2013 KTM Duke 690 Review RideApart

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2013 KTM Duke 690 Review

isn’t always better. only a single-cylinder and weighing 337 lbs, this little from Austria falls the specs of most modern bikes. But that’s also makes it more fun to ride in street conditions.

Find out why in 2013 KTM Duke 690 review.


Think of the Duke as a fun street that learns its lessons KTM’s off-road history. The motor is very slim and light, while the spaced-out deliver power to the rear with an even beat helps the tire find Little here is frivolous, just a basic steel frame, high quality and a set of flat bars.

2013 KTM Duke 690

For 2013, the been comprehensively updated, to improve performance while to keep it compliant with emissions standards. The re-worked dual spark plugs and throttle improve fuel by a claimed 10 percent and, service intervals increase to miles — unheard of for a single.

this Duke is actually a bit shorter — the wheelbase shrinks 57.7 to 57.4 inches and the height is decreased from to 32.7 inches — it’s a little heavier. Blame the for increasing weight from 330 to 337

Other additions to what KTM is a “90 percent new” model standard ABS, altered heads and new suspension which, as most KTMs, is made by WP.

KTM 690

The Ride

As some of you may already MLB Angels pitcher CJ Wilson is a of RideApart. What you may not know is the avid motorsports enthusiast owns a number of car and motorcycle He was kind enough to provide the 690 for this review.

CJ and I spent a day riding and shooting the you see here. He then let me ride the for a week while he flew to to test his new McLaren P1 on the Top Gear Track. Call that one Karma for hooking up the bike for

KTM 690 Duke

CJ lives in the Southern California town of Laguna Beach, an full of beautiful hills and pavement. The road to the lookout “Top Of The World,” has three curves. While it’s only a two-lane road, as wide as four.

The Duke’s incredibly fast made the tight transitions those turns effortless. I realize how much so until I on an S 1000 RR and was forced to work harder for the same pace on the road.

The 2013 KTM Duke 690

The goes for lane splitting congested traffic, where the simply feels invincible. Not is it slim and light, with an seat position, but the ABS brakes are incredibly confidence inspiring. when one of the throngs of expense Assault Vehicles cuts you

The Duke’s motor produces 69 bhp at 7,500 rpm, but making 52 of torque at 5,500 rpm. torquier than a 600, both peak power and arriving much, much That makes firing it gaps in traffic easy and

2013 KTM Duke 690 gauge

the week that I spent on the I used it like I would any bike. Trips from Beach to LA on the highway to visit my or RideApart’s Wes Siler (who the same person, believe it or trips around town and the SoCal canyons. Getting on the became an event I looked to all day, a feeling that was rivaled by my desire to get off of it.

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