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Thread: City commuter, fun bike - 2019 Duke 790 or 2019 690 SMC-R?

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    Default City commuter, fun bike - 2019 Duke 790 or 2019 690 SMC-R?

    i am shopping for a new city commuter rip-around town fun bike and am trying to decide between a 2019 duke 790 or a 2019 690 SMC-R

    primary uses are for trips around town, light commuting to work, etc. i have a touring bike and an EXC for offroad so am looking to find something for around town. i live in southern california so think splitting lanes, fast highway speeds when you're on them, and bad surface streets. right now i can get a new 2019 duke 790 for just under $8k with KTM's rebates, or a 2019 690 SMC-R for around $10k.

    i've never owned a sport bike and feel way more at home on the SMC, although the shop guy was tellng me the duke has more upright ergos and can still hooligan. no demo bikes were available for the duke although i have owned and ridden supermotos before. i am interested in the duke though as everyone seems to love them and the price is insane right now.

    for those who have owned or ridden both, what would you recommend?
    does the duke still have the ability to be a around-town ripper like a supermoto?
    would the SMC too much of a one-trick pony?


    looking for any community insight, thanks!

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    Default Re: City commuter, fun bike - 2019 Duke 790 or 2019 690 SMC-R?

    Ive only ridden the 690, but if only going to ride the street for commute and stuff, then Duke has mags, and not spokes or tubes, would be better.

    I have a sport bike, thought maybe someday trading it for something like a ktm 890RR.

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    Default Re: City commuter, fun bike - 2019 Duke 790 or 2019 690 SMC-R?

    Around town the 690 will feel way more maneuverable and has a more upright sitting position.It feels like a dirt bike on rails but it handles speeds up to 70mph just fine. My 701 came with a rear rack mount for carrying clothes/food or whatever for commuting, I would think the 690 does also. I commute everyday through the city and my 701 is my most ridden bike back and forth to work. Actually it's probably my most favorite street bike I've ever owned.
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    Default Re: City commuter, fun bike - 2019 Duke 790 or 2019 690 SMC-R?

    Not sure about their claim the Duke is more upright sitting. Doesn't feel like it to me.
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