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Anyone else lusting over the new 690 Duke?

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Thank God I can't afford a new bike. Thank God I can't afford payments on a new bike. Otherwise this thing would be sitting in my garage as soon as it became available.

Yes, only 69-70 crank horse power and about 50 lbs of torque but... fully fueled it weights a couple pounds less than the CBR250R. HELLO power/weight ratio!

Looking at the thing, the style, the ergos, it's about the closest thing I can find to my old Buell XB12S. FUN! If it had adjustable suspension and a drive belt it would be absolutely perfect.

It still wouldn't replace the wee bee as a work bike but what an awesome 'me time' bike this would make.

It's time to start buying Lotto tickets :D
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Sweet vid. That 1290 looks EVIL. Me Like!!!
Though I'm 43, I'm not sure if I'm mature enough to own something like that ;)
Bit tall for me, otherwise it'd make my shortlist for next bike. There's currently two bikes on that list - Monster 796 (or 696) and the Street Triple R.
A tad tall for me too. I'd be just on the balls of my feet which is good enough. Due to it's super low weight it would still be easy to tippy toe it around.

The older Dukes with a 35mm taller seat height are a definite no go for me. I don't like tri-podding bikes on hills.
The R rocks. Especially in California where you can't buy aftermarket exhausts (or so I've heard) for 2013 & newer bikes. So it's the only sure way to get a 2013+ Duke (if it comes here in 2014) in modded form and not risk fines.

Even if I had the funds I would have to pass because the seats 35mm higher than the current one.
But to those with the inseam and the funds I say...I hate you! Kidding :D

The regular one is still plenty fast enough for me. Doesn't matter how much hp you're packing, you can only go so fast on my twisty roads before you break the laws of traction.

I keep doing the math: under 360lbs + exceedingly flickable + Great torque & power in the low & mid range + lots & lots of tight twisty roads - long straight stretches (very few where I'm at) = One hell of a ride.
Congrats on the Striple.
Very nice bike. There will always be a place in my heart for Triumph's brilliant triples.
Top end like a 4 banger, torque like a twin and smooth throughout. What's not to like? :)

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It's good to see you around here again too :)

Rusty & May2nd on the board. March is looking good :)
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