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and when I pulled in there was an orange, white and black 1290 sitting there. As much as love my 790, I have to admit, I was drooling!
 

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and when I pulled in there was an orange, white and black 1290 sitting there. As much as love my 790, I have to admit, I was drooling!
The Super Duke is a thing of raw beauty for sure!

Rode my friends, it's just outright insanity, the way the torque comes on, is simply shocking, (and my other bike is a Kawa ZX-14R).

I feel my 790 is farrrrr more controllable, and I feel like I'm the one giving the inputs, and telling it what to do, and it lives up to the Scalpel name!

The SD feels like 4 pit bulls on a leash, out of control, hahaha.
 

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Hahahaha, very nice way of putting it! I do want to ride the 1290 at some point just to compare, but yes I have noticed the complete control of the 790 just over my R1.
 

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They're amazing things, really really amazing... but just completely daft IMO, taking it too far for real world use.
So true. I was reading reviews and watching videos before I made the purchase and one dude put it like this: Riding the R1 through the town is like using a 5 pound sledge hammer to drive in a thumb tac. That line right there sold me! He literally hit it on the head!
 

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I had a 1290R with a full Acra system and mapping, it was brutal with the electronics turned off, wheelie at will, but with the TC and wheelie control on the bike is a breeze to ride, i did around 15 track days on it, then traded it for the 1290GT, the 1290R is faster with its brutal power delivery, i traded because i wanted the panniers and the electronic suspension. Was a great fun bike tho. But i prefer the 790 on the track, no fear of breaking loose.
 

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Interesting Dave. Thanks for sharing that! I wondered what the main difference between the two were and how they both handled. I do love my 790.
 
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