KTM 690 Duke | First Ride

Juvenile No More

By Roland Brown, Photography by Francesco Montero, Sebas Romero

Tech Specs

EVOLUTION
Adulthood brings with it a more conservative appearance, greater power and smoother throttle response, plus a lower price and seat height.
RIVALS
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750, BMW F800R, Ducati Hypermotard 796, Husqvarna Nuda 900

Price na
Engine type l-c single
Valve train DOHC, 4v
Displacement 690cc
Bore x stroke 104.5 x 80.0mm
Compression 12.6:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 70 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Claimed torque 52 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm
Frame Steel trellis with aluminum swingarm
Front suspension WP 43mm fork
Rear suspension WP shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Brembo four-piston caliper, 320mm disc with optional ABS
Rear brake Brembo one-piston caliper, 240mm disc with optional ABS
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Michelin Pilot Power
Rear tire 160/60ZR-17 Michelin Pilot Power
Rake/trail 26.5º/na
Seat height 32.9 in.
Wheelbase 57.7 in.
Fuel capacity 3.7 gal.
Claimed curb weight 352 lbs.
Colors White, black
Available na
Warranty na
Contact KTM North America, Inc.
38429 Innovation Ct.
Murrieta, CA 92563
951.600.8007
www.ktm.com/us

VERDICT: 4 out of 5 stars.

KTM’s original wild child has matured into a lean, entertaining and improbably useful character.

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