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KTM 690 Duke (2012-current)

With the 2012 Duke KTM have made a bike that can give an experienced rider the thrill they are looking for whilst being a more usable package with a broader appeal to a wider spectrum of riders than the previous version. The Duke is spot on for commuting and hammering down twisty country roads, where bigger, more powerful bikes would ...

  • Motorcycle Reviews
  • 18 May 2012

KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

Hook sixth gear, crouch down as small as possible and focus on the small strip of white paint at the side of the track. Wait, wait, wait… Sit up, brake, down three gears, let clutch out, as possible while looking for the next braking marker. Behind the dark visor I’ve got a grin the size of a half moon across ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 30 March 2012

Limited edition KTM 690 Duke Track launched

KTM has launched a limited edition track-only version of the new 690 Duke, based on the bikes competing in the 2012 KTM-sponsored European Junior Cup (EJC). Just 200 examples of the bike are to have the same specification as the EJC bikes that will see riders from more than 13 Nations battle across eight rounds as a support race for ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 23 March 2012

KTM 690 Duke arrives in UK with stunt and touring accessories

The updated KTM 690 Duke has arrived in the UK, along with a host of stunt and touring accessories. The latest incarnation of the 18-year-old Duke - which features 90% diffeent parts over its predecessor - boasts the most powerful production single cylinder engine, pumping out a claimed 70bhp. Demo bikes are now available at KTM dealers across the UK. If ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 29 February 2012

Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

KTM's 2012 690 Duke isn't just an evolution of the hard core Duke - it's a complete revolution: 90% all new, with just 10% of its components shared with its predecessor. Read the first ride impressions here and watch the 2012 KTM 690 Duke in action on its world launch in Gran Canaria, with MCN WSB reporter Michael Guy's thoughts on ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 22 December 2011

2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride: Duke for the masses

KTM’s 2012 690 Duke isn’t just an evolution of the hard core Duke - it’s a complete revolution: an all-new bike - 90% new in fact, with just 10% of its components shared with its predecessor. The biggest surprise is in the looks department. Gone is the hard-edged supermotard appearance and in its place a more regular-looking naked bike albeit ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 22 December 2011

2012 KTM Duke 690 world first test

MCN’s Michael Guy is in Gran Canaria testing KTM’s all new 2012 KTM Duke 690. "First impressions of the bike is how different it looks to its predecessor. It’s still an aggressive looking bike with seriously sharp styling, but its no where near as radical as it was before – think cool looking naked bike rather than full on Supermoto." ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 December 2011

KTM drops prices for 2012

KTM has cut the prices on three of its 2012 models. The Austrian firm has reduced the price of the new 690 Duke and 2012 versions of its 990 Super Duke R and 990 Supermoto R. The Supermoto R is down by a hefty £950 compared to this year’s OTR price and the naked 990 Super Duke R is reduced ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 23 November 2011

2012 KTM Duke: most potent single-cylinder road bike ever

More power, less weight, improved refinement and ABS as standard  - the new KTM 690 Duke promises to be more fun, easier to ride and safer. Now making a claimed 70bhp, it’s also the most powerful single-cylinder bike ever. The 690 Duke’s 654cc engine has been comprehensively reworked, and now has a twin-spark head and an electronic ride-by-wire throttle system. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 14 November 2011

Editor’s picks – KTM 690 Duke

With the scoop first ride of the 2012 KTM 690 Duke gracing the pages of this week’s issue of MCN, we take a look at the previous model (2008-2011) – one of the most involving rides you’ll find, with a 65bhp single-cylinder motor and the handling characteristics of a supermoto. The 690’s LC4 single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine is the most impressive ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 31 August 2011

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