More power, less weight and upgraded suspension and brakes - if KTM did an EJC-spec Special Edition of the 690 Duke for the street, things might get very interesting indeed...
The 2012 KTM 690 Duke, which will be raced in the European Junior Cup (EJC) series this year, looks pretty interesting to us – makes us wonder how a well-ridden EJC-spec 690 Duke would do, on the street, against bikes like the R6 or CBR600RR.
Conceived as a training ground for teenage racers, the most talented of whom might ultimately have an opportunity to graduate to a career in World Supersport or World Superbike championships, the European Junior Cup uses identical race-prepped 690 Dukes for all riders. Open to riders between 14 – 19 years of age, the EJC series also features a coaching program run under the guidance of former World Superbikes racer, Simon Crafar. This year’s provisional calendar includes races at Assen, Monza, Misano, Aragon, Brno, Silverstone, Nurburgring and Magny Cours.
Coming back to the 690 Duke EJC bike, it weighs 140kg (10 kilos less than the streetbike) and its 690cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine has been tuned to produce 79 horsepower, 12bhp more than the stock engine’s output. The bike’s anti-hop hydraulically-operated APTC clutch and tubular space frame, made of chrome-molybdenum steel, remain unchanged.
Mods on the EJC bike include KTM PowerParts airbox, camshafts, crash bars and seat, fully adjustable WP suspension (front and rear), upgraded Brembo brakes and a race-spec titanium-carbon exhaust system from Akrapovic. The 690 Duke EJC also gets a racing-standard oil drip tray and rigid foot pegs, lower handlebar and handlebar clamps. The bike rides on 17-inch lightweight wheels from Marchesini, shod with 120/70 (front) and 160/70 (rear) Pirelli tyres. Now, if only KTM were to do an EJC-spec special edition of the 690 Duke for the street… :-)
Priced at 19,950 Euros (plus VAT where applicable), entry for the 2012 KTM EJC includes ownership of the motorcycle, tyres, fuel, motorcycle transportation and storage, workstation, coaching and technical support. For teenagers who believe they can be the next Valentino Rossi, this just might be the opportunity you were waiting for. More information here