KTM North America, Inc. recently announced two new street models, the 690 Duke and the 990 Adventure Baja to the North American street market for 2013.
KTM’s most popular naked bike, the 690 Duke, is back. This bike offers superb handling for street riders, commuters, and track riders.
The 690 Duke is a new model for the U.S. and Canadian markets for 2013 and features a low seat height of 32.9 inches to allow for more rider comfort. The engine has been redesigned with a new cylinder head with dual ignition and selective individual ignition for each plug. It is a true ride-by-wire system that provides excellent fuel management and increased fuel mileage.
The intake and exhaust system elevates the engine to produce 70 horsepower, a mountain of torque and throttle response second to no multi-cylinder concept. The APTC slipper clutch provides the rider with mechanical assistance to smooth downshifts and reduce the impact of engine braking. It also includes a lightweight trellis-style frame of chromoly steel and an self-supporting die-cast aluminum rear subframe with top-quality WP suspension components and Brembo braking system. The new 690 Duke will be available in both black and white for 2013. Price is TBD.
990 Adventure Baja
KTM has been growing the Travel Adventure segment over the past decade starting with its 950 Adventure and leaping into the 990 Adventure generations. For 2013, the 990 Adventure Baja will push the limit of where a 1000cc twin-powered motorcycle can bring riders. This limited-edition model has been built specifically for the North American market.
The new model includes white bodywork with limited edition Baja graphics and an orange powder-coated frame. It also includes Dunlop 908 RR tires, orange crash guards, LED auxiliary lights, suede-style seat, aluminum radiators guard, GPS base mount and SuperSprox aluminum steel sprocket. In addition, the Baja unit comes standard with a tank bag and rear waterproof luggage bag, as well as fully adjustable front and rear WP suspension.
KTM will also return with updates to the following models for 2013: 1190 RC8 R, 990 SM T, 690 Enduro R, 500 EXC and 350 EXC-F.
1190 RC8 R: The most powerful bike in the KTM street line-up is the 1190 RC8 R. This machine is the bike of choice for KTM/HMC Superbike Team rider Chris Fillmore. With a new look for 2013, the RC8R comprised of an 1195cc, 75-degree V-twin engine that puts out 175 horsepower. It also features a new slipper clutch to decrease rear wheel chatter on downshifts while allowing for increased corner entry speed. The RC8 R is designed for high-performance supersport riding and racing.
990 SM T: The 999cc, powerful, LC8, DOHC, V-Twin engine that makes up the 990 SM T, produces 115 horsepower and 71.5 lb-ft torque. The bike includes new graphics, a new two-tone suede-style seat along with a high-quality braking system produced by Brembo, a long-distance fuel tank capacity of five gallons and soft-side lightweight saddle bags as standard equipment. It is the perfect companion for long trips up the coast.
690 Enduro R: The single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine of the 690 Enduro R includes a semi ride-by-wire electronic fuel-injection system as well as a slipper clutch, 6-speed gearbox for off-road riders. The shelf-supporting plastic subframe fuel tank, comfortable seat, bodywork with rider-friendly ergonomics and fully-adjustable suspension with a revised spring weight contribute to the handling of this dual-spot machine.
500 EXC & 350 EXC-F: The EXC line is among KTM’s most popular selling units. With compact engine design and easy maintenance, these fuel-injected units provide unrivalled enduro specific performance and rideability. The EXC line makes up KTM’s smallest displacement street-legal motorcycles that come equipped with a DDS (Damped Diaphragm Steel) one-piece clutch basket combined with the primary gear that contributes to the narrow engine size. The 500 EXC and 350 EXC-F are off-road oriented street-legal motorcycles.
The entire 2013 street line-up can be found online at ktmusa.com.