We can study the images in ever greater detail, but two elements of significance can be drawn from the wider picture. Firstly, KTM are evidently riding the bike back-to-back with a BMW F800GS - an adventure bike of some note, probably the benchmark for this sub-1000cc category. And secondly, if we study the corner shot what do we notice? Look beyond the bike and we’ll notice the Austrian countryside is in full bloom - which would put the time of the photograph back to probably summer 2014.
Put all that together and what can we deduce? Well nothing for certain, but you could be forgiven for thinking that KTM are in fact developing a new single-cylinder adventure model and given the timeframe evident here we can properly expect it to arrive this year!
Of course they can deny that a 690 Adventure is coming because we’re asking the wrong question. Maybe we should ask, ‘are you developing a new single-cylinder adventure model?’ Because maybe this machine won’t be called a 690, but instead a 675, a 695, or a 705?
And when you look at the bigger (global) picture: Honda and KTM are at war. They’ve been in a bitter battle in Moto3, with a fair bit of mud slinging, and that’s spilled over into a battle in the Dakar. And we all saw the prototype 1000cc twin-cylinder adventure bike Honda’s taken to every international bike show this winter. Can you imagine KTM taking that kind of grandstanding lying down? No, that’s not in their nature. So be ready... there’s almost certainly a new KTM / Husqvarna single-cylinder adventure bike on the way... And if anyone asks, you read it here first, in RUST!
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