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KTM 690 Duke, test (video, evaluation and technical sheet)
KTM 690 Duke, test (video, evaluation and technical sheet)

When the KTM 690 Duke This year it was presented, I brought it to you with a very suggestive title: KTM 690 Duke, reinvented 18 years later. Has it been reinvented or is it still the same? Well, as we have been able to prove, little remains of that motorcycle with superimposed front optics and long suspension travel.

Once returned to the people of Motormanía, we moved away from it with the feeling that now it is much more civilized, much more effective on asphalt and it is focused for a greater number of users. Although deep down there are still reminiscences of that model that surprised everyone back in 1994 and that involved KTM's foray into the asphalt. Let's see it in motion:


Under the passenger seat we find a little hole but quite capable that it allows us to carry a disc lock, as long as we take out the tool bag that KTM offers as standard with this model. It is accessed very easily through the lock located on the right cover and its opening and closing is not complicated at all.

Regarding the average consumption obtained during the test, this has been 4.7 l / 100, really tuned considering the pace we put on the KTM 690 Duke during the days we use it. The tank capacity is 14 liters so the theoretical total autonomy we are going until almost 300 kilometers. In fact, during the test, I almost covered 250 kilometers before the reserve jumped.

KTM 690 Duke

If we talk about the quality general of the motorcycle, the KTM 690 Duke It is perfectly finished and finished, seeing that they maintain a high level in the fit of all plastics and in the placement and fastening of the cables. Something very important in a naked in which you cannot hide the pipes behind covers and more covers.

I do not want to fail to mention that although the change It is very precise, sometimes if you do not correctly accompany the palanta throughout its entire route, you may find some false deadlock between fifth and sixth. Anyone who has owned the most KTM with the LC4 engine will know what I am talking about as it is a common thing that I have noticed on various models over the years.

Finally, under the seat there is also a switch to choose from three power curves: the sport which was the one with which we circulated most of the kilometers, a intermediate in which the acceleration becomes more linear and a little less powerful although the maximum power hardly undergoes variation and finally the mode soft, softer and ideal for rain or people with little experience.

KTM 690 Duke

The sale price recommended from the KTM 690 Duke It is 7.389 €. To some it may seem expensive and to others it may not. To those who find it too much, it is probably because they are looking for a more versatile motorcycle. However, if you live in the north or from time to time you want to do rounds on small circuits and buzzards, you won't find anything more cash for that money.

With a little experience it is so highly effective that on the road is able to go faster than much more powerful motorcycles. The combination of its single-cylinder 70 hp and its low weight content of 150 kilos allows great maneuverability, excellent cornering and the possibility of rectifying in the middle of the line without breaking down.

KTM 690 Duke

I do not want to finish without commenting that, unfortunately, the stamp in the photo above will take a few weeks to have it again because three days ago, a nearby thermal has had a fuel leak and the beaches are full of fuel and closed. Something ironic if we take into account the care I took to carry out the photo session without altering anything in the nearby landscape.

KTM 690 Duke:

  • Motor:
    • Type: Water-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder gasoline engine
    • Displacement: 690 cm³ cm³
    • Power max. dec.: 68 hp
  • Transmission:
    • Clutch: APTC ™ Antihopping clutch in oil bath / hydraulically actuated
    • Change: 6 speeds
    • Transmission: Chain
  • Suspensions:
    • Front: WP Suspension 4357, 135mm travel
    • Rear: WP 4618 EM Suspension w / Pro-Lever articulation, 135mm travel
  • Brakes:
    • Front: 320mm disc with radially bolted four-piston caliper; brake disc with floating support
    • Rear: 240mm disc with single piston caliper, floating mount disc
  • Dimensions:
    • Wheelbase: 1,466 mm
    • Seat height: 835 mm
    • Fuel tank: 13.8 liters
    • Dry weight: 150 kg
  • Assessment:
    • Engine: 8, 5
    • Stability: 10
    • Suspensions: 9
    • Brakes: 8, 5
    • Aesthetics: 9
    • Finishes: 9
    • Rider comfort: 8, 5
    • Passenger comfort: 7
    • Average rating: 8, 68
    • In favor: effectiveness on twisting roads, single-cylinder power, suspensions, consumption
    • Against: vibrations, front brake in intensive use, passenger comfort
  • Price: 7.389 €

Note: The KTM 690 Duke It was loaned by Motormanía. Gasoline expenses have been borne by the publisher. For more information, consult our policy of relations with companies. For the video recording, a GoPro Hero2 provided by Preciojusto has been used.

Thanks to the security personnel of Perlora and the rescue teams of the Carranques and Huelgues beaches for allowing us to take the photos in their environment.

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