KTM used the annual Long Beach gathering known as the Progressive International Motorcycle Show to showcase two powerful new arguments for getting off the dirt and onto the street: a return of its popular 690 Duke, and an upgrade of its even more popular Adventure.
First the Duke: This bike had sold well for KTM until a few years ago, when it stopped generating excitement. KTM withdrew it, and now brings it back for 2013, with adornments. The new model sits lower and has more horsepower -- under 33 inches, over 70 horsepower. It also comes fitted with a slipper clutch, uses the ride-by-wire system for better fuel mileage, and a beefy Brembo braking system. It comes in black and white, with plenty of KTM orange highlights on both.
The Duke was always KTM's relatively inexpensive, entry-level bike -- its Monster, if you like. With newer emphasis on street bikes, KTM needed a new version to start putting new riders on its bikes.
Word around Long Beach was that a 390 Duke might be on the way soon, too, making it easier still for the company to turn wannabes into owners.