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Old 07-15-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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2014 or 2015 690 Duke

Anyone bypassing the '14 for the '15? If so, why?

Over here the 2015's might come into town in Jan. or later. Still have the extreme (for me) option of doing a Cycle Trader deal. Prolly won't, but the option exists.

Recommend or not recommend the Duke for a primary commuter? I live on a small island so...not much distance to travel. Lots of around town traffic commuting.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:11 PM   #2
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Best commuter bike I have so far. I only use the duke for that sole reason
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:57 PM   #3
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I think my 2014 Duke would be a great commuter - thank God I don't have to do that anymore since I retired. And, yes, it might actually be illegal for a 65 year old to ride a Duke. . . Way too much fun!
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:48 PM   #4
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Manitoulin Island? Crete? Hawaii? Some atol in the South Pacific?

Based only on specs and sitting on them, I suspect for commuting (without luggage), it is probably the best bike ever made.

I'd get a 14 now, rather than a 15 later for more $.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:30 PM   #5
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Manitoulin Island? Crete? Hawaii? Some atol in the South Pacific?

Based only on specs and sitting on them, I suspect for commuting (without luggage), it is probably the best bike ever made.

I'd get a 14 now, rather than a 15 later for more $.

Done. Yeah I live in Honolulu, retired.

I read the 690 might be built in India in 2015? The 2014 sounds like the right plan. Need to decide on the Duke of Hypermotard...
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:54 AM   #6
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Done. Yeah I live in Honolulu, retired.

I read the 690 might be built in India in 2015? The 2014 sounds like the right plan. Need to decide on the Duke of Hypermotard...
I know this is the Duke forum but since you mentioned "others", I am also in the Duke or others consideration mode...Check out the Yamaha FZ07. I was impressed.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:21 AM   #7
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I know this is the Duke forum but since you mentioned "others", I am also in the Duke or others consideration mode...Check out the Yamaha FZ07. I was impressed.

Was pretty excited when the news first came out, but the numbers ($) don't lie. Those skinny little forks. Agree though, an impressive configuration over all. Who knows I may get one, and spend crazy money to make it what I want it to be. Thanks.


Another Duke question. 2013 vs 2014?
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:17 PM   #8
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You might check out Terrytori's comments, and the four complete Duke 690 threads that are already on this forum.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=579721

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=910436

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=847261

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=824431

I only vacation in Hawaii, but to me, the bigger the bike, the more it is wasted on the islands.
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:19 PM   #9
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Thanks, I read his first review, but not the second.

Yeah the size of the islands is part of the reason I'm not getting a ZX10.
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:27 PM   #10
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Done. Yeah I live in Honolulu, retired.

I read the 690 might be built in India in 2015? The 2014 sounds like the right plan. Need to decide on the Duke of Hypermotard...
I had a Suzuki DRZ SM when I lived in Honolulu a few years back. It was a great island bike, the Duke would be even better!!!!! I would make sure you always lock it up though. Bike there have been known to get thrown into the back of a pickup and never seen again.
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Old Today, 04:06 PM   #11
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I had a Suzuki DRZ SM when I lived in Honolulu a few years back. It was a great island bike, the Duke would be even better!!!!! I would make sure you always lock it up though. Bike there have been known to get thrown into the back of a pickup and never seen again.

I hear you about thefts, having been born here.

Yeah the Duke would be better. The DZR needs an new engine with a 6sp tranny. Not that it doesn't do alright but....

Anyone buy a (new) Duke from an out of state shop listed on Cycle Trader?
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