Want to own a truly exotic motorcycle that makes you feel special every time you climb onboard, challenges you to ride to the limit of your ability and enables you to kick the asses of poseurs on porky sportsbikes? Then the 2010 KTM 690 Duke R is probably the bike for you. Eschewing the standard Duke’s falsely advertised 654cc, 64bhp engine in favor of an honest 690cc, 70bhp, 51.6lb/ft single-cylinder, the Duke R weighs just 148.5kg/327lbs (dry). That’s still no where near the power to weight ratio of even a supersport 600, but it’ll deliver that power in a typical single-cylinder all-at-once burst. Get it right and that’s just the thing for exiting a tight corner.>
The ‘R’ retains the WP suspension, but here the fork’s all-black and
the spring rates are slightly firmer front and rear. Visual changes
include the orange frame, mostly white graphics, carbon fender, orange
wheel stripes and blacked-out components.