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Old 11-16-2011, 01:06 PM   #75
bluesman
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Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Hoegaarden, Belgium
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I've seen it and sat on it last Saturday in Milan.

In my opinion it is way too roughly made for premium segment bike. Lots of sandcasting, bad paint, enduro-style panelling, no attempt to put even small side cover on horribly fugly radiator that looks like straight from Beemer F.
Questionnable ergos for me, spartan clocks and overall impression of a bit of Chinese cheapo.

Same impression from couple of my friends and another one said it does not matter and I am nitpicking. Perhaps it isn't, but new Duke 690 looks like MV Agusta quality-wise in comparison. And this is road bike, it has to be a bit better "polished" IMO.
Seat is way worse than one on Duke too. A bit of parts-bin by looks of it.
One on podium with model on it looked better (well polished) than 2 down on stand available to sit on.
Of course this is subjective. I just do not see why someone would choose it over 70 bhp 150 kg new Duke 690 priced for Europe at 7500 Euro (to give you idea - WR450 priced at 8500 Euro here).
Still, more different bikes is better anyway.

I find it ugly too, but that's purely subjective.
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