I am surprised after KTM introduced Duke R model here in Malaysia. Yes, non-R model performs quite well in the market, but actually I impatient with the rumours of Duke 390 on the way to Malaysia. However, Duke R 690 stills a hot stuff, packed with performance!
KTM 690 Duke R was introduced at Milan EICMA Show last year after the normal 690 done an excellent job at KTM European Junior Cup. MOTONATION Manufacturer Sdn Bhd (KTM Malaysia) is very committed to bring the R model into the Malaysian market. The R model was the third model they assemble in their local plant at Kedah.
This supermoto actually is the new version. It is totally different with the existed Duke 690. It was powered by 690cc engine. KTM claims that their engine is the most powerful single cylinder engine in the world. The engine have 70 horsepower with the torque of 70Nm. KTM has done some improvement on the fuel consumption, smoother engine, and the combination of drive-by-wire system plus APTC anti-slipper clutch.
Regarding the frame and swing-arm, KTM was very proud with their R&D in developing extreme level of torsional stiffness in order to provide excellent tracking stability. The orange powder coated lightweight frame is a new revolutionary from the Austria origin manufacturer. Duke 690 R employs WP suspension, 43mm upside-down fork, pro-lever linkage to set up precise handling. To give broad spectrum of adjustment, front fork and rear shock is adjustable.
Newly developed by Bosch, the ABS system is complying with the brakes system. The new high end calliper combined with 320mm front brake disc and 240mm rear brake disc. Even it a little bit higher than the existing model, the riding position is comfort and ergonomics. Most interesting part, Duke R adapted with Akrapovic slip-on titanium silencer which has increased 2 more horsepower. The Akra awarded the motard with deeper and attractive sound.
What can i say about this bike, it have nice bodywork, aggressive looks, and packed with performance part. How about handling, quality and maintenance? I hope I can give some feedback after I test the bike. Some more, I just heard KTM Duke 390 will be launched this October.