Thursday, December 10, 2015

KTM Duke 690 2016: Multiple Pleasures

KTM Duke 690 2016

The rear shock discomfort but is very effective in sporty driving. KTM perseveres to offer a mid-displacement roadster powered by a single cylinder. Duke 690 2016 model is the fifth generation of Duke, she tumbles this year with a more powerful engine and an electronic top-flight. Competition is most often trust the twins and offer simple solutions for small roadsters accessible. KTM relies on technology choices as astonishing as convincing once underway.

It should not be relied upon, the changes are numerous in the bowels of the single-cylinder KTM 690 Duke. The only regret has finally braking that should be more teeth to taking orders. The single cylinder virtually no longer vibrates, but retains its characteristic sound despite its transition to the Euro 4 standard. The finish remains in good order. On the R version, the electronics comprise the pack track in series, and the ABS receives the "curve stability control" function. Duke 690 has no standard suspension tuning, but nevertheless performs well in sports driving without sacrificing comfort. Sport mode offers a sharper engine response without any irregularities, the dosage of the handle is always easy. All changes allow the mono taking 1000 rev / min and display more impressive power of 73 horses.

Competition is most often trust the twins and offer simple solutions for small roadsters accessible. KTM relies on technology choices as astonishing as convincing once underway. The tank holds 14 liters of gasoline. The KTM Duke 690 is setting using the buttons on the left handlebar and the new digital TFT color screen. It deserves to be placed a little less to the horizontal to less reflect the sun, but remains readable throughout despite the amount of information contained herein. With 148.5 kg, this lightweight Duke is a real treat on small mountain roads but also shows particularly docile in town.

Water cooling for the KTM Duke 690 R.
KTM perseveres and does well. From generation to generation, the 690 Duke gets better as to become the most versatile roadster category, at least probably capable of the greatest gap of use, the city humdrum piloting on a special mountain. Another batch of novelties is put on the account of electronics. The "ride-by-wire" allows KTM to propose several driving modes (Rain, road and sport), as on many roadsters larger displacement. KTM has revised riding position with wide handlebars and fairly low but adjustable footrest height. Added to this the new saddle much better suited to a roadster. It is refined on the back to provide the pilot with a less cramped seating and better mobility. This small KTM can do everything, including holding a great pace in the relief without using his driver.

KTM Duke 690 2016

Warranty and Price: - 2-year P / MO unlimited km - € 7,990
Technical sheet
Engine: 4T single cylinder, water-cooled, SOHC
Capacity: 690 cm3 =
Max power: 73 bhp at 8000 r / min
Torque: 6500 nm to rev / min
Operation: electric starter
Power: injection
Clutch :
Transmission: 6-speed
Setting: molybdenum steel trellis chromo
Front suspension. : Inverted fork Ø43, deb. 135 mm
Ar suspension. : Mono shock absorber, deb. 135 mm
Brake BC. : Ø 320 mm discs, 4 piston
Brake ar. : 240mm disc, 1 piston
Pneu BC. : 120x70-17; ar. : 160x60-17
Fuel tank: 14 liters
Length: mm
Seat height: 835 mm
Dry weight: 148.5 kg
Standard equipment
Ride by Wire
ABS
Digital TFT display
Akrapovic Exhaust (model R)
Pack Track Series (model R)
Folding passenger footrest
Passenger Handles
Aircraft-style fuel cap
Side stand
Options
Motor Slip Regulation
ABS Supermoto
Manufacturer / Distributor
KTM

KTM perseveres to offer a mid-displacement roadster powered by a single cylinder. Duke 690 2016 model is the fifth generation of Duke, she tumbles this year with a more powerful engine and an electronic top-flight. Competition is most often trust the twins and offer simple solutions for small roadsters accessible. KTM relies on technology choices as astonishing as convincing once underway.

KTM Duke 690 2016

It should not be relied upon, the changes are numerous in the bowels of the single-cylinder KTM Duke 690. His run is reduced and increased its bore to maintain this displacement of 690 cm3. The single overhead camshaft operates the four valves head with only three cams. The active central cam the two exhaust valves through a rocker in Y. The two lateral cams are in charge of the intake valves. The balancer on the crankshaft is reduced, but the big novelty, a first on a mono, is the addition of a second balancer in the high engine. The air intake is tranquilized with a small chamber which absorbs the variations of the incoming stream and butterflies move from 46 to 50 mm. All its developments allow the mono taking 1000 rev / min and display more impressive power of 73 horses.

A big mono resolutely high tech
Another batch of novelties is put on the account of electronics. The "ride-by-wire" allows KTM to propose several driving modes (Rain, road and sport), as on many roadsters larger displacement. The most amazing is the addition of MSR (Motor Slip Regulation), which allows downshifting safely block the rear wheel through a convenient and automatic adjustment of engine speed. This is an option that goes with the traction control in a Track Pack, which also concerns the ABS. This is standard, but not the Supermoto ABS which makes it possible to slide the bike, pushing its yield response. All this setting using the buttons on the left handlebar and the new digital TFT color screen. It deserves to be placed a little less to the horizontal to less reflect the sun, but remains readable throughout despite the amount of information contained herein. It changes color depending on the engine temperature, the speed reaches or switched mode.

KTM Duke 690 2016

Steering surprising sensations
The most surprising result of these new technical features. The single cylinder virtually no longer vibrates, but retains its characteristic sound despite its transition to the Euro 4 standard. Of course, do not drop under 3000 r / min, but beyond that, he took without flinching whatever the regime and more quickly above 6000 rev / min. It never lets up to the maximum power of 8000 rev / min. Probably more than the power and torque gains is its spontaneity and incredible lie that give bananas. Bluffing, that very player engine is accompanied by changes of ultra-fast, accurate reports (the rise and downhill) without moving the rear. Changing the frame at hunting obviously plays on the surprising stability that demonstrates this Duke. With this spirit, the only regret has finally braking that should be more teeth to taking orders. Sport mode offers a sharper engine response without any irregularities, the dosage of the handle is always easy.

The Duke 690 has no standard suspension tuning, but nevertheless performs well in sports driving without sacrificing comfort. On this point, KTM has revised riding position with wide handlebars and fairly low but adjustable footrest height. Added to this the new saddle much better suited to a roadster. It is refined on the back to provide the pilot with a less cramped seating and better mobility. The passenger loses a little but the Duke found himself all alone mainly ways. Whatever the look adopted, the pilot of this machine is still very easy and instinctive. With 148.5 kg, this lightweight Duke is a real treat on small mountain roads but also shows particularly docile in town. It can even accept the main roads without flinching. It's not his favorite environment, particularly because of the lack of protection, but this little KTM can do everything, including holding a great pace in the relief without using his driver.

KTM Duke 690 2016

The R gives much, much more
2 more horsepower provided by the approved silencers Akrapovic change nothing to the case. True over R version are elsewhere. The electronic package comprises the track in series, and the ABS receives the "curve stability control" function. The frame is orange but remains the same. What changes frankly, is the ergonomics of the bike with a higher seat than 3 cm, remote footrest and enhanced, and a slightly different handlebar hanger. Moving from one to the other does not fail to surprise, but is quick to A. sporty driving, have more downforce on the front is nice and adjustable suspensions are much more efficient, while Brembo braking M50 as much bite and endurance. This version is therefore an excellent choice for lovers of sports driving, but the bill is logically higher.

KTM perseveres and does well. From generation to generation, the 690 Duke gets better as to become the most versatile roadster category, at least probably capable of the greatest gap of use, the city humdrum piloting on a special mountain . Of course you can find her small defects, but its consistency is excellent with great and scabby engine, imperturbable chassis and incredibly easy handling. The new engine is a gem for those who want to have fun, with its unique architecture and so endearing that only KTM currently offers on the market. Too bad the big developments in electronics are optional on the standard 690 Duke (€ 7,990) in the Track Pack to € 299: traction control, ABS supermoto, MSR and control modes. R lacks nothing, but is also much more expensive with € 10,500. In the final, this new generation is progressing well, especially on the ergonomics of the seat which lost nothing in comfort, while providing a real gain in terms of driving pleasure.

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