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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all, My 790 was delivered ten days ago - what a bike!
Sold my Honda VFR800 after 18 years of ownership, a wonderful bike that is going to be a hard act to follow. I wanted a naked, something a lot lighter, less power would be OK, and good suspension. Looked at Ducati 821, Yamaha MY07 (FZ07), even Kawasaki Z650. Had in mind a 690 Duke at first but glad I went for the 790.
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And here is a photo taken today. Just fitted the Akropovic pipe
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 09:25 AM
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Hi all, My 790 was delivered ten days ago - what a bike!
Sold my Honda VFR800 after 18 years of ownership, a wonderful bike that is going to be a hard act to follow. I wanted a naked, something a lot lighter, less power would be OK, and good suspension. Looked at Ducati 821, Yamaha MY07 (FZ07), even Kawasaki Z650. Had in mind a 690 Duke at first but glad I went for the 790.
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Only recently got on board myself but so far looks like a friendly bunch that want to share and help each other out.
I was also looking at the 690 but itís still relatively expensive used in comparison to the 790 so not such a good buy.
Depending on how you ride, what roads, and what youíre used to then you may want to upgrade the suspension, tyres and brakes. Anyway the basic bike is pretty awesome and Iím sure youíll enjoy it!
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Congrats on the new, beautiful, orange Duke!

I ride because my wife says it keeps me young and is better than if I get a girlfriend...
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Afternoon! :-). Welcome to the Team. Iím glad we got you in. Your bike is looking great!

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome!
Only recently got on board myself but so far looks like a friendly bunch that want to share and help each other out.
I was also looking at the 690 but itís still relatively expensive used in comparison to the 790 so not such a good buy.
Depending on how you ride, what roads, and what youíre used to then you may want to upgrade the suspension, tyres and brakes. Anyway the basic bike is pretty awesome and Iím sure youíll enjoy it!
Thanks Booney - looked at a few 690s - some owners wanted 3/4 the cost of a new 790 for their used Duke Rs!
So the decision was easy. Love the smooth engine on the 790 and the way it is easy to ride at legal speeds.
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Welcome on board, 18 years wow that is going to be a hard act to follow but if you keep the Duke that long gives you plenty of time to personalise and yes the power delivery is very smoooooth making riding relaxed.
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