KTM’s edgy 2012 Duke on way

2011-12-06 08:22

Meet the 2012 KTM 690 Duke. It’s powered by a thoroughly revised version of the LC4 engine whose 690cc packs a decent 51.5kW punch and makes the 2012 model leaner, meaner and more fun to ride than ever before.

KTM has added anti-lock brakes and adopted such "well-known standard production goodies such as active engine casing ventilation and the anti-hopping clutch that effectively prevents rear wheel chatter when down-shifting hard".


Other notable changes include a side-mounted exhaust to replace the previous underslung version, ride-by-wire throttle and weight savings thanks to a new manufacturing process of the bike’s fairing and sub-frame.

According to KTM, the bike’s electronic engine management system always squeezes optimum performance from the engine thanks in part to twin ignition with individual mapping for each spark plug to ensure the mixture is always burned effectively, irrespective of load and/or engine speed.

KTM has also opted for drive-by-wire to control the throttle without any mechanical linkage “so the electronics always apply the power as perfectly and therefore smoothly as possible, above all on transition from throttle closed to throttle open”..

The next generation of the 690 Duke is expected to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2012.

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