Droog Moto Gives the KTM 690 a Scramble
Austrian bike firm KTM makes some of the world's best off-road motorcycles, a distinction they've become famous for over the years. They also happen to make a few sizzling street bikes as well, including what we have here—the single-cylinder 690 Duke. But this isn’t your standard Duke anymore. This—you could say—is a hybrid of those two family lines, a scrambler, and the most recent project of bike builder Max Droog of Droog Moto Concepts. With two new KTM 690 Dukes as a base, Droog set about undressing the lauded sport bikes and imbuing them with some of the brand’s off-road pedigree. So what do you think? Pretty tasty, no? RELATED: Meet Droog Moto's Honda CM400 "Strambler"
While you can still see a lot of Duke DNA within Droog’s custom scramblers, it’s the details that really set these apart. Droog’s first big change on both bikes included swapping the standard gas tank for a pair of Honda ATC three-wheeler tanks. Oh yes.
The not-so-easy part came afterward, integrating the KTM’s factory fuel system into the new tank. Now however, it fits. And to make sure nothing bumps into it or the KTM’s torquey engine underneath, Droog has outfitted the bikes with a pair of skid plates and sump guards. Pretty crucial for trail riding.
Up at the front, the KTMs boast a revised fascia with new five and a half inch headlights, shortened and adapted vintage Honda front fenders, plus ProTaper handlebars, Biltwell Thruster grips, and TrailTech Endurance gauges.
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Heading rearward, Droog kept the motorcycle’s subframe stock but added a pretty neat air box overhead, which integrates with a custom elongated seat for a bit of a retro-mod look. A set of sleek Kineo spoke wheels really give the bikes that extra attitude, and they come wrapped in some knobby Continental TKC80 tires.
All in all, the custom bikes draw plenty of attention and truly shine where the rubber leaves the road, though Droog says he is a bit sad to see them go.
“They're so much fun to ride; torquey, fast, and nimble,” says Droog. “Everything you could want in a modern bike with a rad look, and definitely my favorite builds so far. And the best part… theres two!”
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