Ride and hike with the inlaws

Took my wife for a ride finally.

She was a good passenger.

It got kind of cold again but it was a really nice ride.

We drove up to the snowline and then went for a hike up to a hut. I drove back later on my own and really started getting wheelies dialed. Never ridden a bike where it was so easy to do them.

I used to always wear an MX helmet back in London on my 125 but on this 690 it sucks, so much wind resistance over 100!


  1. Ma 5 years ago

    Lovely piccies of Henry with his grandparents…

  2. clara 5 years ago

    So cute – I mean Jule of course xxx

  3. Hans 5 years ago

    Does anyone know to which rider the suomy replica belong to? Servas, bitte schreib mir von welchem rennfahrer der replika helm Deiner frau ist. Danke im voraus und beste grüße aus dem Wienerwald

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    ptsp 5 years ago

    Hi Hans, yes it’s a Gobert replica from about 8 years ago. I had a friend who worked at Suomi years ago who i did a bit of design work for and she was kind enough to let me have a helmet.

  5. CH 5 years ago

    Hey Hans, its an Anthony Gobert replica helmet, when he was still racing in the USA…
    @ ptsp… well if you think wheelies on the single are easy then you must try the 990 SM-T!!! Wheely heaven!

    Great work getting the bike out!

  6. Zoran 5 years ago

    I used to ride the step brother of the 690 Duke – the 690 Supermoto aka the Ugly Duckling or Pinochio.

    Ever wondered how a Duke 690 would look infused with some Flat Track spirit taken from the last Sideburn issue?

    If a Flat Track Duke 690 is a far away dream, I suggest at least upgrading the exhaust pipe to an Akrapovic system complete with new EFI mapping.

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    ptsp 5 years ago

    Yea, a 690 flat tracker would be very nice. Has definitely been discussed but despite being wicked cool I think its more for the custom market than the mass market. On the roads here a supermoto is way more practical and fun than a tracker too.

    The Akrapovic system complete with new EFI mapping is pretty much the only mod I am looking to do on the duke, I just wish it wasn’t so dam expensive!

  8. Zoran 5 years ago

    I don`t expect factories like KTM to produce a custom flat track.

    I was thinking more as a personal project.
    Custom head light, modified fuel tank, spoked wheels.
    The 690 Duke looks like the perfect base to start such a project.

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    ptsp 5 years ago

    yea, it would be super cool. I guess the main challenge would be first of all getting the overall height down a bit somehow.

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