2010 KTM Duke 690 R First Look

November 11, 2009
JC Hilderbrand
JC Hilderbrand
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Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA's Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn't matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

2010 KTM 690 Duke R
Duke lovers will have something new to lust over in 2010 with a 690 R model said to produce 70 horsepower.

Fans of the big Super Duke were treated to the 990 R version, but for 2010, the littlest Duke gets an upgrade option as well. The 2010 KTM Duke 690 R ups the ante over the standard model which won our comparison against the Aprilia Dorsoduro thanks to its uncompromising performance and styling. 

KTM claims that the 690 R scorches tarmac with 70 horsepower. That would be a big improvement over the standard 690 which cranked out 56 HP on our 2009 dyno session. KTM’s big Single was what won us over with excellent bottom-end grunt that makes short work of twisty pavement. With a claimed weight of 326 pounds, the extra thrust will be especially potent. Not only has KTM managed to boost the engine performance, but maintenance intervals are now longer meaning engineers have planned for durability as well.

As an R model it gets an orange frame and special edition white/black graphics. Standard 690 Dukes are available in black, orange or white, but the R combines all into an especially sexy package. It also gets carbon mudguards, but suspension upgrades are the other important differences. There is no word yet on the price.

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