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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #100 on: December 06, 2018, 05:45:25 PM »
I have a plan for Garry. I will keep the bike in my garage until Mrs. Gary provides the ok. I will go above and beyond the call by breaking it in correctly and make sure it is adult ridden at any opportunity.

And I am somewhat local.

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #101 on: December 08, 2018, 03:58:41 PM »
Talked with the wife yesterday. She was OK with me pulling the trigger and suggested we go pick it up today. Don't have to ask me twice. So we got up early, drove 2 hours north to Five Star Cycle in Saegertown, did the deal, loaded the bike up and drove 2 hours home. Since I'm still on crutches, a co-worker that rides and lives a couple miles away came over to get the bike off the trailer and into the garage. The luggage was included but still in the factory boxes. Merry Christmas to me two months to the day after my crash/surgery. I hope to be walking by Christmas.

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #102 on: December 08, 2018, 04:22:48 PM »
 :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing.

 That is one awesome motorcycle!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #103 on: December 08, 2018, 04:49:27 PM »
She’s a beautiful little beast.  You’re gonna love it. 
the above are merely the ramblings of a hamfisted fuckwit who has broken too many helmets.

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #104 on: December 08, 2018, 04:54:22 PM »
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #105 on: December 08, 2018, 05:12:08 PM »
You got a good one, Garry. Ones. The wife and the bike. Now heal up!
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #106 on: December 08, 2018, 05:43:36 PM »
Fookin Aye Dude :smiley_thumb: :smiley_thumb: :smiley_thumb:

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #107 on: December 08, 2018, 07:21:28 PM »
You got a good one, Garry. Ones. The wife and the bike. Now heal up!

+10 on dat

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #108 on: December 08, 2018, 07:54:45 PM »
Congrats Garry and kudos to your wife. Merry Christmas to you!

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #109 on: December 08, 2018, 09:31:26 PM »
I'll take a ride report from the garage of you sitting on it going vroom vroom as long as there are a bunch of pictures.  :)
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #110 on: December 08, 2018, 09:33:34 PM »
I'll take a ride report from the garage of you sitting on it going vroom vroom as long as there are a bunch of pictures.  :)

Yes, the 'garage moto noise' RR please.
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #111 on: December 09, 2018, 04:32:45 AM »
I'll take a ride report from the garage of you sitting on it going vroom vroom as long as there are a bunch of pictures.  :)


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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #112 on: December 09, 2018, 08:34:50 AM »
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #113 on: December 09, 2018, 09:25:21 AM »
But could ya use stereo microphones please?

So when I lay it on my Dolby 5.1 system it'll sound like I'm walking around in your garage.

Without the exhaust fumes of course.
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #114 on: December 09, 2018, 11:31:16 AM »
 :banana: :chili:

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #115 on: December 09, 2018, 12:43:26 PM »
Christmas seems to have come a little early for you, congrats! 

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #116 on: December 09, 2018, 01:17:47 PM »
I bet it is hard to limp out to the garage and look at that bike with snow on the ground.

May you heal quick and Spring come early! It's gonna be worth the wait.   8)

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #117 on: December 09, 2018, 06:40:15 PM »
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #118 on: December 09, 2018, 06:42:49 PM »
Duuuuuuude- that thing is sweet.  Congrats and Merry Christmas!
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #119 on: December 09, 2018, 07:17:10 PM »
Thanks everyone! I now have a bit more motivation (not that I'm lacking any) to get the leg back to normal in the event there are some nice riding days in February. Heck, I may even be OK to ride in a month. I tried to start the bike earlier and the battery gave up almost right away. It was used for demo rides (has 157 miles on it) and had been sitting for who knows how long without a tender on it. Didn't try to start it at the dealer before loading on the trailer. So I charged the battery, pushed the button, and it fired right up. I listened to it rumbling in my garage (with door open). It has a much deeper note to it compared to the 1190. A cool sound for sure. Since I have the seat off and access to the battery, I'm going to install my Battery Tender lead on it this week to keep the battery happy during its winter nap.
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #120 on: December 10, 2018, 12:14:07 PM »
The engine feels completely different than the 1190. a lot more "lumpy" down low, not smooth like the 1190 and gobs (that should be a technical term) more torque down low. the only complaint I had was the insanely high gearing on the R (not sure if the GT is the same), but that was an easy fix. Good luck getting the first ride in sooner than later!
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #121 on: December 10, 2018, 04:05:38 PM »
I had a good session in PT this morning and decided to one-crutch it after lunch to work the leg harder. Then I said "Fuck It", and just started walking with a cane. Slowly, and not pretty, but I was fucking walking again. Up steps, down steps. I feel like I really turned the corner on getting back to normal today.

I guess I need a goal as the whole "walking by Christmas" thing got kicked in the ass. Riding in January perhaps?
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #122 on: December 10, 2018, 04:28:52 PM »
Thanks everyone! I now have a bit more motivation (not that I'm lacking any) to get the leg back to normal in the event there are some nice riding days in February. Heck, I may even be OK to ride in a month. I tried to start the bike earlier and the battery gave up almost right away. It was used for demo rides (has 157 miles on it) and had been sitting for who knows how long without a tender on it. Didn't try to start it at the dealer before loading on the trailer. So I charged the battery, pushed the button, and it fired right up. I listened to it rumbling in my garage (with door open). It has a much deeper note to it compared to the 1190. A cool sound for sure. Since I have the seat off and access to the battery, I'm going to install my Battery Tender lead on it this week to keep the battery happy during its winter nap.

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #123 on: January 06, 2019, 06:33:05 AM »
I happened to be in the garage and decided to throw my (bad) leg over the SDGT just to see how it felt. Hmmmm, not bad. It was a nice afternoon, so I suited up and took it out for the first ride. The shift lever and brake pedal were WAY low. I should have pulled back in the garage and adjusted them, but there wasn't a lot of daylight left, so I figured I would just deal with it. It took all the flex I could manage in my bad ankle to get my boot under the lever to shift up, but it worked. I ended up riding for almost two hours and did 80-something miles (plus a gas stop). The ride was as much about getting my head back into the game as getting acquainted with the new ride. I felt fine mentally.  I was more concerned than normal on the wet patches in corners (understandable), but it will just take some time to get confidence in the wet back. Mostly, it all just clicked right away. Can't wait for the next break in the winter weather.

Initial impressions:
Engine: Yup, lots of torque. This is going to be fun. Enough vibes to know you're on a twin but nothing bad.

Handling: Handling was very neutral. Took more effort to turn in than the 1190 I think. I suspect the bars aren't as wide. I expected it to be almost nervous handling, but not the case.

Brakes: Front brake is AWESOME. Way better than 1190 even with EBC HHs. More like the 950 SMR I had. Rear pedal was way low so it didn't get used much. It has linked brakes so your really only need the front for normal riding.

Suspension: Suspension was very good. Firm but not harsh on patched up roads in Street mode. Pretty much what I expected. I will experiment with the settings as opportunity presents itself.

Ergos: Peg/seat/bar ergos feel good. I thought I was going to have to buy lowered pegs (Knight Design) for an extra inch of leg room for the bad leg and perhaps the KTM heated Ergo seat for another 13mm of height there. No discomfort from the bad leg with the stock position, so I'm making progress on range of motion. We'll see how it feels on an all day ride in the spring.

Misc: Kickstand is a PITA to put down. Gearing is tall. I'm going to go one tooth down on the front for a start.

DOH! -- I was about a mile from home at a traffic light as it was getting dark and noted that my hands were pretty cool. Then it dawned on me that the bike has heated grips. DOH! Rumor has it they don't get really hot, but just a little warmth would have been nice as it was in the mid 40s. Next time I'll try the heated grips. I'm going to see if the plastic hand guards from my 530 will fit on the bars to add a little wind/rain protection.

Overall: KEEPER. Didn't seem very "beasty" at all, so it can be ridden in a sane fashion. No doubt there is a beast lurking within should you choose to summon it.
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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #124 on: January 06, 2019, 07:20:12 AM »
Sounds like you picked a winner, made the right choice.
(Lets hope for an early spring and less rain this year)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the new bike. :thumbsup:
Keep'em coming.

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #125 on: January 06, 2019, 08:53:39 AM »
It appears to be an excellent bike which I'm sure you'll be happy with for a long time.

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #126 on: January 27, 2019, 02:04:40 PM »
Garry,

Sounds like your dream bike and we are all super happy for you!

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Re: Garry Goes Bike Shopping...
« Reply #127 on: January 28, 2019, 04:43:03 PM »
Garry,

Sounds like your dream bike and we are all super happy for you!

Eric

The deal was just insane. Couldn't pass it up. The bike is a great fit for my needs. Some small ergonomic tweaks and it should be fine.

If/when we happen to end up at the same meet, it might be interesting to compare the Super Duke to the equally mental MT-10.
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