KTM 690 DUKE R (2010 - 2011) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke. Six gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel, twin spine|
|Fuel capacity||13.5 litres|
|Rear suspension||Spring preload|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||51 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||71 bhp|
|Max torque||51.6 ft-lb|
|Top speed||112 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||184 miles|
Model history & versions
2008: 690 Duke introduced
2010: 690 Duke R introduced
Owners' reviews for the KTM 690 DUKE (2010 - 2011)
1 owner has reviewed their KTM 690 DUKE (2010 - 2011) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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It's no all rounder but there's nothing better on B roads. So light, nimble and well suspended that you can afford to give away 130bhp and still show the way.
Exhaust, cam and map improve breathing.
Some of the fasteners corrode. Gearbox could be smoother.
Great on fuel and servicing but hard on rear tyres.
Forks and shock.