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I hear there is a lot of throttle lag and it needs an new ECU ..........
 

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I don't know what any of this means but it seems kool.
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Supercharged Engine
Drawing on the know-how and technology possessed by the KHI Group, Kawasaki’s supercharged engine delivers high engine output while maintaining a compact design. The key to achieving this incredible performance lies in the engine’s supercharger – a motorcycle-specific unit designed completely in-house with technology from Kawasaki’s Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company and Corporate Technology Division.

One of the greatest benefits of designing the supercharger in-house and tailoring its design to match the engine’s characteristics was that engineers were able to achieve high-efficiency operation over a wide range of conditions – something that would not have been possible by simply dropping in or trying to adapt an aftermarket automotive supercharger.

The importance of high efficiency in a supercharger is that, as the air is compressed, power-robbing heat gain is minimal. And while many superchargers are able to offer high-efficiency operation in a very limited range of conditions, Kawasaki’s supercharger offers high efficiency over a wide range of pressure ratios and flow rates – meaning over a wide range of engine speeds and vehicle speeds. This wide range of efficient operation (similar to having a wide power band) easily translates to strong acceleration. The supercharger’s high efficiency and minimal heat gain also meant that an intercooler was unnecessary, greatly saving weight and space, and enabling the engine’s compact design.
 

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Savage, so mean...

Would love to see it on a smaller displacement model like a Z650 or something cool but it'll be at least a 900 I'm guessing.
You could probably use a new bike .....
 

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Yup - I've read a Z1000 as well, but I hesitate only because I also read a lot about the H2R being a 600 during those million teaser vid's Kawi released before hand LOL...
 

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You could probably use a new bike .....
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i can laugh a little at this cant I?

I'm set with my budget middleweight - bring on all comers baby - Flashed Star Raiders -, 243hp H2 SX's - you name it.
hahahahahah, well done :D

them's fighting words, tell you what.. come spring time it will be a while since i've been to Tofino..

i'll have to drop you a line when i hop over-there.. :)
 

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:D

i can laugh a little at this cant I?



hahahahahah, well done :D

them's fighting words, tell you what.. come spring time it will be a while since i've been to Tofino..

i'll have to drop you a line when i hop over-there.. :)
I'm an Admitted and well documented bike whore - I can take the shit slinging. You'd think it was a crime bouncing from one bike to the next trying to single handedly keep the 2-wheeled powersports industry afloat the way these yahoo's poke fun of me. :)

Tofino is too far for me - I'm only allowed a 200km radius otherwise my ankle bracelet shoots a zillion volts through me and nobody likes the smell of burning Sidi boots.

Port Renfrew and we have a deal. I'll ride with one hand only and you pick which gear I can use - 3rd or 4th. Oh, and tell me how you like your coffee and I'll have it ready for you when you get there. :coffee
 

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I'll ride with one hand only and you pick which gear I can use - 3rd or 4th. Oh, and tell me how you like your coffee and I'll have it ready for you when you get there. :coffee
hahahaha, classic..

Tofino too far? you do realize its within the boundaries of Vancouver Island.. How do you even live with yourself :flashy :laughing
(tongue firmly planted on cheek).

boy you really know how to confuse a main-lander. if it makes you feel any better i did hop a ferry twice over the weekend. But we rode south :D
 

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Bring back the 750 I say. A 750 supercharged would make sense. I'm not so sure how another 1000cc supercharged bike makes sense in the lineup. A 200hp naked?
 

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Well speaking of middle weights, i'm hoping Aprilia does a 660 Tuono on the new platform. That would be a bike that would really interest me.
 

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Well speaking of middle weights, i'm hoping Aprilia does a 660 Tuono on the new platform. That would be a bike that would really interest me.
100hp-ish middleweight Parallel twin naked that's 80-90lbs less than the 1100 - Sounds like KTM already built it and called it the 790 Duke. :laughing
 

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hahahaha, classic..

Tofino too far? you do realize its within the boundaries of Vancouver Island.. How do you even live with yourself :flashy :laughing
(tongue firmly planted on cheek).
Didn't do Tofino this year due to all of the road construction and delays, but next year... :)
 

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i didnt say base model suspension, and high maintenance costs ;)
Okay, fair point on the suspension but as a counter point I'd say that almost all owners of Tuono's swap out the boingers as well for Factory spec or RSV units, so there's that... :)

High maintenance costs though I'll call BS.

- First service at 1000kms - $300 and includes ECU update and the use of Motorex full synthetic oil.
- Next service is at 11,000kms and is the same basic service costing $300ish.
- Next service is the same at 21,000kms
- Then valves are due at 4th service or 30k - whatever comes first.

Oh, and a 2 year warranty rather than Ape's 1 year so that's an added bonus.

Interesting to see the RS660 MSRP as well as the Duke 790 is 11,999 and can be had for $10,999 so the $1,900 I put into suspension will still likely put in under where the Italian bikes would be.
 

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I know a few Tuono riders, and i'm the only one who's swapped out any suspension components, and based off my time on the Af1 forums, I think your assessment there is quite inaccurate.
From what i've read online (and maybe only related to early production units), is that the 790 motors has had quite a few issues, with oil leaks being very common.

I'd also guess that stock adjustable Sachs is much better than the completely non-adjustable WP units.

but RS660 to Mini-Duke is an apples to orange comparison.
 

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I know a few Tuono riders, and i'm the only one who's swapped out any suspension components, and based off my time on the Af1 forums, I think your assessment there is quite inaccurate.
From what i've read online (and maybe only related to early production units), is that the 790 motors has had quite a few issues, with oil leaks being very common.

I'd also guess that stock adjustable Sachs is much better than the completely non-adjustable WP units.

but RS660 to Mini-Duke is an apples to orange comparison.
So you weren't the guy who ordered his Ohlins shock with our Pal Kurt? (Wet Dog) Interesting...

Even more telling is the fact that you yourself swapped it out for upgraded stuff so that's evidence enough that even though adjustable it's still lacking, correct? I mean, you voted with your wallet already on that question.

I was on AF1 when I owned my '12 Tuono and I'd beg to differ - there were group buys all the damn time for suspension on there.

Oil leaks - it's an issue that some owners have reported globally which is a leaking counter shaft seal - oil gets by it and weeps out - on the 790 forum I've seen roughly 8-10 cases of it reported out of the many many members there. It's covered under warranty and takes about 30 minutes for the shop to swap seals. Again, just the fact that a long time Aprilia owner is questioning engine issues, oil leaks, etc... is super fantastic - pot loudly telling the kettle about his blackness.

RS660 to Duke is apples to oranges yes, my comparo however was a naked middleweight based on the RS660 frame/engine which would then compete with the Duke - you'd have two VERY similar european middleweight naked using parallel twins to propel em.
 
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