*EDITED: Video link added at bottom of post. Sorry, I am new to all this motorcycle forum stuff.
I am just curious if anyone knows this guy. Seems like he would be a member here.
While out riding my recently purchased 1290R in a SoCal Canyon, this long haired guy in a big black leather jacket catches up to me, and starts punking me. Sticking his wheel up the inside when I slow for the Apex, then exiting the corners on the outside of me doing crossed up wheelies while staring me down mid-wheelie. I get down the the residential area and before I can turn my GoPro on, he starts verbally harassing me, calling me a big Puxxy for owning such a machine and not knowing how to ride it. I tried to explain that it was a new bike to me, and that I was just trying to practice up before taking my motorcycle permit test, as I was told the 1290R SuperDuke was the all around best motorcycle of the last few years. What better a machine to start out on, after stepping up from my Zuma Sports Scooter, right?
Well, this guy with the long hair and mad skills on his KTM 690 Duke, with a obviously modified exhaust, big rear sprocket and Rainbow Heat cooked brake rotors backed it in next to me at the next stop sign and asked if I 'wanted to have a go' or something like that. I then saw his shagged out tires, feathered to the edges adn turning all greasy, something I never read that Metzeler had a problem with before (?) So it had to be his stoppies, and flat tracker super aggressive riding style, as I doubt it was a defective set of tires, as they are made in Germany.
I tried to avoid him by riding up onto the freeway, and while snicking through the gears and looking over my shoulder at what is already coming down the freeway, being a little cautious because I am afraid of the CHP Special Enforcement Activities in SoCal on weekends, and to be honest, because I've never gone over 55 indicated on this 1290 before, this guy enters the freeway behind me, two lanes over, and pulls a full on 3 gear crossed up wheelie, before setting it down right behind me as he gives me a epic high speed fly-by. I mean, this "Super Duke R" sure can't do that (I've tried) and I was barely able to catch up to him. Just in time to have him flash some strange hand signals at me, then speed away.
Are all 690's and their riders like this, or did I just buy the wrong bike?
Any advice would be appreciated.