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2016 KTM Duke 690 visits EICMA 2015 with improved engine

2016 KTM Duke 690 R wheelie

The new Duke 690 R gets cornering ABS and lean sensitive traction control system.

The 2016 KTM Duke 690 with significant improvements is on display at the EICMA 2015, the annual motorcycle show, in Milan. The mid-weight naked street fighter continues to be available in regular and higher spec R variants.

To begin with, the Duke 690’s single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine now revs 1,000 rpm higher than before to have a more uniform power delivery. The intake valve camshaft now acts as auxiliary balancer shaft, thereby enhancing refinement. Further, intake and exhaust systems have been tweaked to make the motor compliant with Euro4 emission norms (first KTM engine to receive the approval.

The base Duke 690 develops 73 PS and 75 Nm of torque when mated to a 6-speed transmission. Thanks to the Akrapovic exhaust system, the Duke 690 R puts out 75 PS.

2016 KTM Duke 690 R side

The engine now revs higher by 1,000 rpm.

While the overall design remains pretty much the same save for new color schemes, the Duke 690 R receives a few new visual elements to better distinguish itself from the base model including a pillion seat cover and LED indicators. Both models get a color TFT instrument console and WP suspension system but the R’s fork and shock are fully adjustable.

Also read – 2016 KTM RC 390 attends EICMA 2015

The 2016 Duke R also comes equipped with Motorcycle Stability Control, lean angle sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, motor slip regulation system and three ride modes – Sport, Street, Rain. Prices for the 2016 KTM Duke 690 are yet to be announced.


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