Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Murrysville, PA, USA. A pleasant, wooded suburb of Pittsburgh.
Eli has come up with a very original idea that could be great fun for the forum and something to follow over time. He proposes to mod his Duke 390 according to the suggestions and priorities of the forum membership. How could we turn down a juicy project such as that? Once we get started, all posts regarding the Eli Build will need to be kept in a single thread, one that will likely become quite long.
I volunteer to act as the "Eli Build Coordinator", keeping track of ideas, suggestions, recommendations coming in from the membership, and keeping a tally of votes/endorsements for each recommended mod as a means of prioritizing them. In addition, there is an inherent hierarchy among mods: some are "Must Have", thus should of course be prioritized and accomplished first; others are "Nice To Have" and should come next; finally there are "Discretionary" mods reflecting strictly personal preference, at the lowest priority. And of course Eli, who will be financing The Build, will have the final say on mods for his bike.
I propose to categorize The Build into several main areas: 1. Chassis 2. Drive Train 3. Aesthetics 4. Utility/Luggage 5. Safety/Protection. Each of these will include sub-categories, to be detailed. I do not think this project wants to go in the direction of an extreme custom build, so major mods to engine or frame will not be recommended, staying mainly with available aftermarket parts and accessories readily accessible to forum members.
I propose a loosely-structured, informal "Build Consultative Committee" to bring forward ideas and recommendations, as well as to provide analysis, evaluation and commentary on suggested mods. Motorcycling experience, knowledge and wisdom acquired over time are of great value here, so ideally this informal committee would include as many interested Senior Members as possible, those who are active Forum participants. Mod suggestions from all Forum Members are, of course, strongly encouraged. Input from Forum members all over the globe will bring valuable perspective and variety to this entertaining project. In addition to offering opinions and commentary on proposed mods, members can/should express a vote for or against. I will endeavor to tally up these votes so Eli can receive the Forum's input in a rational manner.
These are my preliminary thoughts on how we should organize this project, which promises to result in a thoughtfully-modded Duke that members can emulate and from which we can learn. This should provide fun and an interesting, evolving focus over a long period of time. Let's have a good time with this!
Thoughts and suggestions from all are requested! I will work up a detailed breakdown of mod categories for subsequent posting in the Build Thread. Eli, hope this meets with your approval. Thanks!
"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