5. Chassis/Weight


With a mantra like “Ready to Race,” it’s obvious KTM’s brand focus is on building capable, athletic, and sporty motorcycles. The 690 Duke is no exception. Its chassis and relatively cheap suspension components work well to instill confidence in its rider on a winding road. That combined with its 345-pound wet weight make it an absolute weapon around any tight track or stretch of tarmac. A competent rider aboard one of these could easily keep up, or even embarrass, a lesser rider on a liter-class sportbike on a tight stretch of road.