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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-26-2020, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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790 Duke vs new 2020 Super Duke 1290?

I know they're completely different classes but how do you guys think they compare?

Might be a long shot but anyone ride both yet?
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No comparison ... two different worlds. and nearly twice the price.
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I own both but I/m selling the 1290 - As you know from the reviews the 1290 is a "beast" - Its a magnificent bike. Smooth, well built, everything works etc.

However, unless you ride your bike on open roads with large high speed sweepers its a waste. The 790 isn't as fast of course but the handling is superior for tight twisties and every day riding. The 790 is lighter, smaller and just a big more user friendly in real world riding. Thats not intended to take anything away from the 1290.

I need to add that I'm and old guy (80) and not a big guy either - I rode my 1290 over 12K miles and enjoyed it but in the first 5 months I owned the 790 I put 8000 miles on it and thoroughly have enjoyed.

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It's really simple. If you crave the attention, get the Super Duke.
If you love riding, get the 790 Duke.

It's really that simple. I might be wrong.
Just go out and ride both. It's the only way to know. Heck, if you are a fat arse, you may need the Super Duke. Who knows.
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I downsized from a Rocket-III and was sure I needed the 1290. And I'm glad I heeded advice from others.

I have a couple of mates with 1290's (some who also downsized from the R3) and the all said - they would buy the 790. I guess if you think you need a bit more there is the 890R now.

But it does indeed depend on your size and weight. It would seem that KTM crept into my room one night and measured me whilst I was sleeping.
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QUESTION: I know they are a decade apart and so technology wise very different - but has anybody had the 990 and a 790?.

Just academic interest.

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QUESTION: I know they are a decade apart and so technology wise very different - but has anybody had the 990 and a 790?.

Just academic interest.
. Iíve had both bikes, actually Iíve owned probably the whole range of Ktmís at 9 of the twins. 2004 950ADV S,2006 950SM, 2007 990SD, 2010 990R Adv, 2012 990 SMT, 2016 1190 Adv S, 2016 1290 GT,
2018 1090R,2019 790 Duke. So have got to learn a lot about repairing and modding the LC8.

The 990 Duke was a fun very reliable bike. Power compares fairly well, I think the 790 is a better road handler though, and much lighter. My 990 weighed in at 460, where my 790 right now is at 413,but feels much lighter than the differences show.
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