Previous city / commuter bike was a 2008 WR250-X. I got it basically new as a leftover in 2010 & it evolved into this:
No complaints other than there is only so much a factory 250 Japanese dual sport can do power wise. The commuter bike sits outside in full sun most days, endures rain, hail, dust, etc. Someone bumped the WR with their car in a parking lot once & knocked it over; they stood it up waited for me to return & admitted it. Luckily the only damage was a bent clutch lever. The WR still looked good in pics but was starting to show some UV fading in the plastic, controls, shock spring, lifting graphics, etc. when you looked close. The stock chain & sprockets were done & it needed another set of tires soon. Since the X super moto models hold their value well I looked into selling before the UV took a greater hold & it still looked good. Going to miss jumping curbs, speed bumps, & riding down stairs.
Everything came together because I sold off some aftermarket WR parts, then found a buyer for the WR, & came across a really good deal on the already bargin 2017 Duke 390. Picked it up just before the cold hit so it only has a handful of miles & still has the stickers on the Metzeler radials.
Unheard of features for this class & price point:
Throttle by wire
Back lit handlebar controls
Stainless braided brake lines
Radial mount front caliper
Can control music & I think even texts via bluetooth & your phone with the handlebar controls (if you care about such things-- I don't)
Two year warranty
Don't have much planned for the Dukette. Don't really want to do the exhaust / programmer thing because it is just too expensive anymore. Two things that I am going to do are replace the passenger pegs & that tail.
I can stomach a lot of factory tail pieces--& I will always run factory turn signals no matter what--but this KTM one takes the cake. Its like the designers just gave up or ran out of budget on those two items; not up to par with the rest of the bike. Again, for this class this bike has a cast aluminum swing arm & triple clamps, aluminum foot controls/pedals, & an aluminum canned silencer; yet that tail & all the passenger peg / exhaust hanger bracketry is all steel. The 17 Duke gained 22 lbs (up to 328 lb dry) over the 16. Some due to the larger exhaust, some from a plastic tank to steel, some from the change to heavy duty wheels, the rest has to be those two items, will find out.