2012 KTM 690 Duke
690 DUKE - THE NEW ESSENCE OF
More than 90% of new components make the 690 Duke
significantly better for real world riding in 2012.
More durable and not the least more affordable - in
cost of acquisition as well as ownership - no Duke
has ever been this technically mature or have been
But most of all, the 2012 690 Duke is one thing –
an unmistakable original and more dynamic than ever.
With its legendary agility on twisty backroads and
its new, previously unknown versatility, it masters
a balancing act that seemed lost to this world of
the modern motorcycle with all its exhaustively developed
A true do-it-all bike, an affordable bike, reduced
in the best sense of the word, extremely practical
but still all about riding fun – something that
can be seen at the first glance.
Individual riding enjoyment, more versatile than
ever, the secret ingredient to the Duke’s fresh
flavour is a new cylinder head with dual ignition
and individual, selective mappings for each plug.
The result is the best Duke LC4 engine ever: power
is increased to a whopping 70hp, a mountain of torque
is on tap, as well as precise throttle response and
NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) on the level
of multi-cylinder engines.
On the chassis side, a new trellis frame made from
chrome-molybdenum steel sections manages to be both
extremely rigid and super-light. The Duke also receives
a state-of-the-art ABS system in the form of the Bosch
9M+ to reduce stopping distances with consistent precision
and stability in every situation.
Another of the many new features to expand the Duke
as a true do-it-all bike without losing its hunger
for corners, the rider and pillion are now seated
a full 30mm lower - and more comfortably - than the
previous model thanks to a re-designed saddle.
So whether it’s cutting through busy streets
or hitting your favourite twisty route, ‘being’
single can be wonderfully addictive.
690 DUKE SPECIFICATIONS:
Type: Single-cylinder, 4-stroke,
spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 690 cm³
Bore x Stroke: 102mm x 84.5mm
Performance: 70hp (claimed)
Starting aid: Electric starter, automatic
Transmission: 6-speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication: Semi-dry-sump
lubrication with 2 rotor pumps
Clutch: APTC Anti-hopping clutch
/ hydraulically operated
Ignition system: Contactless, controlled,
fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition
Frame: Tubular space frame made from chrome
molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Fork: WP Suspension 4357
Shock absorber: WP Suspension 4618
EM with Pro Lever linkage
Suspension travel Front / Rear: 135mm/135mm
Brakes, Front: 320mm Disc brake with
radially mounted four-piston brake caliper; floating
Brakes, Rear: 240mm Disc brake with
single-piston brake caliper, floating
Steering head angle: 63.5°
Wheelbase: 1,466mm (±15 mm)
Ground clearance (unloaded): 192
Seat height (unloaded): 835 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 13.8 litres approx.
Weight without fuel: 150 kg
Colours: White, Black