KTM 790 Duke

KTM’S 790 Duke has the legs for dis­tance

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THE FUNKY NA­TURE of the Scalpel’s peaky par­al­lel-twin en­gine char­ac­ter com­bined with its ag­ile chas­sis has gen­er­ally en­cour­aged me to em­ploy an en­thu­si­as­tic rid­ing style and less-than-sub­tle throt­tle tech­nique but the sporty road­ster has con­sis­tently hit over 50mpg. Back in the sum­mer, the KTM’S neck was wrung on track­days and even then, the bike achieved more than 35mpg.

So this month I thought I’d put a more eco­nomic rid­ing style into prac­tice and see what ef­fects it would have. How­ever, I didn’t want to change any­thing too dras­ti­cally and keep it rea­son­ably ‘real world’ so I did not use a rac­ing crouch, slip-stream lor­ries or coast along with the clutch in. What I did do is ac­cel­er­ate from stand­still pro­gres­sively yet

steadily and shift gears no higher than 6000rpm and, in na­tional speed limit zones, I kept the speedo be­tween 65 and 70mph. The re­sults were pretty im­pres­sive; my best was 202 miles on one tank, achiev­ing a gen­uine 70mpg (the 790’s com­puter claimed a more-op­ti­mistic 78.4mpg). So in the sce­nario of long-haul runs or trips with tour­ers, the KTM wouldn’t be hold­ing the oth­ers up with fuel stops. JIMMY DO­HERTY

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