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KTM 690 Duke

KTM 690 Duke Motorcycle

There is something appealing revisiting your roots, when they welcome you open arms. Having motorcycling on four-… dirt and single- cylinder dual-sport I have a natural affinity for the pulse of a thumper.

For sport enthusiasts, big singles have in short supply. This has us to find happiness on twins, and fours, which step the breach with a high-revving In past years, KTM has kept us with its supermotard/supermoto-inspired Duke which debuted nearly 20 ago.

Lately, though, the has been AWOL from the market. Happily for riders me, those who appreciate a bike has plenty of low-rpm torque and a (and price) that is short of five figures, the 690 is back on our shores.

More recently, the Duke has into a pure sporting machine — a “Naked Bike” to KTM—with a trellis frame, lower road-going seating, suspension, and tire-hugging full fender. Additionally, the displacement is now a 690cc, for that extra that is advantageous on the pavement.

its noble title, the Duke off an immediately accessible vibe, one to climb aboard and get comfortable in the ergonomics.

It reminds me of my first sport bike — a slim wide bars, a seat 33 inches high, and peg positioning puts you in a stance that you feel like you are in total of the (claimed dry) 330-pound There is no intimidation factor just an open invitation to have fun, and that is the 690 Duke delivers.

The single-cylinder mid-sized … bike is a to ride in the canyons, perfectly for around town jaunts, and capable as a suburban com- Surprisingly, KTM doesn’t have to off competition from other for this slice of the market.

With plenty of torque the big thumper, the Duke moves off idle. The bottom ratios are so you won’t spend much in the lowest cogs, even riding through residential Low speed situations such as ing lot maneuvers are stress-free.

Vibration the single cylinder makes known above 5000 both in the bike’s appreciably able and supportive seat, and at the the former is just a footnote, but the means you won’t be keeping of much behind you as the mirrors at freeway speeds. At lower the rear- ward reflection is and KTM gets two thumbs up for the no-tools-necessary mounting.

One of the best things the deceptively casual 690 is the amount of it can create at lower speeds. The has the agility and torque to put a big smile on face without causing a gray hair, while exuding an indisputable cool

Although there are times town where the WP suspension a bit rough, it is dialed right for riding in the hills. The taut gives a good feel for the through the excellent Michelin Power rubber.

The Duke its line solidly in fast inspiring you to keep it leaned and on the When the asphalt tightens up, can be deftly executed as the featherweight is easy to throw around in and it does not have to rely on a wheelbase or steep fork to quickly change direction. the pegs feel low, ing clearance is sufficient.

The Duke compete with the multis in acceleration—the high-strung steeds leave the Austrian Duke in the they require a lot more The responsive thumper encourages you to the throttle of the 67 horsepower short-… and slingshot out of turns with its single cylinder profile as de facto traction control.

There is a rush of power 6000 rpm, so be sure to tap it.

The radially mounted Brembo on the single 320mm rotor a great job, mainly due to the lack of mass. At the same the ABS will kick in if I get too aggressive on the particularly the 240mm rear which will start to touch with the ground tugging hard on the brake I can also downshift with as the slipper clutch ensures traction.

Suffice to say, are a lot of ways to slow the Duke efficiently and predictably.

The Duke its way through the twisties at sane that retain an adrenaline that is out of line with how you are actually going. The chance of speeding tickets is reduced, and you additional reaction time if your find yourself in a situation.

In town, the Duke’s upright position affords a good point, and its slim physique navigating busy streets fun than effort. Rather focusing on shifting or staying you can give your full to the competing traffic. Pulling from a green light or sign, the temptation to loft the wheel is nearly irresistible.

I it.

KTM 690 Duke

If you are lucky enough to have a freeway running through an center, you’ll arrive and energized at your destination to the bracing blast coming the front of the unfaired bike; the is not for touring.

There is a certain magic that comes the singular heartbeat of a big thumper. KTM into the visceral appeal of a 102mm piston moving its way the bore, bursting with at every spark of the plug.

20 years into its development, the KTM 690 takes its place as a monarch, proudly over all road-going

Photography by Don Williams

Helmet: Vector-2 Loop

Eyewear: TAG Reflex

Jacket: Dainese G. Pelle Lady

Gloves Redgate Lady

Pants: Bros Aegis-K

Boots: Fusion Lei

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