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After nine months of modifying my 790 Duke, my project is officially complete. I've posted the reviews of the individual upgrades I made along the way, but this is the wrap-up. You can read about it on Motorcycle.com:


Now, its time to simply enjoy the bike by riding it.

Then again the 890 Duke R's handlebar and Stylema calipers look pretty cool...
 

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You're close...

I'd change the bars. Whether you go with the 890's or some other good options out there, it changes the riding position and, at least for me, makes a significant difference.
 

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On the cost side,

We are pretty close on the suspension.
I went with a lower cost can...
I took the eBay route on the RCS 19 and got the M/C conversion for under $200. Didn't do the rear pads or the rotors, so under $300 for the braking conversion...
Didn't do the PCV, yet, so I think another $400 in my future...
Changed the bars, for ~$80 installed...

But we already agreed that there is nothing logical about motorcycles and their related spending.

Who's counting?
 

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I need more seat time before I decide on the 19RCS or not. The PP wave disks and Brembo sintered pads made a big difference on my bike, as they did in yours.

Thinking of suspension but 50/50 on it at the moment as i don't want to spend so much on a 790 where it will bridge the gap to a 890.

I've ordered a Texa Navigator TXB so looking forward to playing with that once it gets here. I like knowing what is going on with my bikes

Really enjoyed reading your articles!!
 

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This is like everything that you absolutely must do for the 790. I am inspired and bought the same brake setup and upgraded suspension as well.
 

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This is like everything that you absolutely must do for the 790. I am inspired and bought the same brake setup and upgraded suspension as well.
Sounds like you and I are going down similar paths. I have my WP Apex Pro suspension bits waiting for me at a WP shop waiting for me to get my break-in done before going on. I am also looking at brake upgrades but I'm hoping to maybe just do the pads/ discs and not "Have" to do the master cylinder upgrade.
 

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I am also looking at brake upgrades but I'm hoping to maybe just do the pads/ discs and not "Have" to do the master cylinder upgrade.
Not to step on anyone's toes here as braking is a very polarizing topic but.... I recently upgraded to track spec EBC HH Extreme Pro (not regular FA HH's) with Motul RBF600 brake fluid and the results are amazing. The pads run roughly $200 and the fluid $20ish so overall a small investment for a HUGE transformation. You have the OEM adjustability on the lever but nothing like an RCS would offer however for a street bike now this bike has more than enough feel and stopping power IMO. I haven't had it on track yet but am confident it'll be up to the task.

If budget isn't a concern - by all means go for the Brembo MC, rotors, calipers - can't go wrong but if you wanna get 90% there for 25% the cost - the combo I mentioned are well worth the money.
 

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I thought about it all weekend long... Really did...

Looks like I am going to take YL's advice and instead of trading in the 790 for a 890R, I am going to save a few $$ and just change the front sprocket to 15T...
 
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