Published July 28, 2015
Tags: asia, blogs, ktm, motorcycle, SDR, sdr 1290, super duke, taipei, taiwan, travel
After having covered about 1000 km in rain mode, I was comfortable enough to switch over to street mode. I had noticed a bit of lagging power a few times in some bends, and I knew that once I noticed this, I need to unlock the full 180 hp of the Beast. To be honest, I barely noticed the difference, especially at low speeds. At high speeds, and when you are accelerating away, it does pull away very quickly, but I haven’t noticed the wheel coming up at all, at least not for now.
Continue reading ‘2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R Weeks 4 to 7′
Published July 28, 2015
Tags: agv, blogs, carbon fiber, ktm, motorcycle, ownership, pista gp, SDR, sdr 1290, superduke
This week, I got to 1,000 km on Tuesday, so it was time for the first service. Actually, it was more around 950 km, but I wanted to get it ready for the weekend. The oil change was expensive, at about $30 each 1L bottle, and the Beast needs 4. I think I was overcharged for the oil filter, but I wanted to get the service done at the dealer. I also wanted to check the oil filter’s shape, to see if it had collapsed, something that was mentioned by some owners. It hadn’t, but the total was a bit surprising ($181 US).
Continue reading ‘2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R Week 3′
Published June 23, 2015
Tags: asia, baishawan, Danshui, jinshan, ktm, motorcycle, naked, street, super duke, superduke, taipei, taiwan, trip, yamingshan
I started out the week by going to wash my bike. It is a relaxing task, albeit a sweaty one. Once the beast was clean, I took it home. I decided against riding it to my weekly tutoring session, as it was somewhat slower than anticipated, compared to my scooter. Anyway, the city driving in Sanchong is ludicrous, probably the worst that I’ve seen in Taiwan, especially on Zhengyi North Road, so it was probably safer to leave the beast at home.
Continue reading ‘2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R Week 2′
Published June 14, 2015
blogs , motorcycle
Tags: asia, ktm, motorcycle, naked, riding, SDR, street, super duke, taipei, taiwan, touring
It was a pretty nerve-wracking week, because the KTM dealer had a bad reputation, but it was the only official dealer in the Taipei/New Taipei City area, so I had done business with them. It was only months later that people were telling me that they were terrible. I’ll file that away for future reference. I was picking it up after work, and my neighbor came with me. He had also purchased a Super Duke, but paid a lot less since he had gotten a license to sell KTMs, again months after I had ordered mine. I was mainly going with him because he had offered me free underground parking for my motorcycle, and in Taipei, that’s not something you can refuse. For some reason my boss and colleague decided to tag along, even after I had told them not to come. It added even more stress to a stressful situation.
Continue reading ‘2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R Week 1′
Published September 9, 2014
blogs , travelogue
Tags: Hualien, island, Kenting, moto touring, motorcycle, road trip, scooter, taichung, Tainan, taipei, taitung, taiwan, Yilan
I had a week-long vacation coming up between the end of summer camp and the beginning of the fall semester, and my friend had proposed that we go around the island together on scooters.
Continue reading ‘8 Days and 1500 KM All Around Taiwan’
Published April 18, 2014
blogs , technology
Tags: blogs, dirtbike, ev, Hybrid, military, motorcycle, silenced, Stealth, technology
I’ve been driving around a Super Motard motorcycle for the last six months, and let me tell you, it’s extremely loud, so loud that my neighbors have asked me to start it outside the courtyard where it’s usually parked. One friend said that it sounded like my bike had eaten another one for breakfast. While all this racket is a fun part of having a motorcycle, you can imagine how this would be problematic for military motorcycles.
Published November 13, 2013
blogs , technology
Tags: blogs, Ducati, Italian, Monster, motorcycle, naked, Technabob, technology, vehicle
I like how fast crotch rockets can go, but that sitting position will get uncomfortable pretty fast. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve always liked the Ducati Monster, which combines performance with a more natural seating position. The Italian motorcycle company just announced their third generation Monster bike.
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