2012 Ducati Monster 696 vs 2012 KTM Duke 690 - Honest Opinions

Posted at 8/13/2012 11:02:22 PM

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Which is the better bike? KTM Duke 690 or Ducati Monster 696

having a look at the reviews on the internet for both bikes and there are a lot of different reviews, unfortunately I cant find a demo Monster 696 to take for a spin to make up my mind so I'm going to use your opinions here! Help me out guys, need to know what you think of the Duke 690 & Monster 696... pretty similar in style, but completely different rides I'm told. But thats from guys that havent ridden either bike.

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Posted at 8/14/2012 1:35:26 AM

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It's not possible to say which is the better bike (better for what?) as they are too dissimilar. The KTM is a supermoto, intended for short distance hooning around, while the Ducati is a more of a general purpose bike. It would be a better bike for longer distance riding. I like both bikes and would be happy to own either. I've sat on both, the Ducati is a very good fit for me, it felt similar to a Street triple, while the KTM is comfortable enough for its intended purpose.

The KTM gets a lot of power from it's single cylinder, I suspect it will need careful maintainence and might not be a motor you would get high mileage from. It might not be all that user friendly for a new rider either, it will wheelie very easily. The Ducati will need expert maintainence too, the cam belts need to be changed every two years even if the bike is not used much and the valve clearances need adjusting by a specialist every 6,200 miles.

As you are posting in newbies I assume you are actually a new rider. The Ducati is certainly a better choice for a newbie than a 600cc race rep. However, I think you should consider buying a used bike to start on and get the Ducati/KTM later, when you have gained experience. It's very easy to damage a bike and cost yourself a lot of money to repair it.

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Posted at 8/14/2012 9:30:41 AM

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timtimmmy said:having a look at the reviews on the internet for both bikes and there are a lot of different reviews, unfortunately I cant find a demo Monster 696 to take for a spin to make up my mind so I'm going to use your opinions here! Help me out guys, need to know what you think of the Duke 690 & Monster 696... pretty similar in style, but completely different rides I'm told. But thats from guys that havent ridden either bike.


what ever you do, try to arrange a test ride because others opinions don't really matter much since you'll be the one riding it.

Posted at 8/14/2012 10:57:48 AM

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All I can say is that my very experienced friend in Miami has had a 696 for several years now and loves it...not a single problem.

A barrier for me with KTM, (even though I love my Suzuki Supermoto...most fun I've ever had on a bike), would be the lack of dealers.

I've read nothing but good things about KTM's.

As Richard pointed out, they are two different animals.

As an urban assault machine or short distance back road twisty bike I think a Supermoto has some advantages.

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Posted at 8/16/2012 5:40:28 PM

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I have ridden the 696, and looked closely at the Duke 690 but never ridden one. Sure like to, though :smile:

I don't think either bike would be particularly suitable for most new riders. However, if I was trying to decide between them, I'd be looking very close at the KTM...I'd definitely want to ride it.

In truth, though, the KTM might be better compared to Ducati's Hypermotard (neither is a true supermotard, but both are definitely motard-inspired). The 696 Monster might be better compared to a Triumph Street Triple, IMO.

(BTW, I'm sure I've read a comparison review between the Hypermotard and the 690 Duke...it might be somewhere out there on the net...).

Posted at 8/20/2012 5:39:57 PM

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I voted duke cause of a numbe rof reasons. 1 being Ducs are traditionally expensive to maintain. 2nd being I really love my 300exc as to the lack of dealers, I havent had to visit my dealer once since I got my bike back in march, runs great love it to bits.

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Posted at 10/5/2012 9:17:09 AM

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Not so new to the road

Ive started out on a Duke 200, now time to get a big bike. The ducati monster is the favourite at the moment. although its a little annoying that it doesnt have a fuel gauge. my options came down to the CBR600RR, Duke 690 , ZX6R, Monster 696... out of all of them Im leaning towards the Ducati.

Posted at 10/5/2012 9:24:32 AM

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what ever you do, try to arrange a test ride because others opinions don't really matter much since you'll be the one riding it.


unfortunately I cant! have tried! can try the ZX6R, CBR600RR but both the Duke & Monster are not available here in Sunny South Africa. Have 1 Dealership near where I am and they do both KTM & Ducati. I was the First Duke 200 on the road in South Africa I hadnt even seen the bike when I paid for it. Had to wait 2 months to see if I had made a good decision... thankfully I had. brilliant little bike. great to start off on and now my younger brother is getting it.

Posted at 10/5/2012 9:51:55 AM

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Motorcycle fuel gages aren't worth the silicon they're made out of. Notoriously inaccurate, never trust one. My BMW's got about the best one out there and it's still flakier than Loretta Lynn's pie crust.

Use your trip-O for your gas gage and all will be well. I'd never let the lack of a gas gage influence a buying decision.

For all around streetbike service the Monster is hard to beat. It rips in the twisties, is reasonably comfortable. Lots of accessories available. It's also red & sexy, and those are very very good things.

Posted at 10/5/2012 11:56:38 AM

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How about the bike MotoUSA preferred to the Ducati Monster 796:

Overall performance of these bikes is close. But what really made the Aprilia stand out from the Ducati was how much better everything worked. From the feel and well-calibrated fuel settings of the engine and the more logical and accommodating ergonomics, the Shiver is a superior motorcycle. Factor in that its reasonable $8999 price tag that is nearly a Grand cheaper than the Ducati and you simply can’t deny that the Shiver 750 is the bike to have if you’re seeking an affordable Italian Twin.


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