Sure, the Duke is a naked bike and hardcore naked enthusiasts would argue that it is anathema to the spirit of the naked bike to have any wind protection. I disagree, and believe that naked bikes can be designed to offer better wind protection whilst remaining true to the styling concept. The naked bike, is however most at home on city streets or twisty back roads and was never intended to be a GT. For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have a Duke and an SMT and who want to do a bit of occasional touring, an aftermarket windscreen becomes something to think about.
There are a number of approaches that can be taken.
First, there is the KTM Duke 4 ‘Touring’ windshield.
As you can see this is a ‘bikini’ type screen which will give very limited additional protection.
A second option is fitting a KTM PowerParts screen intended for SMC/Enduro models – see http://www.motor-forum.nl/forum/list_messages/333890/last at page 73 for details.
A third option is fitting a KTM PowerParts 990 SMR screen – I don’t have details of this option other than this photo:
It looks as if this would give some real additional protection especially if mounted a little higher, which appears to be possible.
Finally, there is a screen from Spanish manufacturer Puig:
The Puig screen also looks as if it would offer good protection and disrupts the original styling the least, in my opinion.
I fitted a PowerParts Touring screen to my 690E and couldn’t discern any material difference in wind protection with the screen fitted. On the other hand, switching from a Dual Sport helmet to a Road helmet and swopping an enduro style jacket for a better fitting road jacket, has resulted in a more comfortable ride at greater-than city speed limit riding.
I would be interested to have comments from anyone who has tried any of these options or has used a screen nor mentioned here.
If I ever do decide to fit a screen, and irrespective of whichever screen I eventually settle on, I think I’ll order a spare headlight mask at the same time so that that beautiful nose can be restored after the long ride.
last updated: 11 March 2013