2016 KTM 690 Duke First Ride Review



Some excellent photos of the 2016 KTM 690 Duke R by Sebas Romero together with a full ride review video from motorcycle.com. Color trim and GFX on the Duke R designed / directed by DE last year.

2015-11-26 KTM DUKE 690-29

KTM finds itself in the enviable position of having created a popular brand-within-a-brand with its Duke line of motorcycles. Don’t believe me? Take a look at KTM’s 2016 Duke line-up. Consisting of six different models (some of which, unfortunately, don’t make it to the American side of the Atlantic), the Duke line starts with the 125 Duke and tops out with the 1290 Super Duke R – yet still has room for a pair of Dukes in the displacement range that started the line in the form of the 609cc 620 Duke I. Before we go any further, we need to step back from the current KTM image to remember that, way back prior to 1994, KTM only manufactured dirt-focused motorcycles. The Duke was the company’s first street bike, and the meaty center of the 2016 Duke line is filled with that first Duke’s direct descendants, the 690 Duke and 690 Duke R.

Read the full review here: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacture…

1 Comment

  1. jcar9_sm 6 months ago

    Great content and article as usual. And thanks for including the sympathy for us Yanks who seem to rarely get to own and ride any of the good stuff coming out of Austria and Sweden. I can’t even find a 2015 Duke 690, without the R :)

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