The Indian motorcycling junta might be waiting forever for the KTM 690s to hit the shores and though it doesn’t seem coming yet, the Austrian manufacturer has unveiled the 2016 KTM 690 and KTM 690R at the EICMA 2015.
Both the 2016 variants have been treated to engine revisions that include intake camshaft which also functions as a supplementary balancer shaft for added refined feel over the preceding models. Also with Euro4 emission norms in place, the intake and exhaust systems on the two motorcycles have been improved to comply with the new norms.
The 2016 KTM 690 Duke features a new triple clamp set with a reduced offset of 4mm and the engine revision has resulted in an increased rev range by another 1000 rpm for a more linear power delivery. Power and torque figures remain the same as the predecessor.
The 2016 KTM 690R features more arsenal than the regular 690 with an Akrapovic exhaust that bumps up the horsepower from 73 to 75 bhp. Along with a fully adjustable front suspension, it also features KTM’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system, KTM’s Motor Slip Regulation system with supermoto mode, Cornering ABS and lean angle sensitive traction control. Three ride modes are being offered (sport, street and rain) as standard on the 690R, but the regular 690 buyers could upgrade their bikes with a “Track Pack” featuring the ride modes, Motor Slip Regulation system and traction control.
To differentiate the 690R from the regular model, visual enhancements such as body graphics, LED indicators and a new seat with a pillion cover. So now the wait for an Indian launch even gets more painful particularly for the tastefully enhanced 690R.