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Old 08-29-2013, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question ?: 2014 Duke 690R to the US?

I hesitated on buying a standard 2013 Duke 690 b/c of the non-adjustable suspension. (I'm a trackday only rider so it actually matters.)

I'd love to have an "R", but importing one from the UK is just stupidly expensive and troublesome.

Does anyone know yet if the "R" will be imported to the US in 2014?
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hesitated on buying a standard 2013 Duke 690 b/c of the non-adjustable suspension. (I'm a trackday only rider so it actually matters.)

I'd love to have an "R", but importing one from the UK is just stupidly expensive and troublesome.

Does anyone know yet if the "R" will be imported to the US in 2014?
I hope they are brought in..

If you are tracking only, why wouldn't a regular 690 with upgraded suspension (Ohlins or WP) do? I'm sure that would out perform the R suspension on the track.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I hope they are brought in..

If you are tracking only, why wouldn't a regular 690 with upgraded suspension (Ohlins or WP) do? I'm sure that would out perform the R suspension on the track.
Ohlins does not import a kit into the US, and may not make one for the 690 current generation. Even if they did it would probably run more than $2200 for a fork kit and shock. New forks would double that amount.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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How large is your track? You're in deep **** if it's a "high speed" track.
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For track Duke 3 + Mototech kit ?
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How large is your track? You're in deep **** if it's a "high speed" track.
I've been racing and doing trackdays since 1976, and I know what I want. I also know that skilled riders on 600 I4 riders will easily dust me, but the 690 will be on par with an SV 650. . . and 600s what with unskilled riders. I've had a bunch of I4s, culminating in a well-prepared R6 track bike now. Last year attracted 1199. Both were fun fast bikes, but I want something lighter more flexible and with lots of front-end field. A properly set up 690 Could be two or three times as much fun as the other track bikes I've had recently, and it's all about fun.

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For track Duke 3 + Mototech kit ?
Wiwwee, I haven't ruled out the Mototech kit yet, but the price of the third-generation 690s is generally way too high. I don't think I seen one go or less than $6500 even though by now the 2010s are three years old. It is a sweet set up though!
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Are you looking for a track only toy or street legal as well ?
Any friends in central Europe ?
They're running a Duke Battle in Germany this year and season is drawing to a close so a few track pepped new R models up for sale soon.
Don't know about local laws but here no tax or toll on unregistered wehicles which makes importing one an option.
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No 690r according to this article.
http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news...ming-usa-2014/

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I forgot that the Mototech kit doesn't come with suspension bits, and confused it with the Beon kit for the F450 kits. Damn.
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Are you looking for a track only toy or street legal as well ?
Any friends in central Europe ?
They're running a Duke Battle in Germany this year and season is drawing to a close so a few track pepped new R models up for sale soon.
Don't know about local laws but here no tax or toll on unregistered wehicles which makes importing one an option.
Tracktoy only. Is there a good place to look for used German race bikes?
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