Test KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

This version R sports development requires, has high-end equipment, including side suspensions to improve the dynamic behavior of the effete basic version.

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Adorned his muffler exhaust Akrapovic (with removable noise reduction), its towering barrier-casings steel and its wheels mounted protections on the feet of fork as at the end of the swing arm, this ‘racing’ version can be recognized immediately. The bodybuilder Duke receives mainly quality suspensions, including a fully adjustable fork.

Once in the saddle

The lover of orange mono notes a higher base of 15 mm and also a firmer damping, limiting the penetration during installation.

Once started

The Akrapovic silencer proved to be as discreet as the original item. The waist of the Duke, his weight and his sweet type APTC clutch control facilitate developments; even if always keep the cylinder above 3,000 rpm to enjoy in full.

Once on small roads

This sporty version differs markedly from that of the serious work based suspensions strangles any suspicious movement chassis. The bike is so riveted to the ground, even when large deformations occur bitumen. Finally, the single front disc associated with a brake caliper quality stops the machine without hesitation. ABS, it is standard.

KTM 690 Duke R: Price

 KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

Beautiful equipment is paid. KTM exchange its 690 Duke R for €9,990. A rate usually attributed to also efficient and often more versatile machines…

KTM 690 Duke R: on the road

KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

In action, the bike is literally riveted to the ground. A hard work suspension manages suspicious of the chassis movement.

KTM 690 Duke R: Akrapovic

 KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

The ‘R’ version is distinguished by Akrapovic. At the start, it turns silent as discreet as the original exhaust.

KTM 690 Duke R: ABS series

 KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

The single front disc is more than enough to stop the machine net. As for the ABS, it comes standard on the ‘R’ version.

KTM 690 Duke R: highest

 KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

In the ‘R’ version the seat has been reviewed. The seat height is increased by 15 mm.

KTM 690 Duke R: identifiable

 KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

Adorned his muffler exhaust Akrapovic (with removable noise reduction), its towering barrier-casings steel and its wheels mounted protections on the feet of fork as at the end of the swing arm, this ‘racing’ version can be recognized immediately.

KTM 690 Duke R: readable dashboard

 KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

Identical to the standard version, the dashboard is readable. It offers the minimum: i.e. two trips, a clock and a counter.

KTM 690 Duke R: protection

 KTM 690 Duke R: sports program

Following an evasion of the front wheel during this test, protection bars have preserved the bike. The pilot had to go through the emergency box, but Duke has been a selector and a mirror damaged.

Verdict

This Duke R is well-built, powerful with his 70 HP single cylinder and fits perfectly the parquet. In this configuration, it is more addressed to special road rally public roadsters amateur junkies. The other side of the coin is located side portfolio, this version racing for €9,990.

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