2013 KTM 690 Duke Quick Shift Sport Rider

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2013 KTM 690 Duke Quick


Motorcycles have a of tasks contingent on their brief, but at the end of the day each bike’s purpose is to entertain, and few motorcycles do better than supermoto-inspired bikes. Even the most of … bikes has a difficult finding a safe haven in the sportbike market, however, the KTM 690 Duke’s departure from the KTM through 2011 and 2012.

for those who appreciate the Duke’s and intent to satisfy, KTM has brought the 690 back to the States for the new model More importantly, all the same that made the 690 Duke a over the pond one year are carried over. But is it enough to a longer stay stateside?

say you don’t realize what got until it’s gone, but in the of the 690 Duke, we always knew it was a great package with an ability to satisfy all senses. A displacement LC4 engine sweetens the for 2013, and runs a longer than before in addition to a new head with dual that act independently of each and provide “extended service of 10,000 kilometers (6213 and even lower fuel says KTM.

The engine’s highlights aren’t all up top; the Duke runs an Power Torque Clutch slipper clutch for rear stability under deceleration, and now a throttle that’s intended to crisp throttle response. updates terminate at the Duke’s routed exhaust, which up near the tail of the bike and a surprisingly muted exhaust

The 2013 690 Duke will with selectable engine The softer of these two maps the ignition timing by one degree, the more aggressive map will the timing by one degree. Fueling is by either map.

The Duke’s is different only in regards to the WP fork and rear shock, replace the older Duke’s pieces and were likely to keep costs within That’s not to say that there other worthwhile updates for a new two-piece seat lowers the height by more than an plus the bike’s been with more aggressively body panels at the tank and a lens headlight that’s on the eyes than the outgoing projector-beam setup. The braking is still completed by a high-spec, mounted four-piston Brembo that bites on a 320mm although for 2013 that has been strengthened by way of a switchable ABS that weighs no more 2.2 pounds.

KTM confidently touts the new 690 Duke as the powerful single-cylinder motorcycle on the . and our test unit drove point home by producing horsepower at 7800 rpm and 46.7 of torque at 6400 rpm. perhaps more impressive is the bike weighs just 356 when full of fuel and with a fresh set of Michelin Power tires.

The first thing you notice you throw a leg over the 690 Duke is how more userfriendly its 32.9-inch-tall feels than the older perch. The rider triangle is as a whole, and there’s still of room between the footrests and seat to allow 6-foottall the opportunity to stretch their out. One thing we did notice the course of a few long rides, is that the contour of the seat how much you can move around in the

It doesn’t seem like a big at first, but after 50 miles in the you’ll be wishing for some Back at a standstill, you can’t but appreciate the bike’s nearly fit and finish.

The Duke’s on/off transition feels mildly but the ride-by-wire throttle feels calibrated through the rest of the pull and makes for easy runs. Getting slowed and launching off the line are equally as a task thanks mostly to the hydraulic clutch and brake which take just one or two to modulate and are surprisingly easy on forearms. Brake power the Brembo caliper is all you could ask for a bike that weighs a tick over 350 pounds.

We could go on and on about the Duke’s triumphs (this is one of those that’s more than the sum of its sweet parts), but in all honesty that LC4 engine that we like. The powerplant is a workhorse, plenty of power between rpm and 8000 rpm to keep you entertained no how tight or open the road.

an abundance of front-wheel-lofting torque low and plenty of rpm to carry triple-digit when your heart so yet you can cruise around at 4000 rpm and settles in around you quite Everything’s got a downfall of course, and in the case it’s vibrations, of which become apparent at 5000 rpm, or at about 70 mph in top The Duke was never intended to run stretches of freeway of course, and town those vibes add more than a bit of character to a that’s already full of

The 690 feels at home in the canyons to its low-end grunt, stable and low curb weight . The transmission faultless, so gear changes corners must be completed attention to detail, but in all other it’s a sweet ride, when you add some preload to the shock, which feels a bit for middle-sized riders. The front doesn’t have such an but feels surprisingly well and keeps composed through the of a corner.

KTM 690 Duke

Need more to argue that the 690 Duke is than ever? Consider our test bike ran something the Energizer Bunny and went, on 160 miles on just 3.0 gallons of The bike has got a 3.7-gallon tank so at 53 mpg you can expect to go just under 200 before having to fill up.

So is the Duke better than its Or more importantly, good to stick around in KTM’s We think so!


2013 KTM 690


Type: ** Liquid-cooled 4 valves/cyl.

**Displacement: ** 690cc

x …: ** 102 x 84.5mm

**Compression ** 12.6:1

KTM 690 Duke

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