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Hello, i'm a 26 years old male who've for the most part ridden sports bikes in the past. (still got my old 600 srad gixxer with mx handlebar, yoshi slip-on, +3/-2 sprockets done etc.)


I've drooled after the 790 ever since seeing the scalpel prototype in late 2016, wasn't too deterred when they unveiled the finished product as the changes made sense for creating a road-legal bike.
Fast forward to November 2018 i made the last payment on my car and thought i'd pop by the dealership and try to make up my mind as owning one was suddenly a real option. After a test-ride and a bit of haggling i rolled out with a brand new black 18' 790 duke :grin:

Didn't get to ride it much before storing it away due to minus degrees and ice but after a few days of 4-8 degrees celsius out and low air humidity i've ripped it out from storage again and are currently using it for commuting.

So far i'm very happy, seating position is way less cramped than i'm used to, power delivery is way more predictable as well as readily availible, traction control have already saved me once riding on treacherous road-conditions, quickshifter works like a charm. Yeah you've gotta use the clutch quite a lot dealing with low speeds and dense traffic but if that was a major issue i would have gotten a scooter instead. :wink: No issues with seat either even after 2hr rides, feel as if it delivers the perfect amount of cushioning.

Plans for the bike is currently is graphics kit, proper protection, (bobbins, radiator guard etc.) slip on, bar end mirrors, fly screen, pillion cover, passenger pegs delete, and we'll see about suspension/brakes/rear set etc. upgrades when there are more options out there and i've gotten a better feel of the bike.
 

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Hello, i'm a 26 years old male who've for the most part ridden sports bikes in the past. (still got my old 600 srad gixxer with mx handlebar, yoshi slip-on, +3/-2 sprockets done etc.)


I've drooled after the 790 ever since seeing the scalpel prototype in late 2016, wasn't too deterred when they unveiled the finished product as the changes made sense for creating a road-legal bike.
Fast forward to November 2018 i made the last payment on my car and thought i'd pop by the dealership and try to make up my mind as owning one was suddenly a real option. After a test-ride and a bit of haggling i rolled out with a brand new black 18' 790 duke :grin:

Didn't get to ride it much before storing it away due to minus degrees and ice but after a few days of 4-8 degrees celsius out and low air humidity i've ripped it out from storage again and are currently using it for commuting.

So far i'm very happy, seating position is way less cramped than i'm used to, power delivery is way more predictable as well as readily availible, traction control have already saved me once riding on treacherous road-conditions, quickshifter works like a charm. Yeah you've gotta use the clutch quite a lot dealing with low speeds and dense traffic but if that was a major issue i would have gotten a scooter instead. :wink: No issues with seat either even after 2hr rides, feel as if it delivers the perfect amount of cushioning.

Plans for the bike is currently is graphics kit, proper protection, (bobbins, radiator guard etc.) slip on, bar end mirrors, fly screen, pillion cover, passenger pegs delete, and we'll see about suspension/brakes/rear set etc. upgrades when there are more options out there and i've gotten a better feel of the bike.
Welcome to the forum and KTM ownership
i agree a bit cold wet and icy, but find a nice day :smile:

Some good choices of options enjoy fitting them as you wait for the sun to shine
 

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Welcome, Good to hear of a younger rider on a 790, in the U.K. the vast majority of bikers are 40 year +.
I failed with my daughters
but got both of my sons and my wife onto bikes

and one of my daughters is thinking about it

mixed blessing for my as love biking but worry about safety of my family
 

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I failed with my daughters
but got both of my sons and my wife onto bikes

and one of my daughters is thinking about it

mixed blessing for my as love biking but worry about safety of my family
My wife is as well into biking. Motorcycling definitly makes average drivers into more focused and safer riders/drivers. So i believe its more of a blessing :smile:.
As for kids i believe the earlier you learn/experience the dangers of riding, the better/smarter you are into adulthood. Rather fall around on mini bikes in the back yard or track then full throttle on a litre bike, on the highway for the first time in the twenties, with questionable equipment :smile:
 

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Welcome, Good to hear of a younger rider on a 790, in the U.K. the vast majority of bikers are 40 year +.
The main excuses i hear from my peers is safety and economy, safety from my point of view comes down to accepting personal responsibility of your riding and parking/toll fee's alone saves you about 200 eur a month, and thats without benefits like being able to ride past rush hour traffic, that said with toll fees steadily rising and traffic getting worse i see more and more smaller middleweight bikes around these parts, duke 390's and ninja 400's in particular.

Going from full time to A part time job now for more time to study which means i'll have to choose between my car and my bike, pretty easy question of you ask me.
 
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