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I like my Versys but I don't love it. It has always seemed kinda blah to me. It does everything its supposed to but it doesn't seem to have any character. It's like the Subaru Forester of motorcycles.

Please don't hate me when I say that...

Anyway, I'm moving to the mountains. I won't be spending long hours on the highway anymore because I will already be where I'm going. I'm thinking about a 690 Duke. It's a 325 pound thumper on acid. Has anybody ridden one?
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Well, the designers were on acid, that's for sure.

Sorry, no, I have not been lucky enough to ride a 690 Duke.

Oh and no one will hate you for not liking the V (Right guys? ...Guys?), you should ruddy well ride the bike that you like most.
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Actually, I really like the look of this bike...
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Actually, I really like the look of this bike...
I think its pretty sweet looking. I'd bet it's fun to ride.
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The closest I came was a 620 RXC a 620cc duel sport thumper. Would do the Baja 1000 right out of the box. I converted it to a supermoto. Very capable bike but I felt as affectionate to it as I did my lawn mower. ( a push mower I barrel picked no less ) Good bike, no soul. Give it a test ride and pay attention to your feelings.
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Either a Duke or a Hypermotard might be my next bike to share the garage with my V. Love this picture.
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Ugly, uncomfortable looking seat, not practical, what's not to hate, i mean love.

Different strokes for different folks.

Good luck with it, i hope it works out for you.


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Road one at the IMS last year and I was a wreck...It was IMHO a very "nervous" bike. Throttle reacted to eye blinks, handling was seriously quirky fast... Not my cup, but in the twistys it may rule...Good luck

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One of my friends got a Super Duke a couple of years ago... It's a nice bike but it's a pain to do the oil change (we did it one time at my house)...

He has move on to BMW K1200s a year ago and the super duke is sitting in a bike store for sale, been sitting there for about a year and still there...

Ride what you like... I love my Versys for many reasons, and I will probably will not buy those fancier bike that no one wants to buy when it's time to sell it...

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I was thinking the same thing as you....

I rode a Duke, Super Duke and their SuperMoto bikes today.

the Super Duke had the most room on it and was really comfatable.
the others felt like dirt bikes as far as sitting on them.

They all where geared really high, and the throttle was real jerky on it at it's first opening, so made it really jerky going slow.

i thought they all had alot of buzz or vibrations to them, at least around the city speeds.

they all handled great.

My favorite so for is the Ducati Monster 1100.
sorta of the same feel & look as the Super Duke.
super comfortable, fit me perfect.
super smooth power and no vibrations.

funest bike i've ridden yet.

forgot, TONS of low end torque.

but god, they are alot of money for me.

i sure learned alot riding all these.
can't tell anything by pictures i found out.

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Huge fan of KTM styling and their line of Moto bikes...the Dukes and Supermotos are right up my alley when it comes to good-looking, functional bikes.



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Check the valve adjustment intervals. Mine was only a few thousand miles, if that.
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Rode the Duke 690 a few weeks ago - just before the V which I have now ordered and am awaiting delivery!!

The 690 is sooooo much fun - but for me has not got the 'versatility' that I needed (maybe Versys should have given it away!!). Rode it around the town and on a short motorway stretch - to get the best from it you have to (always) give max revs, and every throttle twist (however delicate) injects class A drugs into the engine and somehow forced an even bigger smile onto my face....

BUT - I couldn't cope with it all of the time, and couldn't afford one as a second bike, so it will have to stay as one of those good ideas that will not make it into the garage.
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Versys for half the price of Duke 690 is what decided it for me.

I'm still in love with Duke but 10,000e bike is way out of my budget.

You should really find a way to test-ride it. I'm sure then you will know what to do.


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I like my Versys but I don't love it. It has always seemed kinda blah to me. It does everything its supposed to but it doesn't seem to have any character. It's like the Subaru Forester of motorcycles.
I have had a Versys for 2 years now. I just love it and I think it has lots of character. It's the most fun bike I've ever owned after owning many bikes over the last 40 years.
Oh, and what sits next to it in my garage is a Subaru Forester! It too has lots of character and to me is the perfect Colorado car. I love it too!
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My best friend has one of them and switch bikes all time and it's not because i want to but because he wants to be on a faster, more aggressive bike. Talking about torque and speed, the duke is no close to the V. Vibrations until you get it up to 3-4k rpm are crazy. DO NOT get a single cylinder bike once you got used to the 2 or more. I would not recommended ht duke. LOOK into the 920 cc V-Twin KTMs. I rode one of those and that was something i would consider getting.
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LOOK into the 920 cc V-Twin KTMs. I rode one of those and that was something i would consider getting.
what version is a v-twin KTM ?

never heard of it., or what is it called?

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The KTM Adventure bikes are V-twins, 950's (older version) & now the 990's, & their spin off siblings. They have a super/hyper motard version & a dirt bike thing called a super enduro. All very nice & very pricey.



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I have had a Versys for 2 years now. I just love it and I think it has lots of character. It's the most fun bike I've ever owned after owning many bikes over the last 40 years.
Oh, and what sits next to it in my garage is a Subaru Forester! It too has lots of character and to me is the perfect Colorado car. I love it too!
2010 Forester, 2009 Versys, 2007 Chevy Colorado ext cab 4WHD, all perfect for driving in Colorado! The excitement is in living here and riding since 1965.
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Sorry, I guess I hit a nerve with that Subaru Forester remark. One of my ex's had a Subaru Forester. Her car was a boring ride but she wasn't.
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