Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Murrysville, PA, USA. A pleasant, wooded suburb of Pittsburgh.
Hi Sigov, Welcome to the forum. Don't listen to Trimapa - He likes to present "alternative facts", as untruths are now called in the US White House. He does this to divert attention from the reality that it is indeed Trimapa who is the true Mogul of Mod here. He has undoubtedly invested more in upgrading his Duke than any other member currently active on the forum, with the possible exception of bahawton. But I do like to mod as well - just more frugally.
There are a few mods I would consider quasi-mandatory:
1. Improving the front brake
2. Improving the rider seat
3. Fitting a functional rear shock to replace the woeful OEM item. (R6 conversion or aftermarket).
With these "must-haves" you are good to go. There are, however, some other basic mods you might want to consider. These are not mandatory, but would fall into the "nice to have/probably should have" category:
4. Crash protection - bobbins for front/rear wheels, crash bars, hand guards
5. LED headlight bulb to replace anemic OEM halogen.
6. SPAL fan to replace OEM shrouded fan (If OEM fan fails, this becomes mandatory).
The list can (and in many cases does) go on and on. But with this relatively short list, your bike will be sufficiently well equipped for the road. If safety is high on your agenda, I suggest you consider serious horns to replace the OEM beeper, as well as conspicuity lighting. To improve front fork action, use the search function here to look up "front axle release" - it costs nothing.
Ride well, often and safely.
"If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else."
2015 390 Duke
1980 Moto Guzzi V50 II cafe racer
1984 Moto Guzzi SP 1000