The exciting KTM 690 Duke announced for Europe last year is making it to the States for 2013, along with the 990 Adventure Baja model.
The 690 Duke offers the most powerful single-cylinder street legal engine in the United States with 70 hp. A slipper clutch will provide a very useful reduction in engine braking to smooth downshifts on the big single. You can see our earlier article for all the important details. The U.S. model will be available in both black and white colors. The U.S. MSRP of the 2013 KTM 690 Duke is $8,999.
The 990 Adventure Baja is a limited edition model built specifically for North America, and it includes a number of unique features described in the press release below. U.S. MSRP for the 990 Adventure Baja is $14,999.
The following press release describes all of the street legal KTMs offered in North America for 2013. Missing is the big new 1190 Adventure, which is likely to appear in the United States in the 2014 model year.
Murrieta, CA – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce two new street models, the 690 Duke and the 990 Adventure Baja to the North American street market for 2013.
KTM is excited for the return of KTM’s most popular naked bike, the 690 Duke. Whether you are a street rider, commuter or a track day rider this bike offers superb handling and unadulterated riding pleasure.
The 690 Duke is a new model for the US 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.
In addition, the intake and exhaust system elevates the engine to produce a whopping 70hp, 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 entirely self-supporting die-cast aluminum rear subframe with top-quality WP suspension components and Brembo braking system to bring you the ultimate riding experience for each trip. Targeted at a broader audience, the new 690 Duke is positioned at a competitive and will be available in two color ways for 2013: black and white.
990 Adventure Baja
KTM has been committed to 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. It is a tribute to Baja, the land of the famous SCORE/Baja 1000 but also of multiple travel adventure rides and rallies.
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. This is truly the bike that can take you on any adventure.
In addition KTM will also return with updates to the following models: 1190 RC8 R, 990 SM T, 690 Enduro R, 500 EXC and 350 EXC-F.
1190 RC8 R
The most powerful bike in the street line-up lies within the 1190 RC8 R. This machine is the bike of choice for KTM/HMC Superbike Team rider Chris Fillmore. In only one full season on the bike, Fillmore has already claimed multiple top five finishes to further prove the machines capabilities in the Sportbike segment. The RC8 R with a new look for 2013, is comprised of an 1195cc, 75 degree V-twin engine that puts out 175 hp. 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 and has fully-adjustable ergonomics including: clip-ons, footpegs, a gear shifter, clutch and brake levers and subframe height.
990 SM T
The 999cc, powerful, LC8, DOHC, V-Twin engine that makes up the 990 SM T, produces 115hp 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 5 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 that make it the only choice for true big-bore offroad 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 perfect handling of this dual-spot machine. At 300 lbs., this is an extremely light and agile single-cylinder motorcycle that rises above the competition.
500 EXC & 350 EXC-F
The EXC line is among KTM’s most popular selling units. With extremely 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 include high-quality lightweight chromoly steel frames and PDS rear suspension. The motorcycles also come equipped with a DDS (Damped Diaphragm Steel) one-piece clutch basket combined with the primary gear that guarantees unbeatable reliability and contributes to the narrow engine size. The 500 EXC and 350 EXC-F are the most offroad oriented street-legal machine you can buy.