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Old 06-27-2010, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone tested the DUKE R and compared it to the standard DUKE?
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Duke R is 690 cc, duke is 654 cc.

Duke makes 64 hp, at 49 ft.lbs torque.
Duke R makes 69 hp, at 51.6 ft.lbs torque.
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Anyone know if there is any speculation of making the stroker kit available from the R for the standard model? (for the extra ccs and torque) that would be a nice upgrade path.....
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Anyone know if there is any speculation of making the stroker kit available from the R for the standard model? (for the extra ccs and torque) that would be a nice upgrade path.....
Yeah, But when you look at the price of the spare parts that you will need to change i.e cylinder / crankshaft / piston / cylinder head etc , the upgrade will cost a fortune.... might as well sell the standard duke and get the R....
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FWIW Someone on supermotojunkie mentioned a map for 690 smc, that produced
3-4 hp. Also they mentioned going to the Ti Akro full exhaust increased ponies and torque.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I bought my '10 Duke with the full intention of trading it in next year when the R came to the USA, so I'd like to hear from someone who's ridden both. But I already know the answer. Who can argue with 10% displacement and more supple suspension? I've kinda gotten used to the tasteful black design so the kind of garish R graphics might take some getting used to but I can handle it.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have spent time on my mates 690 and had my 690R now for a a good number of months. My R has an akro and factory map. No stalling or any issues at all. The R will walk the 690 all day in terms of speed / acceleration. The R hangs with pretty much anything up to 170kph. Just got back from 300kms of tight country scratching with a gixxer750, gixxer thou, super duke and the R was leaving them all in the corners and hanging with them up to well over 100mph for extended periods of time. Can sit it flat chat at 180kph all day with no drama.

My mates normal 690 would not have done this. Also, my R has suspension full soft everywhere and it works perfectly for me. Factory setting are WAY to hard for me, makes me slower. The full soft setting with a touch more preload on the back results in absolutely jaw dropping handling. Sport bike riders who run with me are amazed that the little single pot can humble them.

I also have an MV F41000 and a Brutale 1078, but god I love this little duke more than anything I have ever had.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Since it doesn't look like the "R" Will make it to the states. I will make my 690 better than they could or would have done.
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I have spent time on my mates 690 and had my 690R now for a a good number of months. My R has an akro and factory map. No stalling or any issues at all. The R will walk the 690 all day in terms of speed / acceleration. The R hangs with pretty much anything up to 170kph. Just got back from 300kms of tight country scratching with a gixxer750, gixxer thou, super duke and the R was leaving them all in the corners and hanging with them up to well over 100mph for extended periods of time. Can sit it flat chat at 180kph all day with no drama.

My mates normal 690 would not have done this. Also, my R has suspension full soft everywhere and it works perfectly for me. Factory setting are WAY to hard for me, makes me slower. The full soft setting with a touch more preload on the back results in absolutely jaw dropping handling. Sport bike riders who run with me are amazed that the little single pot can humble them.

I also have an MV F41000 and a Brutale 1078, but god I love this little duke more than anything I have ever had.

Did you have your bike parked at the bottom of someones driveway at Church Point a couple of weekends ago?
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hello all,
I just passed thorugh the presentation post and then back to this forum. I have just bought a new 690 Duke R. I will be pleased to share all my knowledge with all of you and also try to solve all the issues they appear.

Let me say that the bike is great (just sold a Kwasaki Z750) and more to come, as I'm still doing the break in to the bike.

PD: I'm from Spain.
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