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KTM pulls Duke, SuperDuke from American market
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KTM pulls Duke, SuperDuke from American market - August 18, 2011, 10:13 AM

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 isnít destined for North America, so current stocks are all that remain of one of the most uniquely fun motorcycles currently available.


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No 690 SMC either.
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Not really surprised about this. Most but not all of the dealers are jackasses. They really do not know how to work on these bikes. Yea they can work on the dirt stuff with carb's but anything with FI they are lost. KTM missed the ball in training the service people. I will be looking to replace my duke next year so this really sucks.


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Not really surprised about this. Most but not all of the dealers are jackasses. They really do not know how to work on these bikes. Yea they can work on the dirt stuff with carb's but anything with FI they are lost. KTM missed the ball in training the service people. I will be looking to replace my duke next year so this really sucks.
Don't worry, the 1290 Duke will be here next summer for you...

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Too big. I like the 690 bikes. Well, I guess I like that 990 SMR too.


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The new 690 - which is purportedly NOT coming here - will have more POWER

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The KTM 690 Duke is getting some new developments for the 2012 model year, among which are changes which should make it even more powerful. In a pre-production first ride, MCN says the world’s most powerful single-cylinder bike will be more refined and powerful next year as KTM hopes to make its mid-range sportsbike lineup more appealing.

The 2012 KTM 690 Duke will have a twin-spark cylinder head, ride-by-wire throttle and optional Bosch ABS brakes, all on about 70 hp. Still aiming at a younger audience, the 690 Duke will also have a price of about £6,000 - around €6,800 at the current exchange rate.

That sounds like an appealing package and KTM is taking things even further with new structural fairing on a subframe manufactured under high pressure. The aluminium alloy structure will reduce both weight and the number of components - we can’t wait to hear more


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As Dodge said, the issue is with the dealers... they have no clue what to do with a street bike.. and dare I say they are worse than Harley dealers were with Buell in terms of customer support..


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As Dodge said, the issue is with the dealers... they have no clue what to do with a street bike.. and dare I say they are worse than Harley dealers were with Buell in terms of customer support..
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