So the mid-Atlantic United States have been ďblessedĒ with some not-so-cold temperatures (I use the ďĒ because I love to ski and I havenít been able to do it, boo
) therefore I managed to put some 700kms, or about 500miles, on my 2014 Duke 690. Itís so much fun! My main bikes have been Triumph triples for about 7 years so as you can imagine itís taking some getting used to life with a single. And during every ride I come up with a few more questions about this bike so I thought Iíd start a thread and fire away (note: bike is bone stock):
-What is the optimal RPM for you all? I seem to downshift a lot to rev up to the red line but it feels very unnatural and I feel like Iím doing this wrong. I know itís a vague description but I would like to know where you all usually keep the revs in the twisties.
-Whatís the first upgrade I ought to do to this thing? I have a few bikes to sell and finish paying off my wedding expenses plus a bonus so I might have some disposable income in the next few months, nothing major, just a few hundos to drop on the orange mini beast. I like the bike the way it is and I donít know what the first thing I should mess around with ought to be. Hence my question to the prosÖ.
-I currently have an HJC helmet and that b!tch is LOUD! Whatís a good quiet lid for a bike with this riding position?
-Last question for now: I bought a KTM racetech jacket to go with this new bike but it didnít come with elbow/shoulder/back armor. Anyone know where I could get some? Whatís your favorite jacket to ride with the Duke? Honestly my Triumph brand adventure jacket might be better than this one.
Thanks a bunch!