I had mentioned in another thread that I wrecked my KTM Super Duke GT and the insurance company totaled it.
I was holding out for it to go to auction and if it went for cheap enough was going to try to buy it back and repair it.
Well that didn’t happen. It went for $5,200 and with auction fees would be $6k. My repairs would have been around $1300 putting the total investment at $7,300. With a salvage title and still have minor scratches that wasn’t worth it to me.
So I was in the market for a naked bike (first gen SDR, S1000R, and Monster 1200 at the top of my list) when I came across a nicely modded MT-10 listed on Craigslist for $9k. Picked it up for $8,500.
Owner was a great guy.
Was an instructor at a local track, said he had owned over 80 bikes in his life.
But him and his wife had just gone into business for themselves and so was having to downsize the hobby. Was still planning on getting a smaller/inexpensive bike for street riding but had to cut back on the amount he had previously been putting into the hobby/sport.
Brand New Tires
Ftecu Flash with auto blip and quick shifter (clutchless up and down shifting)
Titanium scorpion Cat delete
R1 oem rearsets (stock included)
Rizoma handlebar clamps (lower than stock)
Rear passenger peg delete plates
R1 rear shock (stock included)
R1 front and rear brake master cylinders
Vortex brake and MZS clutch levers
Rhino bar ends Trex frame sliders and engine covers
Radiator and oil cooler covers
Tech Spec tank pads
Front and rear axle sliders
Brand new chain and sprockets (vortex sprockets and $$ chain is EK3d chain)
Was about an hour ride home, mostly highway. My initial impressions:
On the freeway cruising along at 80-85 felt fine, wind was just about right - just enough to help hold me up but didn't feel like I was fighting it.
I really like the seating position, slightly lowered bar height from stock position and R1 pegs, sporty but not uncomfortable.
Didn't get the chance to take it on a lot of twisty roads, just a few near my home.
Definitely felt like it handled and turned in better than the SDGT, but I'll get a better feel for it over time.
And it is probably 60lbs lighter than the SDGT with the mods.
Went through a nice set of curves near my house that I used to take at about 70 on the SDGT (quick but not blistering speed for them) and the MT-10 went that speed through them with what felt like far less work and easier.
Not quite as much mid-range torque pull feel as the SDGT but not that far off and stills pulls manically (and I had it in ride mode 2).
Hit a straight after that set of curves and whacked the throttle, hit 120 in a hurry and then backed off.
Not sure how much power the cat delete/ECU flash added, but I’m sure it helped.
Had the traction control on 3 (safest setting, new bike/new tires) and the front end still started lifting till I backed off when giving it lots of throttle.