Hi all, I used to ride quite a lot (VTR250), including the odd track day. However, I had to sell the bike to be 'practical'. Now I'm looking to get back on the horse again (after about a year), and I'm thinking KTM Duke 690... Does anyone have much experience with these? Am I mad to consider such an animal? Is there an alternative that I'm missing here? My requirements are such: - I'd like a nekkid bike ~600cc, powerful enough to be fun, but not too deadly (not a fan of I4 engines - I like "character") - Riding would be some commuting, but mainly going for a squirt in the hills or mucking around on a weekend. The odd 'touring' ride (~200-300km a day) now and again. - Occasional ride two-up with the better half - About 2-3 track days a year at Broadford (maybe Phillip Island once I get confident enough again) - I don't want a bike that'll just leave stains on my driveway and splutter when I want to go for a thrash - reliability is a must - The killer factor - budget of $8000 max(ish) I love the Street Triple, but even the dropped used ones are too expensive... So, thoughts? Is the Duke the best beast? Or is there other options that I'm missing here...?