2012 KTM 690 Duke has 70hp in Europe

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The 2012 KTM 690 Duke has always been a special bike. This year, it weighed 328 pounds and made 64hp through a monstrous 654cc FI single. It had dual projector beam lights, high-quality suspension and brake components, and amazing fit and finish everywhere. Next year’s bike gains ABS, 6hp (for a total of70) by way of a second spark plug and special selectable mapping for each plug. It also loses the under-engine exhaust and projectors, and is sadly, not coming to America.

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  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    I think visually it lost some of it’s caracter and begins to blend with the rest, but hey 70hp on a single, that’s pretty awesome.
    Any word on weight?

    I remember my 640 (duke 2) fondly, despite the filling shatering vibrations (and word is the 690 is not so bad). Pretty fun bikes.

  • Filippo

    The loss of that unique headlight design is a shame. I love my 690. 70hp and sub 400lb wet weight make for an exciting ride. The addition of ABS is just the cherry on top.
    And yeah, it’s waaaay smoother then my old 640.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      I could get an hour or two outta my 625 SMC before the vibrations tuckered me out (and the tank ran dry). I can ride all day on my 690 Duke (with a fuel-up every few hours).

      But my 625 SMC — after rejetting and opening up the air ins and outs, had WAY more oomph — the front wheel wanted to take flight every time I opened the throttle in 1st to 3rd.

    • http://www.amarokconsultants.com michael uhlarik

      Headlight was a victim of cost cutting. A projector type, even today when the technology is ten years old, you have to provide either two separate projectors (high and low beam) or one, considerably more expensive dual focal-length projector. Both options cost four times as much as a basic dual-beam parabolic reflector type. Projectors and associated supports weight much more too.

      God, I am just the headlight guy these days. I used to be a contender…

      • contender

        was I once a michael?

  • Josh

    It looks like the 690 Stunt concept from a few years ago, but without the single sided swingarm and sexy wheels… disappointing aesthetically

  • Samuel

    I had a lot of hope for this bike but, yea, the looks are a step back from the 2011. The headlight setup is especially a bit of a letdown.

    I’m willing to bet that the KTM hardparts catalogue for this bike will feature some options that can spruce it up a little. The options for the 125 Duke transform it into a pretty awesome little hooligan bike.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      Let’s hope so.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub a hipster

    So. Bummed.

  • http://www.anotherdamndj.com evilbahumut

    I hope that tail section holds up better than the one did on my 690.. Any time you backed it in, the license plate holder would slam into the tire; it’d be “chirp, chirp, chirp” followed by “bang, snap, rubbbb.” Talk about unnerving!

  • miles

    Bring it Stateside.

    • Taco

      +1 I like this bike a lot because it has 69 in its name.

  • Josh
  • Campisi

    Do the bars on this one cause the same rider posture problems that the bars on the new Husky cause?