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Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:37 pm
by WarBaby
Here is a compressed account of my 2017 Superduke R experience: I've owned about 40 motorcycles in my life (really) and ridden a couple hundred more (really). Yes, I'm older than dirt but I still ride hard and enjoy every second on my SDR. It is a special machine and, as an old drag-racer-turned-twisty-lover, I'm all about performance. Although expensive, the Superduke is great as it comes from the factory...and even greater as a starting platform for customization. Like most here, I modded it to make it more 'mine'. It is comfy for my brief rides (usually about 2 hours) with a lower LSL aluminum drag bar that shifts weight forward for improved feedback and braking and the BST carbon rims contribute to noticeably better handling with their magical, unsprung-weight loss of 10+ pounds total. My last two bikes were Ducati 821 Hypermotards with legendary handling but my SDR is now right there with the Ducs for weight and riding tight twisties but it has MUCH more power. The factory seat, which I keep slick with Armor All, allows me to easily slide my butt from side-to-side for riding the mountain curves that surround me in the Smoky Mountains. The Pirelli Supercorsa VP tires provide the dry grip I NEED at full lean even if they have shortened life compared to most sport bike tires. ***I never skimp on tires since those two tiny contact patches are all that exist between me and the ER or Pearly Gates.*** ;) The Rottweiler intake and their other goodies uncork the engine and produce s-m-o-o-t-h, 'make-me-grin' power via a PCV (Rotti map) while exhaust gasses exit efficiently through an Arrow Ti muffler and mid-pipe (no cat) without any detectable loss of torque low in the power band. The sound is deliciously authoritative without being obnoxiously loud. 8-) A concerted bike-diet removed no less than 36 real pounds without compromising anything of importance to me. Two or three times per week, I hang out at the Deals Gap Resort (at the famous 'Dragon', Hwy 129, TN/NC) during good weather and the bike always draws a group of other riders who want to look at and talk about it. SDR's just seem to reek of badness! Yep, my view of the SDR is heavily biased...for good reasons. My only regret is that it took an entire lifetime for the bike to arrive but it's here now and it's love. I'm content. :mrgreen:

Cheers!

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Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:43 am
by McDirty
We need to set up a Superduke meet up at the gap. Im only about 4 hrs from the north side

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Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:13 pm
by WarBaby
McDirty wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:43 am
We need to set up a Superduke met up at the gap. Im only about 4 hrs from the north side

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Agreed, when the roads are warmer (April/May). ;)

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:46 pm
by 209rider
First post (yay!)

+1 for the Super Duke ride day. I'm off of 209 near Clyde and I can always use more riding buddies.

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:07 pm
by WarBaby
209rider wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:46 pm
First post (yay!)

+1 for the Super Duke ride day. I'm off of 209 near Clyde and I can always use more riding buddies.
All righty. Hello NC! Welcome to our new, little Dragon Rider's group. 8-)

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:44 pm
by steve59
coming from chicago i need a couple days notice. did it last year, but took the gtl since I was going to be on the road 24 of 30 hours.

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:12 pm
by WarBaby
Hey, that's 4 of us who can meet for some world class curve riding in the Dragon area when the weather is decent with just a little planning/coordination. Multiple SDR's pulling into the Deals Gap Resort might freak a few riders. :lol:

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:13 pm
by steve59
i went south at the hotel and had even more fun as there was no traffic,shhh

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:08 pm
by McDirty
The gaps not even the best road in the area.....

And if you didnt know nc28 between 19 and franklin is freshly paved...

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Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:46 pm
by 209rider
There's a few back roads between Franklin/Highlands/Cullowhee that almost never have traffic and are an absolute blast to ride.

Over towards where I'm at we've got 276, 209 and 215, all of which are excellent.

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:53 am
by McDirty
209rider wrote:There's a few back roads between Franklin/Highlands/Cullowhee that almost never have traffic and are an absolute blast to ride.

Over towards where I'm at we've got 276, 209 and 215, all of which are excellent.
One of my favourites is 281 out of Tuskegee. Never any traffic.

If they would ever repave Wayah i would be ecstatic

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Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:34 am
by 209rider
McDirty wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:53 am
209rider wrote:There's a few back roads between Franklin/Highlands/Cullowhee that almost never have traffic and are an absolute blast to ride.

Over towards where I'm at we've got 276, 209 and 215, all of which are excellent.
One of my favourites is 281 out of Tuskegee. Never any traffic.

If they would ever repave Wayah i would be ecstatic

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Totally agree about Wayah. I don't even bother with it anymore.

Living out here is a motorcyclists paradise. Riding anywhere else is mind numbing in comparison.

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:49 am
by WarBaby
I love NC 28 from DG Resort to Franklin and yes, Wayah has become rough...too bad. I only ride the Dragon early mornings, Monday through Friday. Very light traffic then. ;)

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:21 pm
by 209rider
WarBaby wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:49 am
I love NC 28 from DG Resort to Franklin and yes, Wayah has become rough...too bad. I only ride the Dragon early mornings, Monday through Friday. Very light traffic then. ;)
I've always done the same at the Dragon. I have no desire to get run off the road by some retiree from Florida on his Street Glide...

Re: Celebrating the 'Beast'

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:19 pm
by McDirty
209rider wrote:
WarBaby wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:49 am
I love NC 28 from DG Resort to Franklin and yes, Wayah has become rough...too bad. I only ride the Dragon early mornings, Monday through Friday. Very light traffic then. ;)
I've always done the same at the Dragon. I have no desire to get run off the road by some retiree from Florida on his Street Glide...
If im only there on the weekend i only do the dragon before breakfast or after 7pm. I dont do traffic.

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