Thursday, February 07, 2008

First pics of the KTM 690 Duke in action!

Okay, so it only has 65bhp, but still, this 148kg bike should be great fun to ride...

Pics: Moto Revue

KTM’s much-awaited 690 Duke is now available in Europe. Like the rest of KTM's 690-based range, the 690 Duke is fitted with KTM’s single-cylinder, 654cc, liquid-cooled LC4 engine that makes 65bhp at 7500rpm.

In this day and age of 180bhp GSX-Rs and Fireblades, 65 horsepower certainly doesn’t like much. But the 690 Duke only weighs 148 kilos dry, and with its relaxed ergonomics and high-spec chassis and suspension components, the little KTM might represent an alternative way of enjoying lean, lithe sportsbikes.

The KTM 690 Duke gets a steel tube trellis frame, fully adjustable WP suspension front and rear, Brembo brakes (with radial-mount calipers at the front), six-speed gearbox, and 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Top speed is in the region of 190km/h, and while we think the baby Duke looks very nice, at US$13,000 it’s also a bit expensive! More details on the KTM website here.

A video of the KTM 690 Duke and KTM's other 690-series bikes

Also see:
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Brudeli 625: KTM-based trike...
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The single-cylinder CR&S Vun Racing...
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Moto Morini 1200 Sport and Scrambler launched...
Bad Buggy: The Fireblade-powered Rage R180RT!
Konica Minolta-replica Honda VFR400R...

External links:
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Phil H said...

Hmm...yes, it does look nice and its good nice specs, but it reminds me of the (well, mine) Kawasaki ER-6n - wierd / funky looks, under belly exhaust, steel frame, 60-ish hp, and both are orange!

Of course the KTM has much better componentry, but for less half the money, I can get the ER-6n plus perhaps even some suspension and engine tuning that's going to make it just as, if not more, fun! $13K is just way too much money...

kg23 said...

The MSRP of the 690 Duke is US$9,498.00. $13K will get you the 990 SuperDuke.



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