I wouldnt say let me down, I would say I should researched it a little more. The 690 is a really great bike once you take care of a few things that I learned on this forum , pro shift kit , 190 thermostat, 42t rear , that has made it better for me . I'm waiting on some clutch parts so I can get it back on the road. These 690s from my researching on the web are flawed in the clutch department across the board with slipping issues . its a conspiracy that no one makes an aftermarket clutches for them weird .
I have not had a problem with my 2017 690 in the clutch department. You have to take heed of what you read on the internet, as the people with the problems ALWAYS SHOUT MUCH LOUDER than the rest. But its not the rule!
You have not heard me say "My 2006 MX5 has a good gear change" ? It has, but its also got a good clutch, etc , etc
A few people might have issues with their gear change in a MX5, but I and the vast majority have not.
My 2017 Duke has the counter balance shaft and is smoother that even a V-twins I have rode. Nearly on par with IL4s.
Previous bikes: GoPed, FS1SE, CB125T, RD350F, Z400F(4), CB250T, RGV250, KLR650, FZ750, TDR250, RD350F2, DR650, FZS600-S, FX650, XL1200N, GSR600, Tiger1050
Now: KTM Duke 690 (5)/2017
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Dominator end can,Kevs O2 and KTM higher windscreen.