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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Leonidas » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:51 am

I am really impressed no one mentions as an essential mod the steering damper. The stock one really sucks and needs replacing or at least servicing.
Quite a disappointment for a high performance bike with such price tag.

After riding 5000 klm on the beast, i now consider that to be the most essential mod.
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby abc » Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:15 am

+1
I agree, the stock one is sh1t.
First thing I did was piss off the ugly rear guard and make a nice tail tidy to replace it.
Then I got to work and modified another damper to do the job as ktm should have done in the first place.
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Bermo KTM » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:05 pm

oh yea bought one done that :) and you are right oe one is pants :)

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby SjwNz » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:02 am

I am really impressed no one mentions as an essential mod the steering damper. The stock one really sucks and needs replacing or at least servicing.
Quite a disappointment for a high performance bike with such price tag.

After riding 5000 klm on the beast, i now consider that to be the most essential mod.


I was overtaking a truck in 4th and the front got a little light and a blast of air from the tracks trailer or something got the front
going crazy. I am only compering this to my Ducati 1098 street-fighter that I sold to get the KTM and the steering on that was fine.
but I noticed the KTM did have faster steering than the Ducati.

But something I am going to do is extend that dam little bit of metal that my boot can never find to put the side stand down.
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby murphc13 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:42 pm

SjwNz wrote:
I am really impressed no one mentions as an essential mod the steering damper. The stock one really sucks and needs replacing or at least servicing.
Quite a disappointment for a high performance bike with such price tag.

After riding 5000 klm on the beast, i now consider that to be the most essential mod.


I was overtaking a truck in 4th and the front got a little light and a blast of air from the tracks trailer or something got the front
going crazy. I am only compering this to my Ducati 1098 street-fighter that I sold to get the KTM and the steering on that was fine.
but I noticed the KTM did have faster steering than the Ducati.

But something I am going to do is extend that dam little bit of metal that my boot can never find to put the side stand down.

+1
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Ducati Pete » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:23 am

Interesting that no-one mentions suspension.

Is it still the case that the 1290 Forks have no pre-load adjustment?

If you're not able to get the sag set correctly surely a rework of the forks is fairly important?
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby ktmguy » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:17 pm

Ducati Pete wrote:Interesting that no-one mentions suspension.

Is it still the case that the 1290 Forks have no pre-load adjustment?

If you're not able to get the sag set correctly surely a rework of the forks is fairly important?


I haven't ridden one with work done on the forks, some people got it done and they recon it's way better.
For me they perform well from stock actually. It's stable even under braking, turns in fine and mid turn it's very good too.
I do fall in the weight category they are designed for so if a rider is above that I can see issues.
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Ducati Pete » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:12 pm

Thanks.
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby ktmguy » Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:02 am

Ducati Pete wrote:Thanks.


You planning to take the plunge Pete? 8)
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Ducati Pete » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:24 pm

Well I have thought about it but it's unlikely.

I need to put my 06 back together. I'll get the suspension serviced too, it's untouched since 06!
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Postby ktmguy » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:29 pm

Ducati Pete wrote:Well I have thought about it but it's unlikely.

I need to put my 06 back together. I'll get the suspension serviced too, it's untouched since 06!


Ah, go on! It's only money!
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby CEREC1 » Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:01 am

Ducati Pete wrote:Well I have thought about it but it's unlikely.

I need to put my 06 back together. I'll get the suspension serviced too, it's untouched since 06!

And then ride the bike mate :lol: :lol:
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Ducati Pete » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:32 pm

CEREC1 wrote:And then ride the bike mate :lol: :lol:


Thank-You very much for that top tip.
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby CEREC1 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:10 pm

Ducati Pete wrote:
CEREC1 wrote:And then ride the bike mate :lol: :lol:


Thank-You very much for that top tip.

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Joe Biker » Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:20 pm

change stock foot pegs
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Superduke » Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:50 am

The first thing you should do is secure the rear brake reservoir cover because it will vibrate loose. To make the side stand easier to use, I have been thinking of just sticking a piece of heater hose on the end.

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby steve59 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:59 am

BIG BUMP anybody ditching the cat really owes it to themself to download the akra map. My dlr charged $42 this time and I haven't done the sas block off plates so I get some popping on decel but the bike runs cooler and louder and feels smoother at low rpm in higher gears than stock. I put the K&N air filter in to hold me til I decide what airbox to do.

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Colonel_Klinck » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:08 am

Ducati Pete wrote:Interesting that no-one mentions suspension.

Is it still the case that the 1290 Forks have no pre-load adjustment?

If you're not able to get the sag set correctly surely a rework of the forks is fairly important?


I was just about to post exactly this Pete. For me the two essential mods were first replacing the shit and IMO dangerous steering damper. fook me that was a waste of weight. HyperPro fitted and problem solved. Second Mupo cartridge kit to replace the cheap WP cartridges. Transformed the front end. Handling is the most important for me. They weren't the first mods I did but by far the best and most important one.
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Bermo KTM » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:22 pm

Ducati Pete wrote:Interesting that no-one mentions suspension.

Is it still the case that the 1290 Forks have no pre-load adjustment?

If you're not able to get the sag set correctly surely a rework of the forks is fairly important?

no the 2017 has preload adjustment :)

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby xtremewlr » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:41 pm

Bermo KTM wrote:
Ducati Pete wrote:Interesting that no-one mentions suspension.

Is it still the case that the 1290 Forks have no pre-load adjustment?

If you're not able to get the sag set correctly surely a rework of the forks is fairly important?

no the 2017 has preload adjustment :)


No, it doesn't, not for the forks.

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Bermo KTM » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:39 am

it does but in a different form , ie you have adjustment on the compression damping , from what I read it's the same thing

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Colonel_Klinck » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:44 am

Bermo KTM wrote:it does but in a different form , ie you have adjustment on the compression damping , from what I read it's the same thing


Dude it is nothing like the same thing I'm afraid. You can't set sag with compression. You can't adjust how much of the fork is being used from track to track with compression. You can only affect how quickly the fork compresses with compression adjustment and how quickly it return with rebound. Unless you fit in the narrow weight KTM have set with the springs installed then you have to change springs. Really surprised KTM and WP skimped on what is a very basic setting on what is not a cheap motorcycle.
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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby michaeln » Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:16 pm

Colonel_Klinck wrote:Really surprised KTM and WP skimped on what is a very basic setting on what is not a cheap motorcycle.


Once again, the accounting department overruled the engineering department.

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Bermo KTM » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:51 pm

Colonel_Klinck wrote:
Bermo KTM wrote:it does but in a different form , ie you have adjustment on the compression damping , from what I read it's the same thing


Dude it is nothing like the same thing I'm afraid. You can't set sag with compression. You can't adjust how much of the fork is being used from track to track with compression. You can only affect how quickly the fork compresses with compression adjustment and how quickly it return with rebound. Unless you fit in the narrow weight KTM have set with the springs installed then you have to change springs. Really surprised KTM and WP skimped on what is a very basic setting on what is not a cheap motorcycle.

fair enough I don't know anything about suspension all I know is it works and has springs and it wasn't a deal breaker :lol: but seriously DUDE ???? please never call anyone that again , unless you are 15 years old with a baseball cap on backwards and come from California

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Re: Superduke 1290R Essential Mods

Postby Gimlet » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:07 am

If you keep adding compression to try and stiffen out bounce caused by under-springing or cheap components, eventually you'll slow the suspension travel down to such an extent that you've lost mechanical grip and you're reliant purely on the tyres to provide traction. That's a slide or a high-side waiting to happen and your MTC won't save you.

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