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post #1 of 12 Old 05-26-2019, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tail of the Dragon check.

I haven’t been down to the Tail of the Dragon area for 15 years. The USAF sent my son to NCO School, which is at McGee Tyson, just south of Knoxville, which is just 10 miles from where 129 goes curvy 2 lane. We had 2 days of really good riding. Did a bunch of miles. I’m a little surprised how little has changed.

While hanging out at the store at Deals Gap, I saw a maroon 919, with black heat shields drive by. Was that anyone here?

Have you been there lately? Have a story to tell?
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-26-2019, 08:23 PM
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Nice, congrats on your son's service in the USAF, I have some blood in there now stationed overseas.

Which Duke is that? I was looking at those and wondered just how good they would be as a daily rider. How does it compare to the 919 for daily riding and city riding?

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post #3 of 12 Old 05-27-2019, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Karl, they're both 08, 990s.

To be honest, there are better in town motorcycles. They're fairly high compression V twins with a pretty light flywheel; which means that below 3000 rpm, they're kind of lumpy. Lumpy, meaning they're very responsive, and you feel every time one of those 500cc cylinders fire. They vibrate a bit. None of that bothers me. But if you're used to a nice, mild mannered 4 cylinder, you may get annoyed at the inherent characteristics of a 1000cc V2.

The other thing about a 990 Super Duke is, that like a lot of motorcycles, the radiator is kind of small. It doesn't like extended periods of idling on hot days. For some odd reason the Radiator fan comes on after the bike has already gotten pretty hot. Again, I've not had a problem with this. I've seen the red warning light for approximately 2 seconds, twice in the 22,000 miles I've put on the bike. But I don't do a lot of in town riding. A common modification is to install a fan switch so you can turn on the fan sooner, which supposedly works pretty well.

Those are the only 2 bad things about them that kind of stick out. One you can fix, the other you learn to live with. But on the plus side, the clutch, which is hydraulic, is pretty light. The gearbox is pretty much like any Honda. Doesn't put off a lot of heat. Lots of leg room, wide handle bar with decent leverage. Everybody notices the Orange one. We got several comments about the Orange one. The black one may as well be invisible.

I've always wondered why these things didn't sell better. They're great bikes.

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post #4 of 12 Old 05-28-2019, 01:01 PM
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I've ridden down a couple times. It's nice. Going again mid July. Always had a blast. Will be doing a lot more of the off road trails in that area as well this time

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I've done a little looking around re the 990SD getting hot in traffic. There is a Thermostat switch that turns the fan on at 190f, instead of the 221f that the bike came with. Seems to fix the problem for most guys' bike. If I ever see that pesky red light again, I'm going to spend the $69 to fix it.

Nathan, is there an off road park down there somewhere that is for Razor type 4 wheeled off road machines? I saw dozens of the dirty things on trailers, going north on I75.

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post #6 of 12 Old 05-29-2019, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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I found a 190f thermo switch on the Rottweiler website. Rottweiler sells hi quality stuff. The switch is made in Japan, so I'm going to give it a try. $43.95 delivered.

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The 919 with the black heat shields you saw on 5/26 was me. We head to the Dragon twice a year and the last 7 on the 919. My rear shock gave up on this trip, but the weather was great and we put on a lot of miles.

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post #8 of 12 Old 05-30-2019, 10:56 AM
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Appreciate your son's service as well. My Dad was in USAF from 66-70. 8th AF / SAC

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Is you're 919 an 07? The reason I ask is those things are getting old, and they sometimes change color.

Which rear shock do you have? What do you plan to do for a rear suspention?

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post #10 of 12 Old 05-30-2019, 07:40 PM
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Mine is an '06. Had some parts powder coated flat black including the heat shields. Stock paint and well taken care of.

Finding that the rear shock is an expensive investment on the 919. Checked YSS, Wilbers, Progressive, Bitubo, Nitron, etc. shocks. I am planning on keeping the bike so considering Penske / Ohlins rear with a spring and oil upgrade for the forks.
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post #11 of 12 Old 05-30-2019, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, that's a good looking old bike.

Come to think of it, did they make 919s in 07? Was 06 the last year?

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post #12 of 12 Old 05-31-2019, 03:59 AM
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Made from '02 - '07

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