I rode my 950 for seven years. I sold it and bought a new 690r and equipped it for trips. I have been on three dual sport rides. While I am a timid rider, the 690 is much more capable for me than the 950 was. It's just about as quick up to 90mph too. I added the KTM touring screen and other comforts. I still need to fix the seat. I'd like about 210 miles fuel range. It has about 175 miles I think.
Totally smooth at 65. Slight buzz until 80. Then smooth again. I can do 600 mile days on it. I have 3200 miles now and it's smoother as we go.
For me the 690 was a no brainer once they softened it up for 2012. They could build a small twin, but it would be around 360 lbs, have cast wheels and cost over $15k. Add the steel spokes and another 20lbs.
The truth is, I can pick up my 690 without much drama. I needed help with the twin. That made it quite limiting when solo.
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