KTM RC4 690R Supermono by Mototech

12/28/2011 @ 12:29 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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

  • 76

    Really well done kit, I cant think of any other done to this degree of design, I want to race one of these things!

  • Westward

    Me likey, I also like the vertical headlight configuration too… Wet, that thing must be around 310 lbs give or take 5 lbs. I can go from an italian mistress to an austrian one without guilt.

  • That looks like a real piece of kit! Definitely something in the water in Austria…

    Looks like Jeremy McWilliams riding it too.

  • jackie

    Lovely. My ideal back road burner. Would love if KTM made something along those lines.

  • mxs

    Shame that the factory cannot make street legal bike like this …. :-(

    It would not matter anyways because nobody understands KTM North America business plan. Perhaps they decided to only focus on dirt here, considering street legal bike they offer. No 690 SM or Duke in 2012 just documents it well.

  • 76

    The more I look at this thing my intuition says this thing had factory help or someone from kiska because its to well done comestically at least. My guess is this thing rips

  • BBQdog

    Not bad but I have seen better. Seat is just a bit too high and the bike looking too clumpsy.
    And I don’t understand why KTM doesn’t build one themself.

    Have a look at this version:


  • AK

    I really want one…

  • fazer6

    @BBQ, that’s just photoshop–Somebody actually built this one, AND you can buy the kit to do it yourself–MUCH, MUCH better than any fantasy rendering.

  • Halfie 30

    It would be sick if KTM built some thing like this, but with their roadgoing bikes they tend to ask a lot of money. If they did a supermono I don’t see it costing much less than the RC8. Probably not even the spread between the 848 and 1198. The 690 Duke was 10 grand it self when it was state side. With all the r&d in a super mono you’re probably looking @ at least 14 grand, and the RC8 is only a couple grand more these days.

    That being said if they did make one I would buy it in a heart beat….. LOL

  • RD350

    I think that many track day riders here in the US would buy this bike. I know I would. So would several of my friends.

    Even if KTM didn’t want to spend the money to homologate the bike for street use, they should seriously consider offering an “off road” only version. The money saved in EPA costs, street equipment etc might reduce production costs enough to make it profitable ..

    If nothing else it would certainly buy KTM a lot of good will with enthusiasts!

    There is a good size opening in the US (and probably the world market too) for a high end, single cylinder track bike.

    Not everyone wants (or needs) and 600/1000 in line 4 …