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Old 02-04-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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Any KTM 690 Duke riders in here?

I am looking at those bikes now. I am interested in the new 390 that should finally become available in the USA, but the 690 is also appealing.

The alternative is a BMW g650 but I do not think those are in the same league.

I really, and I mean, really, like the tubular frame of the KTM. I live in the city, I feel like it'd be a nice nimble bike for the street.. :
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:58 AM   #2
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I had an 08 for a couple years. Great bike, but very focused and only worked well on smooth, very twisty pavement. Stiff, short suspension, great brakes, good for people with shorter inseam but I found there are better choices. Never got the 390. All the weight, half the hp.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:15 AM   #3
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There are several Duke 690 threads here on AdvRider. Use Google to search for the relevant threads.
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:31 PM   #4
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I've an '09 Duke 3 purchased new 3/10. It's box stock. I've got a bit over 12K on it and it's the best thumper I've ever owned. All I've done is change out the fluids on a regular basis. Have yet to adjust the valves. I rode it 470mi this past weekend. It works perfectly as a back road barnstormer and travel bike. Sold my 690 Enduro R for a smaller Beta, but I don't think I'll never give up this magnificent road going thumper. At 6'1" and 175# I've never found it to be a squeeze. The suspension's stiff, but at full soft it handles even the roughest of roads well. Geared high, but you get used to that fairly quickly. No matter how I ride it, it seems to return gas mileage in the mid 50s. I'm not complaining.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:46 AM   #5
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I picked up a end of year sale priced 2014 to replace my Buell 1125CR which hates stop and go traffic. I am hoping that it has the same fore and aft wheel lifting abilities but at slower speeds. I went for the bike even though I was not impressed initially on the test drive, should not have driven the 1125CR to the dealer as back to back the Duke feels like a toy. To me suspension feels soft at least for a road bike. Seating position is very upright but comfortable, I will be adding rear-sets and some lower bars to modify this in the future.
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:44 PM   #6
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It's the best hooligan bike ever. I have 10k on my 2013. With crappy bay area traffic I can lane filter like a boss. It's a really good commuter bike. But for long distances a sprocket change will easily do the trick
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:31 AM   #7
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It's the best hooligan bike ever. I have 10k on my 2013. With crappy bay area traffic I can lane filter like a boss. It's a really good commuter bike. But for long distances a sprocket change will easily do the trick
I'm down on the Central Coast, so have a different perspective on what traffic means, but I've run up to Ft. Bragg and down to Santa Maria on mine (round trips of ~500mi.) on the stock gearing w/o problems. For me that's where the high gearing is handy to have.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:09 PM   #8
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New KTM 690 Duke

I am looking for threads to learn more about this bike. Seems like a good place to start. A couple of riders are in the same area. I live in Monterey County CA. Just picked up the bike Friday afternoon in Santa Clara. Not a great first ride spending 2 hours stop and go from Santa Clara to Santa Cruz before CA1 opened up going south. Regardless, the bike was easy riding in stop and go traffic and splitting the lanes. I like the upright sitting, very comfortable. I don't know much about comfort as I am use to riding road bicycles.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:19 PM   #9
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2014 KTM 690 Duke deals

The 2014 model currently has a $1000 dealer cash incentive so the dealers are giving good discounts on the 2015. The only changes from 2014 to the 2015 are the decals.
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:05 AM   #10
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KTM dealer in Fayetteville, Ar has 2 left over '13s for $7999, no prep $, OTD except for tags & taxes. I'm tempted but not to bad. Wish they were enduros.
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