KTM Duke 690 First Ride BikeThing

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KTM 690 Duke

KTM Duke 690 First Ride

first impressions come BikeThing community member who took a test ride on the KTM 690 after previously test the KTM Duke 200. These are all his opinions.

A couple of weeks I test rode the KTM Duke 200 of Jim Aim Motorcycles. Upon my return to the I said that while I the chassis and riding position, I the 200 was underpowered and geared badly. hearing this, the salesman a test ride on a restricted 690.

On a damp Saturday two weeks later, I was back at the

Before I get into the ride, go over some details the Duke I was riding:

The 690cc cylinder puts out 67bhp in standard form. However, as I before, the Duke I rode was to 33bhp by way of a downloaded fuel This means that is no awkward throttle stop, and no to remove the restriction.

The fuel map can only be downloaded a KTM dealership, and the salesman assured me they check the drivers before derestricting the bike. the 690 has three switchable engine adjusting the power delivery. I the Duke on the ‘Medium’ setting.

So, on to the

I decided to ride the 690 on the same that I took the Duke 200 on, so as to a fair comparison. These consist of town riding, lanes, and dual carriageways. I’m to say the 690 Duke excelled as an all rounder – on the dual carriageway!

Around the single cylinder is punchy; most of it’s torque 6,000 rpm. Coupled the upright seating position and bars, the 690 could be described as However, the Duke is let down by the very thing that it so fantastic: the single cylinder

It vibrates so much! The mirrors may as not be there, as the vibrations make anything impossible. Aftermarket bar end may help a little, but at the cost of all visability.

A small blight on is otherwise a great town

Heading into the countryside is the Duke gets better. in restricted form the engine fantastic, with overtakes effortless. The front wheel is to rise at the slightest movement of the hand. I often found grinning and whooping like a then looking at the easy to dash only to find doing under the speed

It inspires lunacy!

The Duke 690 behind.

The WP suspension was perfect for the all rider; soft on bumpy yet firm on smooth, fast The Brembo brakes had the stopping of a brick wall. Overall, bike just oozes

More on the easy to read you get a big rev counter and a small digital that gives only the information. It’s easy to at a glance, and sometimes that’s all you The 200 Duke in comparison had a hugely display, and while it looked at first there can be a thing too much information.

Before I get detail, I would like to out that the Duke is by no means for motorway and high speed Regardless, it performs well. never going to be as fast or as a big BMW or Yamaha, but it does a good There is a little lip above the which does a grand job of the worst of the wind off my chest, yet screens are also available.

Restricted the 690 has a top speed of around 85 but 70 is well within it’s leaving enough power for However, this still horrific vibrations through the I guarantee you’ll be tired only a few miles.

The Duke fun. It inspires silliness. It is the of three points. However, I was riding it I was constantly wondering how it be to actually live with.

The big cylinder produces incredible After I got off the bike, having for an hour and covered 37 miles, my and feet were numb. I use a for everything – so while its was great on roads, great in town and ok on as an all rounder, that engine is as big of a as a negative to me.

At a fiver under £6,800 the is well priced for it’s undercutting one of its main rivals, the Street Triple, by a good and Kawasaki’s new Z800 by a huge While the other two bikes more than the KTM’s neither can match the Duke’s 60 mpg.

All in all, the KTM Duke 690 is a bike to ride, no matter how you it. I do, howeverm question how long a would ride it for before for more cylinders.

If you want a bike purely as a toy, and where the 690 sits perfectly, I’d reccomend the Triumph Street over the KTM. The Triple is widely regarded as one of the best ever made and, in my the Street is one of the best looking on the market. If you need to do a longer the engine won’t make you like your legs fallen off.

All that being said, if you the KTM, know that it is a bike.

KTM 690 Duke specs:


Engine: 690cc cylinder 4 …

Power: (33 and 47bhp restrictor kits

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

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