KTM Duke 690 (2007 - 2011)

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£6195
Available from
2007 to 2011

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Overall Review

A niche bike that has no real competition. Unless all of your riding is commuting the 690 Duke would make a better second bike than an only bike. On the other hand, an expert rider can extract fierce acceleration and incredibly nimble handling in the city or on a tight mountain road. Do not purchase unless you want to be looked at.

Strengths

Power to weight ration of 1 to 5 yields a very responsive bike. Unbeatable up to around 50 mph, at which point conventional motorcycles clear their throat and clear off. Tires are race-spec, suspension is WP. The bike reflects qualify components and design at all levels. Gerald Kiska's styling belongs in a museum, the best example of folded-edge and floating panels. For reasons of noise restriction the bike comes geared a bit too high. This is easily rectified with a KTM stealth rear sprocket of 42 teeth. Embarrass sport bikes in the mountains.

Weaknesses

No weather protection, too light for really high speed work. Short wheelbase will never yield touring bike comfort. Tires wear out very quickly. The engine doesn't like to pull below 3,000 rpm. Wherever you park it, a crowd gathers. Women like it. Young boys who play with transformers like it. Harley riders hate it.

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Submitted by Danny_Two (not verified) on Wed, 14/07/2010 - 14:36

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A great B road bike for a sunny days hooning, but to be honest it doesn't do anything much better than any other similar powered road bike. It will suffer on the open road though and motorways should be avoided. To precious to be a commuter, too slow for distance. A winner in the looks department, mediocre everywhere else.

Strengths

Looks great, will attract attention everywhere you go, superb build quality and a super lightweight tight chasis.

Weaknesses

Harsh seat and very upright riding position can become uncomfortable fairly quicky, and the snatchy fuel injection can add to your discomfort. Feels a bit underpowered as its strangled by the eco minded fuel injection. Early models have suffered from intermitent stalling. After market exhausts are hard to set up and expensive. Stock exhaust too quiet.

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Overall...a great little bike! My 2008 R1 was stolen and my no claims not protected. I wanted another bike but didn't want to pay excessive insurance costs, and I didn't want a high revving, 600 supersport thrashing machine. I wanted something different. The 690 Duke fit the bill perfectly - £180pa insurance with no yrs no claims, and seriously cool looks! I bought the bike with an Acroprovic already on...and it sounds awesome! After 3000rpm it grunts nicely up to 75/80 before the wind wants to shunt u off! It is by no means a ferociously quick bike like I'm used to riding, but something, some hidden x factor makes me grin every time I ride the bike! It is FUN! The brakes, the handling, the cornering speed is incredible! Around the twisties I kick 3 friends in to touch on their supersport 600's - the bikeis that good! The bike turns heads everywhere like no other bike I've had. I feel it is one seriously underrated bike! I bought it intending to get my no claims back so I could get back to a 1000cc. Now...I just can't part with it! Too much fun! Next week it's going in for the Evo 2 upgrade to get another 10BHP. I'm also getting the R&G tail tidy, crash bobbins and the touring windshield! Lastly I'm hoping to get a quick shifter. I'm holding on to the Duke for a while, having too much fun. The more you ride it and get to know it, the more fun you have which is not immediately obvious on a test ride!

Strengths

+3000 rpm grunt, fuel economy, sound, riding position, looks, handling, quality components!

Weaknesses

75mph plus riding, build quality in some areas, Below 3000rpm riding and excessive vibration!!!

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Submitted by User 60883 on Tue, 01/10/2013 - 12:23

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I bought this to replace my 640 supermoto and in some ways I wish I colud have kept it as the engine on the 690 is not as raw and edgey as the 640 but the 690 is more street oriontated than the 640 supermoto so it steers a lot sharper and is more stable in the corners but still shakes its head when you hit a rough patch of tarmac The seat is a bit hard but I need to look for fuel at about 120 miles so its not too bad but your having so much fun you don't care Not sure if its an all round bike as very long distances are a bit of a pain but its a fantastic commuter Just go and buy one

Strengths

Light weight chassis, sweet steering, great brakes,stunning looks and 66mpg

Weaknesses

Hard seat and no wind protection (who cares)

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