KTM 690 Duke “Track”

03/26/2012 @ 6:00 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Perhaps the only thing we don’t like about the 2012 KTM 690 Duke is the fact that the big Austrian thumper won’t be coming to the United States. Not quite sure how to exist outside of the off-road market here in North America, KTM’s street bike offerings are giving Hansel & Gretel a run for their money in the “worst sense of direction” category (we take that back, clearly Moto Guzzi is having a tougher time of it).

Despite our domestic suffering, our European brothers-in-petrol not only get to enjoy the hooligan machine that is the Duke 690 on the street, but KTM has managed to get the single-cylinder machine as the bike of choice for the European Junior Cup, a young-rider grooming series for racers 14 to 19 years of age.

Priced around €12,000, the KTM 690 Duke “Track” headlines its feature set with 22 lbs off the street version’s dry weight, while boosting power out of the four-stroke thumper by 9hp. This makes for a 308 lbs machine (dry), that hits 79hp at its peak. Other modifications include a modified airbox, a racier set of cams, and full Akrapovic exhaust. Other fun go-fast parts include Brembo brakes, a slipper clutch, and Marchesini rims…and of course it looks like a hoot ride.

Photos: © 2012 Sans / KTM – All Rights Reserved

  • BBQdog

    Time they create a nice streetgoing SuperMono version with fairing of this bike.

  • jackie

    Hear hear BBQ. Bikes like these are always up my alley. Too bad it wont come to the states.

  • BBQdog


    I can’t wait for the KTM Moto3 350cc road bike. While other brands (BMW/Husqy) are going the big/fat way, KTM seems to go in the opposite direction.

    But a full fairing KTM 690 SuperMono would also be very tempting for me :-)

  • mxs

    Just gorgeous and makes a lot of sense too. Light with enough power to have a lot of fun.

  • Gritboy

    Sounds kickass. Won’t be here the U.S. *pout*

  • Steve Lang

    Won’t be coming to the U.S.? How stupid is that?

  • Howard

    What can we do to change KTM’s mind about shipping these to the U.S.A.? Seriously, a petition or anything?

  • if only I was mcwill & could travel around being badass for a living…if only

    oh yea, sweet thumper. WANT

  • Richard Gozinya

    Very cool bike, but it looks better in its standard form. Would have to yank off that belly pan pronto. It’s always a shame to see a bike that’s clearly meant to be naked covered up with boring plastic.

  • I like it!

  • CZ

    belly pans are handy for a track bike. they catch oil.

  • CJ

    I wish KTM would reconsider and make their road bikes available in the USA.