2018 KTM 690
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Two decades ago, the original Duke was nothing short of revolutionary. KTMs first single-cylinder street bike grew into a cult classic, adding extreme fun to a raw and radical concept. Todays 690 DUKE stays faithful to its ancestors ways, but adds future-proof refinements: impressive smoothness, sophisticated electronics, improved ergonomics and tons of grunt. This firmly cements the worlds strongest single-cylinder production motorcycle at the cutting edge of engineering. Long live the Duke!Features may include:
- ENGINE & EXHAUST
The brilliant LC4 showcases twenty-four carats of fun. With its powerful, lightweight single combined with a sophisticated electronic engine management , dual-spark ignition with plug-selective mappings and a second balancer shaft, the results are top refinement, a wide powerband and a full 54 kW (73 hp) of peak power.
The 9 kg tubular trellis frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel and the equally lightweight, smoking hot swingarm, die-cast in aluminum, impress with extreme levels of torsional stiffness, providing the 148.5 kg Duke with excellent tracking stability and a continuous flow of information to the rider. Triple clamps lower the fork offset, which underlines this characteristic even further. Youll notice.
- ERGONOMICS & COMFORT
Despite its unquenchable thirst for cornering, the 690 DUKE also hones a variety of realworld capabilities. In particular, the two-piece seat will prove a valuable friend. Its comfortable and spacious, while remaining set up for all dynamic riding situations. The seating position and freedom of movement behind the wide aluminum handlebars provide optimal control in all situations. Workday commute or weekend blast: the 690 DUKE will keep you grinning.
- BODYWORK & GRAPHICS
If the LED indicators, state-of-the-art finishing and DUKE genes didnt already convey the message, the intense orange rims together with the new color and graphics will make sure your ride stands out from the crowd. Which it deserves.
- SOFTWARE & ELECTRONICS
Highly sophisticated electronics make this 690 DUKE a force to be reckoned with. The only thing more impressive than its racy looks and flat-out performance is the highquality standards set by the team that puts this machine together.
- ACCESSORIES & LUGGAGE
All KTM PowerParts are developed alongside their chosen machine, meaning that riders only get parts that perfectly complement their ride and provide the same factory fit straight from the dealer. READY TO RACE in every detail!
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