Not a single gram of fat; just muscle. With the KTM 690 DUKE R, KTM created the most revolutionary single-cylinder street bike on the face of the planet. “Only the essentials – but only the finest essentials”: this was the philosophy behind the ultra-modern LC4 ‘single’, which was unveiled thirty years ago in 1987.
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We continue to put the board of directors under the spotlight and this month we catch up with the 55 year old Chief Operating Officer to talk some nuts and bolts of KTM.
In 1996, almost ten years after the launch of the LC4 engine, KTM presented an electric-start version of the water-cooled unit. However, the new engine was in no way intended to signal a renunciation of the hard enduro philosophy; instead the aim was to attract new consumer groups.
A chat with KTM’s four-stroke engine designer Sebastian Faistauer on how the new KTM 690 DUKE has dumped weight, upped the power and reduced the shake from a single …
Only a matter of weeks before they hit showrooms and dealer floors the new KTM 690 DUKE and KTM 690 DUKE R tore up some of the scenic mountain roads in Gran Canaria this week as a gathering of media from across the continents gave their verdict on the new LC4 propelled bikes.
From 125 to 1301cc, the current KTM DUKE range is as wide-ranging and diverse as ever in 2015. The KTM BLOG attended the ‘DUKE IT’ media event in Thailand to ride the six-strong line-up back-to-back and found out more about the many changes that KTM’s first global superstar – the 390 DUKE – receives this year.
We’ve still to look at the Red Bull Rookies machine for 2013 (that will be done with a bit of help from Sandro in the coming days) but the last streetbike we wanted to highlight from the EICMA show in Milan is the new 690 DUKE R.