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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > 353 - June 2019 > MARK STAFFORD’S KTM 690 DUKE

MARK STAFFORD’S KTM 690 DUKE

Here at Fast Bikes, we love a 690 Duke. Fun, agile and utterly mental. But look at how Mark Staford has taken his one step further…
WORDS: CARLOS, IMAGES: CHAPLIN

Before the KTM Ihad awhole rangeofbikes, from a Ducati Monster to aGSX-R750, but surprisingly, this is thebestbike I’ve ever had. Ihad the Suzukibefore thisand it wasjust a bit muchonthe road if Iwanted to keep me licence, and when Isaw this Ijustcouldn’t resist. Iwas really lucky actually, as I managed to pick this up as an ex-demo from a KTM dealership in Brighton.Itwas bog standard, and since I’ve gotit I’vebeen tearing it up andputting newbits on. Istarted withthe decat and exhaustalongside the airbox and airfilter forthat bit more power, andthen went alongtothe other bits likethe shifter, sprockets andbits likethat.Thisisall because I’m going to do ahillclimb or twowith it this year, and Ithink it will be the perfect toolfor thejob. The next bits on the shoppinglistare some SAMCO hoses and some HELbraided brakelines, but other than thatitshould be goodtogo. Forabikethat I can go to work on or have aproper B-road blast, Ireallydon’t think theycomemuchbetter.Tobehonest though, if Iwas to get another bike, itwouldhave to be a Superduke-ifthe wife would let me, that is

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