Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2010 KTM 690 Duke R unveiled at the EICMA

The KTM 690 Duke R should be an absolute blast to ride...

For those who want a pure, honest sportsbike – something that’s lighter and simpler than a GSX-R600 or ZX-6R (even if it’s not as powerful as those bikes) – the new KTM 690 Duke R should be an interesting optiona. Fitted with a 690cc single-cylinder engine that pumps out 70 horsepower and 70Nm of torque, the 690 Duke R, which weighs only 148 kilos dry, should be a blast in the twisties.

The 690 Duke R gets a six-speed gearbox, steel tube trellis frame, WP suspension components (48mm USD fork, Pro-Lever monoshock), Brembo braks with radial-mount four-piston callipers at the front and 17-inch wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 160/60 (rear) rubber. We also think the little KTM looks totally cool. We love it!

Update (16th Dec., 2009): Here's a riding impression of the 690 Duke R

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