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    Hi guys

    First time poster here. Have come hunting for info on my twister before (thanks for the awesome contributions) but now I need to ask a question.

    So the subject and 1st paragraph sums up where I come from and where I'm intending to go to

    I tried searching but only found info of a few years old. I believe the 1st few generations of the Duke had some issues but they have been sorted... Correct?

    Any 2018 or 2017 Duke owners out there that can comment on problems or can give their experience of owning one?


    Thanks all!

    Ps. It will be used for my daily non highway commute in jhb.

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    I don't know much and just bought a Twister for obvious reasons. However I did look at options as well.

    It seems like a nice bike. It looks very good but I would almost rather go for a Honda NC700x which should be at the same price range?

    It just seems like a better bike over all. better value for money if you compare them head on on paper.

    edit: I only looked at the older versions closer to my price range so cannot comment on the latest models at all

    Oh and welcome^^ sorry

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    Hehh.. no sweat.

    Yeah I read your "Lets buy a bike" thread. You won't go wrong with the twister. I've been happily served by mine for a few years now. Congratz!

    Yeah was looking at the Honda, but the duke is R75k whilst the NC750x is R101k which takes it out of my budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abudabi View Post
    Hehh.. no sweat.

    Yeah I read your "Lets buy a bike" thread. You won't go wrong with the twister. I've been happily served by mine for a few years now. Congratz!

    Yeah was looking at the Honda, but the duke is R75k whilst the NC750x is R101k which takes it out of my budget.
    Thanks man.. Wow I did not know the new prices were that high. Ok yeah that explains the reason clearly. Good luck. I will see what the experts say here about the 390

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    I am reasonably sure KTM will have sorted their teething issues with the 390 by now and I have heard there is a 390 Adventure on the way as well. I am just not sure if a 390 is a big enough upgrade from the Twister.

    If you look around, there are quite a few NC700/750's available at R75k. Roughly 3 years old with less than 20k km's. They may be worth a 2nd look.



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    Yeah I saw the spy shots of the adventure. The new 790 seems an incredible machine with great tech (bosch's cornering ABS) that will be a worthy upgrade, but alas.. R150k

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    I tried all of the KTM road bikes, including the 790 when it launched. Only the 1290 adventurer stirred some excitement. The 790 felt plasticky and was like going about on a gokart. If I was in your shoes, I would stick with what you got for your type of city commutes for now until you can later afford to spend bobs on a new all rounder bike that you could comfortably use on motorways and fun times over weekends.

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    After suppressing the itch and saving some more, I went to collect my duke 790 on Friday.

    The grin hasn't worn off yet. 😁

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    the 790 is a peach - enjoy
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    Hehe..a peach indeed. Man the thing is a beast. I was sooo suprised how much more power it has than the 390 I tested. Glad I took my time and saved as I'm sure I would have gotten bored of the 390 very quickly.

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    remember that irrespective of your age and riding experience, research has shown that a rider is most at risk approx 4-5 months after getting on a new bike

    that is the peak danger period where you are just sufficiently comfortable with your new bike for you to start having brain farts

    be safe out there and enjoy the bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by abudabi View Post
    Hehe..a peach indeed. Man the thing is a beast. I was sooo suprised how much more power it has than the 390 I tested. Glad I took my time and saved as I'm sure I would have gotten bored of the 390 very quickly.
    Awesome!

    Now go and post a photo and update your profile with the new bike.

    Have fun and stay super safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by abudabi View Post
    After suppressing the itch and saving some more, I went to collect my duke 790 on Friday.

    The grin hasn't worn off yet. 😁
    Share the pron and first impressions report.

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