2016 KTM 690 Duke Announced With Substantial Changes


We not only enjoyed our test of the KTM 690 Duke, we found it one of the best handling street bikes we had ever ridden … capable of carrying crazy speed through tight, twisty canyon roads. When we heard about the improvements for 2016, we began to itch for another test ride.  More power, more torque and much lower engine vibration … sounds good to us! Now that KTM has announced the new machine, we have the following details and specifications:

2016 690 Duke Specifications & Highlights

The next generation of 690 Duke has arrived. While holding onto the pure, unadulterated character for which the Duke is so well known, KTM has redesigned the 2016 690 Duke to be smoother, more powerful and have more features than ever before. Starting with a redesigned LC4 powerplant, the 690 now has 7% more horsepower and 6% more torque but has less vibration thanks to a second balancer shaft in the new compact cylinder head. The usable rev range has been increased by 1000 rpm as well, giving the 690 Duke performance unmatched by any single-cylinder street bike. Three riding modes (Street, Sport, and Rain) are selectable via the KTM-first TFT full color dash. An optional Safety Package further enhances the 690 Duke’s ride with Traction Control (MTC) and Motor Slip Regulation (MSR). Throw in a more comfortable seat and even better handling and you have the next chapter in the 690 Duke’s exceptional history.


2016 Highlights

  • Heavily Revised LC4 with 7% more horsepower and 6% more torque
  • All-new compact cylinder head with integrated second balancer shaft for reduced vibration and increased smoothness
  • Larger intake and exhaust valves
  • Increased usable RPM range by 1000 rpm
  • Three riding modes with new selection switch – Sport, Street and Rain
  • KTM-First light-sensitive full color TFT digital dash display
  • NEW exhaust is Euro IV compliant while increasing power and torque
  • NEW triple clamp with revised offset for better handling
  • NEW Passenger and pillion seats for more comfort and improved ergonomics
  • Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS
  • Optional Safety package with Traction Control (MTC) and Motor Slip Regulation (MSR)


  690 Duke Specifications
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 690 cc
Bore/stroke 105/80 mm
Starter/battery Electric starter / 12V 8.6Ah
Transmission 6 gears
Fuel system Keihin EFI, Throttle Body 50 mm
Control 4 V / SOHC
Lubrication Pressure Lubrication / Two Oil Pumps
Cooling Liquid Cooling
Clutch APTC Slipper, Hydraulically Operated
Ignition/EMS Keihin EMS with RBW, Dual Ignition
Frame Chrome-moly Steel Trellis Frame
Subframe Aluminum, Powder Coated
Handlebar Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP-USD, Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock with Pro-Lever Linkage
Suspension travel ft./rr. 135/135 mm
Front/rear brakes Disc brake 320/240 mm
Front/rear rims 3.50 x 17″; 5.00 x 17″ Cast Aluminum
Front/rear tires 120/70 ZR 17; 160/60 ZR 17″
Steering head angle 26.5°
Wheel base 1,466 ± 10 mm (57.7 ±0.39 in)
Ground clearance 192 mm (7.55 in)
Seat height 835 mm (32.9 in)
Tank capacity, approx. 14 l (3.7 US gal)
Weight, approx. 148.5 kg (dry) (327.4 lb.)


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