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Break-in periods suck

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bornagainbiker

With them being very similar kind of bikes--competitors so to speak--won't the 07 be jealous? 😁 

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cornerslider

Please let us know what you think after break-in 😎

 


""W.O.T. until you see god, then brake"

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tavisb
8 minutes ago, bornagainbiker said:

With them being very similar kind of bikes--competitors so to speak--won't the 07 be jealous? <img src="> 

Same thing I'm wondering. I bet one of them won't still be in that garage eventually :).

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mossrider

I specialize in 'break in'. Let me know if I can help.

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djfz07
3 hours ago, bornagainbiker said:

With them being very similar kind of bikes--competitors so to speak--won't the 07 be jealous? 😁 

They are quite similar actually.  The 790 is just...more.  I'd say the KTM should be more jealous of the Yamaha reliability.  It still needs to prove itself to me.

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FZ07R WaNaB
6 hours ago, djfz07 said:

They are quite similar actually.  The 790 is just...more.  I'd say the KTM should be more jealous of the Yamaha reliability.  It still needs to prove itself to me.

Thank you for posting this, and I really hope you keep posting updates as you get some miles on the Duke.

Ever since the 790 Duke came out, I have had my eye on it. I haven't ridden one yet.

BTW, which year FZ do you have? The 2018 and newer FZ/MT has better suspension than 2014-2017, so that will make a big difference in a comparison. My thought has been that both HP and torque wise that the Duke is quite a bit more, and you combine that with KTM's famous handling that it should be clearly the next step up in that style of bike. Arguably the Triumph Street Triple R would be next after the Duke.

.... and then there is the Yamaha's reliability 👍  Can't argue that!

Please keep posting!

 

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Beemer

Nice bike! After it's broke in and ready for the wild stuff, make us a video so we can see it in action! If you could/would, thanks!


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michigan400

Nice! I want the Adventure R. The FZ is fun but I do miss exploring the gravel roads and 2 tracks like I did on my XR. The old Honda just was fun,, just not enough for any kind of road riding. Nice bike(s)!!

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djfz07
6 hours ago, FZ07R WaNaB said:

Thank you for posting this, and I really hope you keep posting updates as you get some miles on the Duke.

Ever since the 790 Duke came out, I have had my eye on it. I haven't ridden one yet.

BTW, which year FZ do you have? The 2018 and newer FZ/MT has better suspension than 2014-2017, so that will make a big difference in a comparison. My thought has been that both HP and torque wise that the Duke is quite a bit more, and you combine that with KTM's famous handling that it should be clearly the next step up in that style of bike. Arguably the Triumph Street Triple R would be next after the Duke.

.... and then there is the Yamaha's reliability <img src=">  Can't argue that!

Please keep posting!

 

I'll keep posting updates on it.  I decided to buy the 790 after I demo'd one a week ago.  Also got to ride the 690 SMCR supermoto and the 1290 Superduke. 

I have a 2017 FZ07 but I'm running Ohlins NIX22 cartridges up front and a Penske double adjustable shock on the rear.  The 790s suspension is only adjustable for preload on the rear but it's much much better sorted out of the box than the 07s (I've demo'd the later model years along with the XSR700s as well).

Put about 220 miles on the Duke so far and keeping it under the break in limit of 6500rpm, it feels very similar to the 07.  Gobs of torque, nimble handling.  Bars are about 1 1/2" wider on each end and have less sweep (adjustable positions on the triple clamp as well).  Pegs feel more swept back than the 07.  Overall comfort is pretty good but I'll change the stock seat out for their taller "ergo" seat.

Also has the best sounding stock exhaust I've heard.  Very deep and throaty and it pops and burbles on the downshifts.  Every video I've watched about the bike doesn't come close to what it actually sounds like.

Can't wait to play with the ride modes and all that after the break in.  

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djfz07

Well that didn't take long... Back to the dealership!

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hxman

Ya, I just sold my 2017 690. Had issues getting performance parts and flashes from North America. Maybe in a few years when more aftermarket parts are available.

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