KTM 690 DUKE
A STUNNING EXAMPLE KTM 690 DUKE WITH 9K MILES, COMES SERVICED AND MOT, LEO VINCE EXHAUST, FINANCE AVAILABLE SUBJECT TO APPLICATION, PLEASE CALL 01673 844913.....07717004614 Simply put the KTM 690 Duke is really impressive: in a dream garage you?d have one. The motor is versatile, smooth, user friendly and doesn?t mind revving. The lightness makes the 690 a doddle to ride, fun and enjoyable, perfect for darting up mountain roads or nipping between traffic in on a city commute. However it?s on the expensive side compared to the twin cylinder competition. Related: Best naked motorbikes The Duke 690 is toy-like, like a BMX with an engine. It will turn with very little effort and will drop to toe scraping angles of lean with ease. You don?t really need to hang off or manhandle it, simply look where you want to be and you?re there. This version of the KTM 690 Duke replaced the 2012-2015 bike of the same name. Ride quality & brakes Next up: Engine 4 out of 5 (4/5) At only 148.5kg it?s incredibly light, that?s near as dam it 30kg lighter than Yamaha?s featherweight MT-07 that?s 4 stone 10 in old money. As soon as you flick the Duke up from the side stand you instantly notice the lack of weight. This makes town work a doddle and means the Duke will turn on a dime. The Duke?s lightness also has a fun flips side; less weight means better handling and more fun. It will turn with very little effort and will drop to foot-peg scraping angles of lean with ease. You don?t really need to hang off or counter steer, simply look where you want to be and you?re there. The non adjustable WP suspension is impressive on out of the box, even on track. KTM 690 Duke Track Pack Included in the ?track pack? is MSR (motor slip regulation), which prevents the rear wheel locking up on heavy downshifts, by increasing the rpm of the motor respectively. Additionally there?s optional Supermoto braking; where the ABS only works on the front, the rear is down to the rider. It?s a shame you have to add the ?track pack? and it doesn?t come as standard as it makes a real difference. While it is only an extra £248, I believe rider modes and traction control should come as standard on a £7699 bike. Engine Next up: Reliability 5 out of 5 (5/5) They?ve reworked the old 690 motor, in fact very little of the old motor remains. The bore has increased 3mm but the stroke has been reduced accordingly, with displacement staying the same. The cylinder head has been significantly improved which has resulted in an increase in power, up 7% to 73bhp and torque has increased by 6% to 54.48ftlb. The new motor also revs higher by 1000rpm to 9000, peak power is actually at 8500rpm which is astonishing for a single, so is the smoothness and refinement. This engine is shared with the KTM 690 Enduro, 690 SMC & 690 Super Moto. Related: KTM's 690 engine in detail Reliability & build quality Next up: Value 4 out of 5 (4/5) KTM are the masters of single cylinder engine production, have won more Moto 3 races than any other manufacture and have already won 7 world titles when this review was first written in 2015. The quality of the engine is mighty impressive and so is the technology behind it. The WP doesn?t feel budget, the level of components used is high, but that is reflected in the price. Our KTM 690 Duke owners' reviews highlight some issues with reliability. A leaking rear shock (that you can't service yourself) is the most worrying, but corrosion is also reported.
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