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Postby jack82 » Fri May 12, 2006 9:50 am

G'day fellas...........nother bloody aussie here...........

I dont own an SD but I test rode one a while back and it's on the future bike list..........

It's a VERY impressive bike..........

A new KTM shop just opened up near me and I can get one at a good price.............

I must admit I'm a bit concerned about some of the problems their having...........Any of you Aussies had problems and If so are the dealers looking after you??.........

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Postby someone » Fri May 12, 2006 4:37 pm

hello jack,

don't know if Oz SDs are more prone to certain problems than the rest of us, the usual quirks are:

glitchy throttle response in low revs (cured on most later bikes and akrapovic cans & a remap take care of the problem ... see here http://www.superduke.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31 for the evolution cans )

rubber head gasket can sometimes explode and shower the rear wheel with lovely 10W50 engine oil (never happened to me)

infamous oil consumption of the lc8 engine http://www.superduke.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=74

ummm, that's about all that comes to mind at the moment, check this thread for further comments though http://www.superduke.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=155

i'd say go for it, you won't be disappointed. what is/was your current/previous bike?

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Postby jack82 » Fri May 12, 2006 9:01 pm

Thanks Angelo........at the moment I have........

1200R sporty
Suzuki SV 650
Kaw Z 1000
Yam WR 450

And a couple of old jap bikes..........

The Superduke would be replacing the SV and the Z.........

I've been looking at the SD and the Buell Uiy............different bikes I know.......but they both appeal to me..........

Just wondering If the problems have come from the first batch of bikes.??.............Hoping KTM iron out the bugs with the new SDs........

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Postby LadyDuke » Tue May 16, 2006 12:14 pm

Hi Jack,
I have a SD in Brisbane and am currently going through the excessive coolant consumption problem that appears to be relatively common. Servicing here also seems to be a bit over priced as they are fairly uncommon and the mechanics spend a bit of time rooting around with them through lack of experience! Have to wait & see how they handle coolant problem.

It is however worth the cost etc. I can't think of another thing in my adult life that so far exceeded my expectations I couldn't believe it. I traded up from a SV650 which I thought was pretty good. After the first ride on the SD I knew I never wanted to see SV again - SD that good! You do have lots of other toys though so may not be as blown away. I'm a relative newby to the world of bikes.

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Postby jack82 » Tue May 16, 2006 11:16 pm

Hi LD,
I was pretty much blown away after the first test ride.... :D

The SD is about the best handleing bike I've ridden........I live at the bottom of the Great Alpine Road and this bike was made for that road....

I just gotta be patient and see If KTM iron out these bugs.........

But If they dont I'll be gettin one anyway........ :mrgreen:

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