2012 KTM 690 Duke TrackOffering a full-race version of a street motorcycle is nothing new for KTM.
The Austrian brand continues to offer the RC8 R Track, which is very popular among road racers. And for 2012, KTM will be offering a limited-edition 690 Duke “Track.”The 690 Duke “Track” is based on the KTM-sponsored European Junior Cup (EJC), a series that sees more than 13 nations battle for points across eight rounds as a support race for the World Superbike Championship.Limited means limited, and only 200 of the track versions will be available, each costing $13,000. The 690 Duke Track, which is not homologated for street use, is loaded with KTM PowerParts, which helped shave 22 pounds for a total burn of 308 lbs, and added nine horsepower for a total of 79.KTM says: “The power increase – on what is already the most powerful production single cylinder motor – is achieved from a full titanium Akrapovic exhaust, modifications to the airbox and PowerParts camshaft with a bespoke fuel map.”The chassis and subframe are standard issue, but the suspension is upgraded with WP front forks, which raise the Duke 15mm while offering full adjustment. Out back, the 690 Duke Track features a fully-adjustable WP rear shock.Because ABS is not required on the track edition, the Duke features a four-pad radial Brembo caliper and master cylinder biting down on a thicker, 320mm front discs.As for ergonomics, the KTM 690 Duke features PowerParts seat – “firmer, higher and more room for the rider to change position on the bike.” The KTM 690 Duke Track also features PowerParts foot pegs for increased ground clearance, and also Renthal handlebarsKTM says: “Developed in conjunction with KTM R&D, the European Junior Cup and KTM Street Ambassador, Jeremy McWilliams, the bike in EJC guise is already proving to be a formidable track machine delivering big riding kicks. As a bonus, the 690 Duke Track is also frugal on fuel – drinking only 7 litres per 100km of regular unleaded in testing.”KTM 690 Duke Track Specs
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
Actually—Ultimate Motorcycling is giving away five copies of the book—signed by Freddie himself—to the first five listeners who contact us with the correct answer to the question: How many national AMA championships did Freddie win, and which years were they?
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So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!