KTM 690 Duke - Touring / Distance

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  1. DodgeXF

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking at doing some distance this summer, Corona depending!
    Has anyone done some distance on the 690 Duke? And any recommendations?

    But the plan is to ride to Vienna from Manchester for work instead of flying (daft I know!)
    1200 miles without getting lost!
    Looking at reducing vibes as they are a little uncomfortable too...
    I did a distance test today to see how it went, full tank, and 186 miles until the light came on, so quite impressed with that!

    So far mines kitted with the :
    -KTM powerparts seat
    -Plate on the back with the small box (though would rather shove a topbox/bag on there..)
    -Handguards
    -Did have a givi screen but causing a lot of buffeting so going to check out a stubby one

    Upcoming mods:
    -Heated grips
    -Sat-nav / device charging
    -Better helmet
    -Tank bag & soft panniers

    Another option is also just part-exing the Duke for a 990 Adventure, but love the nimbleness/looks of the Duke!

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  2. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Take a spare fuel pump assembly and full set of filters, hopefully you wont need them, change all the fuel filters regularly,

    Theres plenty of lads useing the 690 enduro as a dual sport light weight adventure, with great success
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  3. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Hows the power parts seat, all day comfort?
    Any numb bum
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  4. DodgeXF

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    Yeah, I've read a lot about the fuel pumps going on the enduros, didn't know if it was more specific to that bike

    It's been on the cards, but I like the sport handling of the Supermoto/duke.
    Ideal world would be, buy enduro, convert to supermoto wheels, add safari tanks =D

    Can't compare to standard, as not had one, but 100 miles today in one hit, and butt was fine haha, though difficult not to ride slouched as that was worse on my back
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  5. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    I think that pump is fairly generic across ktms bikes...its in my husky too..


    It's really simple to service and maintain and replace, 30 min job,






    worth doing the filters annually for peace of mind, if it fails you are stranded, they have been quoted on this forum as both going for years and failing after 1500 miles


    I know it's not a duke but the pump and
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  6. DodgeXF

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    Cheers! Will get sourcing a pump!
    And the filters etc

    It will be in for a service before the trip anyway

    Looking forward to free travel again to get some more miles on it for testing =D
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    Sheepskin seat cover.
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  8. DodgeXF

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    Sweet, you got one?

    My ass isnt too bad on the ktm ergo seat, but will look into the cost of one =]
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    Yes, not on a Duke. On an older Ducati Multistrada. This one is from Alaska Leather. Improved comfort for me significantly, comes on and off in a second.
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  10. jonpard

    jonpard Been here awhile

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    I would think it would get wet, and not only make your pants wet, but would smell like your riding a wet dog. No?
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  11. SRG

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    Well, yes it would, if it got wet. Which mine dosen't - comes on and off in a second.

    Pro tip - remove sheepskin cover before it gets wet.
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  12. DodgeXF

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    Haha cheers for the heads up, my ass isnt too bad, its mainly the peg/bar vibrations which are killing me.
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