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Old October 27th, 2017, 12:52 AM   #31
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I Ride: '13 Hyperstrada, '06 DR650, 2017 KTM 690 Duke
Originally Posted by gatdammit View Post
Something else about sustained high speed on this bike is drag. Not sure if you had your panniers on, but those really suck above 85 MPH. Bags or no bags, this bike is scary above 100. Have you felt how light the bars get? If I breathe on mine above that speed they move half an inch. Couple that with not really being able to tuck under the screen keeps me out of triple digit speeds. The wind blast really fatigues me above 80 over longer trips, too.
Everything felt perfectly stable with lightly loaded panniers on. We cruised routinely at 90 to 110 mph indicated (which is much lower actual mph) But good stability and this not on straight, flat roads.

We were carving through the Sierra mtn. roads leaned over pretty good at 90 mph indicated. I ride with some crazy talented riders ...can barely keep up. But on the Strada much easier than my previous Tiger or DR650! Hit 128 mph indicated ... still more to go. The big GS's will top out at around 130 actual and the KTM's ... GONE ... up to 150 mph.

No worries ... it's what the bike does best IMO. No wind to speak of ... and that can screw handling up.

I could never handle it with the Ducati touring screen that came on the bike. I've got an aftermarket tinted one that is FABULOUS!

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