KTM confirms revised Duke 690 and Duke 690 R for 2016

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, Bike Social boss, Potski to his mates. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

690 Duke R makes a claimed 75bhp; the most powerful single-cylinder motorcycle

1000rpm extra thanks to a new cylinder head in this the standard 690 Duke and the 'R' too

KTM has confirmed a revised Duke 690 and Duke 690 R for 2016 – 21 years after the original KTM Duke was released.

The new 690 Duke and Duke R get a tweak with 1000rpm of extra revs thanks to a new cylinder head, refined exhaust and inlet systems, and another balancer shaft to smooth out the punchy single-cylinder motor. It gets new mapping too and updated fuel injection system helping the standard four-stroke 690 Duke make a claimed 73bhp, and the Duke 690R produces 75bhp making it the most powerful production single-cylinder motorcycle.

Steering geometry tweaks improve stability and cornering precision

Other tweaks include new steering geometry to improve stability and cornering precision, ABS as standard and an optional track pack which includes a sport and rain mode, traction control and Motor Slip Regulation (MSR), or electronic engine brake control which seems to be the new buzzword for 2016.

The 690 Duke R get the full fat 75bhp motor, an Akrapovic silencer, fully-adjustable WP suspension and a Brembo Monoblock front caliper.

The R also gets the lean angle sensitive ABS, traction control and the Motor Slip Regulation, plus a Supermoto riding mode to allow the bike to be a bit more loose in turns. Or backing it in as the kids call it.

Like the 690, the R gets a full-colour TFT display dash and the chassis change. Visible changes include the orange frame, LED indicators and a racy seat cover.

Lean angle sensitive ABS, traction control and the Motor Slip Regulation all on the 'R'

The Austrian manufacturer has produced 50,000 since 1994 and claim this is the most sporty, modern and versatile of the 5 generations.

No prices are yet available but Bike Social will be riding both bikes at the beginning of December.

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