Motorcycle News - Urban Assault Machine: Fuller Moto’s KTM Duke 690
At only 330 lbs dry with compact proportions, and powered by a punchy single-cylinder motor that’s good for 70 hp and 69.8 Nm, it’s an ideal choice. And when Bryan found a brand new 2013 Duke at a good price at the local KTM dealer, he couldn’t resist.
“The test ride was impressive: power is incredibly strong but the clutch is so light you can practically use your pinky to actuate the clutch. Quite handy while trying to get to the shop with a coffee.”
Bryan wasn’t too nuts about the Duke 690’s hyper-modern styling though, so he did what he calls a ‘two day hot rod’ job on it.
Bryan’s a master hot rod and custom bike builder though, so the Duke 690 was never going to stay that way. Finally, he hauled it onto the bench for a proper Fuller Moto redesign.
The project had hardly started when it changed gears. “Tom Arbeiter stopped by for a visit,” explains Bryan. “His company Industrial Depot supplies shops like mine with all we need to do our jobs.”
It’s the svelte new metal bodywork that catches your eye first, but there’s an equally distinctive change out back. Bryan sourced a single-sided swing arm from a Ducati Monster S2R, and the rear wheel from a Ducati 1198.
Then Bryan got cracking on the new bodywork, by first playing around with it at his home garage. “I take some of our projects home to lay out how things will look during my free time, working around the family’s schedule,” he explains. “The Yamaha Big Wheel BW80 is one of my favorite rides and a big inspiration on this.”
Namesake (and Fuller Moto linchpin) Bryan Heidt then took over, finishing off the parts and making them work. That meant re-using parts like the OEM fuel pump, gauge and vent, so that the Duke 690 would ride as stock but look a whole lot better.
Tom naturally wanted the bike to promote Industrial Depot, so the Fuller Moto crew put their new Multi-Cam water jet machine to work—and cut out the front radiator guard with the company’s logo.
The side panels hide all the wiring, all of which is held in place with 10-24 ARP 12-point fasteners—standard practice at Fuller Moto. Up front is a LSL headlight, retrofitted with an upgraded projector and halo.
The final result is a 70 hp urban whip that now weighs less wet than it originally did dry—and looks a damn sight radder too.
Daisy Duke debuted this past spring at the 2018 Forged Invitational on Jekyll Island, Georgia—the event’s second running. She’s now back to Fuller Moto for a final shakedown and delivery.
“Only bad thing,” says Bryan, “is that once Tom has it, I’ve lost my ride! Maybe a new Duke 690?”
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July 26, 2018 at 12:05PM
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