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I picked up the 790 in November (traded in the FJR and CBR). With riding weather approaching I'm starting to add the things I consider essential that I saved from previous bikes. Today I installed a KTM topcase mount to support my 35 liter Coocase. Next are an MRA Customshield and Throttlemeister. Eventually I'll buy a drybag to attach to the passsenger seat, frame sliders and possibly an aftermarket seat.

Previous bikes: '65 Suzuki 50, '66 Honda Super 90, '64 Suzuki 150*, '64 Triumph 650 Tiger*, '70 Honda 750, '72 Kawasaki 900 Z1*, '78 Yamaha RD400, '76 Yamaha TZ250*, '81 Suzuki GS650G, '06 Yamaha FJR 1300, '09 Honda CBR600RR. * bought used
 

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Huge list of priors, Pretty awesome.. Are you planning on doing some touring with it? How are you loving it?
 

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I have no time for week long trips anymore, which is why I sold the FJR. That's the trouble with retirement. You have time to pursue the interests you deferred while working, and that cuts into your lifelong hobbies (mine being flying and riding). I want to do a couple 3 day trips a year, plus monthly day trips to a decent twisty road about 2 hours away. I won't be a big mileage rider.



Under 100 km so far, so it's a bit early for my overall impression of the suitability for my missions. The MRA Customshield seems to work really well, but I haven't had the bike up to freeway speeds yet. The most striking difference from previous bikes is the light steering. I find myself overcontrolling a bit, which is a good problem to have. There seems to be no vibration in the bars up to 100 km/hr. If it stays that way up to 120 I should be able to get by without a Throttlemeister.



One previous bike I forgot was an '05 Suzuki SV650S.
 

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I have no time for week long trips anymore, which is why I sold the FJR. That's the trouble with retirement. You have time to pursue the interests you deferred while working, and that cuts into your lifelong hobbies (mine being flying and riding). I want to do a couple 3 day trips a year, plus monthly day trips to a decent twisty road about 2 hours away........
Welcome to a great site! That's the trouble with retirement - just not enough hours in the day to do all the things you want to do which you put off when working! Fortunately, my voluntary work involves riding a motorcycle, but sea fishing and travelling take a bit of fitting in. We had a wonderful time a couple of years ago travelling in B.C, by road and the Rocky Mountaineer, then up to Alaska.
 

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Welcome to a great site! That's the trouble with retirement - just not enough hours in the day to do all the things you want to do which you put off when working! Fortunately, my voluntary work involves riding a motorcycle, but sea fishing and travelling take a bit of fitting in. We had a wonderful time a couple of years ago travelling in B.C, by road and the Rocky Mountaineer, then up to Alaska.
Volunteer work involves riding a motorcycle?? What work is that? Sign me up!!
 

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I picked up the 790 in November (traded in the FJR and CBR). With riding weather approaching I'm starting to add the things I consider essential that I saved from previous bikes. Today I installed a KTM topcase mount to support my 35 liter Coocase. Next are an MRA Customshield and Throttlemeister. Eventually I'll buy a drybag to attach to the passsenger seat, frame sliders and possibly an aftermarket seat.

Previous bikes: '65 Suzuki 50, '66 Honda Super 90, '64 Suzuki 150*, '64 Triumph 650 Tiger*, '70 Honda 750, '72 Kawasaki 900 Z1*, '78 Yamaha RD400, '76 Yamaha TZ250*, '81 Suzuki GS650G, '06 Yamaha FJR 1300, '09 Honda CBR600RR. * bought used
Welcome to the site brother!
 

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Volunteer work involves riding a motorcycle?? What work is that? Sign me up!!
I'm a mentor and Examiner with the NZ branch of the UK Institute of Advanced Motorists. (Advanced Driving Test | Advanced Motorists | IAM) . We use the UK Police Roadcraft training system for civilians who wish to upskill. I joined in 2011 aged 64 as part of a strategy to keep riding safely for as long as possible. Now at 71, the second part of the strategy has just been implemented - a lighter bike in the shape of the Duke 790 :grin:
 

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I'm a mentor and Examiner with the NZ branch of the UK Institute of Advanced Motorists. (Advanced Driving Test | Advanced Motorists | IAM) . We use the UK Police Roadcraft training system for civilians who wish to upskill. I joined in 2011 aged 64 as part of a strategy to keep riding safely for as long as possible. Now at 71, the second part of the strategy has just been implemented - a lighter bike in the shape of the Duke 790 :grin:
Awesome!!!!

Funny you mention that, about 20 years ago I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Riders Course as an easy way to obtain my license for road bikes. The Police officer conducting the course offered me a job teaching with him, but I turned it down as it was on the weekends and I enjoyed my weekends off. Definitely something to look forward to in my retirement!!! :wink:
 
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