Buyers Guide 2016 KTM 690 Duke | Buyer's Guide

2016 KTM 690 Duke | Buyer’s Guide

2016 KTM 690 Duke

2016 KTM 690 Duke | Buyer's Guide
2016 KTM 690 Duke

Smartly updated for 2016, the KTM 690 Duke has seven-percent more horsepower and a peak torque of six-percent more than the previous edition thanks to a new top end and exhaust.

The torquey single doesn’t have a lot of weight to push around, as the 690 Duke weighs just a claimed 327 pounds dry, making it one of the lightest sport bikes available. The rev range has been broadened by 1000 rpm this year, and there are three power modes, plus an optional Safety Package that includes traction control.

Comfort has been enhanced by the addition of a second counterbalancer, and there’s a new seat and triple clamp. Many Americans discount big thumpers for the street, but the 690 Duke delivers in the canyons, as well as in-town.

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2016 KTM 690 Duke Specs:


  • Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC single
  • Displacement: 690cc
  • Bore x stroke: 105 x 80mm
  • Maximum power: 73 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 55 ft/lbs @ 6500 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 12.6:1
  • Exhaust: Stainless steel
  • Fuel system: Keihin EFI w/ 50mm throttle body
  • Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with two pumps
  • Engine oil: Motorex, SAE 10W-50
  • Engine management: Ride-by-wire Keihin EMS
  • Traction control: 3-mode, disengageable (optional)
  • Clutch: APTC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Chain: X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
  • Battery: 12V, 8.6Ah


  • Frame and subframe: Powdercoated chromoly trellis
  • Handlebar: Tapered aluminum, 28-22 mm
  • Front suspension: 43mm inverted WP forks; 5.3 inches of travel
  • Rear suspension: WP shock; 5.3 inches of travel


  • Front: 320mm disc w/ radially mounted Brembo 4-piston caliper
  • Rear: 240mm disc w/ Brembo two-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Bosch 9M+ Two Channel, disenengageable (supermoto mode optional)


  • Front: Cast aluminum, 3.50 x 17”
  • Rear: Cast aluminum, 5.00 x 17”


  • Front: 120/70 R 17
  • Rear: 160/60 R 17


  • Rake: 26.5 degrees
  • Wheelbase: 57.7 inches
  • Ground clearance: 7.6 inches
  • Seat height: 32.9 inches
  • Tank capacity: 3.7 gallons
  • Dry weight: 327 pounds

2016 KTM 690 Duke Price:

  • MSRP $8999

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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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