Fastway footpegs make for happy feet
at the day’s end.
Bar risers make the standing postion
more comfortable, especially for big
Dick Wilk is a real proponent of the one bike that does it all—sort of.
When it comes to big Adventure bikes exploring the dirt world and then
being used to scrub a set of tires on the twisties, things get complicated.
For serious dirt work, a set of knobbies is mandatory. Switch to canyon
peg-dragging and those knobbies are your worst enemy. Dick’s solution
is having two sets of wheels with the correct tires for the conditions.
That’s why he spec’d his bike with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires mounted
on 17-inch wheels both front and rear. Who needs a Super Duke when
you already have its cousin, an 1190 Adventure? The sticky rubber
mounted on Rad 17-inch hoops makes for one fun canyon-burner. This
bike turns on a quarter and spits out change, with the only limitation
being your personal pucker factor. The Pirelli rubber is super sticky, and
with the right rider, the footpegs could probably drag in the turns. Big
rubber also means big braking power. The only issues we had with the
swap in wheel size were the ABS and traction control. The computer on
the KTM doesn’t recognize the change in wheel size, so it creates a fault
code in the system and turns both of those safety features off. For the
guy looking for a Super Motard machine, this won’t be an issue, since he
would disable those features anyway; however, the average Joe who’s
been riding with ABS and TC will have to make some mental adjustments
if he’s used to pushing the traction limits with them. If it were up to us,
we’d jump on a set of 17-inchers with smooth rubber for those occasional
track days. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than buying and maintaining a
second motorcycle. ❏
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