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Hi everyone from Vancouver BC, Canada!

A few fun facts :D
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I never had any intention to buy another bike after selling my old ZX11 years ago (sold it when I got my 1st kid). I'm more of a vanner (got a few 60's Ford Econoline) but on a recent trip to Rome I saw my 1st Duke 390 and loved it! The fact that everyone rides a bike and beat traffic also made me want to ride a bike again...

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My wife still hasn't notice I bought it, hahaha!
You would think she'd wonder how I'm getting to work since my vans are still in the driveway ;)

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When I bought the bike, the girl at the bike shop said most guys of my vintage either recently divorced or hit mid-life crisis. I just turned 50 but once my wife finds out about the bike the sale lady might be right on both cases!

So thanks everyone on this forum, you've already been uber helpful in my decision to buy my 2019 Duke 390 and to get to know the bike even before my 1st ride!

And if anyone is curious, currently the 2019 can be found on sale for $4999 Canadian dollars here in Vancouver BC. Add close to $1000 in freight and documentation then add taxes... still pretty cheap for what you get.

Hope to contribute in the long run!

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Congrats on the purchase and good luck with the wife when she notices! Make sure I'm listed as a beneficiary for one of the vans please, hate to see something happen to them after she gets done with you. Kidding aside, you'll have fun with the duke, it's light and nimble. Should've kept the ZX11, still one of my favorite bikes, fits me like a glove. I bought a ZX10 last year, still keeping an eye out for a ZX11. Have fun and welcome.
 

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Hi man and welcome from Scotland. Pretty much the same story with me minus the wife deal haha. Now 52 and hadn't had a motorbike for over 25 years after becoming a dad etc, mortgage and all that grown up, responsible bullshit. Was on holiday in Seville, Spain earlier this year and saw a couple of them zipping through traffic effortlessly and beating everything off the lights etc, and thought yup time to live again and get one of these bad boys.

Best move I have made in a long time, cant believe I lived without a motorcycle for so long. And surprisingly my wife was quite supportive and said if that is what you want go for it. I thought my Mum would be the problem as she picked up the bits after a bad accident I had when I was 17 when I got T boned by a car that came out a junction as I was passing, but surprisingly she was cool with it too.

Enjoy the Duke man, and put me in line for one of those vans as well when she is done with you haha.
 

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Funny no one asked to get the Duke instead of the vans, lol.

So I'm week 2 on the bike, wife still hasn't noticed and kids have been awesome at keeping it a secret. We actually took bets as how long it would take her to notice ;) I also bribed them to take them for a spin if they kept quiet, Haha!

I'm 1/5 through the break-in period, trying to keep my rides mostly in the city to get the most RPM range.

My 1st mod was a battery powered phone holder. Nice, cheap (Amazon) and cable tucked away nicely, cant even see it.

I also bought a used 18L KTM tank bag for a great price. It's a tight fit with such a compact tank but I made it work and making great use of it.

I have a bunch of parts coming from Ali-Express (China). It takes longer to receive than ordering from Ebay or Amazon but from what I can tell they are identical parts at a fraction of the price. Makes me believe Ebay vendors get their parts from Ali-Express and sell them back with a big profit margin!

I'll post pictures of the bike (and the vans!) once I get the rights to do so. Still building my credential for now :)


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Congrats on the purchase and good luck with the wife when she notices! Make sure I'm listed as a beneficiary for one of the vans please, hate to see something happen to them after she gets done with you. Kidding aside, you'll have fun with the duke, it's light and nimble. Should've kept the ZX11, still one of my favorite bikes, fits me like a glove. I bought a ZX10 last year, still keeping an eye out for a ZX11. Have fun and welcome.
Same here, the ZX11 was an amazing "gentlemen" bike! Thanks for the good luck wishes! :)

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Hi man and welcome from Scotland. Pretty much the same story with me minus the wife deal haha. Now 52 and hadn't had a motorbike for over 25 years after becoming a dad etc, mortgage and all that grown up, responsible bullshit. Was on holiday in Seville, Spain earlier this year and saw a couple of them zipping through traffic effortlessly and beating everything off the lights etc, and thought yup time to live again and get one of these bad boys.

Best move I have made in a long time, cant believe I lived without a motorcycle for so long. And surprisingly my wife was quite supportive and said if that is what you want go for it. I thought my Mum would be the problem as she picked up the bits after a bad accident I had when I was 17 when I got T boned by a car that came out a junction as I was passing, but surprisingly she was cool with it too.

Enjoy the Duke man, and put me in line for one of those vans as well when she is done with you haha.
Nice to see I'm not the only 50 some yrs old trying to stay young and living life as one should be! Thanks Dave!

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Nice dude!


I just bought one about 2 months ago (brand new 2018 model) in quebec montreal and paid 5000 + tax (total came to 5700)!
Went all over the place on long tours with the bike (just came back from a 1 week tour trip to gaspe as i had vacation) like up north, east like New Brunswick, etc..., and now have over 12k km on it lol!
 

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Funny no one asked to get the Duke instead of the vans, lol.

So I'm week 2 on the bike, wife still hasn't noticed and kids have been awesome at keeping it a secret. We actually took bets as how long it would take her to notice ;) I also bribed them to take them for a spin if they kept quiet, Haha!

I'm 1/5 through the break-in period, trying to keep my rides mostly in the city to get the most RPM range.

My 1st mod was a battery powered phone holder. Nice, cheap (Amazon) and cable tucked away nicely, cant even see it.

I also bought a used 18L KTM tank bag for a great price. It's a tight fit with such a compact tank but I made it work and making great use of it.

I have a bunch of parts coming from Ali-Express (China). It takes longer to receive than ordering from Ebay or Amazon but from what I can tell they are identical parts at a fraction of the price. Makes me believe Ebay vendors get their parts from Ali-Express and sell them back with a big profit margin!

I'll post pictures of the bike (and the vans!) once I get the rights to do so. Still building my credential for now :)


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Day 437. Wife is still none the wiser but the bribes I am paying out to the kids at this point has officially cost me more than the Duke. Maybe its time to tell her? Nahhhh.
 

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Nice dude!


I just bought one about 2 months ago (brand new 2018 model) in quebec montreal and paid 5000 + tax (total came to 5700)!
Went all over the place on long tours with the bike (just came back from a 1 week tour trip to gaspe as i had vacation) like up north, east like New Brunswick, etc..., and now have over 12k km on it lol!
You did very good on the price! I was happy with the base price on mine but not so much with all the extra fees...and taxes!

Man, 12,000km in 2 months that is crazy! Plus you also had to do a slow 1000km for break-in, lol.

I bought mine mainly to commute to work as my road trips are usually in one of my camper vans but this bike might get its share of trips given how fun it is to ride!

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Day 437. Wife is still none the wiser but the bribes I am paying out to the kids at this point has officially cost me more than the Duke. Maybe its time to tell her? Nahhhh.
It's only a matter of time before she notices my riding gears ;)

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Started customizing my ride today. Installed a $31usd wind screen from AliExpress (PUIG copy) and although I had some minor issues to fit it to my 2019 it ended up where it should be and will see tomorrow morning how much of a difference it makes. Also received a bunch of packages from China and will be mounting those as well in the next few days. (hand protectors, tank sticker, tidy tail and rear fender mudguard among other things).

Since I sold all my riding gears years ago I've been on the hunt for good used gears. Last night I found a really nice Joe Rocket jacket, tomorrow going to look at some boots and still hunting for gloves and pants. The helmet I got new (LS2 Valiant) and love that thing. It's white so with the sun visor down and the chin protector pulled up it really looks like a jet fighter helmet or some Star Wars helmet, lol. Just need to add Bluetooth in it but the kit I bought didn't fit so still searching for one.

Riding everyday to work, slowly putting the miles on it. So far really impressed with the bike aside from the slow speed control and some vibration in the handle bar that numbs my right hand a little. Not sure if it's normal but not a real issue at this point. I will consider putting a 16 tooth front sprocket once my 1st service is done!!!

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You did very good on the price! I was happy with the base price on mine but not so much with all the extra fees...and taxes!

Man, 12,000km in 2 months that is crazy! Plus you also had to do a slow 1000km for break-in, lol.

I bought mine mainly to commute to work as my road trips are usually in one of my camper vans but this bike might get its share of trips given how fun it is to ride!

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Ya I got it for pretty good deal, plus they included the KTM orange handguards (plastic ones though and I had to install them myself).

I also bought a puig clone from AliExpress, some semi rigid bags from there as well, and a x mount clone phone holder with usb charging from Amazon for $30.

Also had got a KTM ergo power parts seat, so with all that I was setup for touring and went everywhere you can think of, even places I shouldn't have lol.

I mean dirt trails, off road, atv trails, tree logging roads etc...

The bike actually has more ground clearance than a older vstrom, more power and less weight than a 650 KLR, and a 43mm suspension, a torquey single cylinder (which KTM is one of the best at making for dirt bikes) so there's a lot of soul and DNA in these little bikes for a adv type bike, even though it's a road bike.

Ohh also I've finished the rear at 9k km and replaced with a Bridgestone Battlax adventure a40 tire (slightly taller 150/70 r17) and since now I'm over 12k the front is going to be finished soon too!

Take care!

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Ya I got it for pretty good deal, plus they included the KTM orange handguards (plastic ones though and I had to install them myself).

I also bought a puig clone from AliExpress, some semi rigid bags from there as well, and a x mount clone phone holder with usb charging from Amazon for $30.

Also had got a KTM ergo power parts seat, so with all that I was setup for touring and went everywhere you can think of, even places I shouldn't have lol.

I mean dirt trails, off road, atv trails, tree logging roads etc...

The bike actually has more ground clearance than a older vstrom, more power and less weight than a 650 KLR, and a 43mm suspension, a torquey single cylinder (which KTM is one of the best at making for dirt bikes) so there's a lot of soul and DNA in these little bikes for a adv type bike, even though it's a road bike.

Ohh also I've finished the rear at 9k km and replaced with a Bridgestone Battlax adventure a40 tire (slightly taller 150/70 r17) and since now I'm over 12k the front is going to be finished soon too!

Take care!

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I'm considering the upgraded seat. Does it make enough difference to justify the price? (How much did you pay for yours?) So far I can manage the stock one but it's definitely not as good as some on my previous bikes. Did you notice any RPM drop with the taller tire?


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I'm considering the upgraded seat. Does it make enough difference to justify the price? (How much did you pay for yours?) So far I can manage the stock one but it's definitely not as good as some on my previous bikes. Did you notice any RPM drop with the taller tire?


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The ergo seat is ok'ish, not as comfortable as I was hoping it would have been. It's a slight improvement over the stock one with supposedly thicker foam and different angle of seat.
In my opinion not worth the cost really, I think I would have been better off bringing the seat some place to have it re upholstered to try to make it into a real touring seat.

I ended up getting mine from a motorcycle parts company that had a listing on eBay from the us and paid about $130 ish cad.

For the rear tire, it did end up changing the RPM a slight bit as the finally gear ratio is always the actual tire, so I get slightly lower rpms with slight lower acceleration and slightly better top speed with slightly better fuel economy, but I still have no problem passing cars on a 2 way highway with camping gear on the bike passing at 155 lol.

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The ergo seat is ok'ish, not as comfortable as I was hoping it would have been. It's a slight improvement over the stock one with supposedly thicker foam and different angle of seat.
In my opinion not worth the cost really, I think I would have been better off bringing the seat some place to have it re upholstered to try to make it into a real touring seat.

I ended up getting mine from a motorcycle parts company that had a listing on eBay from the us and paid about $130 ish cad.

For the rear tire, it did end up changing the RPM a slight bit as the finally gear ratio is always the actual tire, so I get slightly lower rpms with slight lower acceleration and slightly better top speed with slightly better fuel economy, but I still have no problem passing cars on a 2 way highway with camping gear on the bike passing at 155 lol.

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That's exactly what I wanted to hear. Too often people who paid too much for a part or mod won't admit it wasn't worth it... I'll live with my seat and good to hear about the taller tire. I'm considering installing a 16T sprocket first but taller tire might also be an option. Thanks again!
 

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That's exactly what I wanted to hear. Too often people who paid too much for a part or mod won't admit it wasn't worth it... I'll live with my seat and good to hear about the taller tire. I'm considering installing a 16T sprocket first but taller tire might also be an option. Thanks again!
No problem, anytime!
Take care!

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Been a while since I poked around here to get my first dose of sattire. Loved the honest and funny post. Jokes apart, don't bother, the wifey will love it too. Do post some pictures. Welcome to the boards>

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My European vacation also got me wanting to buy a motorcycle. I've wanted a motorcycle for years, but the kinds of bikes I like, old cafe racers, are more work than I want. I discovered BMW's R NineT line at BMW Welt and was astonished to find all the retro cafe racers on the market with modern FI and ABS. After months of convincing my wife I bought a 390 variant, a Vitpilen 401.
 

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My European vacation also got me wanting to buy a motorcycle. I've wanted a motorcycle for years, but the kinds of bikes I like, old cafe racers, are more work than I want. I discovered BMW's R NineT line at BMW Welt and was astonished to find all the retro cafe racers on the market with modern FI and ABS. After months of convincing my wife I bought a 390 variant, a Vitpilen 401.
Nice! That's also a pretty cool little bike, same family of bikes and same engine and platform.

I'm slowly making my duke390 into a dual sport'ish bike and I would love to get the vitpilen 401 spoke rims for the Duke!

I have to research but from what I see should be a direct swap!

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