Saturday, March 31, 2012
KTM 690 Duke Track is the spiritual successor to the early-1990s Ducati Supermono
Last month, we’d written about the EJC-spec KTM 690 Duke , which will be raced in the European Junior Cup (EJC) series this year. We did say the bike looked very interesting and hoped KTM would do a street version or upgrade the regular 690 Duke to EJC spec. Right on cue, the Austrian company has announced they will produce a limited edition ‘Track’ version of the 690 Duke, which will be based on the EJC bike!
KTM will only produce 200 units of the 690 Duke Track and while it won’t be homologated for the street, it will be priced under 10,000 euros and will have the same spec as the EJC racebike. At 140kg, the 690 Duke Track will be 10 kilos lighter than the regular 690 and, thanks to a full titanium/carbon Akrapovic exhaust, modifications to the airbox and KTM PowerParts camshaft with a bespoke fuel map, will have 79 horsepower, 9bhp more than the stock machine.
Other changes on the 690 Duke Track include a KTM PowerParts seat that’s firmer, higher and that allows more room for the rider to change position on the bike, new rearset footpegs that increase ground clearance, lightweight Marchesini alloy wheels, narrower Renthal handlebars, and a thicker brake disc at the front, with new four-pad radial-mount Brembo caliper and master cylinder. Since this is meant to be a track-use-only machine, ABS is not available on the 690 Duke Track. And finally, the bike also gets new, higher-spec suspension – fully adjustable WP forks and monoshock.
We think the KTM 690 Duke Track is pretty interesting. This machine is, perhaps, the spiritual successor to the Ducati Supermono of the early-1990s!
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