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KTM 690 Duke Comes to the US
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KTM 690 Duke Comes to the US - December 7, 2012, 05:46 PM

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The following news from KTM USA today might shock you, but the KTM 690 Duke is headed to America’s favorite democracy in 2013. That’s right, the previously only in Europe model is coming to North America (both the US and Canada), much to the surprise of A&R…and just about everyone else. KTM isn’t talking dollars yet, though it says that the KTM 690 Duke will be competitively priced in its North American markets.

Assuming the US model is the same as the European version, we can expect that 90% of the bike is completely brand new from the previous iteration of the 690. Accordingly, at the heart of the 2013 KTM 690 Duke is a 690cc LC4 single-cylinder thumper that puts out a crushing 67hp and 51 lbs•ft of torque, while the whole motorcycle package weighs only 330 lbs (without fuel) at the curb.

Further refining the LC4 single-cylidner motor, KTM has created a new cylinder head, and added a dual-ignition system & ride-by-wire throttle for the 690 Duke. Anti-lock brakes have also been added to the 2012 KTM 690 Duke, as the Austrian company has tapped Bosch to use the Bosch 9M+ ABS package.
Lastly, braking power comes from a Brembo radially-mounted caliper with a single 320mm brake disc, while suspension is handle by KTM subsidiary WP, and consists of fully-adjustable 43mm front forks, and a fully-adjustable rear shock.

At this moment, it doesn’t look like the recently unveiled KTM 690 Duke R is headed our way. One miracle at a time people.





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Sweet! Just added to my short list.
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If this really is true I will buy one.


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wow. So it IS coming back. I wonder if that means the new super duke will come back in the future as well.....


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December 7, 2012, 09:09 PM

I'd probably save myself a few grand and get the old one if I were in the market. I'm definitely partial, but it's a pretty boring looking bike and the performance improvements seem marginal. That said, dig the crash bars. Why isn't that an option on more bikes?
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The crash bars are on the R model in the photos above. But I had a good look at the studio shots and the Are bolt ons so I'd expect to see them available as hop-up hard parts


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There is a couple used ones on Craigslist right now; If anyone really gets the hooligan bug after reading this...

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http://frederick.craigslist.org/mcy/3514736514.html

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I understand the reason for the under belly exhaust but it's a serious detractor for me as I'd want to take the bike stupid places.


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I understand the reason for the under belly exhaust but it's a serious detractor for me as I'd want to take the bike stupid places.
I put a SM exhaust and skid plate on my Duke. And trust me I would crush an underbelly exhaust with the things I do.


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I put a SM exhaust and skid plate on my Duke. And trust me I would crush an underbelly exhaust with the things I do.
You mean when you sit on the bike?

And crap. I need for Dodge to buy this as well.



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I understand the reason for the under belly exhaust but it's a serious detractor for me as I'd want to take the bike stupid places.
SMC, if they ever ship here again.


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One can hope. Or gen an Enduro and 17" wheels...


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We just got our first 690 duke at JT's. Its defiantly a cool bike and the wheels look amazing.


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We just got our first 690 duke at JT's. Its defiantly a cool bike and the wheels look amazing.
Oh, that's a tease bro. Some pictures would be nice. And the sticker price.


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Um waiting for my phone call!!!!


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