2013 KTM 690 Duke First Ride

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2013 KTM 690 Duke first

I’m completely out of my depth in this I’m so far out of my depth I’m wondering if I should roll back the throttle and for riding the 690 Duke at my own pace. At the least I’d be able to return in one piece to see my family and eventually a story. But rolling off the throttle mean a lonely ride. I’m the Indian and every other is European, a few with their in places as far as Brazil and Australia.

an exclusive moment for me being the one from our shores riding one of finest on the island of Gran one of the finest places in the world to a bike. But the lonely bit comes up everyone else except me is, to put it crazy fast. On roads are narrower than the veins on my hands this bunch of bikers is defying all sorts of

But amidst all that speed is an sense of control, the lines are the wheelies accurate and the drifts It’s only now that I why the Duke attained its bad boy image. And now the 690 Duke the newest avatar of a motorcycle, KTM intends rewriting the of hooliganism.

The Duke first in 1996 was KTM’s take on a motorcycle after having extensively in off-road and motocross It was at the time a revolutionary motorcycle. as a supermoto it brought a new level of to the streets with its mix of a tallish fat road tyres, wide and motocross like styling and

It was successful and spawned a whole new space inspiring several new to rethink their strategies. In KTM redesigned the Duke making it a lot sharper than the original an even sharper and more look to follow in 2003 and new Duke in 2008 with a new and more horsepower called the

Classified as a supermoto the 690 brought a new of riding to the streets with its mix of a stance and fat road tyres

But than the class of motorcycle the Duke symbolises is the versatility of a cylinder engine. Since the Duke has always been by a big single and the tradition continues today though over 90 per new components can be found in the present Based on the previous generation this 4-…’s engine stands at 690cc with tech to make it an engineer’s wet

Inside that massive is a piston with a 102mm travels 84.5mm between TDC and BDC out a mind boggling 71PS and of max torque. Those are the most numbers any single on the planet has made and it makes riding bike all the more significant. is a fairly high, 12.6:1,

Even the high power to ratio (around 470PS per is mind bogglingly impressive.

the high power to weight (around 470PS per tonne) is bogglingly impressive

My associations big singles have started and with the Enfield Bullet, so I expected the Duke’s single to be a performer but with enough to make riding the bike But no, the bad boy image did not just come how the bike looks, it’s much a factor of how that vapourised every nerve in my body relentlessly.

Never did I it to blow a hole through all my but it did, and I’m glad it was me that got to go on ride. Power is available right up to the 8000rpm redline, and can prepare you for the jolt you get the first you wring the throttle. It’s not the V4 of viciousness or the V-twin type of that come in small packets. It’s a constant of power and torque.

Enough to your tyre at a signal or the rear out in corners. The engine is by a 6-speed transmission whose initially are short and then get to give it a wide range of You want short blippy keep it in the low gears, you want speed cruising comfort tap the higher gears.

The Duke does it all quite

Ride quality is impressive, WP upside down forks at the have 135mm of travel

For a this large and powerful, surprisingly refined. There are no and rough edges anywhere. time out on the bike I did have a tingle, but that’s more riding at low speeds. Keep the high and well within the part of the powerband and the vibrations out leaving only smoothness.

And the is indescribable simply because isn’t much of it, after all is only so much you can expect one pipe. You expect a dull but pitch blat and what you get is a flat but very mechanical

The 690 Duke’s meters offer a lot of

A lot of that refinement comes a new cylinder head with ignition (remember Bajaj’s and selective individual mapping for plug. The selective mapping you choose between a sport, for touring and a normal mode. The system has also been with a cat-con in the pre-silencer and to make it compliant with emission norms.

But the most amazing bit is the drive-by-wire amazing because there even the slightest lag in responses. the throttle and the engine responds leaving no doubts about taking off the cable was a bad idea. The controls a single throttle in the Keihin throttle body a single ECU manages all fueling.

KTM 690 Duke
KTM 690 Duke

The height has reduced by some compared to the previous generation

Mechanically the engine is also and balance has improved. There is a new sensor for gear selective and a slipper clutch. It’s useful in the hills and especially riding downhill where braking is needed to slow for corners without locking the wheel.

Yet the Duke would not be the without its incredible stance and The trellis frame made of walled chrome molybdenum pipes and painted in the bright honey yellow its the most eye detail on the bike. Attempting to under the fuel tank it a …-cast aluminum subframe and quality suspension bits at ends all of which give it torsional rigidity.

The seat has reduced by some 30mm to the previous generation motorcycle. The handlebar and the ergonomics provide a perch yet I never managed to my sweet spot. The riding allows the Duke 690 to be ridden you choose to ride it, get your down or foot out. My is a bit more sportsbike-ish so my … as close to the tank as possible and the involuntarily flaps out when it a corner approaching.

Eventually though my thigh tensed and cramped forcing me to my position.

The Duke 690 also a new ABS system from Bosch

quality is impressive, 43mm WP down forks at the front 135mm of travel! At the rear a WP is nicely setup to mix comfort dynamics. But what makes the all the more special is the low kerb at just 149.5kg the Duke is easy to maneuver in tight

Its geometry and ergonomics relate comfortably with each to give it an incredible lightness of The Duke 690 also gets a new ABS from Bosch, which everybody on the ride switched It’s a sporty setup so the on the 320mm disc at the front and the disc at the rear is bit aggressive yet safe.

Inside that cylinder is a piston with a bore travels 84.5mm TDC and BDC hammering out a mind boggling and 70Nm of max torque

So coming to a point I made at the beginning, I was figuring out just why it was that the had this bad boy image. You see its a 50:50 mix bike and rider, rider mental on motorcycle and motorcycle it. Rider is then encouraged to go mental and the bike handles more of it. Is there a breaking to the Duke’s abilities?

Yes there is but it’s so far high up the average rider would gotten … enough by to not push past that So it’s the in between learning each rider goes that has given the Duke a character. And here under the sun in Canaria, with almost journalist going berserk on the it’s easy to see why the Duke is so endearing to so many.

No one’s even once!

KTM 690 Duke
KTM 690 Duke


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