I have been having a starting issue with a new 2018 Duke 690 since the first week of ownership. The dealership and KTM customer service have been unable to sort it out after 6 months, in which time, I have towed it down to the dealership several times. I have little choice at this point but to try and sort it out myself. The problem is that it does not turn over every time when you press the starter switch. Even with it warmed up, it is hit or miss......Click.......Click.......Click...... several times and then maybe it decides to turn over. On my 3rd ride, I couldn't get it to turn over at all and it left me stranded. First thing that came to mind is the battery, so I took it down to the dealership and asked them for a new one. After waiting around for over 8 hours while they "analyzed" it, they came to the conclusion that the battery was okay and they would not warranty it. In addition they could find no other problems. I put my foot down and had them get me a new battery anyway (which took over 9 weeks because they were jacking me around). There is a lot more to this story, but suffice it to say that new batteries are not fixing the problem. I went as far as to purchase a high-end LiPo with almost twice the cranking amps as the stock battery and that failed to fix the issue. Likewise, I have checked and there is no abnormal parasitic drainage on the battery. Neither can I find any apparent poor connections. I have had 2 service managers at the dealership tell me; "Well it's new and tight, so it might not turn over on the first hit". This kind of made sense at first...whopping single cylinder bike...high compression....new and tight, engine probably stops at a high compression point, etc. However, after putting 300 miles on it (that's all I have gotten on it in 6 months, which is just plain sad) with no decrease in symptoms, I am thinking that this theory is complete bullshit. Either KTM has the worst engineering group on the face of the planet and KTM's don't measure up to the hype, or there is an issue. Incidentally, this is about the 20th bike I've owned and I have never had one that starts like this, which makes it very hard to believe this is how it should be. KTM's ludicrous excuse for North American phone-in customer service was no help and likewise, the dealership service experience has sucked. I am hoping there is someone out there who can give me the straight facts; 1. Do KTM Duke 690's really start this poorly, particularly when new?, 2. Does anyone have an idea on what the problem could be? I think batteries and bad starter switches can be excluded from consideration. When it does turn over, it cranks at a good rate and starts right up.