A two-wheeled speeding ticket made in Austria, I’m still bitter that the 2012 KTM 690 Duke isn’t coming to American soil. With all the dressings of a bare-knuckled hooligan machine for the street, the new Duke will surely live up to its heritage of angering elderly women, but a German company has thought up a more refined role for the big-displacement thumper. Adopting the bike into a more superbike trim, German suspension tuners Mototech have created what they call the KTM RC4 690R…and I like it.
We’ve seen KTM Supermono’s before, with perhaps one of the best examples coming from some KTM engineers who built a SuperDuke 690 sport bike on their own time. Don’t let those words discourage you from Mototech’s work though, as the team’s RC4 690R looks like it rolled out of the KTM factory floor this morning. You’ll either love or hate the dual-projector headlight setup, while the tail section remains very true to the lines of the original Duke 690. Everyone will be a fan of the 125kg (275 lbs) quoted weight figure
Set to be a conversion kit available for a mere €4,800, the package includes carbon fiber fairings, carbon fiber airbox, rearsets, handlebars, and a ram air intake system. To help with its sporty nature, the Mototech KTM RC4 690R takes its rider ergonomics from the KTM RC8R superbike, and Mototech also has available some goodies that will take the KTM 690 Duke’s 70hp LC4 motor up to 80hp spec. A single-cylinder track weapon, it eludes me why KTM hasn’t built an official version of this bike.
Source: Mototech; Photos: Andy Glänzel