved it into my luggage and carried on as normal. We travelled all the way through France, through the Mont Blanc tunnel and about 500 miles through Italy before anything was said about it. It wasn't until we stopped for lunch next to a lake that two Italian police on two huge BMWs rode by and then came back 5 mins later. The old man we bought lunch from came running out with a roll of sellotape to help with the plate. I explained in my best French to the Polizia what had happened and they were content with it being strapped to the rear of my luggage.

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l...io/IMG_1288.jpg
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l...io/IMG_1229.jpg

Taken part in few local race meets as well. It's a 1/4 mile sprint with a long sweeping 'S' bend. They allow non club members to turn up on the day and pay a fee which covers one-day race license/insurance and use of the martials etc.
My best time was 11.58s. 4th out of the 26 non-members (a lot of which own much more powerful bikes than mine)
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1709266/
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1697843/
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1697849/
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1709263/
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1709264/
http://bikepics.com/pictures/1709262/

xgrafcorex 2009-06-27 00:52

Damn that Super Duke looks badass! I used to only like full fairing sport bikes but slowly I've grown to love naked bikes...not so much Harleys or cruisers, but naked sport bikes.

That's a long ass ride! Longest I've gone so far is about 1.5 hours or so...a bit under 2 straight hours I think.

Fastest I've gone is about 70mph. The roads here in VA have a fairly low speed limit, which kinda sucks.. Still I don't need to go too crazy as a beginner anyway. Went to an unsanctioned car show/meet tonight and met a few bikers in the area.. No FZ's but I did run into one guy on an FZ6 earlier in the day. Gave him a quick double honk since I couldn't get up next to or passed him because of the car in front of me. heh

Yea, people suck on the roads. I have already encountered a few situations where someone didn't know I was there...or just didn't care. Either way, I had to move or lay on the horn. Sad thing is that I don't really want to mess with these people too much because you never know which crazy ass is the one that will use their vehicle to screw with you back. :(

L,B'XXX 2009-06-27 08:56

Hidrio, do you have any problems keeping your bike running changing altitudes? I remember my biology teacher talking about when he was excessive heights the bike would die and he finally figured out he had to make adjustments to compensate for the thinner air.

Gotta watch for the motorists, but a year I went on the BAD Run with my husband a guy died because a bee got in his shirt and he ended up going through a field where he hit a bump and went flying. His wife and one of his kids were on bikes behind him and saw the whole ordeal. We were way ahead so we didn't find out about it til later on. He was in a coma a couple days and died from his injuries. And he was an old pro. Sometimes fluke things happen.

Hidrio 2009-06-29 12:13

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Originally Posted by xgrafcorex
Damn that Super Duke looks badass! I used to only like full fairing sport bikes but slowly I've grown to love naked bikes...not so much Harleys or cruisers, but naked sport bikes.

That's a long ass ride! Longest I've gone so far is about 1.5 hours or so...a bit under 2 straight hours I think.

Fastest I've gone is about 70mph. The roads here in VA have a fairly low speed limit, which kinda sucks.. Still I don't need to go too crazy as a beginner anyway. Went to an unsanctioned car show/meet tonight and met a few bikers in the area.. No FZ's but I did run into one guy on an FZ6 earlier in the day. Gave him a quick double honk since I couldn't get up next to or passed him because of the car in front of me. heh

Yea, people suck on the roads. I have already encountered a few situations where someone didn't know I was there...or just didn't care. Either way, I had to move or lay on the horn. Sad thing is that I don't really want to mess with these people too much because you never know which crazy ass is the one that will use their vehicle to screw with you back. :(


Many magazines etc. have said the Superduke was the original 'naked sportsbike'. Obviously there were nakeds before then but they were always put in the shade by their fully faired cousins. It is definitely the best bike I have ridden. It's comfortable but without compromising control, the brakes are still good compared to the latest bikes and the suspension and frame work amazingly together. I've gone down one tooth on the front sprocket as well for extra mad acceleration.

When we were away we were racking up 8-9 hours each day on the bikes. One of the last days I'm sure it was almost 10 hours. That was most of Switzerland and the whole of France. Needless to say we were fucked by the end of it. It's not the ass that goes, it's the legs and shoulders.

Your bike should be good for 135mph easily. Have you found the nerves to chase the redline yet? :cool: I've had 140 out of mine with luggage on and there wasn't much left.

I probably have near misses once every 3 weeks. There's always someone out there trying to get you. I still haven't forgotten how my previous bike came to an end. :mad:

As for altitude... I think most fuel injected bikes these days adjust themselves. I know mine certainly does. Every time I start mine up it adjusts itself to the altitude/ambient temperature etc.

Def 2009-06-29 12:24

Hah, I didn't ever think about the Superduke as a naked sportsbike but I guess it makes sense.

Ever tried holding on to a 80's naked bike at 200 kmh? It's a different feeling... like a flag trying to hold on to it's pole ;) New bikes are so damn comfortable, I tried out one of the later fireblade models (2004 I think) and it was just too damn easy to go fast.

Remember that the sportsbikes now are all derived from their unfaired forefathers that used to be the 'original' superbikes. Like the Kawa Z1000, Honda CBX 1000, Suzi GS1000, you name 'em.

Cool 'on the road' pics by the way! Switzerland has some killer curves!!

L,B'XXX 2009-06-29 12:27

Yeah, the guy I was talking about was back in the 1970's so I'm sure with all the travel people do on them now it's been adjusted. I do know that even in our Chevy Blazer the O2 sensor kicks on the idiot light during accelerations especially in mountain areas even though there's nothing physically wrong with the truck.

Hidrio 2009-06-29 14:51

That's true about the old bikes. When my dad got his GS550 it was the only one over here. Can't remember what year it was (1979 maybe) but I remember him saying he had the cover of 'Bat Out of Hell' painted on the tank. Didn't last very long though, he swerved to miss a granny walking out from in front of a bus and he broke his jaw. And the tank.

The Superduke certainly isn't the fastest naked out there but it's quicker in the real world than a lot of the track-biased superbikes. The suspension controls the weight perfectly but it stays composed even on the rough roads over here where I see a lot of people backing off. :sleeping:

My bike is the same in a way, there's a light that flashes different codes to let you know what's wrong with it. Most of the time it's just silly things. Haven't found out myself luckily.

xgrafcorex 2009-06-29 21:19

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hidrio
Many magazines etc. have said the Superduke was the original 'naked sportsbike'. Obviously there were nakeds before then but they were always put in the shade by their fully faired cousins. It is definitely the best bike I have ridden. It's comfortable but without compromising control, the brakes are still good compared to the latest bikes and the suspension and frame work amazingly together. I've gone down one tooth on the front sprocket as well for extra mad acceleration.

When we were away we were racking up 8-9 hours each day on the bikes. One of the last days I'm sure it was almost 10 hours. That was most of Switzerland and the whole of France. Needless to say we were fucked by the end of it. It's not the ass that goes, it's the legs and shoulders.

Your bike should be good for 135mph easily. Have you found the nerves to chase the redline yet? :cool: I've had 140 out of mine with luggage on and there wasn't much left.

I probably have near misses once every 3 weeks. There's always someone out there trying to get you. I still haven't forgotten how my previous bike came to an end. :mad:

As for altitude... I think most fuel injected bikes these days adjust themselves. I know mine certainly does. Every time I start mine up it adjusts itself to the altitude/ambient temperature etc.



I've gone up to the redline for a gear or two a few times but typically shift before I get up that high. Fastest I've noticed myself going (don't usually even look at the speedo when accelerating quickly) was 80something. On a highway. I'm not sure how fast it goes to 60mph but I just read a great review of a 2004 model (mine is '07) and that did it in 3.4 seconds. I doubt it's any slower than that. Fast enough either way! I'm still loving it...in the 2 weeks I've had it, I've put on just over 400 miles. Locked up a wheel twice..once worse than the other, but both ended well for me and the bike luckily! Hopefully I learned my lesson during that course when I high sided! :homer:

xgrafcorex 2009-06-29 21:54

Double post!

Here's a pic of the bike again..and close ups of the frame sliders I just put on the other night.

bike
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...e/IMG_8103s.jpg

left slider
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...e/IMG_8100L.jpg

right
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...e/IMG_8101R.jpg

Def 2009-06-30 01:03

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Nice bike! Real shiny ;)

I've taken some pics of the CBX as well, it was a sunny weekend so I decided to take her out for a spin :) I am still amazed by the engine, it just has so much torque and the sound kills infants.

I was used to a '80's 900 bike, the cb900f but this is pretty different. It can scare the crap out of you. Maybe that's due to the fact it has an insane engine and real poor suspension and skinny tires. But it sure is a thrill to ride :)

Hidrio 2009-06-30 15:20

I meant to get frame sliders ages ago but I got a bloody good set of tyres instead. ;) They can save your wallet though.

I don't think I've ever heard a 6cyl before. Do they whistle like a triple?

L,B'XXX 2009-06-30 19:17

I like your pipes, Def.

xgrafcorex 2009-07-07 22:13

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Originally Posted by Hidrio
I meant to get frame sliders ages ago but I got a bloody good set of tyres instead. ;) They can save your wallet though.

I don't think I've ever heard a 6cyl before. Do they whistle like a triple?



Might try to get some nicer ones (not that I think the ones I have now are bad..) once I need to get some new rubbers.

xgrafcorex 2009-08-10 21:44

Well, the inevitable has happened I guess. Was going around a corner I've been through many times in the last two months and gave it too much throttle while leaned over quite a bit and crossing a patch of these red bricks used for a cross walk. Next thing I knew, I lost traction and the bike had tossed me. Not even sure exactly how it looked because it was so fast..next thing I knew, I was rolling down this road wondering when I'd finally come to a stop. :rolleyes:

Luckily I had all my gear on. Still have a little road rash where my jacked came up a little on my lower back, was wearing dickies pants so there is still some on my legs..particularly my left leg which I guess is the side I first landed on. My leg's a bit swollen and the knee hurts. Left wrist is also in a little bit of pain when I try to use it to do anything that requires much effort like putting my hands down to push myself when I am standing up.

Now for the bad part.. The bike wound up laying on it's right side with the throttle wide open! I think the engine may have seized due to revving so hard for about 10 seconds or so and not having enough oil throughout the engine. It won't start now..though the problem seems to be electrical now. It started twice but shut off after giving it a little throttle.

The frame sliders saved the day other than that..

Now when I go to start the bike, it does it's diagnostic check when I turn the key to the on position..then when I hit the ignition, it instantly shuts off and goes back into the diagnostic check like I just turned the key.. :bawling:

L,B'XXX 2009-08-20 20:02

At least you're okay. If you haven't already get a manual on the bike and talk to some mechanics about the trouble. Most are very helpful even if you plan to do the work yourself.

Def 2009-09-24 05:57

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Originally Posted by L,B'XXX
At least you're okay. If you haven't already get a manual on the bike and talk to some mechanics about the trouble. Most are very helpful even if you plan to do the work yourself.


Yup, they are.

The bike can be fixed mate. Just be happy you're okay, sounds like you got off lucky enough!
If it's seized it wouldn't start up again at all. If an engine is seized it's usually a valve that broke off and wrecked the piston/cylinder wall. Valves don't break that easy so I reckon it's not that.

Back to basics, you need a spark and fuel to run a bike. When you rev it, it stopped? Maybe the fuel system is messed up or the ignition is off, no damage to the engine casing/alternator and such?

This is what a 6-banger sounds like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeRp...feature=related

Hammersound! :smash:


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