Okay, so it only has 65bhp, but still, this 148kg bike should be great fun to ride...
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KTM’s much-awaited 690 Duke is now available in Europe. Like the rest of KTM's 690-based range, the 690 Duke is fitted with KTM’s single-cylinder, 654cc, liquid-cooled LC4 engine that makes 65bhp at 7500rpm.
In this day and age of 180bhp GSX-Rs and Fireblades, 65 horsepower certainly doesn’t like much. But the 690 Duke only weighs 148 kilos dry, and with its relaxed ergonomics and high-spec chassis and suspension components, the little KTM might represent an alternative way of enjoying lean, lithe sportsbikes.
The KTM 690 Duke gets a steel tube trellis frame, fully adjustable WP suspension front and rear, Brembo brakes (with radial-mount calipers at the front), six-speed gearbox, and 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Top speed is in the region of 190km/h, and while we think the baby Duke looks very nice, at US$13,000 it’s also a bit expensive! More details on the KTM website here.
A video of the KTM 690 Duke and KTM's other 690-series bikes
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