Hell freezes over...Duke 690

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by bahnzii, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. straightrod

    straightrod Long timer

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    So does everyone think that a midget like me 5'8" 30" inseam will be thrashing about in mid air with my feet at a stop?

    Cause I like the idea and desire light weight bikes with good hp.
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  2. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    You'd be alright. My friend sat on one a couple weeks ago at the local bike show and she is only 5'-4" and she felt ok with it.
    Specifications say 835mm (32.9in) seat height so she must have long legs for her height.
    http://www.enduro360.com/2013/02/20/uncharacterised-posts/2013-ktm-690-duke-specifications/
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  3. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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  4. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    :huh

    holy crap..... what's it supposed to weigh??
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  5. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    You didn't read the link? It is a detailed review. 330 lbs. wet - full tank. KTM specs say 325 lbs. wet. Take your pick.
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  6. Chilly

    Chilly Been here awhile

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    We shot some pics with my wife, Neena on the 690. She is a 5'6" novice rider, she said she felt very comfortable on it. Here is an outtake pic

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  7. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    Review says 330 lbs. but does not say if that is with or without fuel.

    KTM specs says approx. 149.5 kg without fuel (149.5 kg = approx. 329 lbs.).

    http://www.ktm.com/us/naked-bike/690-duke-eu/technical-details.html#.UTEJVD_TnaM

    14 liters of fuel = approx. 3.7 us gallons at approx. 6 lbs. per us gallon = approx. 22 lbs.

    329 plus 22 = 351 lbs. (approx.) wet.

    But, who knows? :D
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  8. Gryphon12

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    My bad - you're correct. However, to put it in the general ball park:

    2013 KTM Duke 690 352 lbs. wet 67 hp 67 Nm
    2013 Kawi Ninja 300R 378 lbs. wet 38 hp 27 Nm
    2013 Honda CB500F 423 lbs. wet 47 hp 43 Nm (European specs)

    Something tells me that the 690 will do just fine! More expensive, but I think the increased performance will be worth the price of entry. Folks in the EU and Australia seem to have good reports so far. I'll just upgrade the suspension and be very happy!

    [Note: Pre-production specs: 2014 KTM Duke 390 324 lbs. wet 44 hp 35 Nm - the source of the misquoted weight in my post above - sorry. Also, 50 lbs. lighter than the 300R; 100 lbs. lighter than the CB500F.]
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  9. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    I agree, it should be a fun ride, can't wait to try one out if I can find a dealer with a demo.
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  10. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    I have a 2010 690, and it is a fantastic motorcycle. Unlike the '13, it has fully adjustable suspension, but only 65HP. It weighs 327lbs dry so the '13 must weigh about the same. I hope they fixed it so the bike can be ridden below 3000rpm, The 653cc bike bucks like a PBR ride. My KTM dealer told me that the '13 was coming but without the exotic items mine has, to cut the price by around $2k. I will look at it but can't imagine giving up the extras I have for 5HP. tomp dd50
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  11. Rovman

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    Hmmmm, me likie...
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  12. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    I'm in the same boat. I'm keep'n my 10". I think the extra horse comes from CC's they have move it to 690, stroked it! I've fooled with the gearing some. Puts a Big O Grin on every time I get on it!
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  13. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    Can you fill us in on what your bike has that the new ones don't? I'd like to understand what I'm missing, and maybe plan to fill some of the gaps.

    Thanks.
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  14. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    The suspension on the '10 is fully adjustable WP's, front and rear. Chilly's report mentions some stability issues from the rear, in rougher turns. No movement from mine. KTM changed the brand of wheels lowering the cost, more. On the silly side, the 10 has an aluminum? alloy kickstand that resembles the design of the swing arm. The new bikes have a round stand like most other motorcycles. Told you that it was silly, but the cost difference has to be there, too.

    The seat on mine has a longer rider seating area, enabling the rider to slide forward and back easily, to allow for different positions when riding. The newer model has a flatter yet more formed seat that doesn't allow for movement on the seat, similar to a cruiser saddle style seat.

    These item changes probably will make little difference to 90% of 2013 buyers and not affect the ride or enjoyment, but were necessary to lower the retail and make the bike more competitive in the marketplace.

    One good thing about the 13, chilly didn't mention having the bad bucking ride at or below 3K RPM, and that alone would make that bike more rideable and enjoyable than mine, in urban situations.
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  15. soggysandwich

    soggysandwich Banned

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    the gaps are the size of the Grand Canyon !

    start with LOOKS !

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  16. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    soggysandwich, mine is all black and looks stealthy, but your black n white looks fantastic. Thanks for the pics, to prove our point on our years 690's... tomp dd50
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  17. jly51

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    Anyone take one of these home,690R`s are being talked about,what about the Duke?
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  18. Gryphon12

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    There is an entire thread on the 2010 Duke 690 (654cc). Go read it. The new Duke 690 (2012 in EU) isn't in the United States yet. Some comments about the new bike from EU and from Australia are here and also on the older thread.
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  19. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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    My local KTM dealer is only going to get one Duke this year...and it's already sold!
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  20. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Mine is getting one Duke and one 690 Enduro R this year. The Enduro is coming in April and the Duke in June. I'm first call on the Enduro, but would still keep my Duke, if the Enduro comes home with me.
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