1. Engine


Here are the important stats surrounding the LC4 engine powering the 690 Duke: 70 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque at the rear tire. From a Single. That’s seriously impressive power from the 690cc Thumper, and it helps the 345-pound bike launch with authority once the throttle is turned. Better still, the bike’s dual counterbalancers do a great job keeping vibes under control. For the techy geeks who want to nerd out on all the changes KTM made to the LC4, Evans’ first-ride review covers it in great detail. Considering KTM gave the new engine more power, and a broader spread of it compared to its LC4 predecessor, all while meeting the strict Euro 4 regulations deserves major kudos.