Enduro bikes are incredibly versatile, offering an impressive mix of ultra-easy handling, minimal weight, and low costs. That’s why when you’re looking for an ideal enduro to compete in E1 class racing, the KTM 125 EXC is a certainl fit for your budget.
The 125 EXC boasts many qualities that enduro riders want on their bikes. The 125 EXC’s new bodywork comes with a slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, making for an ideal ergonomic set-up and allowing for better overall handling. Meanwhile, the longer rear fender protects the rider and the redesigned kickstarter makes it easier to start the engine. A completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel is characterized by even greater lateral stiffness.
The 125 EXC also boasts of a free-revving and lively 125cc two-stroke engine, considered the most powerful of its type in the market today. On top of that, the 125 EXC’s completely revamped chassis comes with a new frame, ensuring that the lightest and most flexible enduro on the market retains the kind of characteristics that have made it into a true favorite.
The redesigned airbox on the 125 EXC and the flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and the carburetor ensure better charging with fresh gas, resulting in even freer revving and more power in all rev ranges for the liquid-cooled, two-stroke machine. Likewise, the 125 EXC is equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 125 EXC’s playful handling and precision.
Find out more about the KTM 125 EXC after the jump.
Next to the RC8 R superbike, KTM also brought to EICMA Show in Italy a Track version for it. The motorcycle is compatible with the FIM Superstock homologation and can therefore be used in official championships.
The "Track" directly developed and produced by the RC8 Motorsport Department is the perfect two cylinder Superbike for hobby riders - like those competing in various championships.
The motorcycle is powered by the same twin-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 175 bhp and 127 Nm of torque. The TRack version gets the same improved gear shift linkage, new LED daytime running lights, but also a more track oriented look.
KTM now offers a street bike product that is a pure bred sports-oriented racing machine. More and more riders of super sporty bikes are now showing a preference for the race track in the form of either training sessions or races.
For 2011, KTM is offering a road-legal 125 for the first time – the 125 Duke. The new model will go on sale in the spring 2011, and while KTM has yet to announce an official price, they did promise that it would be affordable. They also predicted that this may just be your "first fast love."
Like no other brand, KTM represents a highly enjoyable riding experience, generated by concepts that always have put a strong focus on the dynamism of each model: light weight by omitting all non-essential parts; precision, achieved by modern designs and the use of only the best quality components; power thanks to strong, lightweight sports engines second to none; a unique style resulting from bold looks and an unmistakable design philosophy.
These very same capabilities and features form the foundation of the 125 Duke. Building on them, and led by the very same engineers that have brought superior sports bikes like the Duke and Superduke to the tarmac, the KTM design center has now developed the future 125 cc benchmark.
KTM brought the 2011 RC8 R superbike to EICMA Show, and we are sure glad they did. This is the company’s most powerful, smooth, and sophisticated model. For the model year 2011, KTM focuses on a thorough development of all aspects of the RC8 R.
The 2011 RC8 R is powered by a twin-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 175 bhp and 127 Nm of torque. And with a total weight of only 185 kilos, the bike is ready to race. Thanks to the finely honed injection system, the rider is in full control of the enormous power at all times.
Combined with a new eccentric bracket in the shock linkage, the RC8 R can now be precisely dialed in within a significantly wider range of settings. For 2011, the RC8 R gets improved gear shift linkage, new LED daytime running lights, and an elaborate, high gloss paint job. The latest Dunlop SportSmart tires make for the icing on the cake.
KTM is set to unveil at this year’s EICMA Show a new motorcycle that will confirm the German maker’s domination at "The Dakar rally". Called 990 Adventure Dakar the new motorcycle is not however a replacement for the current KTM 450 Rally and will not be raced in Argentina and Chile, but it does show that KTM is indeed a maker that can do amazing things.
The 990 Adventure Dakar will feature a blue and orange paint, Dakar graphics, standard engine protection bars and much more. We do not have any details on the bike’s specifications yet, but considering the new Dakar rally regulation require a 450cc engine, expect nothing else from KTM.
Stay with us, we’ll have full details for you next week when EICMA Show begins. KTM announced a few other goodies for this year show, including the 450 Rally that will indeed compete in both Argentina and Chile rally.
Updated 11/03/2010: KTM has revealed today the official images on the new 990 Adventure Dakar. The 2011 limited edition Adventure “Dakar” breathes the spirit of the greatest raids of all times. Authentic, “cigarette blue” plastic parts with the Bedouine graphics of KTM’s factory racers cover the orange frame. A high-quality suedelook seat cover looks good and prevents slippage even on extreme tracks. At the same time, the “Dakar” combines popular features of both the other models – while the Adventure donates the suspension with 210 mm of travel as well as the sensitive Bosch ABS, the engine is that of the Adventure R with 115 bhp.
You might remember Roland Sands’ KTM 530 EXC café racer that we’ve shown you a month back. We’re getting deeper into the story with detailed pictures from during the build and three inside videos of the café racer conversion. The process consisted mostly in shortening the suspension and the adding of a custom made bodywork with incredible results.
The conversion was aimed at emphasizing both performance and styling in an attempt to create the Super Single style. The idea sounds great and the bike is a dream to ride, just as Roland Sands describes: "The bike is super fun to ride, it’s light, agile, torquey and stylish. It does everything you want a good road bike to do....it just does it better." Hit the jump for the inside videos.
Take a look at this radical ride and try to find any similarities with a KTM 530 EXC. Now that’s a challenge! But the comparison is justified by the fact that Roland Sands actually created this café racer out of the respective Austrian bike. The tuner actually brought in clip-ons and dual-colored KTM wheels (not seen in this picture) as well as a tank cover that is built from scratch. The reason for that is to retain the original tank and so keep the center of gravity low, which is what makes the bike so easy to live with on a daily basis.
Although it may look like a finished project, this is actually work in progress over at Roland Sands Design. But it looks great; in fact this thing looks just like a 1960s KTM café racer would have looked if the company would have ever made those.
These guys were out on the twisties having the time of their lives and filming themselves while on it when everything ALMOST came to a tragic end when a BMW rider passing a van during a turn suddenly appeared in front of them. But luckily, the surprised rider manages to countersteer his bike immediately and avoid a head on collision by going off the road. He lives to ride another day and have this post on youtube.
Following an earlier leak concerning their 2011 Freeride bikes, KTM releases the first images and press release for their all-new EVs that are scheduled for production a year and a half from now.
As initially seen, the two bikes share the same platform – delta box frame with self-supporting subframe – and lithium ion battery, all while weighing in at 198.4lbs. The Austrian firm claims performances similar to those of a 125cc supermoto/motocross internal combustion bike.
From the two, the supermoto bike will be street legal, while the MX one will keep all the fun on the track. The Freeride bikes will make their debut in Europe for the equivalent of $14,585, while riders in the US should “comply” with the much more competitive Zero Motorcycles. Read the full press release after the jump.
Although the Austrians from KTM have tried to keep a low profile in what their all-new Freeride electric motorcycles are concerned, German magazine Das Motorrad published the first leaked pictures of the much-awaited KTMs. Damn, why can’t we feel sorry about this?
Expected to retail for approximately $13,500 (or just under €10,000), both bikes rely on 30bhp and 33lb/ft of torque while weighing in at 198.4lbs. Hmm, that cannot be impressive. At least the 2.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack is capable to keep the good stuff coming for around 1.5-hours.
One a supermoto and the other an enduro, both bikes feature what appears to be a tubular steel frame.
This pretty much blows KTM’s element of surprise, but at least we can see the Austrian company entering confidently into a totally new segment mainly dominated by Zero Motorcycles in the United States.