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Forum: Road warriors 02-23-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,232
Posted By optimum_malarky
Update: I heard from both the dealership where I...

Update: I heard from both the dealership where I purchased the bike and a customer service rep from KTM USA (I left messages for both yesterday).

The dealership offered to repair any and all...
Forum: Road warriors 02-23-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,232
Posted By optimum_malarky
Okay, next question: should I consider replaced...

Okay, next question: should I consider replaced the rear axle for the bike, in addition to the nuts on both sides following my mishap? I'm wondering if the axle bent as I maneuvered to the roadside....
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,232
Posted By optimum_malarky
The bike has about 7,000 miles on it. I guess I...

The bike has about 7,000 miles on it. I guess I should have checked the nut, but honestly, I never even considered losing something like that. The bike was sold as "thoroughly inspected", so I...
Forum: Road warriors 02-21-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,232
Posted By optimum_malarky
Lost a rear axle nut on the freeway!

Anyone ever heard of or experienced this?

I am riding my new-to-me Duke 690 on the freeway home from a visit to my brother's in Santa Cruz when I feel a pronounced rear end shimmy and power cuts...
Forum: Road warriors 01-12-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,232
Posted By optimum_malarky
I'm interested if anyone else is experiencing...

I'm interested if anyone else is experiencing heavy oil consumption as well!
:ear:ear
Forum: Road warriors 01-09-2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,232
Posted By optimum_malarky
New Duke (to me)

I just bought a used 2013 with about 7k on the clock this week. I take delivery next week and I can hardly wait!

Anything I should be worried about with this used machine? I bought it from a...
Forum: Road warriors 01-09-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 1,264
Views: 179,982
Posted By optimum_malarky
I went with a Duke 690 instead of the Ninja 300. ...

I went with a Duke 690 instead of the Ninja 300.

Time will tell if this is the better choice.
Forum: Road warriors 01-08-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 39,359
Posted By optimum_malarky
Any reason to not buy a Bonneville? I've...

Any reason to not buy a Bonneville?

I've been wanting one since my dad sold his 74 Bonnie 750. I've been through many bikes -- and even ridden a few Bonnies -- but I have yet to call one my own....
Forum: Road warriors 01-07-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 30,066
Posted By optimum_malarky
Any date on when the Duke/RC390 will hit...

Any date on when the Duke/RC390 will hit Stateside showrooms?
Forum: Road warriors 01-07-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1,264
Views: 179,982
Posted By optimum_malarky
I am considering one of these bikes as a fun,...

I am considering one of these bikes as a fun, tool-around town and ride wide-open kind of machine. I don't have plans to turn it into something it isn't.

My main concern is regarding size: I'm...
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1,228
Views: 289,240
Posted By optimum_malarky
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s135/kcunamay/S...

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s135/kcunamay/Street%20Triple%20R/583523C8-7C42-4B23-9A12-2ADDDD56FA87_zpsz2ifntfc.jpg[/URL]


Great looking mods!
Forum: Road warriors 12-08-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 10,933
Posted By optimum_malarky
Miss my 955i, wanting a 1050, any year! ...

Miss my 955i, wanting a 1050, any year! Wondering if adding a Speed to the stable with a Street already there is doubling up on the same feel?
Forum: Road warriors 11-06-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 736
Views: 258,794
Posted By optimum_malarky
Bump for so more pics! It has been too long!

Bump for so more pics! It has been too long!
Forum: Road warriors 11-02-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 893
Views: 161,561
Posted By optimum_malarky
One of my favorite roads in Northern California! ...

One of my favorite roads in Northern California!

How is the bike for distance riding? What was the longest day you spent in the saddle?
Forum: Road warriors 11-02-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 893
Views: 161,561
Posted By optimum_malarky
Saw one of these at the dealership on Friday and...

Saw one of these at the dealership on Friday and couldn't get over how sharp it looks! I am waiting to see if the touring version (s1000F) gets introduced or not, but I am seriously considering...
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3,149
Views: 561,424
Posted By optimum_malarky
USD Forks?

Anyone tried changing out the forks/brakes on 5th gen VFRs for something more modern? I am wondering what it would take to upgrade the whole front end: usd forks, brakes, rotors?

Not that there...
Forum: Road warriors 09-30-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 475
Views: 77,513
Posted By optimum_malarky
I like the idea of a retro-styled bike that has...

I like the idea of a retro-styled bike that has some power behind it! As much as I drool over the Triumph Bonneville, Scrambler and Thruxton, I get bored on every one that I ride. Sure, the BMW...
Forum: Road warriors 09-29-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 3,149
Views: 561,424
Posted By optimum_malarky
Good source for aftermarket goodies?

I am looking for a good source for after-market goodies for the VFR. Anyone have a website they like to use? VFR or Honda specific would be awesome!
Forum: Road warriors 09-19-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2,324
Views: 418,501
Posted By optimum_malarky
R1200r wethead?

Any news if the 1200 water-cooled motor will be dropped into the r1200r package? I have seen spy shots and read some rumors, but nothing definitive.
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 2,324
Views: 418,501
Posted By optimum_malarky
Any love for R1150r still?

I know the 1150 motor is quite old news, but is there still any love for the older roaster? I wanted a R1150r bad when they first came out, but are they worth a damn now that the 1200r has been out...
Forum: Road warriors 08-03-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 3,149
Views: 561,424
Posted By optimum_malarky
New to me 99

Hi, all! I finally found the right VFR for me: 1999 with about 40K, 954rr rear shock, front suspension sorted, new steering-head bearings, staintune, corbin, 3rd gen rear wheel, etc etc. The bike...
Forum: Road warriors 07-30-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 1,735
Views: 205,659
Posted By optimum_malarky
Fantastic...

Just for fun, since we are lacking pics here.....:evil
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014/07/30/bikepics-2686564-full.jpg

http://p1.bikepics.com/2014/07/30/bikepics-2686565-full.jpg[/QUOTE]

What...
Forum: Road warriors 07-26-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Posted By optimum_malarky
Did you end up selling the RSV1000r? If so, why...

Did you end up selling the RSV1000r? If so, why did you decide to let it go?
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 745
Views: 122,958
Posted By optimum_malarky
Anyone have ideas on when this bike might show up...

Anyone have ideas on when this bike might show up in showrooms? Is it confirmed for the USA yet?
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 35,837
Posted By optimum_malarky
More choices are a good thing! Even though I...

More choices are a good thing! Even though I have experience on bikes larger than 600cc, I love the idea of a smaller bike to rip around on. I love that these bikes are popping up for those of us...
Forum: Road warriors 06-16-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 54,380
Posted By optimum_malarky
2009 with less than 1000 miles that the owner...

2009 with less than 1000 miles that the owner says has "electrical problems". He wrote that the bike struggled to start a few months ago and now wouldn't start again, though it obviously hasn't been...
Forum: Road warriors 06-16-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,279
Posted By optimum_malarky
2003 with less than 14K on the clock, suspension...

2003 with less than 14K on the clock, suspension work, piped, chipped, plus a few add-ons.... Any reason not to pursue this over a 2009 Griso, 2005 Tiger or 2008 Sprint ST?

Unfortunately, all...
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,279
Posted By optimum_malarky
What is the range on Falcos with these mpg...

What is the range on Falcos with these mpg numbers? I know many people like them for sport-touring, but how far can you get before you need to start pushing?
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,366
Posted By optimum_malarky
I think it looks awesome and I love another naked...

I think it looks awesome and I love another naked option on the market. If this is a pumped up version of the Lightning series, then I am interested to check it out! Good on EBR!
Forum: Road warriors 06-11-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 1,902
Views: 348,769
Posted By optimum_malarky
Still waiting on the seller, who is out of...

Still waiting on the seller, who is out of town... keeping my eyes open for a nice 1050 in my price range in the meantime...
(I really like the orange ones)
Forum: Road warriors 06-11-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 268,989
Posted By optimum_malarky
Any difference in power or feel with the ZX14...

Any difference in power or feel with the ZX14 header and cans? I agree -- the bike looks mean with those pipes on it! :clap
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1,902
Views: 348,769
Posted By optimum_malarky
Thanks for the replies about mileage on these...

Thanks for the replies about mileage on these bikes.

Is there any reason then to go for the 955i over the 1050? I had a 1150gs before and loved the high position of the machine -- being able to...
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 550
Views: 100,188
Posted By optimum_malarky
Which Buells are more reliable: the Tubers or the...

Which Buells are more reliable: the Tubers or the XB series? I have always loved the looks of the Lightning bikes, especially the late XB12Ss, but I heard that the Tubers are less maintenance...
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1,902
Views: 348,769
Posted By optimum_malarky
How many miles are considered high on a 1050...

How many miles are considered high on a 1050 Tiger? There is a nice example in my area with some killer mods (suspension, lights and seat), but with 45K on the clock. Are these motors built to make...
Forum: Road warriors 05-19-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3,149
Views: 561,424
Posted By optimum_malarky
What would need work?

Interesting opportunity to get into a high(er) mileage VFR800i: There is a local 2000 VFR with approx. 65K miles for a reasonable price. The bike has a couple of upgrades -- Ohlins rear shock,...
Forum: Road warriors 05-11-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 68,169
Posted By optimum_malarky
Thread bump! Hoping to see and hear more about...

Thread bump! Hoping to see and hear more about Hypers in action!
Forum: Road warriors 05-08-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 478
Views: 123,821
Posted By optimum_malarky
Which year gen I?

I have my eye on 2 different Gen. I Fz1s and I could use the collective experience!

One bike is a 2001 with about 35k and a boatload of mods, including pipe, jetting, suspension work, servicing,...
Forum: Road warriors 04-29-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,854
Posted By optimum_malarky
Italian Honda?

Have you ever considered a gen1 or gen2 Aprilia Tuono? It doesn't check all of your boxes (abs, fuel mileage), but it is a big twin with tons of low-down torque, good looks, suspension, FI, etc. I...
Forum: Road warriors 03-11-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 2,063
Views: 611,037
Posted By optimum_malarky
Man, I just love the looks of that bike in black!...

Man, I just love the looks of that bike in black! My 2004 was red, but the black was always the looker. What a great machine! :clap
Forum: Road warriors 02-26-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,232
Posted By optimum_malarky
Not meaning to hijack

Just wondering how the newest iteration of the 690 Duke compares to say a 2009? Is it worth it to buy this latest bike over one of the earlier ones?
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