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Old 10-27-2012, 07:06 PM   #1521
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Originally Posted by bikepharmer View Post
I think mother Orange would say if the 990 too street and heavy, here is a 690 that should meet your needs. Maybe 750 cc dirt bike is possible, but the market isn't there. You could always bore a Dr out, that would get you to 705 cc or so.
Why do you guys keep recommending bikes if you have not even ridden them? It's pretty obvious that you have never taken a 690 on the highway or we wouldn't be having this discussion.

The 690 is pretty light and makes a lot of power for a single but it is nowhere near as smooth as a twin could be (neither the 654 nor the 690cc version), and with the close ratio 6-speed you either gear it to work well off road OR the highway, you can't have both. I also trust my Husaberg more than I would trust a 690 so I see no reason to carry the extra 60 lbs.

I enjoy performance and light weight so I'm not interested in a DR, been there, done that (including a full KTM suspension swap).
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