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post #1 of 13 Old 04-30-2015, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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First Freeway Ride

First freeway ride, and man was it awesome. From everything I read, a small displacement single would be really hard to manage for long freeway stretches. Guess most of those moto journalists are just big ol' babies. I've been riding and working on old vintage bikes over the last few years, and this was night and day. Even smoother in certain ways than my 4 cylinder CB550F!


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Yeah, nothing to see here, carry on LOL! Its a really capable little machine.
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Nice to hear. I have not had mine on the highway.

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Yeah, my first ride on the Duke was highway, and if was astonished how smooth it was at and above 70mph. I test rode a Yammy SR400 a few weeks ago and there is absolutely no comparison in terms of engine smoothness nor power, the Duke is miles ahead (figuratively and literally lol). And to think Yamaha wants how much more $$$ for the SR?

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Nice to hear. I have not had mine on the highway.
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Yeah, my first ride on the Duke was highway, and if was astonished how smooth it was at and above 70mph. I test rode a Yammy SR400 a few weeks ago and there is absolutely no comparison in terms of engine smoothness nor power, the Duke is miles ahead (figuratively and literally lol). And to think Yamaha wants how much more $$$ for the SR?
I know, it's crazy. I had an old sr500 at one point and absolutely loved it. The only place I noticed any vibes at all was in the foot pegs and it was still pretty minimal, especially when compared to that old sr500. I wonder if there are aftermarket pegs out there to reduce vibes? Either way, no vibrations at all in the handle bars or anywhere else for that matter.
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Welcome aboard. Glad to see you loving her! Pics would add some dash don't you think!

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I've done a few thousand klm weekends on the Duke and it does it no problem, that is until the roads open up and your riding with big bikes that are cruising at 160kph, fuel consumption and range take a hammering once you start crusing above 120 or so.

For more normal highway work it is fine and it is miles ahead of the Duke 200 and most other small nakeds on the market. It is also very respectable 2 up.
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I've done a few thousand klm weekends on the Duke and it does it no problem, that is until the roads open up and your riding with big bikes that are cruising at 160kph, fuel consumption and range take a hammering once you start crusing above 120 or so.

For more normal highway work it is fine and it is miles ahead of the Duke 200 and most other small nakeds on the market. It is also very respectable 2 up.
Ha! Totally had to google a KPH to MPH conversion. If I was cruising down the highway at 160kph (99+ mph), I'd be more worried about being arrested here in the states than keeping up with my buddies. I ended up taking the passenger pegs off because my wife wants to ride with me less and less. Guess she feels less comfortable leaning hard into corners than I do. haha
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I swung into my Yamaha dealer yesterday and let the salesman who sold me my FZ09 take the Duke for a ride. He said it felt more stable than a FZ07 he just rode. Go figure, everyone at the dealer came out to scope out the Duke, very positive responses.

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I swung into my Yamaha dealer yesterday and let the salesman who sold me my FZ09 take the Duke for a ride. He said it felt more stable than a FZ07 he just rode. Go figure, everyone at the dealer came out to scope out the Duke, very positive responses.

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Nice! That's great to hear. I was seriously considering an fz07. I've heard they're amazing, but need suspension upgrades asap. That on top of a new exhaust system, I figured I might as well buy a newer street triple r. The little duke is just so much bang for the buck! Would love to test ride a 690 to see how it compares to the 390.
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