Nice Brembo, but why on the bottom?
I’ve heard some engineers suggest that bottom is best because it puts the brake mounts into tension under braking, giving a more solid result. Not sure how much that really matters with a rear brake
Bottom mounted rear brakes can be a liability in winter because all the water, grit and salt drips down into it and bakes on with the heat causing corrosion and seizing.
But looks are important too, especially if you are looking to sell mounting kits.
Hello everyone, new to KTM owner from Formby near Liverpool, United Kingdom.
After 14 years of owning and loving BMW R1200s in one guise or another, currently a R1200GS LC, my age (68) and advancing decrepitness meant I was finding rolling out such a lump for local and short trips was becoming a real pain. I therefore decided I needed a second, lighter bike and narrowed the choice to two: the BMW G310R and the KTM Duke 390, and organised test rides of both. For me, there is no doubt that the G310R is a fine bike but it did nothing for me, whereas the Duke 390 put a grin on my face from the outset. I’m now the proud owner of a new white Duke 390 which I collected mid April, and which now has just over 1000 miles on the clock, with many more to come I hope.
I’ve read the messages regarding the need to accumulate a number of messages before being able to post to other sections of the forum, so expect to see a few more on unrelated topics here.
Hi from Saskatchewan to everyone. 2017 390 Duke. I have been riding bikes most of my life. My last two bikes were a KLR650 and a Vstrom 1000. In the last ten years. Our provincial insurance rates on larger bikes have increased dramatically. I had an opportunity so I sold the Vee. Last summer I really missed having a bike. So I started looking for smaller used dual purpose bike for a summer toy. I looked at at all the typical Japanese options before I settled on a new Duke. It seemed like such a good bang for my buck. They had 0.9% financing to boot. I love my little Duke. It is so much fun.
I am now nearing the 5000km mark and have almost worn the rear tire where am not as comfortable to ride on it as I would like to be. I live in a rural location and have thousands of miles of back roads to explore. I am going to start making the Duke into a mini ADV or Scrambler style bike. I am really interested in putting Shinko 705’s on it. I can only find a 120/70R17 front and either a 170/60R17 or a 150/70R17 rear. Has anyone else used either of these on their Duke? How did they fit? Would you recommend?
I am interested to read all your posts and see where everyone is from and find out what you all have done to your bikes.
Take care and ride safe everyone??