9. Wide bars


Maybe KTM has a surplus of MX bars lying around, or maybe the folks over there have heard me complain about bars being too narrow on a lot of naked bikes. Whatever the case may be, I’m glad the bars fitted to the 690 are nice and wide. This gives the rider leverage, making it easy (and fun!) to throw the Duke into corners. Just look at Evans in the photo above, lying the 690 down on his knee like it’s nothing. I bet the bars made it really easy for him. Hash marks are inscribed on the bar in case you feel the need to rotate it forward or backward within the triple clamp, but I was pretty happy with it in the stock position.