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2013 KTM Duke 690 Review
With only a single-cylinder and weighing just 337 lbs, the 2013 KTM Duke 690 is more fun to ride in realistic street conditions.
03 December 2013
KTM 690 Duke Cup: a naked racer
KTM 690 Duke Cup: a naked racerThe KTM 690 Duke Cup is a kit intended to convert a fun road bike to a realistic track weapon. In addition to the...
29 May 2013
Watch Jeremy McWilliams lap Cartagena on a KTM 690 Duke
Light, powerful and equipped with high-end suspension, brakes and other components, it’s hard to do better than the KTM 690 Duke for a fun, accessible track tool. But KTM is going one better, equipping that bike with more power, better suspension, lighter wheels and other upgrades to create the “Track” edition. Here, former GP racer Jeremy McWilliams puts the bike through its paces at Spain
30 March 2012
The street-legal, single-cylinder KTM RC4 sportsbike
To many of you, the bike you see here is something of a unicorn. A street-legal, single-cylinder sportsbike that weighs just 275lbs and makes 70bhp. That KTM LC4 motor is well-proven, has reasonable service intervals and won’t rattle your fillings out. Looks sexy in RC8-esque fairings too. The problem? KTM doesn’t actually make it, instead, the RC4 is only available in kit form from a German s...
19 December 2011
2012 KTM 690 Duke has 70hp in Europe
The 2012 KTM 690 Duke has always been a special bike. This year, it weighed 328 pounds and made 64hp through a monstrous 654cc FI single. It had dual projector beam lights, high-quality suspension and brake components, and amazing fit and finish everywhere. Next year's bike gains ABS, 6hp (for a total of70) by way of a second spark plug and special selectable mapping for each plug. It also loses t...
07 November 2011
2012 KTM 690 Duke: lighter, faster, cheaper, not for the US
MCN has scooped some early details of the 2012 KTM 690 Duke. The Austrian manufacturer appears to have achieved the impossible, meeting stringent new emissions regulations while also upping power and reducing weight and price. Power is said to increase from 64 to “around” 70bhp (the bike’s still in pre-production form, so hasn’t put down an official figure yet) thanks to high-tech new feat...
31 August 2011
KTM pulls Duke, SuperDuke from American market
KTM does not plan to import the 990 SuperDuke or 690 Duke to the North American market this year or next, citing unfavorable market conditions. In the case of the SuperDuke, the move is likely intended to clear dealer stock ahead of the new 1290cc bike which is arriving for the 2013 model year. Sadly, in the case of the single-cylinder Duke, it appears the new model isn’t destined for North Amer...
17 August 2011
Black and gold is the new orange
The KTM 990 Super Duke and KTM 690 Duke are mechanically unaltered for 2011, but they do receive some ridiculously nice graphics. Black, white and gold, John Player would have been proud. As an interesting subtext, KTM’s boss Stefan Pierer called for more responsible advertising from the whole industry earlier this year (ie, no blatantly illegal riding), but the man responsible for green lightin...
04 November 2010
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