MotoNation Manufacturer Sdn Bhd from way up north, Penang, has unveiled the latest and first to be CKD range of KTM motorcycles to the general public. KTM’s 690 Duke and Duke R motorcycles will be the first range to be locally assembled right here in Malaysia!

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KTM being the second largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe, have decided to collaborate with long-time local KTM distributor, MotoNation, in assembling their bikes in order to cope with the increasing demand for KTM’s particularly well-looked-for motorcycles, both domestically and within the ASEAN region.

The plant’s location has yet to be confirmed, however it has been said that the plant be operational before the end of 2011, and MotoNation has also assured that the assembly plant will adhere to the same quality controls and expectations that KTM Motorcycle (Austria) has placed on their motorcycles that roll out of their Mattighofen factory in Austria.

Further assurances have also been made to help make KTM’s brand, more accessible throughout Malaysia by targeting the areas that have a relatively large population of motorcycle enthusiasts.

MotoNation along with KTM, also look to cultivate, hone and increase the calibre of young aspiring motorcycle racers by providing better accessibility through organizing seasonal international motorcycle circuit racing events.

KTM and MotoNation’s collaboration couldn’t come at a better moment as KTM celebrate their 10th consecutive Dakar Rally win, thanks to Marc Coma as he bags his 3rd consecutive title win for the most gruelling rally event in the world.

2010 KTM 690 Duke R – Specifications

Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 690 cc
Bore x stroke 102/84,5 mm (4.01 / 3.33″)
Performance (homologated) 51,5 kW/7500 rpm
Max. torque 70 Nm/5500 rpm
Compression ratio 12,5:1
Starter/Battery E-Starter / 12 V 8.6 Ah
Transmission 6 gears, dog clutch engagement
Fuel Mixture Generation Keihin EFI with EPT (Electr. Power Throttle)
Control 4 V / OHC with roller rocker levers
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Engine lubrication Motorex, fully synthetic, SAE 10W-60
Primary drive 36:79
Final drive 16:40
Cooling Liquid cooled
Clutch APTC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Motor Management Keihin EMS

Frame Chromium-Molybdenum trellis frame, powder coated
Subframe Aluminium 7020
Handlebar Aluminium, Ø 28 / 22 mm (1.10 / 0.87″), tapered
Front suspension WP USD Ø 48 mm (1.89″)
Rear suspension WP mono shock with Pro-Lever linkage
Suspension travel front/rear 140 / 140 mm (5.51 / 5.51″)
Front brake Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm (12.6″)
Rear brake Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm (9.45″)
Rims, front/rear Cast aluminium wheels 3.5 x 17″; 5 x 17″
Tires, front/rear 120/70 R 17″; 160/60 R 17″
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
Battery 12 V / 8.6 Ah
Main silencer Stainless steel underfloor silencer with integrated catalytic converter
Steering head angle 63.5°
Trail 115 mm (4.53″)
Wheel base 1472 ± 15 mm (57.95 ± 0.59″)
Ground clearance (unloaded) 155 mm (6.1″)
Seat height 865 mm (34.06″)
Tank capacity approx. 13.5 liters / 2.5 liters reserve (3.56 / 0.66 gal)
Weight (no fuel) approx. 148 kg (326.3 lbs)