7. Sound


Even with the stock exhaust canister, the 690 Duke’s attitude comes through in its distinctive throaty wail – they don’t call’em “Thumpers” for nothing. I’m sure it’d sound even better with a pipe on it, but by how much? If it were mine, I’d even be tempted to leave the stock can, with its simple yet attractive brushed finish, alone. It’d be easier on my wallet, and my neighbors won’t get pissed off at me. Win-win. Of course, a motorcycle’s exhaust note is best heard instead of written about, so here’s the Duke wailing away on the dyno.