Test rode a 790 Duke yesterday and took it off my list. I was hoping the WP suspension would handle rough blacktop, but it doesn’t. I hit some typical beat up county asphalt roads and had to push my eye teeth back up afterwards. The engine vibes were also there, being almost as bad as the 690 thumper. They configured the crank offset to sound like a v-twin, which it does, but it also feels like one. Really buzzy. The engine was not at all happy at lower rpms. I had to drop gears a lot more often than my F700. 30 mph in third gear was out of the question, similarly 50 mph in fifth. MPG is supposedly around 45 on average. Of course the power on tap would most likely drop that number to compensate for the fun factor. The LCD display totally blanked out in direct sunlight. The only way to see it was to shade it with my hand. Pluses included its stimulating power/weight ratio and extreme nimbleness. There was no windscreen, but it wasn’t needed. All I got at 80+ mph was clean fresh air. No helmet noise or excessive drag on my upper torso. Seat comfort was fine for my skinny butt. Unfortunately, the pros didn’t outweigh the cons enough to win me over. I also looked at a 790 Adventure sitting in the dealer showroom and was really impressed. In spite of its 21” front wheel, it was shorter than I expected, likely attributed to the side mounted fuel tank. Great design for improving COG. I told my friend that it looked very much in the running for me. He was quick to point out, same engine as the Duke, same vibration and torque issues. Good point. Having ridden one himself, he said the low mounted fuel tank blocked a lot of air flow to the riders legs creating excessive engine heat to deal with. I still plan on a test ride when I find time, but I’m not optimistic. I have to say the one hour ride back home on my F700 felt even better than the trip down. Smooth over all surfaces, adequate power for passing, no low rpm baulking and 60 realtime mpg displayed for most of the trip. Nothing like riding other bikes to make a person appreciate what they have.