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Old 06-17-2008, 11:34 PM   #1
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Compare for me the SV650s and the KRM 690 Superduke and why you would choose one over the other. Anyone actually ridden the 690 Superduke? A lot of bling, but where does the single cylinder engine out perform the SV?
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IMHO the SV650 is a better package. Motor is much less maintanence intensive, and there are tons of aftermarket parts available for the SV. The Superduke is too much of a hybrid between a standard & a motard. Kind of not enough of either to suit my fancy. The SV is a VERY capable machine and will teach you a lot about riding.

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I just got my hands on a pristine 2005 SV650S with lower fairing.

It's an absolutely awesome machine. Extremely light. Awesome v-twin power delivery. Agressive aesthetics. You just can't go wrong with it.

You more than welcome to come check mine out. I'll even let you touch it.
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IMHO the SV650 is a better package. Motor is much less maintanence intensive, and there are tons of aftermarket parts available for the SV. The Superduke is too much of a hybrid between a standard & a motard. Kind of not enough of either to suit my fancy. The SV is a VERY capable machine and will teach you a lot about riding.

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well said john ! if ur gonna go to the track... go with the SV. its a more trackworthy motorcycle
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For what you want to use the bike for, basic transportation, the SV wins hands down.
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I just got my hands on a pristine 2005 SV650S with lower fairing.

It's an absolutely awesome machine. Extremely light. Awesome v-twin power delivery. Agressive aesthetics. You just can't go wrong with it.

You more than welcome to come check mine out. I'll even let you touch it.
+1 to this except I have an '04 SV650s. You can touch his but not mine.
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Thanks guys ! Perfect answer. The Duke is SO PRETTY. But I agree that the Sv seems like a better option.

av8_r22 i'll take you up on that sometime, PM your contact info and if you're not on the opposite side of the world i'll hit you up closer to my purchase time!

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+1 to this except I have an '04 SV650s. You can touch his but not mine.
Darn. lol. I promise I'll wipe off my fingerprints!

Come on, 6200 miles on 1960 traffic in less than 6-7 months doesn't make me at less A LITTLE trustworthy? I know I'm still a newb... but at least a newb willing to recognize lots of room to grow!
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Ok, to clarify.... since my bike is my ONLY transportation, i figure I can afford a BIT of a splurge to get what I really want. I'll be racking up miles, and in 9 months be near deals gap hoopefully. I'm not a HIGH top speed person, and am afraid the clip on position and crouch on the SV650S will tempt more speed since lack of wind buffetting.

Let me repose the question since the KTM Duke 690 appeals to my taste and seems a compromise between motard and street bike ( I WANT A TARD!).

What disadvantages does the KTM have? Are parts 150% more expensive, someone like patrick would be able to work on it right? So basically the maintence shouldn't be SIGFICANTLY more, just a bit right? The power is a little more? Single cylinder more even torque? Help me out. I just REALLY love the look and riding position of the Duke. It makes my heart beat faster!
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Ok, to clarify.... since my bike is my ONLY transportation, i figure I can afford a BIT of a splurge to get what I really want. I'll be racking up miles, and in 9 months be near deals gap hoopefully. I'm not a HIGH top speed person, and am afraid the clip on position and crouch on the SV650S will tempt more speed since lack of wind buffetting.

Let me repose the question since the KTM Duke 690 appeals to my taste and seems a compromise between motard and street bike ( I WANT A TARD!).

What disadvantages does the KTM have? Are parts 150% more expensive, someone like patrick would be able to work on it right? So basically the maintence shouldn't be SIGFICANTLY more, just a bit right? The power is a little more? Single cylinder more even torque? Help me out. I just REALLY love the look and riding position of the Duke. It makes my heart beat faster!
getting KTM parts is like getting DUCATI parts. it'll get here when it gets here. plus the parts are a little bit more than the 4. but hey, ur the one ridin it. so get what makes u happy
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Ouch. Ducati=be a good mechanic and hurry up to order and WAIT. lol

What about that motivational poster of ducati:

"Ducati: Making mechanics out of riders since 19,xx "
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I have had good luck obtaining my KTM parts through Munn racing with very fast turnaround time. . .a brand new model may be different though.
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If you want a tard, then why not a DRZ400SM. Cheap, easy to get parts for, bullet proof engine.

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DRZ, not interested, thanks though. Underpowered for motard, rather would do the husky 610, or KTM 690 SMC, and more of a literal motard than a mile mucher street bike like the duke. Trying to compromise motard desire with better commuter thats a hybrid. PLUS, the Duke is AMAZING LOOKING.
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I ride a 2008 690 Duke, you might be talking about the 990 SuperDuke ? The 690 is the 6-speed, fuel injected LC4....... the bike is a blast to ride, super light, stops on a dime, quick, not real fast top end.... feels like a motocross bike, bars, suspension, etc. hard to find, bought mine from Wild West, only black/white they got .... Good write-up in this month's cycle world vs. Ducati
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never ridden any duke, but my SV is the $h!t. Parts everywhere, most OEM off other bikes work well too. A couple of websites devoted to the sv. gotta love it!

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