The KTM 690 Duke R ABS Review for 2014 such a Mono elite single cylinder hard motorbike for sports roadsters.
The situation devoted a cult to the single cylinder and believed to be hard as iron in the lightweight sports roadster equipped with such an engine for its KTM. Actually, the Austrian brand continues unabated the development of its range Duke since 1994. Here is the test Bike-Station developments 2014 of the KTM 690 Duke R ABS.
KTM has invited us to a triathlon of its range LC4 690 tests. To this day as dense as a breakfast program ‘ Austrian: road test Duke 690 R ABS in the standard model, test the 690 SMC R ABS circuit and off-road testing of the 690 Enduro R ABS, excuse the little! It is 7:45, the briefing ended, and I began by the road test of the KTM 690 Duke R ABS vintage for year 2014.
KTM Duke Well-equipped kimono R
The 2014 Duke R and Duke are aligned side by side. Undoubtedly conceivable, these are indeed the same bikes but the Duke R 690 ABS throws even more with its rich equipment. Suspensions adjustable, hood passenger seat mounted on a specific seat, more advanced, tees fork cut in the mass, Akrapovic exhaust and air apparent, side protection filter box Stunt, 2 horses more: sure, the Duchess of Mattighofen is more sharp with her kimono R.
The time that everyone adjusts its equipment, I jump from the 690 standard version R, history to compare. The main difference is in the saddle height: 865 mm for Duke 690 R against 835 mm for the 690 Duke! In fact, medium sizes grieve more to put both feet flat on the R. The saddle is also less enveloping, inducement travel.
KTM Duke 690 Suspension and Brakes
Suspensions: WP in both cases are also firmer with 15 mm additional travel on the 690R. We appreciate the evolution of equipment with adjustable levers and a brake master cylinder before more efficient. This beautiful setting in the mouth is a little wasted at startup.
Akrapovic exhaust, although approved, brings nothing better. And if we hear the question with KTM technicians, they respond all at once: “it is approved, it is the most important.” Too bad that working with such a partner, it does not succeed in improving the sound. OK, let’s travel.
KTM 690 Duke A respectable Duchess on a daily basis
The 2014 series LC4 evolution is designed to standardize technical aspects. Motor, it is ride by wire and cylinder head with double ignition for all the world. In terms of the amendments, we appreciate the flexible super clutch control, and the instinctivity of all orders for the KTM 690 Duke 2014.
The lightness – 149.5 kg announced at sec – wasted no time invite the conduct and, thanks to a fairly short turning radius, there is little hesitation to sneak in traffic. The gearbox is precise, with a frank lock, even if it experiences milder selections in the market. Indeed, it is rather better into account in light of the particular instruction of the cylinder.
However, the last version of the LC4 engine is is still relaxed, and shows more round at midrange. But most importantly, this cylinder contains better its vibrations. Which show quite livable daily, especially if it puts into perspective the power of mono: 70 horses to 7 500 rpm! In fact, through Barcelona, is told that the new Duke R would be a feasible companion on a daily basis.
KTM Duke an effective ultra mono roadster on the road
The road-book requires a motorway link. Not the ideal in the absence of protection and with a little comfortable specific saddle. There again, the vibrations remain quite bearable. Generations of trails of average displacement have done much less well and it swallows a good 120 km/h cruising Highway without missing accreditation. Times, way bungee game when driving in Flock, reveal all the big 690 cm3 cylinder velocity.
But it is well on the small roads that the 690 Duke flourished. Really very agile, a little too deep limit in fast sequences, its weight pen and its sporty geometry allow conduct in improvisation. Light is right claim my English colleagues, and they are not wrong. And as often with KTM, one perceives well the famous ratio weight / power, which provides excellent performance on the road.
KTM 690 Duke R ABS sprang from turn to turn, at the discretion of the passages of quick reports on the most efficient RPM range. Be between 4 000 rpm and 8 000 rpm, single cylinder LC4 grudgingly not to confront its limiter.
Fundamental difference with the lot of the multi-cylinder roadsters, more powerful but also heavier, the Duke invites to a sports driving more by its lightness by its longer engine. But do not believe the mawkish LC4 690 cylinder! On a misunderstanding with the clutch control, it is capable of pointing the front wheel on the stars, even in second.
Ironing on the standard Duke, it captures the differences between the two versions. Better suspended, 690 R ABS better absorbs bad coatings and retains a significantly more accurate behavior if the rate increases or the coating deteriorates. Where the 690 Duke standard pump twisting of the back train, R remains riveted on its trajectory.
The braking is also much better: more powerful, it offers a finer feeling, to brake sometimes of the only index. So we understand the role of the sportier saddle, which invites to wiggle. The standard model frankly limited movements, but still comfortable on all types of courses.
KTM Duke Balance sheet: A mono elitist until the tariff
It is noticeable that the KTM 690 Duke R ABS 2014 is a weapon on the open road. Lightweight, precise, ultra agile and punchy, it leads to driving fast and offers a huge freedom of flight. Finally, the evolution of the LC4 has been profitable: more round, delivering acceptable vibration given his pedigree, he accepted much better use on a gas net.
Remains a price of US $14172, also elitist in the spirit of the common of the motorcycle that can be a cylinder of 70 horses in terms of versatility of use. And even if the Austrian firm again proves us his knowledge do with this successful improvement.
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