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    Ever since selling the previous 690 i had some regrets. I bonded really well with that bike, we got along brilliantly and despite some quirks i felt it was absolutely spot on for me.

    But then i jumped ship as the KTM 990 SuperdukeR which had been on my bucket list came up at a price and time that suited me. However that didn't quite work out and somehow i ended up with a 790.

    Whenever i'd ridden the 790 i felt it was too close between the seat and pegs, certainly compared to the 690s that came before it. But i decided to go for it anyway and really enjoyed the bike, doing a trip round Wales with the boys and a recent trackday at Pembrey with the forum.

    However, i never really bonded or gelled with the 790, i never really fell in love with it as a bike, sure it was good, effective, the electronics were great etc, but still it left me feeling a bit 'meh' at times and a sense of excitement never appeared for me. Admittedly the Quickshifter is excellent, so is the noise of the exhaust, but i dunno, i was never quite 'there'

    The final stumbling block was the comfort side which seems to have been giving my knees a bit of trouble. Combined with a higher number of miles than usual i was feeling tweaks day to day. That was the final and sealing nail in the coffin for the 790.

    So i spent yesterday disucssing with myself and I had 3 options.

    1. KTM 690 SMC-R Brand new. 2019-05-03_09-30-45 by Steve Weeks, on Flickr
    The plus sides being : Brand new bike. Quickshifter+ and all the gizmos. It looks absolutely brilliant.
    Downsides : It's 9000+ and the riding position i think would take a bit of getting used to, i didn't quite fall in love with it on the test rides.

    2. KTM 690 DukeR.
    This was almost the game changer, with the Monoblock caliper, the higher level of suspension along with Akra exhaust etc. But the downside being things like the footpeg position being too cramped along with my knee issues maybe causing issue, when i had the R footrests on my old 690 i didn't get on with them. Plus, i really wanted 'new' as this is likely to be probably my final bike purchase.

    3. New 2018 690 base model. s-l1600 (1) by Steve Weeks, on Flickr
    KTM are knocking these out for 2500 off RRP at 5799 with this particular dealer. Along with a very good trade in on the 790 i was sold. The brand new and 2 years warranty along with being the right ergonomics and i was sold. So the deal was struck and the new bike is arriving in a couple of days time. Well, early next week when i go to collect it that is. Just got to wait for it to go through the workshop.

    I'm really looking forward to it, getting back on it and thrapping the 690 again. I always feel more at home on a bike i can feel like i'm making it work and try, rather than a bike i feel would be sitting under me and getting completely bored due to my ability. The 690 always suited my riding, my wants and my needs etc, so this can only be a good thing.

    Bring on the orange !

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    Lol! What are you like! Even though my ownership of a 690 didn't end well, I still loved the bike and get why you'd go back to one. You even mentioned getting another in my thread so I kinda knew this day was coming. Good choice I reckon.

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    That 690 SMC R looks lovely. Much prefer spoked wheels on a 'moto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Badger View Post
    That 690 SMC R looks lovely. Much prefer spoked wheels on a 'moto.
    Me too, but spokes are the worse thing to clean. Ever. Alloys FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Badger View Post
    That 690 SMC R looks lovely. Much prefer spoked wheels on a 'moto.
    But it's over 9000 compared to <6000. Sure i get the Moto thing, but from having tried that one twice i'm not 100% i'd feel as at home on it as i do on the Duke.

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    Welcome back to the singles club, they're what all the coolest kids ride.

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    You just need a top box now

    I was looking at the new Svartpilen or whatever it is. Saleman said they are 8800. Next to it was a new Duke at 6200. Even that was no contest. At 5800 that's a bargain.

    Mine 690 is staying for a while yet. At 9500 miles now.

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    megalolz

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    Having seen your old 690, no doubt this one will also be cleaned to within an inch of it's life.
    You do know that you're mental?

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    Should have bought a Triumph Scrambler 1200 ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeksy View Post
    Plus, i really wanted 'new' as this is likely to be probably my final bike purchase.

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    I had the 790 duke thing as a courtesy bike and to be honest I couldn't understand why people liked it - meh summed it up. Looked like a CB250 from 1990s.

    Had a 950SMR for years and wished I'd never sold it.
    Owned 2 990 Adventures 10 years apart and they were great.

    Will own a 1290 SDr at somepoint.
    Want them to produce another big capacity LC8 supermoto at some point.

    I don't understand why there's been so many different large capacity adventure models since the 990 adv and frankly am confused at the line up - that being said I want to own the biggest R off roady version at some point which I think is the 1290 adv R

    Love a KTM - have 5 KTM pedal bikes in the garage at the mo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    Having seen your old 690, no doubt this one will also be cleaned to within an inch of it's life.
    You do know that you're mental?
    Mental.... little.

    Quote Originally Posted by the phantom pieman View Post
    Should have bought a Triumph Scrambler 1200 ....
    I was just offered some Triple thing... i don't even know what it was... i just laughed and walked away.
    Quote Originally Posted by Irn Bru Freak View Post
    I had the 790 duke thing as a courtesy bike and to be honest I couldn't understand why people liked it - meh summed it up. Looked like a CB250 from 1990s.

    Had a 950SMR for years and wished I'd never sold it.
    Owned 2 990 Adventures 10 years apart and they were great.

    Will own a 1290 SDr at somepoint.
    Want them to produce another big capacity LC8 supermoto at some point.

    I don't understand why there's been so many different large capacity adventure models since the 990 adv and frankly am confused at the line up - that being said I want to own the biggest R off roady version at some point which I think is the 1290 adv R

    Love a KTM - have 5 KTM pedal bikes in the garage at the mo
    Wow... which ones.

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    So i thought "Is this all just rose tinted glasses with the 690, will it end up being a disappointment?"

    There's only 1 way to answer that.... So a lunch-break scoot up to Premier Bikes in Abingdon was on the agenda for today.

    2019-07-18_02-35-25 by Steve Weeks, on Flickr

    20 minutes later out on the back roads and i absolutely LOVE the thing. There's just no downside to it, nothing i don't like about it.

    I have completely forgotten how to change gear without a QS though... I came into 1 turn and thought "oooooh how do i change down again?" but we will get that back pretty quickly.

    The 690 just flicks, turns and changes direction like a dream, the power is excellent and the riding position is spot-on.

    Couldn't be happier.... Just got to wait for it to be ready now !

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    Phew normal service is resumed

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