KTM 690 Duke Review and Test Drive with Motorcycle Mojo

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KTM 690 Duke

KTM 690 Duke

While this can tempt your inner to emerge, it can also deliver an ride without misbehaving

by Costa Mouzouris

Photos by Langevin and Costa Mouzouris

motorcycles are like that kid who used to live down the who always egged you on to do mischievous You know, the wild child mom always told you to stay from; the one who always got into at school, maybe sometimes the law. And yet, you couldn’t be because there was a certain and understanding between the two of you.

The KTM 690 Duke ($9,999) is exactly bike, well, except for the scruffy part. From the moment you let the clutch out and roll on the you can almost hear that in your ear coaxing you: on, do it. no one is looking. I won’t tell.” The to wheelie the bike or dart cars in traffic is almost too big to

But age brings wisdom, at least for the part, and unlike my younger, self, I didn’t pay heed to the persuasive ways.

KTM refreshed the 690 in 2012, and it received a few significant Europeans enjoyed the bike year, but it only came to this year. A reshaped tank, seat, tail and front fender give it a less spaceship-like, angular

It also got a much shorter nacelle, and the tail end no longer in a point. This results in a streamlined profile and makes the look smaller, even the wheelbase is unchanged at 1450 mm in.). The seat has been and (thankfully) widened, and it also 20 mm closer to the ground at 835 mm (32.9

The exhaust has also been and now comprises two main chambers, a converter and muffler located the bike, and a resonator that’s in the more traditional location on the side, adjacent to the swingarm. The itself is a carryover item the previous Duke, a very inverted design, with all of its ribbing on the outside.

Bear in that the bike’s last in 2008, was a major one. The then received an all-new, 690 cc, engine, and with it came a KTM’s previous single this vibration-reducing device, and it was painful to ride any of the company’s equipped with that

Canadians had to suffer the bone-shattering for another year before KTM to import the revised Duke.

major change that was the addition of ride-by-wire throttle KTM’s first application of the This allowed engineers to three different throttle (soft, standard and advanced), different power delivery and peak power outputs to varying conditions.

All of these features are retained on the latest though revised engine has smoothed the somewhat choppy response in the most aggressive of throttle settings, and an additional horsepower has been added, the maximum output to 67 hp. Now, that number for a minute.

Sixty-seven horsepower is very for a single-cylinder engine; it is about as as Suzuki’s SV650 V-twin and just eight horsepower shy of the 800 cc powering BMW’s latest It also produces 51.6 of peak torque at 5500 It’s that bountiful and the Duke’s ultra-nimble handling makes you feel like

The first thing you notice slinging a leg over the Duke is its dimensions and compact seating A wide, tapered aluminum is just a short reach, and the seat provides a surprisingly relationship to the footpegs. The new seat is deeply scalloped and it holds you in one more forward than on the Duke.

The seat provides better than before, and although still rather firm, you can several pain-free hours in the

Clutch pull is surprisingly but tall gearing means got to slip it a bit to launch the bike a stop. That tall also means I used first to third gears town, and only got the bike sixth when speeds above 110 km/h on the highway. into top gear below speed causes the bike to

Some buzzing vibration through the foot pegs and at highway speeds and blurs the The vibration is not insufferable, as it was on the older, engine, but it’s more I remember experiencing on my 2008 690 which had the same engine…(read

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