But then I rode the new 2016 KTM 690 Duke. Now, that there is a real thing. The new cylinder head, additional counter-balancer shaft, and more oversquare cylinder design dramatically reduce vibrations, increase horsepower by seven percent (to 73 hp), increase torque six percent (to 55 lb.-ft.), and give you 1,000 rpm more to play in. The Duke, while still noticeably a single, is almost shockingly free of vibrations and even the power gains are noticeable. I'm terrible at wheelies, but this thing made them a dream.