2015 KTM 690 Duke ABS
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Each version of the Duke since 1994 shed more and more of its vestigial ’dirt bike’ features, and this latest version is a straight-up streetbike. This ride highlights the no-frills pragmatism of the designers with minimal body paneling, exposed frame and afterthought-class rear mudguard. The result is an unimpeded view of the wheels, frame and engine that leaves little to the imagination, and plenty of easy access for maintenance and repairs. Made since 2012, the Duke IV represents the current branch of the family tree, with the 690 Duke serving as the midrange-displacement sibling. Quick and light, the 690 Duke is intended for the entry-level streetbike market.
KTM 690 Duke ABS
Category: Naked bike
Rating: 64.9 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 690.00 ccm (42.10 cubic inches)
Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Power: 67.05 HP (48.9 kW))
Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 84.5 mm (4.0 x 3.3 inches)
Fuel system: Injection
Ignition: Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Lubrication system: Semi-dry-sump lubrication with 2 rotor pumps
Cooling system: Liquid
final drive: Chain
Driveline: 5/8 x 1/4 X Ring. Primary drive: 36:79.
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type: Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Rake (fork angle): 26.5°
Front suspension: WP Suspension Up Side Down
Front wheel travel: 135 mm (5.3 inches)
Rear suspension: WP Suspension with Pro and #8209;Lever linkage
Rear wheel travel: 135 mm (5.3 inches)
Front brakes: Single disc. ABS. Floating disc. Four-piston calipers. Radially mounted.
Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. ABS. Floating disc. Single-piston caliper.
Rear brakes diameter: 240 mm (9.4 inches)
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 149.5 kg (329.6 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.4485 HP/kg
Seat height: 835 mm (32.9 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Ground clearance: 192 mm (7.6 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,466 mm (57.7 inches)
Fuel capacity: 3.70 gallons
The new Duke is equipped with the latest version of the legendary LC4: a whole 690 cm³ of displacement, twin ignition featuring plug-selective mapping for the best and most effective combustion, plus extended service intervals of 10,000 km and even less fuel consumption – never has it been as elegant, cultivated, sporty and effective to be powered by one cylinder.
Thanks to the mechanical and electrical refinements, the new 690 Duke uses even less fuel than ever. Even though the last Duke had already won international consumption comparison test rides with ease. Duke riding will therefore be even more economical and environmentally friendly, while remaining unashamedly fleet-footed, sporty and dynamic.
The new Duke is equipped with the latest version of the legendary LC4: a whole 690 cm³ of displacement, twin ignition featuring plug-selective mapping for the best and most effective combustion, plus extended service intervals of 10,000 km and even less fuel consumption – never has it been as elegant, cultivated, sporty and effective to be powered by one cylinder. And never has the need for more cylinders been more questionable. 50 kW (68 PS) provide, thanks also to ride-by-wire, extremely powerful and free-revving thrust at all engine speeds, hence making light work of the equally lightweight 690 Duke. It has adopted such well-known standard production goodies such as active engine casing ventilation and the slipper clutch that effectively prevents rear wheel chatter when down-shifting hard.