First Ride: 2012 KTM Duke 690 review — Road Tests: First Rides — Visordown

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KTM 690 Duke

First Ride: 2012 KTM 690 review

Engine weighs 41kgs wet

I am part of a small of bikers that likes … singles. I like the way you can lay the down hard and early in a with superb feel for the back tyre is doing. Or importantly, about to do. I like the involvement between every … and the throttle cable.

I the noise they make.

I am a bit simple. I must be as it’s the simplicity that I admire the

In the past, single ownership come without its pains. is an obvious headache. Within memory, two singles (a Spondon racer and a Bimota Supermono) set fire to themselves because of fractures.

Luckily I had a full at the time.

For the single-owner, vibration is a of not only the human circulatory (… hands), but brittle non-nyloc fasteners and any chance of vision in wing mirrors.

there’s chain life. inter-balanced firing intervals other cylinders the bang-bang-bang delivery stretches a chain’s loosens rollers and hooks teeth in the blink of a double-vision-eye.

To make a single fast and is even harder. To make it yet quiet enough to pass 5, is nigh on impossible. I know, I three race seasons trying to beat the ACU noise

It’s for the above reasons the new KTM Duke 690 amazes me. What done to this latest LC4 is incredible. If 72bhp and 70Nm of wasn’t amazing enough just one 690cc cylinder, its puppy-dog manners and 10,000km intervals seal the deal.

is a single that thinks its a A single that, all of a sudden, have to be just for the people who a single to be a bit … in many of its performance range. A 72bhp that doesn’t shake to bits at any point in it’s rev range. A high performance that doesn’t spit back-fire, fart or sneeze in the area of its camshaft profiles and timing.

A single that falter under full loadings from tickover. In a gear.

Manners aside, engine is the most powerful single ever offered. enough to win races yet friendly for a learner to ride.

Swing a leg over the 690 Duke (as we did in the day before yesterday) and several immediately strike you. really, really light and narrow. It’s comfy. You sit in it on a soft seat that’s at the back and narrow at the front.

The to the bars is short.

If you’re to boss a bike the above are credentials.

Fire the 690 up on the ‘leccy and it quickly settles to a gentle The balance shaft cleary It’s really quiet, That under-engine silencer Duke Box?) does a job. Throttle response is the engine responding quickly and dropping fast, as you’d from a high compression and minimal flywheel weight.

The note may be quiet but the induction and eager throttle response their own angry music.

the whole engine and exhaust play a bit part in the 690’s performance scope but there are two key that add to its civility and its tractability, the fly-by-wire throttle and separately twin plugs.

The throttle a big part. Ask the wrong thing of the grip and it won’t let you. it’ll give you what’s for it and, quite possibly, best for you.

This electronic compensation is one of switchable maps (the is under the pillion seat), of it as the nose-wiping mode. At the opposite end of the is the bail-out option. This is for the know-it-all and, in between, is a compromise for Liberal Democrats.

was no time to try all the map settings and, to be the nose wiping setting was so I didn’t feel the need to

Two spark plugs — one than the other — can do what the Keihin ECU and sensors it. Independently of each other, as This way the engine management can retard and advance either depending on load, revs and position.

Think of it as precise management.

It only takes you the fifty metres to feel the of this technology. Weighing 160kg fully fuelled and out 72bhp, it’s very lively. That’s a foregone The initial surprise is just how civilized it is, pulling cleanly and from tickover in every

Even full throttle in a gear doesn’t faze it at

KTM 690 Duke

You can, however, make it like a single of old by using too gear where it’ll snatch at the chain like trying to kill it, but you have to be savagely stupid or utterly to do it accidentally.

So we blatted round a few slippery roundabouts for three or miles. Nobody in our group off, which was telling. we hit the Spanish motorways where we for twenty minutes at what might have described as bright turn of speed’ in the days. Even at three cruising, the 690 doesn’t fill rattlings out.

I could see behind me in the mirrors. Well, one of It’s even, dare I say it, at these speeds and felt it could have done it all

But you don’t buy a bike like to batter the motorways do you? So we off into the mountains. It was a good

How you ride a road you don’t is very different from something familiar. Being to use one gear for wide stretches is useful, so too is good on-off-throttle and behaviour. Light weight is a too.

It lets you chuck and change, and heft without popping a

We had the perfect tool for a slippery, mountain pass with radius, blind turns and bigger than Jordan’s. And pine cones the size of head.

Brake deep a tightening corner and the Duke sit up or try to run wide. Crack the gas on early and enough to get the back tyre and the tyre talks to you (quite about its problems. It doesn’t quickly, in fact it can actually be hard to make rapid changes at high speeds, but it is to dominate because of the riding and low centre of gravity.

High stability is impressive. Even in a tuck with nothing available on the rev counter (201kmh) the is stable — even you try to provoke a wobble or a shimmy by the bars. A 1466mm wheelbase longer than any superbike on the — may be the reason for this high speed stability.

In all, we had blast in the Andalucian The one ride I had on my own (not in a group) was one of rides you never forget. though I was hanging it out at times, I had one heart-in-mouth moment.

The Duke does flatter your and it’s fast enough to a real buzz.

But it’s the that a learner could hop on KTM 690 Duke and find it as easy to as a CB500 Honda that me.

How the hell did they manage

UK Price: £6,595 inc VAT and ABS

KTM 690 Duke
KTM 690 Duke
KTM 690 Duke


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