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Just put a deposit down on an incoming 790. I had my choice of color and decided to go with orange. I'm an older rider, 50+ years of bike riding and it seems the older I get the lighter, sportier bikes I buy. The Duke will sit next to a Ducati Supersport and a Triumph Street Scrambler. I'm replacing a Triumph Tiger that I didn't get along with so well. Earlier this year I sold a 690 Duke and a 1290 Super Duke. My wife asked me if I was trying to own the entire model range...maybe!
 

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Just put a deposit down on an incoming 790. I had my choice of color and decided to go with orange. I'm an older rider, 50+ years of bike riding and it seems the older I get the lighter, sportier bikes I buy. The Duke will sit next to a Ducati Supersport and a Triumph Street Scrambler. I'm replacing a Triumph Tiger that I didn't get along with so well. Earlier this year I sold a 690 Duke and a 1290 Super Duke. My wife asked me if I was trying to own the entire model range...maybe!
Firstly welcome to the forum, i am sure you will have great fun on your 790 when do expect to collect your new baby?
with christmas coming what special treats do you have planned for her ohhh and your wife :grin:

as someone that owns a 125,200,390,790,1290R recently selling a 690 and 1290GT i see no problem in that.

i am forced to sell bikes when i run out of room otherwise i would probably never have sold any of them but i get a lot of grief for it
 

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on securing your new 790. Seems like the majority of newcomers to the site have a pretty long backlog of KTM bikes.
 

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Thanks for the welcomes! My wife is a non rider but after 24 years together she is very supportive of my habit. I am fortunate to have a highly skilled KTM mechanic at my shop who I also call my friend. Since the bike is just now hitting our shores he is beginning to experiment with some performance mods. I'll wait to see how those turn out before spending much in that direction. Because I don't own what people consider a "proper touring bike," I tour on everything I own so I will work on adding some basic comfort and function items first, such as heated grips and bar end mirrors. I'll add a heated gear plug and mount my GPS. Once I have the bike I will spend the winter determining what else I might want to do to it.

Not sure when it will show up. The shop is getting 4 bikes, 2 black and 2 orange. One black has already arrived and been sold. One of the orange was already spoken for so I put a deposit on the remaining orange. Hoping to see it before the end of the year.
 

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Thanks for the welcomes! My wife is a non rider but after 24 years together she is very supportive of my habit. I am fortunate to have a highly skilled KTM mechanic at my shop who I also call my friend. Since the bike is just now hitting our shores he is beginning to experiment with some performance mods. I'll wait to see how those turn out before spending much in that direction. Because I don't own what people consider a "proper touring bike," I tour on everything I own so I will work on adding some basic comfort and function items first, such as heated grips and bar end mirrors. I'll add a heated gear plug and mount my GPS. Once I have the bike I will spend the winter determining what else I might want to do to it.

Not sure when it will show up. The shop is getting 4 bikes, 2 black and 2 orange. One black has already arrived and been sold. One of the orange was already spoken for so I put a deposit on the remaining orange. Hoping to see it before the end of the year.
My wife was ok with my motorcycling but never went on the back of my bike, then all of a sudden she wanted her own bike and is currently learning, women, never have understood them.

Heated grips are a wise choice for year round motorcycling, bar end mirrors are good i have these, but as a few owners have found they do increase the width of the bike a lot, perhaps not so much of a problem for your wider roads and streets.
I tried the KTM mounts but prefer the RAM mounting system, i installed two ball mounts using my mirror mounting holes, one for cam, one for mobile/GPS, i then fitted a double USB socket to my handlebar powered from KTM AUX power connection which is located behind the headlight.

If your idea of touring is like 4 plus hours a day you might want to consider the +20mm pp seat
 

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I will probably add the CRG mirrors and was thinking the same location for the RAM balls. My idea of touring is more like 8 hours. I travelled exclusively on a Street Triple for years .Did the same on my Super Duke. Not trying to turn it into a touring bike, but I do plan to take some trips on it.

I had the PP seat on my 690 and it was quite comfortable. Was okay with the stock seat on my Super Duke. I'll know pretty quickly once I get the bike if I need to make a seat change. As for luggage I'll probably just throw a duffel or Kriega on the back seat and go.

I also noticed that one owner on the board has added the SW Motech Kobra hand guards, which I also added to my Super Duke. I was thinking of doing the same here, although it looks like I will have to use the single point mounts.
 

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I will probably add the CRG mirrors and was thinking the same location for the RAM balls. My idea of touring is more like 8 hours. I travelled exclusively on a Street Triple for years .Did the same on my Super Duke. Not trying to turn it into a touring bike, but I do plan to take some trips on it.

I had the PP seat on my 690 and it was quite comfortable. Was okay with the stock seat on my Super Duke. I'll know pretty quickly once I get the bike if I need to make a seat change. As for luggage I'll probably just throw a duffel or Kriega on the back seat and go.

I also noticed that one owner on the board has added the SW Motech Kobra hand guards, which I also added to my Super Duke. I was thinking of doing the same here, although it looks like I will have to use the single point mounts.
handguards work very well i just do not like to look of them on a road bike
 

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Must be nice to have a wife who is an enthusiast...and expensive! My wife doesn't ride with me but she is supportive. As for the hand guards and appearances, yeah not the best look, but I'm one of those who always chooses function first so I don't worry so much about the looks if the part improves the ride experience.
 

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This gives a good gauge, that's her behind me. She then blew me away and used the R1s power.

Happily, since then I found some speed and form so I'm a decent chunk quicker now

with your new 790 which should enable you to get significant improvements in lap times over your 690 you have increased the pressure, just avoid fast circuits unless you like looking at the back of your wife :sad:
 

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Welcome.

Just put a deposit down on an incoming 790. I had my choice of color and decided to go with orange. I'm an older rider, 50+ years of bike riding and it seems the older I get the lighter, sportier bikes I buy. The Duke will sit next to a Ducati Supersport and a Triumph Street Scrambler. I'm replacing a Triumph Tiger that I didn't get along with so well. Earlier this year I sold a 690 Duke and a 1290 Super Duke. My wife asked me if I was trying to own the entire model range...maybe!
Hi mate and welcome.Orange is the only way to go.:)although some might disagree:smile_big:.
Lighter is definetely the way to go.I to traded down from a 1290SDR,.was a fantastic bike and again not to heavy and like yourself I am also going through the KTM model range and so is my partner:)
Im sure youll enjoy the 790.Have fun!!
Ride Safe:smile:
 

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No pick up date yet. I told them I'm in no hurry...it's not exactly great riding weather right now and I have other bikes in the garage. I'm guessing it will be ready to go by the weekend.
 
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