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Old 18th June 2011, 22:22   #61
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^nice photographs.
You have maintained it well. The bike looks clean and the smile says it all

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maddy42 - Thanks. I'm assuming your initial thoughts on 696 and Sv650 were on a purchase outside India. Both these bikes are not available here (being less than 800cc). And fully agree with you on the candy store stuff

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One query finally: 696 vs 796: What would you recommend to a new rider?
First time rider, am assuming a rider who is graduating from 150~250 cc segment into >=600cc segment. Tell you what, the 696 is a motorcycle designed for short riders and ladies. The specs says it all. The seat height is just 770mm. The handlebars are low and the bike is not really that torquey to cause a wheel spin compared to 796. A very easy motorcycle to ride. Its no slouch though churning out around 70Nm torque and 80 BHP power. So, its a little devil err the little monster ;-). The 796 is a slightly scaled up version of the 696. Seat height is 800mm, wide handle bars and the ergonomics are slightly sporty keeping in mind an experienced rider and a slightly bigger bike feel.

IMO, 796 should be easy to graduate to if one knows one's limitations and riding strengths to adapt to the bike. 696 is a great choice for people who cannot adopt to its bigger sibling ergonomically.
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Old 18th June 2011, 23:42   #62
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@JVH: Thanks a lot. Those were my feelings after i read couple of forums around and alot of reviews. Going to have a look at the Ninja and FZ6 today to get an idea of what they feel like.

Yep am located outside india at the moment. I am graduating from a 150cc more like it. Heart says Duke but my pocket and mind says to wait a while before jumping on it and going for a Jap now.
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Took the bike for a small spin this morning and clicked some pics. Hope you like them.
Nice Photos Jayant, is the rear seat practical for long trips? Find them to be quite basic & small one. By the way how is your bike doing? Were you able to log good amount of kilometers on her? How is she behaving? Any quirky noises noticed?

Forgot to check with you, had you been to the Ducati Launch in Sky bar yesterday? Heard it was quite a bash!!!

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is the rear seat practical for long trips? Find them to be quite basic & small one.
Wife did not find it comfortable but she found it much better than the Ninja 250 on which we had a small test ride a few months back. The other issue was lack of grab handles. She found the helmets clashing each other whenever she wanted to hug me . Me thinks, touring seat is the way to go for long rides. For short rides, grab handles will definitely help.

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By the way how is your bike doing? Were you able to log good amount of kilometers on her? How is she behaving? Any quirky noises noticed?
Bike is doing great! No surprises so far, touchwood!! She behaved impeccably with a pillion on, that was the only apprehension I had. Once the bike clocks some miles, will order a touring seat to prepare for some long rides.

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Forgot to check with you, had you been to the Ducati Launch in Sky bar yesterday? Heard it was quite a bash!!!
Oh You bet! It was quite a party. Though it was the Diavel launch, the 1198SP stole the show. Met a lot of friends and made a lot of friends, some 796 owners as well.
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Good photos Jayant. Where is the location?

Also the rider seating position looks a little too lean forward type from the pics. Does it put any pressure on your wrists/shoulders during long rides?
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Where is the location?
Thanks Abhinav! Its located just off Doddaballapur road near Rajanakunte village.

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Also the rider seating position looks a little too lean forward type from the pics. Does it put any pressure on your wrists/shoulders during long rides?
Yes, its a slightly sporty stance but nothing to be uncomfortable about. Haven't done long rides at a stretch yet, just as far as Nandi Hills, and it was quite comfortable. In the category, I find the FZ1 position much better ergonomically.

But it does heat up a lot in stand still and slow moving traffic as if preparing a pan for cooking Tandoori chicken. And this is what is most uncomfortable to me than the riding position.
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But it does heat up a lot in stand still and slow moving traffic as if preparing a pan for cooking Tandoori chicken. And this is what is most uncomfortable to me than the riding position.
Guess its the trait of bigger cc air cooled engines. How many kms has it done so far? Guess it might get better few thousand kms and an oil change later.

Keep piling on the miles and providing more pics for us to drool!!
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Oh You bet! It was quite a party. Though it was the Diavel launch, the 1198SP stole the show. Met a lot of friends and made a lot of friends, some 796 owners as well.
So you gonna be the moderator of Bangalore Dukes eh!!! probably you should give it a serious thought?
Believe HD also have their own Bangalore group called Bangalore pandies (pandies is pig in coorgi lingo)
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Guess its the trait of bigger cc air cooled engines. How many kms has it done so far? Guess it might get better few thousand kms and an oil change later.
Its done just over 200kms now. Did not get the time to run it this weekend but it will surely see some miles next weekend ;-). The dealer tells me that one has to just get used to it. Lets gauge the performance after the oil change and 1st service...

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So you gonna be the moderator of Bangalore Dukes eh!!! probably you should give it a serious thought?
Believe HD also have their own Bangalore group called Bangalore pandies (pandies is pig in coorgi lingo)
LoL! Thanks Mahesh, am fine moderating myself ;-). The dealer is planning to form a club and is working on it. Guess it'll take a few months to kick start anything of that kind.

BTW, got my battery tender and fork sliders. Installed the sliders and the tender cable at the showroom itself. And got a monster keychain free

Will post pictures of the sliders on the weekend since it was quite dark when I reached home
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@JVH : loved the keychain ..where did you get it from ? Are there any key chains avaialble for fz1?
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Niks - at the Duc showroom itself. This is a monster key chain and I saw others as well but all related to the Duc brand like Mechanica, Corse...etc. I don't think they sell Yam keychains
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And got a monster keychain free

Will post pictures of the sliders on the weekend since it was quite dark when I reached home
Key Chain looks quite nice and well finished just like the Ducati Monster's eye for details. Awaiting the photos of sliders please
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Here are the pics of the fork/axle and frame sliders
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Here are the pics of the fork/axle and frame sliders
What was the approx cost for these sliders? Not bad Duke dealer has these basic accessories
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What was the approx cost for these sliders? Not bad Duke dealer has these basic accessories
6K for frame and 2.5K for fork sliders. I had ordered them when I booked the bike, so credit should go to me
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