2013 KTM 690 Duke Bike Review

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2013 KTM 690 Duke Bike

July 1, 2013 Posted in Bike Tests | Comments: 0

by Mike Pham:

I was thrilled obvious reasons) when I got the to ride the new 2013 KTM 690 Duke for review. I’ve owned a KTM LC4 bike before and, the bike was fun to ride, it was not refined. bike was called the KTM Duke II while the styling was ahead of its in 2001 for a street bike, version of the LC4 engine felt it was made for a dirt bike.

I remember shaking down the 405 with my teeth chattering and my falling asleep.

Surely couldn’t be the case with newest street weapon Could KTM make a believer of me the latest LC4 motor? I wanted to up some miles on KTM’s offering and see how it would integrate the daily grind; for both and hooliganing.

The 2013 KTM 690 Duke is new for the U.S. market. It is fresh and with such features as ignition, ride by wire, and a slipper type clutch. If you know what all these mean they basically to fun, better fuel safer braking, and a smoother in the twisties.

With over 90% of the being new, KTM is serious showing new and seasoned riders that this single is a serious contender for your space.

The bike is certainly a visual with it’s bright trellis frame (very contrasting with the all black (not Ducati-ish at all). The looks very angular and you see the design cues taken the larger KTM Duke 990. The swing arm displaying the structural was a cool touch as well.

the way the the pipe is routed under the to how they shaped the catalytic to match the angular styling of the KTM even did a very nice job of a stock exhaust system cool. While I’m sure owners will ditch the OEM for an aftermarket one to shave some they probably won’t be exhausts for better looks.

KTM put a lot of thought into the new seat is nicely contoured and more than previous offerings. even on bikes like the 690 are an important part of the bike and one many manufacturers seem to It’s nice to see KTM paying in this area.

When I started out on the initial ride I was how much lighter the bike than its 330 lb weight, minus would suggest. The 690 Duke is and is very easy to maneuver. a few miles I was carving through with ease and felt I’d been riding the 690 Duke than the few minutes of seat I actually had.

Cruising at higher speeds tell you that you are on a “thumper” cylinder but this engine so much more refined the old LC4 Duke II 640 machine. KTM has done a job evolving the LC4 and, with the ignition, they are able to 70 hp from it. While you feel the from the single cylinder, KTM did a job isolating the handlebars so those never really bother hands.

Almost immediately the first ride I noticed something felt off; the cluster was angled more the sky and less towards the rider. One effect of this is that the orange low-fuel light on, especially under direct you can’t see it very well the background surrounding the warning is orange as well.

The trip will start counting the since the low-fuel light however if you don’t pay attention to the you could miss that; I did. Luckily I noticed the while I still had plenty of on reserve so I was able to pull and fill up.

One feature that KTM got right for the KTM 690 Duke is a standard indicator which I found looking at quite often. manufacturers take note: 2013 and gear indicators be standard on all your bikes.

my time riding the 690 Duke I was to experience the bike in many On the freeway the bike has plenty of for passing and the contoured seat was the rider in place nicely. I can see the being a problem for some riders but for my frame it just nicely.

The single cylinder engine has no keeping up with mixed though with no wind I feel that this be a weak area for anyone to do longer commuting involving

One day while riding the backside of Hwy. the clouds dumped rain which worried me a bit as especially when riding on a new and still getting used to it, is fun. Turns out I had nothing to about as the ABS and smooth ride by system really gave me and not once did the Duke 690 exhibit any bad

Not more than 15 minutes I was greeted by sunshine and a completely dry on Ortega, so I decided to rip a bit and see what the 690 had. I quickly found out this bike is an absolute in the twisties. It’s very and goes right where you it. This motor kicks and pretty soon I was grinning with every turn.

The you rev 690cc motor, the more it back and I never felt the motor was lacking power or I couldn’t ask it for more. The ABS brakes also working really in the dry although I didn’t feel as initial bite as I would liked. (More on this

KTM 640 Duke II
KTM 640 Duke II

All too soon I was back in the more urban areas and had to decrease my from fun and high to responsible and The Duke 690 may be a blast when you are through the twisties it also well to the “grind” of the city. ease the Duke 690 and I morphed hooligan to commuter and the remainder of the home was effortless.

I wanted to the KTM Duke 690 euphoria with my other so I planned a nice weekend ride to see how the Duke fare with a passenger. KTM the Duke with two passenger handles, however they sit so low my passenger complained she had to hunch Needless to say, the handles never used during an ride.

On the flip side it comes time to move the around your garage the come in handy.

The KTM Duke 690 did for two-up riding and my passenger had no about the seat even a long day of doing more 250 miles. One thing that I is that while the ABS is compliant, were times where I more overall bite and a stopping distance when This wasn’t a 2-up problem as I felt the same way when I was riding the 690 Duke

The 690 Duke makes a great bike as it isn’t a gas hog by any standard. during the two-up riding I observed 50mpg. This can be to the twin ignition as KTM claims 10% greater fuel efficiency has achieved.

I’m sure I could squeeze a few more MPGs out lighter throttle action…..but if you are for MPG’s over grins you should be looking at a scooter.

is one thing to note about the KTM 690 what is up with the kickstand? The feels a bit long for the bike and the bike perched more I always had the feeling that the was going to fall over to the side, and while it never I always worried everywhere I parked that I would and find the KTM taking a nap on its side.

Be that a strong gust of may cause just such a

I logged a lot of miles on the 2013 KTM 690 and to be honest, I didn’t want to it back in. I wanted to contact KTM and up an excuse as to why I needed to be testing the ABS or seeing if the twin ignition was aiding in a 10% fuel efficiency or some other made-up just to keep the bike

The 690 Duke responded to my every with a positive “can do” If I wanted to ride like a in the twisties, the bike snarled and When I needed to ride to the or run errands, the bike was comfortable and to live with. One area a lot of bikes fall flat is in the category.

Not so with the 2013 KTM 690 it was great for the rider and the passenger. I would like to spend more time getting to the ABS, and the kickstand just scares me, but this bike has any of the past feelings that I about the LC4. The KTM 690 Duke is so more refined than offerings and I hear that KTM has more new bikes in the pipeline.

I that you contact your dealer and schedule a test soon.

KTM 640 Duke II
KTM 640 Duke II
KTM 640 Duke II
KTM 640 Duke II
KTM 640 Duke II
KTM 640 Duke II

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