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KTM 690 Duke R
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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Even though the bike tested was a pre-production unit – virtually finished bar the paintwork and decals – this bigger capacity 690 Duke is altogether a different machine than non-R model 690 Duke (654cc). The extra 36cc (KTM won’t confirm this figure until after official model launch, mid Nov ’09) of the new R-model with carbonfibre front mudguard and revised suspension makes the new Duke-R a sharp-looking back road scratcher.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The extra 36mm (tbc) capacity comes via a longer piston stroke. This also increases midrange torque and ups horsepower by 7bhp to a claimed 71.4bhp. The result is a punchy little number with the ability to cruise at 80mph without fuss, fuss in the sense the vibes are minimal. A three-way power (soft, standard, sport) switch is fitted, where ‘soft’ eases power delivery in the lower gears, which is particularly useful in the wet, and ‘sport’ to give a greater direct feel between throttle and injection of the ride-by-wire system. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

An agile package that really loves to be ridden hard on twist-laden roads. Grab the wide and high bars and make use of new suspension – softer front springs and friction-reducing coating on the tubes, with revised damping front and rear – to get it on. A blast is guaranteed. It also makes for a traffic buster around town especially with the views ahead from the tall seat height (865mm) and a front brake that stops 148kg (no fuel) of bike instantly. 


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Superb Brembo front brake set up, all-singing WP suspension, natty QD fasteners for bar clamps, carbonfibre front fender, Marchesini wheels, slipper clutch. Compare and but parts for the 690 Duke in the MCN Shop.

KTM 690 Duke R (2010-2011)

Detail Value
New price £8,899
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Engine size 690 cc
Power 71.4 bhp
Top speed 112 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Main complaint about the previous 654cc Duke was the instrument cluster letting in water to knacker the LCD readout (warranty item). The new model has a revised waterproof (hopefully) assembly.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

A projected price figure of £7695 is a bit hard to swallow for a single-cylinder machine regardless of its quality and fun to be had from it. Especially so when you consider Aprilia’s V-twin Dorsoduro is as funky and functional for £1000 less at £6599. Find a KTM 690 Duke for sale.


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Model History

2008: 690 Duke introduced
2010: 690 Duke R introduced

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Top speed 112 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 71.4 bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 148 kg
Seat height 865 mm
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 690 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke. Six gears
Frame Tubular steel, twin spine
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Spring preload
Front brakes 2 x 320mm disc with 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 316mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front tyre size 150/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 240/50 x 16

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