Started KTM

Started KTM

Postby Tetge » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:32 pm

I started my KTM today and it started right up after sitting quite awhile. Now I need to take it for a ride and tomorrow, July 10. is forecast to be the coolest day in quite awhile with hotter days on both sides of it. So, I should go on a Sunday ride. But, I wonder if the breakfast place in Leona Valley has beer and wine yet? I'd hate to trace the famous Mike ride route and find that there was no liquid refreshment at the restaurant. There may or may not be food but medication would be a requirement if I rode the paint shaker (aka the KTM) that far.

So, a report would be nice, not that I expect one from this sleepy site.
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Re: Started KTM

Postby jhwalker » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:33 am

I crank my precious Ducati 3 times a week, sit on it, listen, feel the smoothness of the engine. Exult over getting stronger, knowing that I will be riding again soon. :-D
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Re: Started KTM

Postby Tetge » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:15 pm

I only rode about 35 miles since it was hot and the KTM's vibrations made both my hands so numb that I couldn't feel the controls. This perhaps would not be as big an issue for most, but a combination of nerve damage and carpel tunnel have made my hands semi numb under the best of circumstances, and the KTM is a major shaker. That said, it ran just fine at the fully legal and responsible pace that I set. But, it really was too hot for comfort, as I always wear a heavy leather motorcycle jacket no matter what the temps and it can get uncomfortable when it is 100* out. The KTM also does not like it hot, and its temp gauge was rising way up when I got into the city traffic. So, I curtailed the ride and brought the bike back to the barn since 35 miles was long enough to charge up the battery and stir up all the fluids. I guess that I have become a fair weather, cruiser type, rider. I wonder how floorboards and nice big ape hanger bars, along with a nice big V twin, would feel?
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Re: Started KTM

Postby xbacksideslider » Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:29 pm

" . . . . .I wonder how floorboards and nice big ape hanger bars, along with a nice big V twin, would feel?"


:-D Expensive, but then I could throw $1500 at you in consideration of that paint shaker, to help defray the cost of that big twin :dance:
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Re: Started KTM

Postby Tetge » Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:28 pm

xbacksideslider wrote:" . . . . .I wonder how floorboards and nice big ape hanger bars, along with a nice big V twin, would feel?"


:-D Expensive, but then I could throw $1500 at you in consideration of that paint shaker, to help defray the cost of that big twin :dance:


What good would another KTM do you? I realize that you used to ride motorcycles, so, perhaps you have forgotten that you are not riding anymore? In any case, since I can't get any real money for my bike, I will just have to keep it around. I was going to trade it in on a cruiser, but, it seems that the local dealerships won't even discuss deals. I guess it is a seller's market?
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Re: Started KTM

Postby Tetge » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:46 pm

xbacksideslider wrote:" . . . . .I wonder how floorboards and nice big ape hanger bars, along with a nice big V twin, would feel?"


:-D Expensive, but then I could throw $1500 at you in consideration of that paint shaker, to help defray the cost of that big twin :dance:


I dropped by the KTM dealer today, and he offered me a killer deal on a left over 2015 all black Hayabusa. But, when I asked if I could trade the Duke in on it, he said that he was not interested in working out any kind of trade on that particular deal.

So, I left and I still have the 690, aka the paint shaker. At least it runs well, and it is relatively quick, at least compared to a DR-Z or a lesser KTM.
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Re: Started KTM

Postby xbacksideslider » Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:53 pm

Maybe you could supplement your income by moon lighting as a paint delivery man. House painters probably need that service. Or, auto body shops - they need well shook paint too. Maybe Uber could set you up and painters of all sorts could just click on your Uber-paint shaker app. :think:
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Re: Started KTM

Postby jhwalker » Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:06 pm

:-D
xbacksideslider wrote:Maybe you could supplement your income by moon lighting as a paint delivery man. House painters probably need that service. Or, auto body shops - they need well shook paint too. Maybe Uber could set you up and painters of all sorts could just click on your Uber-paint shaker app. :think:

yup
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Re: Started KTM

Postby Tetge » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:32 am

If I used it as a shaker, I'd make alcoholic concoctions rather than shake paint. A nice set of luggage filled with the correct ingredients and a long drinking tube running to my helmet and, after awhile, the shaking would not even bother me.

Officer, someone must have spiked my water. No wonder I was feeling so good!
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Re: Started KTM

Postby xbacksideslider » Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:13 pm

Good idea. The luggage would have to be refrigerated but you could run some kind of generator off of the rear tire, kind of like those generators that you would "flip and lock" against the tire of your ten speed.
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