KTM has announced the updated 690 Duke along with the 690 Duke R version. The new models get drastic mechanical changes for the engine and suspension.

2016 KTM Duke 690
The KTM 690 Duke gets drastic mechanical improvements

KTM offers one of the most desirable bikes in their respective segments thanks to the off-beat styling, exceptional performance and sporty dynamics. The Austrian bike maker is committed to offer updated range of bikes in their portfolio. Along with updating various new bikes in its stable for 2016, KTM has also announced the 2016 KTM 690 Duke and 690 Duke R. The naked street-fighters come with a host of new mechanical changes for a more refined riding experience.

Both the KTM 690 Duke and performance centric 690 Duke R are powered by the same 690cc single-cylinder engine. The 690 Duke produces 73 HP of power and 75 Nm of torque while the 690 Duke R produces 75 HP with the help of an Akrapovic end can offering more performance. The engine now revs 1000 RPM higher than the previous model offering a more uniform power delivery. The motor has been redesigned and refined for better power delivery.

The exhaust and intake system have been optimised for Euro 4 compliance. Both the offerings get WP suspension while the shocks and forks of the R version are fully adjustable. There is a new set of triple clamps with 4 mm less offset. The instrument cluster now features a full colour TFT display.

The 690 Duke R comes with special extras including Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system, lean angle sensitive traction control, cornering ABS and Motor Slip Regulation system with supermoto mode. Cosmetic tweaks on the 690 Duke R includes a new seat with pillion cover, LED indicators and slightly different graphics compared to the regular version.

There are three ride modes offered on the 690 Duke R as standard – sport, street and rain. These modes can also be added to the regular 690 Duke with an optional ‘Track pack’, which also includes Motor Slip Regulation and traction control. Bajaj and KTM have no plans of launching the Duke 690 in India as the twin-cylinder middle-weights will be launched here.

2016 KTM Duke 690 Front
There are very few cosmetic changes on the 690 Duke
2016 KTM Duke 690 Rear
The engine is now more refined and offers better performance
2016 KTM Duke 690 R
The 690 Duke R offers better performance and more features
2016 KTM Duke 690 R Front
Styling is slightly different from the regular model
2016 KTM Duke 690 R Rear
Exhaust and intake system are now optimised for Euro 4