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Gentlemen (and Ladies),

I just picked up a used KTM Duke II with 14,000 miles. What a fun bike!!! I have only ridden it a couple of times and I am all ready "hooked" on "big singles".

If any of you have some experience, pointers or advice with the LC4 motor or KTM Dukes I would appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.

Harold

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I've ridden and loved duke Is and IIs.
Like the handling of the older spoked rims on the I better,
but thought the fork was better sorted on the IIs.
Nice purchase.
Another bike I'd own if I were taller and/or less wimpy.
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Just picked up a KTM 620 Enduro myself with the LC4 motor and love short little jaunts with it. Dont expect to do much prolonged street riding on it, but love a 30 minute ride on it around town. I am toying with setting it up more towards a dual sport then enduro, but I think I'll appreciate it more as it is.
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I put over 9000 miles on my LC4, in Kauai, so that is alot of riding. The motor is damn near bullet proof and thank god they finally got a electric start. Mine was first gen and you had to set the TDC before kicking it. Damn near broke my ankle once where I set the piston just shy of TDC and the kick starter flew up and hit my heel and almost ripped my ankle off. The torque in that motor is very impressive. Drop a tooth on the counter shaft sprocket and 50mph 4th gear throttle wheelies are the norm..........

They do vibe alot, so keep a close eye on the bolts. KTM's are very good bikes. The only dirtbike I would ride, well amybe a Husqvarna or Husaberg......

Enjoy it.................
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There is a lot of good information on the LC4 motor at ktmtalk.com and advrider.com. I just completed a front/back refurbishment of my Adv R. Neat bike, but not easy to work on. And for a stricly street bike, I'm not sure I could take the vibration, although some are smoother than others. My motor mounts were very loose, although the bike didn't get any better (or worse) after tightening.

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There's a good Yahoo group for the Duke's as well:
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/KTMDuke/
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Ya, like Firebolter said about the kick starter...be careful! I had a '95 620 with the kick starter on the left. One time I tried kicking it over with my left foot while sitting on the bike. The bike backfired and the kick starter slapped me in the back of the leg so hard it almost broke my leg, literally. As it was it blew a hole in my jeans and in my calf the size of a tennis ball. I had to nurse that wound for amost two months before it finally healed. Nasty, nasty big motor. I'm lusting for another KTM 450 EXC now...nice bikes.
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Hey Scott,

Will be in the Camarillo area 7 july. Going to Masa's the night of the 7th, so maybe if you're not busy, come by and we can eat some sushi and BS. I usually go arounf 6:30 and stay there for a couple of hours......I'll PM you when I get there and give ya my cell.
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Sounds good, I'll mark it on the calendar.
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Thanks so far to everyone.

Duke II = electric start...

Harold

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