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2010 KTM Duke 690 R First Look

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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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Comments
Gravityfreak -HP figures way off  December 13, 2009 09:37 PM
He compares here the 70hp at the crank figure of the new Duke to the 55hp at the wheel of the current model which is silly. Additionally, the current Duke puts out more like 60hp at the wheel stock (mine does) so the difference is more like 5hp not 15!
Bill -sp  November 13, 2009 05:47 PM
Excuse me, I meant wheelie
Bill -Nice  November 13, 2009 05:37 PM
Wow! The perfect wheely machine
ohio -Hope the suspension gains adjustment  November 13, 2009 09:52 AM
I loved the 690 Duke, except the suspension was shockingly harsh for a bike that's supposed to be an urban and goat-trail hooligan. Nothing like the supermoto I was expecting. The 690 SM was better, and the SMC fantastic, except I couldn't reach the ground. If the Duke R gives me the range to make it a bit more supple for the pot-holed city and secondary roads, it may be my perfect 1-up bike.
x2468 -smc  November 12, 2009 12:07 PM
i'd prefer the 690 smc. I like the more taditional supermoto look. I wonder if it will get the 70hp upgrade?
Dunc -Pretty cool  November 12, 2009 11:38 AM
Damn nice except for those 70's graphics.
Gritboy -One sexy supermoto  November 12, 2009 08:36 AM
That's one sexy supermoto...and I'm sure it ain't bad to ride either.