2008 Duke 690 vs 2007 SuperDuke

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ItzMeMark, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. ItzMeMark

    ItzMeMark n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    4
    Hello everyone, this is my first post but I have been reading a lot about both. I am coming from a Ducati 996, that I have been riding for YEARS and LOVE. Here is the thing, I want a commuter bike that I can ride in the City (Miami) and also travel there from Ft. Lauderdale, so there will be about 30mi of highway riding each way. Here is the thing I am a big guy 6'0" and about 220, so I am afraid the 690 single will not be as fun for me as other riders.. So as you can tell I have not been on either of them yet.. I am scheduled to go see a 690 tonight, but it is pretty far away from me and I do not want to make a pointless trip. Any advice would be great and appreciated, also I have also been looking at a hyper 796 I rode last night it was fun but everything I have been reading about the KTM and the fun/cool factor undeniable! I have also grown up riding dirt bikes since I was 5 that is why I am looking for a motard style bike.. Damn I'm long winded haha
    #1
  2. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,504
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    superduke will have more power reserves on the highway.

    on a 690 once you get to 80mph it doesn't have much left.

    cut down the handle bar an inch on each side to aide lane sharing/squeezing through tight spots.

    superduke has excellent legroom. R version even more so.
    #2
  3. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Oddometer:
    8,646
    Location:
    Lowville, NY
    For a big guy running South Florida highway speeds the 690 is gonna get old quick. 990!
    #3
  4. ItzMeMark

    ItzMeMark n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    4
    Okay thank you for the quick responses... Another question since you know how crazy south floridians drive is the super duke nibble enough for South Beach?
    #4
  5. jas123

    jas123 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2012
    Oddometer:
    117
    Location:
    northern Wisconsin
    I'm 6'2" 210 pounds and ride a superduke. I also came from dirtbikes, and the superduke is a blast to ride on the streets. For me it much more fun then your typical sportbike and will embarass most of them ,except in top speed. Kind of like my 525sx , whack the throttle open and it goes,NOW! Check out the old and the new official ktm superduke videos on you tube. Yeah it's like that.
    #5
  6. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Oddometer:
    8,646
    Location:
    Lowville, NY
    It's a better bike than most people are riders! It will stop, go and turn faster than almost anything else on the road.

    The more important question would be: How are your skills?
    #6
  7. jas123

    jas123 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2012
    Oddometer:
    117
    Location:
    northern Wisconsin
    Yes
    #7
  8. ItzMeMark

    ItzMeMark n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    4
    thanx for the advice fellas I picked up an 07 Super Duke with 6900 miles already put 300 on it. It is a great machine.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    #8
  9. jas123

    jas123 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2012
    Oddometer:
    117
    Location:
    northern Wisconsin
    Congrats, nice bike. I'm jealous that you can ride. It's going to -15 below tonight, so I just stare at the bike in my living room.
    [​IMG]
    #9
  10. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Oddometer:
    262
    Location:
    Northern VA
    Congrats! You've got a nice pair of bikes there. How does the SD compare to the 996?
    #10
  11. ItzMeMark

    ItzMeMark n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    4
    They are really different, the 996 is faster but I have a lot done to it an the Duke is stock, the power bands seems to hit later on the duke. But handling under 60 the duke smashes the 996 I can flip this bike all over the place and turn tight circles its crazy, I love the duke right now IDK how much seat time my Duc is going to get now since I am always in congested area hence why I bought the Duke and it performs so well on the high way that there is really no need to run the 996 unless I'm meeting up with some other Duc riders
    #11
  12. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Oddometer:
    262
    Location:
    Northern VA
    The 996 looks awesome but the SD is one of the most well rounded performance road bikes ever. The parts are reasonably priced and if your lucky you live within range of a dealer that only charges a $55.00 per hour shop rate like I do. I love Ducatis but it's hard to beat the SD for performance, practicality, and exotic looks in a Euro offering. Have fun with your new bike!
    #12
  13. wldct69

    wldct69 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    176
    Location:
    Arizona
    Love this thread. I love all threads that discuss the SD. Not many out there. Your bike looks sweet. I just picked up a 2008 with 5500 miles on it about two months ago. I love this bike! I got on this from a BMW F800ST. Huge power difference. :clap:clap:lol3:lol3
    #13
  14. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,788
    Location:
    Calgary, AB, Can
    :lol3

    Awesome.
    #14
  15. Levert

    Levert Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Oddometer:
    118
    Location:
    Toronto
    Now you have too:
    get tuneecu
    change the pipes
    get rid of the airbox
    disable the SAS

    Its a great bike and you save money on a chiropracter. You then loose money on speeding tickets, bike seems to make you into a hooligan.
    #15
  16. powderhound

    powderhound Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    146
    It'a a dilemma. The 690 will fail if used for slabbing it 30 miles (each way) for a daily commuter. The choice is obvious, the answer is the superduke.

    It is more than nimble enough to get the job done. However, it (superduke) is a monster and you had better have the skills to wield it.
    #16