KTM 690 Duke — Canada Moto Guide

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KTM 690 Duke

Costa takes the KTM for a leisurley ride and discovers a single lunger can be quite the

Words: Costa Mouzouris. Costa Mouzouris unless specified

A couple of friends and I a ride around town on a sunny and warm afternoon. We riding a trio of eccentrically motorcycles: our long-term Honda a Suzuki Gladius and a KTM 690 Duke.

the Buffalo had to take a good

Every time we stopped at a intersection, fingers pointed, gazed and heads nodded. Odd was that most of the gawking was at one machine: the Duke.

Its nakedly Transformer-esque styling simply the bulbous DN-01 and the swoopy

Fortunately, this Austrian into avant-garde moto-nakedness just a styling exercise; it damn well, too — especially taking into account only one piston propels it.


That single piston in the latest version of the LC4 engine, was introduced two years ago in the duckbilled 690 and has since been incorporated several other 690 models, changing KTM’s big-bore and dual-sport bikes for the better.

62–65 horsepower (depending on model it’s in), up about a dozen horsepower on the LC4 engine, and is the most powerful single made by anyone.

The new LC4 motor is a vast improvement.

But most significantly, the bone-jarring that plagued previous LC4 (as used in KTM’s 640 models) has quelled through the introduction of a

KTM also introduced fly-by-wire injection with the 690 single, actually displaces 654 cc, and like sportbikes these days, with three power Oddly, on the Duke these are selectable via a dial located a frame rail on the right-hand of the bike (though it’s a set-up than on the Enduro and SMC which require seat in order to access).

We’re not why KTM chose to do this as switching modes on the go is not an option. A simple mounted switch would to be the most logical option of

In standard mode, full is available up top but bottom-end power is softer than in the more mode, which offers all the all the time. The third mode output to about 45 horsepower and is to make wet-weather riding manageable.


Go on, be a …

Photo: KTM Canada

There’s power on tap in the two more aggressive modes to humble most supersport riders on winding and without trying to sound (go on Costa, let loose – Editor . that’s just what I did one spirited jaunt along the Route 327, which its way through the Laurentian mountains of Montreal.

I caught up to and, for a followed a race-leather-clad rider on a GSX-R750. He was riding smoothly and at a quick-ish pace and even off the machine in turns, but he was still me up a bit. So I bided my time the road opened up a bit where I him safely and pulled away.

sporty aspect of the Duke me by surprise a bit and I wasn’t expecting to at such a sporting pace, and had my house wearing jeans, a jacket and an open face

Maybe the finger was for blocking the

Now, I wouldn’t usually about kicking a pseudo-racer-boy’s wearing casual attire and what should have an outclassed machine, but then he have given me the finger he later rode past me I stopped to take some

Hmhh, maybe he didn’t of my riding gear …


At an adrenaline-inducing the Duke handled superbly. Its which includes a steel frame and a unique inside-out is very rigid and responded to steering input. The bike exactly where I wanted to go, and a couple of times gave a of a rider-induced front-end twitch.

shows its structure

This is the a bike with so few cylinders can to handling like a full-blown

I used mostly fourth (in the most aggressive power and just let the tach needle across its face between On tighter turns, I banged the down two gears and let the slipper and massive single front with its Brembo radial-mount, caliper do their thing, me into corners safely and

The upright seating position and handlebar were conducive to type of riding, allowing me to the bike effortlessly through but the bike is tall and my body to arc high above the pavement on transitions — it just felt a bit

For some reason KTM has yet to master the seat.

Firm suspension by WP) held the machine firmly a chosen line at speed; it was a bit too stiff for Quebec’s “fine” even when adjusted to its settings, and I often found catching …-air off sharp

Seat height, at 855 mm, is tall, and I got both feet flat on the The rider’s portion of the seat, has a rounded profile that and flattens at the rear, was much accommodating than the perch on the 690 and SMC models, but it still limited time to about 90 minutes my buns needed some out.

KTM’s accessory offers a gel seat for the Duke, in different heights, though it be nice if they just put the on as standard.

Underseat storage? Out of mate.

The seat lifts via a allowing access to the air filter, but no place to store anything there. Crafty individuals can the charcoal canister, which yet mandatory in Canada, therefore a small storage compartment in the that can hold tools, a of gloves or other small

But you didn’t get that from me.

The incited illicit behaviour in so I really had to exercise restraint. The riding position triggered an automatic leg-out reflex in and the “power-on-demand” engine, especially in the most aggressive power responded to ham-fisted throttle with instant wheelies in and second gears.


Slender and perfect for

The bike’s slender profile it to snake effortlessly through — and when I came to a stop at an the small gawking audience at the corner almost begged me to a YouTube-type stunt — well, at in my head; they were waving over a cab.

somewhat pliable I decided to the softest power mode in and ignored the bike’s constant At least that’s my story and I’m to it.

Overall gearing is very and taking off from a stop a fair amount of clutch taking some of the fun out of traffic-light I used only first to gears around town and got the bike into sixth speeds rose above 110 on the highway.

Clocks are simple.

one tooth on the countershaft would do bike wonders, but that also probably jeopardize driver’s license, as those first- and second-gear wheelies probably become as frequent in gear.

That tall however, combined with handlebar mounting and rubber inserts to provide a much highway ride than the LC4-motivated 690 Enduro and SMC models, are geared shorter and lack the bits.

Aside from being and slender, another benefit of a machine is agreeable fuel Even with a modestly throttle hand the Duke 4.6 L/100 km (61 mpg), which you could squeeze almost 300 km its 13.5-litre fuel tank.

me to your leader.

The gauge set is among all current 690 models, and it is with a prominent analogue and digital speedometer. Functions are to dual trip meters, a reserve trip meter, of day, and an engine temperature (it doesn’t display coolant A gear indicator would be a addition.

But be prepared: if the road is and tight, expect to peg the fun-factor often and to get the occasional finger a disgruntled sportbike rider.

KTM 690 Duke
KTM 690 Duke
KTM 690 Duke
KTM 690 Duke


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