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My first few rides on my '14 690.... and I have a couple of questions..

Hi all,

So the mid-Atlantic United States have been ďblessedĒ with some not-so-cold temperatures (I use the ďĒ because I love to ski and I havenít been able to do it, boo ) therefore I managed to put some 700kms, or about 500miles, on my 2014 Duke 690. Itís so much fun! My main bikes have been Triumph triples for about 7 years so as you can imagine itís taking some getting used to life with a single. And during every ride I come up with a few more questions about this bike so I thought Iíd start a thread and fire away (note: bike is bone stock):

-What is the optimal RPM for you all? I seem to downshift a lot to rev up to the red line but it feels very unnatural and I feel like Iím doing this wrong. I know itís a vague description but I would like to know where you all usually keep the revs in the twisties.

-Whatís the first upgrade I ought to do to this thing? I have a few bikes to sell and finish paying off my wedding expenses plus a bonus so I might have some disposable income in the next few months, nothing major, just a few hundos to drop on the orange mini beast. I like the bike the way it is and I donít know what the first thing I should mess around with ought to be. Hence my question to the prosÖ.

-I currently have an HJC helmet and that b!tch is LOUD! Whatís a good quiet lid for a bike with this riding position?

-Last question for now: I bought a KTM racetech jacket to go with this new bike but it didnít come with elbow/shoulder/back armor. Anyone know where I could get some? Whatís your favorite jacket to ride with the Duke? Honestly my Triumph brand adventure jacket might be better than this one.

Thanks a bunch!
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-What is the optimal RPM for you all? I seem to downshift a lot to rev up to the red line but it feels very unnatural and I feel like Iím doing this wrong. I know itís a vague description but I would like to know where you all usually keep the revs in the twisties.
I usually keep it anywhere 4K and up when riding twisties. Cruising I keep between 3K and 4K.

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-Whatís the first upgrade I ought to do to this thing? I have a few bikes to sell and finish paying off my wedding expenses plus a bonus so I might have some disposable income in the next few months, nothing major, just a few hundos to drop on the orange mini beast. I like the bike the way it is and I donít know what the first thing I should mess around with ought to be.
I think that the o2 sensor is the only real necessary mod on these. I also like the crash bars since they make this bike worry free when booking it.

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If you're ripping it int he corners, 4.5-6.5 is a pretty good zone to be in. If you swap in the Evo cam you can pull to redline.

I'd say a decent muffler and cat delete, then swap in the Evo map and get Kev's mod.

Boldor will tell you 15-42 gears.
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Revs 5000rmp and above.
No acceleration or engine brake below that so I like to keep mine singing.
First mod Conti Attack SM tyres.
Don't worry about the helmet. Just get some ear plugs.

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Boldor will tell you 15-42 gears.

He would. Or just get a 44 for the rear.
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Revs... when the dash resets and the lights flash crazy.... change up
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I'd say a decent muffler and cat delete, then swap in the Evo map and get Kev's mod.
This might be strange but I will want to keep emissions related stuff for as long as I can…. I hug trees.

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He would. Or just get a 44 for the rear.
Might have to be mod#1. Just a thought: is your name supposed to be a nod to the Bol d’or?

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Revs 5000rmp and above.
No acceleration or engine brake below that so I like to keep mine singing.
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Don't worry about the helmet. Just get some ear plugs.
The engine brake thing is why I was always up in the revs. Triples have it much lower so it just feels unnatural. I will have to get used to it. Oh and I should have mentioned that I hate having anything in my ears while wearing a helmet (actually I hate having anything in my ears, period).

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Revs... when the dash resets and the lights flash crazy.... change up
That’s kind of what I do now!

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If you do one thing to this bike to make it more livable, the o2 sensor mod will make steady cruising much less hurky jurky.

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Might have to be mod#1. Just a thought: is your name supposed to be a nod to the Bol díor?

The French race track? No

The DOHC Honda-four that I had four of and used as a courier bike for a decade? That'd be the reason.

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..... Which I assume is named after the French 24hr race.
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