THIS MONTH I HAVE MOSTLY BEEN… “Play­ing with span­ners.”

Fast Bikes - - LONGTERMERS -

As much as I love the lit­tle 390 Duke and its edgy orange looks, I soon re­alised it could look a whole lot tastier with a few ad­di­tions from the KTM Pow­erParts cat­a­logue. So I did a bit of ring­ing around and sorted a few bolt-ons for my bun­dle of joy, mean­ing it was time to get to the span­ners out and get pimp­ing. First up were some lovely lit­tle numbers in the shape of KTM’s alu­minium hand­guards, that not only added a bit of wind and rain pro­tec­tion into the mix, but gave the bike an edgier and more ag­gres­sive look.

They were a dod­dle to fit and I was buzzing so­much by their ad­di­tion, I de­cided to carry on with the theme of things and put a call in to Evotech Per­for­mance to get the rest of the bike look­ing its best. Those guys make some awe­some crash pro­tec­tion and their rad guards aren’t too shabby ei­ther. I de­cided to get the bike kit­ted with both, and was im­pressed by how quickly and eas­ily they found them­selves a new home on the KTM, with­out any bloody knuck­les, or hav­ing said toomany ex­ple­tives. I’m hop­ing to treat the bike to a tail tidy too, which I’ve ac­tu­ally got in my pos­ses­sion, but never got round to fit­ting, so that’ll have to wait till next month.

As far as rid­ing goes, the lit­tle KTM re­ally has been do­ing me proud. The more I ride it, the more com­fort­able it seems to gets, and af­ter more than 2200 miles of bloody good times, I’m more smit­ten with her than ever. This is go­ing to make me sound like an old man now but the only pain in the ass with these (and in­deed ev­ery small ca­pac­ity bike in its class) is the fuel ca­pac­ity; it’s fine on whizzing around short dis­tances, but as soon as you get above 80mph (ob­vi­ously never on the roads…), it just drinks fuel like a univer­sity stu­dent on 2-for-1 Jäger­bombs. And thanks to its tiny tank, it means you’re for­ever in the garage top­ping the old girl up. But hey, it’s not re­ally the big­gest prob­lem in the world.

That aside, the hon­ey­moon pe­riod is still go­ing strong and I’m hop­ing that’s go­ing to re­main the case for a long time yet to come. In fact, I reckon things might even get bet­ter as by the time you read this the Duke will have been treated to a new ex­haust, and I’m also hop­ing to have some Blue­tooth kit in place (so I can jam to some tunes while nail­ing it through traf­fic). Just the thought of all that’s mak­ing my mouth wa­ter. I can’t bloody wait!

‘Now, where’s that ham­mer?’

And it’s not even Christ­mas yet!

Carl’s got a habit of strip­ping.

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