Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Murrysville, PA, USA. A pleasant, wooded suburb of Pittsburgh.
Hi 123, Thanks for the candid assessment of your bike. I'm glad that, despite the niggles you have had early on with the Duke, you can still say "I think it's great overall". As you become more accustomed to the bike, I think your confidence in it will grow. Perhaps you worry a bit too much about things like the engine noise, for example - noise can be influenced by various factors in the acoustic environment that have nothing to do with the state of your engine. It would not be surprising if, a year from now, the realization dawns on you that maybe this little bike may be more of a keeper than you at first thought. And yes, it will be interesting to see how it holds up through an English winter. Our colleagues Hedskatoom, 640 and others undoubtedly can coach you through that crucible.
Don't stress over mods. At least 90% of the mods owners make are simply discretionary, and really unnecessary. Just entertainment. The bike is really very capable right out of the box, and actually NEEDs very little more/different. I would say the only quasi-mandatory mod is the PP ergo seat - though some do like the stock seat. A few other safety-oriented minor mods would be good but not required: front brake pads, a proper loud horn, an LED headlight bulb. If your fan has not self -disassembled by now, you likely have one of those that will work as intended. Some inexpensive adjustable control levers might be helpful. But even if you did all that, the total expense would be much less than you are thinking.
Remember, this forum and others of its kind are focal points for tales of woe, and do not present a representative picture of the vehicle. Try to worry less and enjoy more! Ride safe, stay warm.
"If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else."
2015 390 Duke
1980 Moto Guzzi V50 II (becoming a cafe racer)
1984 Moto Guzzi SP 1000
Last edited by Diploman; 05-27-2016 at 10:35 PM.