2008 KTM Duke headlights
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2008 KTM 690 Duke

2008 KTM Duke headlights
New for 2008, the Duke is the highest-performance production single to hit the market, cranking 65 horsepower from its 327 pounds. -- Susan Carpenter (Don Kelsen/ Los Angeles Times)
2008 KTM 690 Duke side view
The Super Duke was born from KTM’s Adventure dual sport, but the Duke’s lineage is more off-road. It uses a similar chassis and is powered by the same LC4 motor as KTM’s 690 Enduro and 690 Supermoto bikes. -- Susan Carpenter (Don Kelsen/ Los Angeles Times)
2008 KTM Duke back view
In its new incarnation, the liquid-cooled LC4 is fuel injected (for better performance), counterbalanced (for less vibration) and more powerful (for reasons I don’t need to explain). -- Susan Carpenter (Don Kelsen/ Los Angeles Times)
2008 KTM Duke tires
When you’re riding the Duke, it’s clear the LC4 was developed for racing because it’s happiest when the grip is twisted. In lower gears at low and middle revs, the throttle was a little glitchy when I held it steady. -- Susan Carpenter (Don Kelsen/ Los Angeles Times)
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