KTM’s last announcement from the EICMA motorcycle show was the addition of the 2010 KTM 690 Duke R to the KTM product line. With a 690cc single-cylinder making 70hp, the 690 Duke R has 46cc and 6hp more than the KTM 690 Duke. Photos and more after the jump.
Big thumper lovers will enjoy the the new 690 Duke R’s 70lb•ft of torque, which should have no problems lofting the 327lbs (dry) bike into the air. Like all “R” models in the KTM line-up, the frame will come in orange, and shows off the LC4 motor quite well. Other “R” tidbits include carbon panels, and revised WP suspension. KTM is also touting their new longer maintenance intervals.
When asked why KTM continues to produce big displacement single-cylinder machines, KTM CEO Stephan Pierer said it was because KTM could continue to rival similarly displaced multi-cylinder machines in power, while adding the benefits of how a single-cylinder delievers performs on the road.
Certainly not a 600cc supersport, we’d still have to say that for real-world street duty, the KTM package certainly fits the bill.