KTM Duke 690 Ash On Bikes

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KTM 125 Duke

KTM Duke 690

Nasty things, bikes. Reluctant to rev, not power, unreliable idling, vibration and all this stuff lugging them at low revs, you can’t when they’re to grenade the transmission.

They on dirt bikes because help improve traction, and light they’re easy to up when you drop them. Er. and it. Then BMW’s G650GS along and showed that it have to be that way. pretty light but doesn’t revs, it’s smooth when you drop the revs down, and thanks to a single’s efficiency, it uses hardly any

There’s reasonable power enough to make it a considered as a budget all-rounder.

And so it is with the Duke 690, the second bike which needs no in more generously cylindered while making a slightly case for the one pot motor. It’s thoroughly revised for 2012, to the where KTM says more 90 per cent of its components have modified or renewed entirely, all the aim of retaining its fun and raw edge while it easier and more comfortable to

The cylinder head is the main change, now featuring a pair of plugs each with its own map, combined with a ride-by-wire throttle system. are other changes to the exhaust and systems, service intervals are now at miles (10,000km) and fuel is claimed to be improved by 10 per cent. It was good before — a boasts lower internal than other engines so it’s the most economical

The chassis gets more suspension, KTM’s excellent of the Bosch 9th generation ABS system, made its debut on the KTM 990 SM-T a Brembo radial front calliper and widely adjustable WP suspension, while the seat is plush and 1.2in (30mm) than before.

The key though is how the engine overcomes the single-cylinder limitations. For a start, it a serious amount of power, (70PS, 51.5kW) at 7,500rpm and a good spread of torque yet the bikes weighs only (149.5kg), an instant recipe for handling and punchy performance.

you don’t have to compromise too to make use of this output. 3,000rpm upwards the engine is and eager, catapulting you past without having to worry the too much, and the bike cruises motorways with a surprisingly lope, accompanied by a pleasing from the exhaust. It’s too, the vibration effectively by the counterbalance system.

It’s still not quite at lower revs though. the G650GS can be chugged down to and trickled around town the KTM starts to shudder through its and become jerky when rolling along at low speed, in moving traffic for example.

not obstructively unpleasant but it doesn’t the best in class in this although a the heavier flywheel might cure this give the engine a duller and that would spoil the of the bike. The GS is the sensible older where the KTM, despite civilised for 2012, is still the and edgy one you’d want a fun out with.

The economy still however. You have to work the hard to drop it below (17.7km/l, 5.65l/100km, 42mpg while a decent motorway is still rewarded with than 60mpg (21.2km/l, 50mpg US), and general riding, in town use included, still you achieving the high 50s to the

It’s very close to the BMW in this respect, possibly as good except that the KTM is a exciting machine and the urge is to open the throttle and brake more than you need to. not a failing is it?

It’s a very machine, to the point where (1.91m) me felt a little on it, but it really is a delight to chuck tight corners and flick to side on sinuous country The suspension can feel too soft at and although the adjusters do their when set up more tautly the becomes harsh, but KTM has certainly its aim of enhancing the all-round appeal diluting the core wild to any great extent.

You could even go touring on the if you don’t mind the lack of protection, it’s comfortable and the 3.1 gallon (14l, 3.7 gallons US) is good for 180 miles (290km) or What a shame though no fuel gauge, just a light when the level’s

KTM 125 Duke

Great fun then and a fine all bike, but at the price there are of twins with stronger They all weigh more, but you get horsepower too — the Triumph Triple is a prime example, £300 more, just as fun and more versatile with it. Or a Gladius will save you and you’ll hardly suffer for

Model tested: KTM Duke 690

Price: £6,595

Available: now

single cylinder, liquid dohc 4v, 690cc

Power: (70PS, 51.5kW) @ 7,500rpm

52lb.ft (7.2kgm, 70.5Nm) @

Economy: 58mpg (20.5km/l, 48mpg US) test average

KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
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