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Old 06-24-2012, 07:53 AM   #31
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minor tuning and filter/exhaustr really wakes this motor up if you ever feel the need for more
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:24 PM   #32
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Well, its only new, so I dont see a need for mods just yet. I'd get a slip-on but a bit pricey!

Clutch fluid is already leaking at the lever, lid seems tight so gotta get that looked at.

It's minus 7 so wont be riding to work till maybe October



Phone pic quality, I like the style - no fuss, so light to move around. Gonna enjoy this!

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Old 06-24-2012, 12:44 PM   #33
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Hows that seat? It LOOKS more comfy...

My ONLY real complaint about my '08.



OK - how come my "post's" number is going backwards? WTF?
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:47 PM   #34
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"minor tuning and filter/exhaust really wakes this motor up if you ever feel the need for more"


What kind of minor tuning EXACTLY are we talking about?
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:49 PM   #35
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So you did buy one afterall

Just got the gpr exhaust to get rid of the lawnmower sound and i'm very hapby with the new sound.
Was a little anxious if i needed a new engine map because of this, but no problems. Runs as well and "smooth" as before. Also saves a lot of weight to get rid of the original exhaust with cat..

Aloso got the little windscreen from ktm powerparts and it actually helps a lot with wind protection.

After i bought the new Duke, my yzf 1000r thunderace have become a garage queen

Don't like the original seat. Tried a duke with the powerparts seat and it felt much better. think I will buy one soon.

picture without exhaust and windscreen
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:05 AM   #36
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I hope it's better then the old model, since they screwed up
the looks (subjective stuff, I know), I hope they made it ride
better at least.
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I can say, on my short ride home it was one a magical road (Thunderbolts Way), but the surface varies from ok road to goat track/pot holes, and on bumpy bends under hard accelleration (running in under 6000rpm, why not use it ) but it didnt fault, held its line and amazed me, whereas the Ducati HyperMotard, standard suspension/796 did jump about on the odd bump... the 690 seemed a bit firm on bumps but I checked the air pressure, the dealer left 38 in the front/34 in the back/cold...so with those bad psi it still did things OK...higher quality suspension and adjustable front would be nice, but then how far do you go....

brilliant design, style is a personal thing, I like the looks, it's almost classic lines,functional and angular with modern touches.. very artistic review
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:20 AM   #37
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"minor tuning and filter/exhaust really wakes this motor up if you ever feel the need for more"


What kind of minor tuning EXACTLY are we talking about?
well the akra map installed from a dealer and then a pipe the bike will be more alive, but yea the duke slipon is stupid expensive for the akra but it looks like some other more reasonable options. Beyond that a race filter and add some more fuel with tune ecu.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:05 AM   #38
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Hows that seat? It LOOKS more comfy...
I found the seat more than comfy for the 450km journey back, but in time it'll be like any other seat -hard...
I have an AIRHAWK seat cushion, use it for any longer (300+) rides, makes a world of difference, haven't found a seat on a bike yet that don't hurt after a while!! (I've owned/sat on more than 50 so far )
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:35 PM   #39
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I've got an Airhawk myself - BUT - i definitely DON'T like it on the Duke.
It seems to ride on the VERY TOP, slips around and never makes me feel planted on the bike. I've used it on long trips down the highway on other bikes and just settled right in real sweet...
SO FAR - not on the Duke.
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:51 AM   #40
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Well, I'm having the first service on mine this saturday, already crossed 1000km and very happy!

Seat is OK, I think after a longer ride for a few hours it will become "normal" and I'll whinge

Power, handling and controls are all very good or better than what I've had, it's very responsive in the bends, often avoiding holes and dead/live animals midway thru corners around here, the Duke's very easy to move around at speed...also I find (at the monent) I'm entering corners nicely but ussually end up giving it much more than I have done on other bikes during and out of corners, very nice!

Oh, the KTM heated grips work a little too well, even on low I need to turn them off after a while riding in ambient 6-10c...although I've had them on #2 riding in 3 or 4c in comfort... I think you could cook on them when they're on high

I've also found the FIRST pair of gloves that I've maintained a warm hand and not gotten cold fingers/thumbs after a while (with/without heated grips on) they're not even bike-style, got them from Kathmandu outdoor stores, ski gloves, I am so happy with them, they come as 2 pair in one, an inner (which is a little "thick" to wear riding) and the outer, which is gortex/synthetic with leather palms...bloody brilliant


anyway...some pics from last Sunday's short ride for a cuppa...




the day after at the point where that sign is I got sideways in the car on black ice going to work
glad I didnt ride in
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:03 AM   #41
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Great stuff & pics!

I'll be keepin' an eye on this thread!
Please keep us up to speed!

I'm very interested in stuff that reviews usually don't tell us - fuel consumption
and reliability in the long run. I'm a bit worried about the latter, and wonder
how long that engine will last (considering it's a bit high on power for a single).

I've got a buddy with about 25k miles on his 690SM and he says the engine
is almost cooked.

How would you describe your riding style?
I'm no hooligan (but I rode like one when I got my hands on the 1st gen
Duke 690), and like to keep the revs low, which should make it last a bit
longer then for some people.

Seems like a perfect bike to hop on like on a bicycle and not worry about
the bike, just use it for what it is.

The only problem is, I love the new Honda NC700X so much and it makes
a lot more sense for my budget and riding style.. even if it's not as fun as
the Duke.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:45 AM   #42
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Almost cooked? Care to elaborate?
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:48 AM   #43
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I'm no mechanic so I didn't ask for details since I wouldn't remember
them. He said the engine needs a rebuild, and he already had some
major engine work done.

No idea what.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:26 PM   #44
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Can you tell me more about the suspension? I ride really poor roads, and need the ability to absorb bumps and pot holes, not just the "handling" to avoid them. I don't want a 990 SM-T (too big, too heavy, too much) but I really like the 7" supsension travel on that machine!
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #45
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Almost cooked? Care to elaborate?
Yeah it would be interesting to find out some details, after many years on this forum I've found one of the most common faults with bikes are owner neglect, very few actual faults, but I know they do occur.

On the issue of suspension/bumps etc, like I said in one of my previous notes, my roads are also riddled with bumps, holes and lose stone/road repairs..I often hit them but try not to.
The shocks are firm, nothing like say a plush GS//BMW, BUT at 150kg it's handling qualities far exceed the firm ride, i'm playing with the shock on softer settings to see when its goes sloppy, then I'll stay one up from there..so far I can see it touring on day long trips happily
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