Motorcycle Racing News KTM Releases Race-Ready 690 Duke Track

KTM Releases Race-Ready 690 Duke Track

2012 KTM 690 Duke Track

Offering 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 handlebars

KTM 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

  • KTM PowerParts: airbox, camshaft, crash bars, seat
  • WP fully adjustable race suspension front and rear
  • Marchesini lightweight wheels
  • Brembo competition brake system and discs
  • Akrapovic titanium/carbon full exhaust system
  • APTC slipper clutch
  • International racing standard oil drip tray and rigid foot pegs
  • Lower handlebar and handlebar clamps
  • Mono seat cover
  • Dry weight: 308 lbs. (-22 lbs. over standard)
  • Power: 79 hp (+9 hp than standard)

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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