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2018 KTM 790 Duke

2018 KTM 790 Duke
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  • KTM 790 Duke
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    2018
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    799 cubic inches
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KTM’s First Parallel Twin: Race-Ready And Rearing To Go

KTM launches a fresh assault, this time on the mid-displacement, naked-bike market with the 2018 790 Duke, first of its name. The Austrian bike builders have nicknamed it “The Scalpel” for its precise control over power delivery and lean angle with a race-tastic chassis and new, 100-plus horsepower mill. A robust electronics suite brings an alphabet soup of goodies to the table, and ABS, traction control and variable power-delivery ride modes are just a few of the features on the menu. Even with the dearth of body panels, it’s easy to see the Duke DNA in the details that leave no doubts about its heritage. A bold move in such a competitive market, so let’s see what else KTM throws in to sweeten the deal and be competitive in a crowded field.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 790 Duke.

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2018 KTM 790 Duke

2018 KTM 790 Duke

KTM’s First Parallel Twin: Race-Ready And Rearing To Go

KTM launches a fresh assault, this time on the mid-displacement, naked-bike market with the 2018 790 Duke, first of its name. The Austrian bike builders have nicknamed it “The Scalpel” for its precise control over power delivery and lean angle with a race-tastic chassis and new, 100-plus horsepower mill. A robust electronics suite brings an alphabet soup of goodies to the table, and ABS, traction control and variable power-delivery ride modes are just a few of the features on the menu. Even with the dearth of body panels, it’s easy to see the Duke DNA in the details that leave no doubts about its heritage. A bold move in such a competitive market, so let’s see what else KTM throws in to sweeten the deal and be competitive in a crowded field.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 790 Duke.

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2018 KTM Duke 790

2018 KTM Duke 790

Nicknamed ’The Scalpel’, its a brutal twin-cylinder fury

The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the recently concluded EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off its brand new 790cc Duke, KTM shows of having no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles in a compact and functional package.

This is KTM’s entry to the hot naked middleweight market that has been all been currently roped up by the Street Triples and the Monsters. They better get ready for a battle because this Duke is here to stay.

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2017 - 2018 KTM 125 Duke

2017 - 2018 KTM 125 Duke

Small-Displacement Ride With A Big-Bike Attitude

The battle of the flyweights rages on as KTM stays in the fray with its race-tastic 125 Duke. KTM takes much the same tack as the competition and builds its entry-level ride to resemble the machines it has to offer further up the licensing chain. The angular Duke bodywork and exposed Trellis frame set the stage for the key player, the 11 kW powerplant that keeps the 125 Duke within the A1 performance envelope and turns it into a weapon in the fight for the zenith of the nadir, ie, the entry-level masses yearning to breathe free. KTM has established quite a name for itself as the King of Thumpers with a proven off-road record, but today I’m going to take a look and see how the littlest Duke stacks up against the rest of the 125 cc streetbike field.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 125 Duke.

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2017 - 2018 KTM 390 Duke

2017 - 2018 KTM 390 Duke

Coming Off An Update Last Year, It Is Better Than Ever

The value of indoctrination is not lost on KTM, evidenced by the fact that they’ve updated and generally spruced up their entry-level unit, the 390 Duke for 2017, and those improvements carry straight over into the 2018 season. New upside-down stems float the front end along with larger, more powerful brakes to help manage the energy from the 44-horsepower engine and 328-pound dry weight. Ride-by-wire tech makes an appearance for a bit of tech you normally don’t see at this price point. Add to this a fresh new look and you have a recipe for success, or so KTM hopes. Let’s dive in and see what else the Austrian bike maker has in store for us.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 390 Duke.

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KTM testing the Euro V compliant 1290 SuperDuke GT

KTM testing the Euro V compliant 1290 SuperDuke GT

Gets new bodywork and bigger cats to reduce 30 percent emissions

When the flagship Super Duke was released in 2014, it blew us away and reigned supreme in the super naked market. It received major updates for 2017 showcasing no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles along with being competitive.

Now, KTM is looking out to make use of the same formula on their long-distance V-twin rocket, the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT. The Austrian firm has been caught busy testing their next generation of the touring flagship underpinned by the mechanicals of the new Super Duke that is said to run on Euro V compliant mill. Not only is it a whole different story on the inside, but the exterior is also set to get a chiseled bodywork cued by its naked sibling.

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KTM busy with testing the Euro V compliant 1290 SuperDuke

KTM busy with testing the Euro V compliant 1290 SuperDuke

The flagship will emit 30 percent lesser emissions

When the flagship Super Duke was released in 2014, it blew us away and reigned supreme in the super naked market. It received major updates for 2017 showcasing no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles along with being competitive.

Now, KTM has been caught busy testing their next generation of the flagship that is said to run on Euro V compliant mill. On the exteriors, there isn’t much new going on but on the inside, it is a whole different story.

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2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

Ten of the 2018’s hottest bikes coming to change the way we ride

Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.

Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.

Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:

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Gallery: 2018 KTM Duke 790 - in the details

Gallery: 2018 KTM Duke 790 - in the details

High resolution images for your eyes and your wall

KTM launched the highly anticipated Duke 790 at the recently concluded EICMA show in Milan. It debuts the brand’s all-new 799cc parallel twin engine that punches out 105 hp and 63.5 lb-f of torque.

Weighing at just 425 lbs, this Duke 790 boasts of a best power-to-weight ratio in its class. It gets a completely new frame and styling packaging that uses the engine as a stressed member. Riding aids include cornering ABS, Supermoto mode, lean-angle sensitive traction control, quickshifter, riding modes and launch control.

Starting with the all-LED lighting package, the Duke borrows many gizmos from its eldest sibling, the Super Duke. It gets the TFT dashboard with optional KTM MY RIDE to tether your phone with the bike, and the straight cut futuristic body panels will remind you of the Super Duke.

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KTM is punching out a new Duke 790 streetfighter

KTM is punching out a new Duke 790 streetfighter

Nicknamed ’The Scalpel’, its a brutal twin-cylinder fury

The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the recently concluded EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off its brand new 790cc Duke, KTM shows of having no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles in a compact and functional package.

This is KTM’s entry to the hot naked middleweight market that has been all been currently roped up by the Street Triples and the Monsters. They better get ready for a battle because this Duke is here to stay.

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2015 - 2017 KTM 690 DUKE ABS

2015 - 2017 KTM 690 DUKE ABS

Each version of the Duke since 1994 shed more and more of its vestigial ’dirt bike’ features, and this latest version is a straight-up streetbike. This ride highlights the no-frills pragmatism of the designers with minimal body paneling, exposed frame and afterthought-class rear mudguard. The result is an unimpeded view of the wheels, frame and engine that leaves little to the imagination, and plenty of easy access for maintenance and repairs. Made since 2012, the Duke IV represents the current branch of the family tree, with the 690 Duke serving as the midrange-displacement sibling. Quick and light, the 690 Duke is intended for the entry-level streetbike market.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 690 Duke.

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2015 - 2017 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R ABS

2015 - 2017 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R ABS

KTM has long been famous for building competitive offroad/dirtbike machines, and the Duke line actually started off as such. With each successive Duke model, the factory has moved further away from its dirt roots and into the domain of street bikes. The 1290 Super Duke R represents the pinnacle (so far...) of KTM’s naked bike streetfighter development, and it proves that the factory has fully grasped what it takes to build a truly competitive street machine with the cutting-edge design features demanded by today’s sportbike riders.

Continue reading for my full review of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

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2016 - 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2016 - 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

When you add a Gran Turismo suffix to the name of a bike, it had better be more than just a streetbike with a set of bags, and it seems that KTM agrees. The new-in-2016 Super Duke GT sports the same 1,290 cc, 173-horsepower plant and much the same chassis as the rest of the family, but the factory boosted the tourability with a set of hard-side panniers and cruise control to go along with a host of comfort- and safety-related features, to include ABS, traction control and more. Best of all, the engineers managed to retain much of the sporty attitude and ability associated with the range to produce a true sport-tourer, so without further ado, let’s check out the details.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT.

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KTM Recalls 690 Duke for Possible Fuel Leak

KTM Recalls 690 Duke for Possible Fuel Leak

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall on 700+ MY16-17 KTM 690 Duke motorcycles. While KTM hasn’t announced a fix yet, the problem looks like a possible fuel leak around the filler cap. While filling up, we always take care not to dribble the gas on the tank and possibly mar the finish, but it’s a little upsetting that the filler cap may leak and create the conditions that could cause a fire.

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KTM Delivers One-Two Punch At Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

KTM Delivers One-Two Punch At Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

1290 Super Duke R Has Stellar Day

KTM and Kawasaki were represented in the top four finishes in the Heavyweight Motorcycle division at the 95th running of the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Spring, Colorado, but it was KTM’s [1290 Super Duke R->mot5233 that delivered the one-two punch by taking first and second place, as well as fourth place. Chris Fillmore, an in-house racer for KTM, made a record-setting climb of 9.49.265 to beat the previous record held by Carlin Dunne set in 2013. All-in-all, it was an excellent day of racing for KTM and the 2017 Super Duke R.

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2017 KTM Duke 390

2017 KTM Duke 390

Defining the concept of upping the ante.

It’s been four years since KTM introduced the Duke series and since their launch, they haven’t received any big change except few cosmetic jobs that came in the form of new colour schemes. Yet, they sold like hot cakes.

Like we all expected, KTM unveiled the completely new 2017 Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show last year, and it inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features.

The naked bike has gone through a decent amount of mechanical upgrades and surely has gone through a major overhaul regarding styling. The new Duke 390 has received its styling inspiration from the bigger and more aggressive 1290 Super Duke which happens to be the most powerful naked streetfighter in the class. The 390 is here to continue that legacy even at the bottom of the fight and doing so, KTM has made sure they leave everyone in the dust and bruised.

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2017 KTM Duke 250

2017 KTM Duke 250

The quarter-litre naked segment gets a new zhar on the street.

When the first Duke hit the streets a few decades ago, it was not here to make friends. The bike changed the game and re-wrote the rule books. A bold call to all to head to the straight narrow and embrace the life that lives at the very limit.

In 2011 the Duke family gained a new member, namely the small 125 Duke and was followed by the 690 Duke and the 990 Super Duke R in 2012. We got the first Duke 200 in 2013, and since then there has been no turning back for the Austrian Orange. Releasing the refreshed 390, they had completed the goal of leading the boards of the segment. But, looks like KTM had other things in mind for us.

Now in 2017 came a surprise from KTM when they launched the Duke 250 along with their updated 200 and the new phenomena called the 390 Duke. Although KTM had once rubbished news about the brand planning to get the Duke 250, this launch has been a wild card. Meant only for the South Asian markets, the 250 could make a scene on American roads too and is built in India by Bajaj.

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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Beast Mode v2.0. Pushing the envelope of the wild.

The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, KTM shows of having no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles along with being competitive.

When the flagship Super Duke was released in 2014, it blew us away and reigned supreme in the super naked market. It was a lethal weapon and had to be tamed. This time, it has got ton loads of updates for 2017 making this animal go berserk. KTM prefers it to be called ‘The Beast 2.0’.

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KTM Recalls MY16-17 Super Duke GT For Fuel Hose Issue

KTM Recalls MY16-17 Super Duke GT For Fuel Hose Issue

Austrian powerhouse KTM has issued a recall on 487 of its 2016-17 Super Duke GT units in North America for a potential fire danger. Apparently, one of the pre-formed fuel hoses has a manufacturing defect that can cause it to develop a small hole or even a crack that can leak fuel. Needless to say, this is definitely a safety-related issue — because fire bad, m’kay?

Continue reading for more information on the KTM recall.

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2015 - 2016 KTM 390 DUKE

2015 - 2016 KTM 390 DUKE

When talking about KTM’s 390 Duke — the smallest Duke available in the U.S. market — everyone within my earshot who has ridden it says the same thing, that’s it is fun to ride. That’s no less applicable in 2017 as it was in previous MYs.

Looking at it spec-wise, it looks like a good entry-level bike and a sporty around-town bike — which it is — but it is also a very freeway-capable bike making it a choice for commuting and just plain having fun. Experienced riders like it because it is lightweight and easy to throw around, it has awesome power and torque for a single-cylinder engine and it is surprisingly smooth at highway speeds.

Made by Bajaj, a manufacturer in India, and rebranded by KTM, I wasn’t expecting much from the 390 Duke. Boy, was I surprised.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 390 Duke.

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NHTSA Issues Recall Advisory For The KTM 1290 Super Duke R In The US

NHTSA Issues Recall Advisory For The KTM 1290 Super Duke R In The US

A recall of the 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R has been issued in the US by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, following similar recall announcements issued by its counterparts in Canada (Transport Canada) and Australia (Australia Competition & Consumer Commission).

KTM North America announced the recall of 640 bikes for alleged fuel leaks stemming from the bike’s threaded inserts that attach the internal overflow pipe to the fuel tank. Similar to the recalls in Canada, the specific problem lies in irregularities in the coating process of the inserts, which could cause a fuel leak, leading to the increased threat of the entire setup catching fire.

This issue is extremely dangerous for riders, not only for the obvious fire and safety hazard it poses, but also because of the threat of messing up the traction to the rear tires. Should that happen, it could turn into a really dangerous situation for the rider that could lead to serious injuries or worse, death.

Such is the gravity of this problem, which is why KTM North America is highly encouraging owners of the 2014 1290 Super Duke R to have their bikes checked for the potential problem. A notification to affected owners will also be sent out but considering the nature of the problem, it might be in the best interests of the owners to preemptively find out for themselves if their bikes are affected by the defective threaded inserts.

Either way, KTM’s dealerships are already on standby to fix affected units at no cost to the owner. The first step would be to seal the threaded inserts to prevent future fuel leaks, but if there’s already an existing fuel leak, the entire gas tank will be replaced.

Continue reading to read more about KTM North America’s recall of the 2014 1290 Super Duke R.

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KTM Recalls 1290 Super Duke R Due To Potential Fire Leak

KTM Recalls 1290 Super Duke R Due To Potential Fire Leak

KTM has issued a recall of the 2014 1290 Super Duke R over a potential fuel leak that could result in the bike going up in flames. The thought of that happening to customers was enough for the company to issue the recall in various markets where the bikes are sold.

As of now, Transport Canada and the Australia Competition & Consumer Commission have announced the recalls of the bike in their respective markets. No word yet on when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will issue its own recall, but at this point, it’s a question of “when” it’s going to happen as opposed to “if” it’s going to happen.

According to KTM, the problem lies in the bike’s threaded inserts that attach the internal overflow pipe to the fuel tank. Irregularities in the coating process of this material could cause a fuel leak, which increases the threat of the whole contraption catching fire. The ACCC also added that the bike’s internal overflow pipe may not have been completely enclosed in plastic during the manufacturing process, further adding to the already increased risk of a fire breaking out if the leaked fuel comes too close to an ignition source.

KTM has already instructed dealerships in affected markets to make themselves available to inspect affected models and, if deemed necessary, make the needed repairs to fix the issue.

While the NHTSA has yet to announce a recall of the bike in the US market, expect an announcement to be made anytime soon. Issues like this, especially when the word “fire” is being thrown around, is cause for an immediate recall because that’s a pretty big deal for owners of the 1290 Super Duke R.

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2015 KTM 690 DUKE R ABS

2015 KTM 690 DUKE R ABS

The KTM 690 Duke R cultivates the sporty genes of the 690 Duke: a formidable hot rod for enthusiasts and experts alike, light as a feather, lightning quick, amazingly suitable for everyday use, but with everything that makes a 690 Duke even sportier.

For 2015 690 Duke R is coming with bright orange rims, underlining the sporty and uncompromised DNA of any KTM model deserving the R in its name.

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2014 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R ABS

2014 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R ABS

When it comes to naked bikes, KTM is without a doubt one of the top manufacturers. Its products have never disappointed us as far as performances and reliability are concerned and the 1290 Super Duke R makes no exception.

The motorcycle is built around a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, 75° v arrangement, liquid-cooled engine with a displacement of 1,301 cm³. The unit is brought to life by an electric starter and generates a maximum output of 132 KW (180 PS). For enhanced performances the motorcycle features adjustable riding modes, PowerParts setups and ABS.

The engine is housed by a tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel. The frame sits on front Wp suspension up side down forks (125 mm wheel travel) and a rear Wp suspension monoshock absorber (156 mm wheel travel).

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2014 KTM 690 DUKE R ABS

2014 KTM 690 DUKE R ABS

The KTM 690 Duke is without a doubt a fairly potent motorcycle, but the R version raises the bar even higher and features a sportier character.

Starting from the tubular space frame made of chrome-molybdenum steel which weighs only 9 kg the entire motorcycle was built with lightness in mind. The frame is combined with a lightweight, 4kg, pin-joined, die-cast swingarm which further helps to keep the motorcycle’s weight under the 150 kg mark.

The KTM 690 DUKE R is propelled by a single cylinder, 4 stroke, spark-ignition, liquid cooled engine with a displacement of 690 cc. The unit puts out a maximum power of 69.1 hp which is transferred to the ground by means of a six speed, claw shifted transmission.

For enhanced safety the motorcycle is also available with a Bosch 9M+ ABS.

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2014 KTM 200 DUKE

2014 KTM 200 DUKE

Light, good looking and agile, the KTM 200 Duke is without a doubt one of the most wanted nakeds in its class.

The KTM 200 DUKE‘s backbone is represented by a modern tubular space frame which was especially developed to deliver a perfect balance between lightness and rigidity. Moreover, the entire motorcycle was carefully designed to keep the center of gravity to as low as possible, thus enhancing high speed maneuverability.

At the heart of the KTM 200 DUKE sits a 199.5 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid cooled engine which puts out a maximum power of 25 Hp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed, claw shifted transmission and is fueled by a 11 liter fuel tank that offers a riding range of more than 300 km.

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2014 KTM 125 DUKE ABS

2014 KTM 125 DUKE ABS

When it comes to high speed performance, revolutionary style and versatility, there aren’t many motorcycles that can compete with success with the KTM 125 DUKE.

The motorcycle is propelled by a 124.7 cc, 1-cylinder 4-stroke, water-cooled engine with a displacement of 124.7 Cm³. The unit cranks out a maximum power of 15 hp and is mated to a six speed claw shifted transmission.

The engine is combined with a lightweight tubular space frame which helps the bike score and unladen weight of 127 kg. The frame sits on an upside-down fork from WP Suspension which features a 43 mm outer tube diameter. Out back there is a lightweight, pin-jointed swingarm which is linked to a WP shock absorber.

The stopping power is handled by front 300 mm disc brakes grabbed by four-pot calipers and rear 230 mm discs squeezed by one-pot calipers.

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2014 KTM 690 Duke

2014 KTM 690 Duke

Meet the 2014 KTM 690 Duke, a fast bike aimed at adrenaline-hungry riders. While designing the 690 Duke, KTM’s engineers have focused on cutting the bike’s weight as much as possible. Therefore, the motorcycle comes with a 9 kg lightweight tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel which is paired with a 4 kg lightweight, pin-jointed, die-cast swingarm. After this entire struggle the engineers have managed to obtain a dry weight of only 149.5 kg (without fuel), which is pretty impressive.

At the heart of the motorcycle lies a modern, 690 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid-cooled engine. The unit develops a maximum power of 67 hp and is mated on a six speed, claw shifted transmission.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the KTM 690 Duke is equipped with front WP Suspension up side down forks and a rear WP Suspension shock absorber with Pro-Lever linkage.

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2013 KTM 690 Duke

2013 KTM 690 Duke

The original Duke was one of the most iconic motorcycles in its class and its sporty character made KTM famous. The Duke’s success story continues even today when the bike keeps the unstoppable character of its ancestor, but is equipped with new technologies and features which make it more versatile and capable than ever.

The 2013 KTM 690 Duke is powered by most cutting-edge series production single-cylinder of our times – a single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition liquid-cooled engine that cranks out 67 hp. The engine features plug-selective mapping for the best and most effective combustion, plus extended service intervals of 10,000 km.

As far as ergonomics go, the new 690 Duke comes with a comfortable two piece seat which offers freedom of movement and an ideally angled aluminium handlebar which helps you maneuver the bike with agility.

For a sharp stopping power the motorcycle is equipped with a disconnectable dual-circuit ABS system with 9M+ modulator tuned in cooperation with Bosch.

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2013 KTM 390 Duke

2013 KTM 390 Duke

The KTM 390 Duke was built with agility in mind and thanks to its lightweight construction, the capable engine and first class ergonomics offers a nimble handling and a comfortable ride.

Talking about ergonomics, the KTM 390 Duke was designed to offer enough freedom of movement to make you feel relaxed while riding.

The motorcycle’s center piece is a modern single-cylinder engine which uses the latest technologies and materials to reward you with plenty of power (44 hp). Moreover, the engine weighs only 36 kg is its low fuel consumption make it perfect for every day urban use. The 373.2 cc unit is brought to life by an electric starter and its power is sent to the ground via a six speed, claw shifted transmission.

The motorcycle sits on lightweight 17 in cast light alloy wheels wrapped in grippy Metzeler tyres which measure 110 mm wide at the front and 150 mm at the rear.

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2013 KTM 690 Duke R

2013 KTM 690 Duke R

The KTM 690 Duke R is based on the lightweight 690 Duke. The base 690 Duke was already a sporty and very capable motorcycle, but the R version raises the bar even higher and is still amazingly suitable for everyday use.

The bike’s backbone is a lightweight 9 kg tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel paired with a 4 kg lightweight, high-quality, pin-jointed, die-cast swingarm.

As the KTM 690 Duke R is more aggressive than the standard 690 Duke, its ergonomics were designed to put the rider into the perfect position required for hitting the gas. You’ll especially like the sporty angled handlebar, the convenient instrument panel and the sculpted seat.

At the heart of the motorcycle lies a single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid-cooled engine with a displacement of 690 cc. The engine delivers a peak power of 51.5 kW (69.1 hp) and is mated on a six speed gear box. The breaking is handled by a set of Brembo brakes which include front 320 mm and rear 240 mm discs.

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2013 KTM 990 Super Duke R

2013 KTM 990 Super Duke R

The KTM 990 Super Duke R can be easily compared with an unchained beast that is ready to attack the asphalt with poise. The motorcycle is propelled by a 999 cc, 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid cooled engine which puts out 92 kW (123 hp). The 999cc unit is equipped with the electronic Keihin engine management system which improves responsiveness.

The ride is kept in check by a set of capable suspensions which come with a generous variety of setting options. The suspensions consist of a front upside-down telescopic fork with TiAlN-coated sliding surfaces and a shock absorber from WP Suspension with a TiAlN-coated piston rod.

You also get a stiff and light orange, powder-coated tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe.

The breaking system consists of a front twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers and a rear single-disc brake with one-piston brake caliper.


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2013 KTM 125 Duke

2013 KTM 125 Duke

When it comes to motorcycles, KTM was always among the most innovative manufacturers in its segment. Now, the company proves once more its daring character and offers the first 125 cc motorcycle fitted with ABS.

At the heart of the bike lies a 1-cylinder 4-stroke, water-cooled engine with a displacement of 125 cc. The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine features twin overhead camshafts, four valves and electronic fuel injection. Its maximum output is rated at 11 kW (15 hp) and power is sent to the rear wheel via a six speed, claw shifted transmission. Talking about wheels, the motorcycle sits on a pair of lightweight 17 in cast light alloy wheels wrapped in 110 mm front and 150 mm rear tires.

The motorcycle’s backbone is a lightweight tubular space frame which keeps the weight grouped close to the centre of gravity to maximize handling.

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2013 KTM 200 Duke

2013 KTM 200 Duke

The KTM 200 Duke is equipped with a wide range of features which make it perfectly suited for off road riding. However, the bike’s main attribute is its extremely low weight which is rated at only 129.5 kg, without fuel.

The low weight is combined with a pretty agile 200 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine which is mated on a six speed, claw shifted transmission. The unit is based on the single-cylinder four-stroke engine of the 125 Duke. For increased performances, the 2013 power unit features new camshafts, larger valves, a larger piston with a completely new crank drive, new airbox and a new exhaust layout. The end result is a maximum output of 25 hp and more than enough torque to keep the bike ahead of many of its competitors.

The motorcycle is kept in leash by a capable ABS from Bosch. To improve the stopping power, the 2013 KTM 200 Duke has received larger brake discs (increased from 280 to 300 mm diameter).

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2012 KTM 200 Duke

2012 KTM 200 Duke

The Duke. The name itself already speaks of royalty, and when it’s taken in the context of a bike that’s as versatile as the 200 Duke, the name certainly applies.

The 200 Duke is the personification of lightness rediscovered combined with maximum riding fun, powerful propulsion, and optimum user value, all of which was accomplished through KTM’s unmistakable thoroughbred motorcycle technology.

Comfort is essential for a bike of the 200 Duke’s built, and KTM paid careful attention to it by designing a two-piece seat that provides surprising long-distance comfort, perfect support, and first-class ergonomics for rider and pillion. At 810 mm, the seat height is low enough for a secure standing position, but also high enough for sports-oriented use and a genuine big-bike feeling.

The 200 Duke also has a featherweight chassis that comes with high-quality components and first-class brakes. The bike carries a high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension with the same 43 mm outer tube diameter as the RC8 R, which is a true statement of the bike’s overall comfort and versatility.

The compact, three-chamber silencer is positioned close to the machine’s overall center of gravity. This aids centralization of masses and improves the playful handling of the 200 Duke. Not only noise, but emission levels are also exemplary thanks to the regulated catalytic converter.

At the heart of the 200 Duke is another improvement for the 2012 model: a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine that generates 60% more displacement and correspondingly fully developed power to the tune of 25 horses. Add the new camshafts, bigger valves, a larger piston with a completely new crank drive, new airbox and a new exhaust layout, and it all results in a bike that offers punchy torque with irresistible smoothness.

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2012 KTM 690 Duke

2012 KTM 690 Duke

It wasn’t that long ago that the KTM Duke was the embodiment of a pure, unadulterated single-cylinder motorcycle. After being under the radar recently, the Duke is looking to return to prominence with a line-up that makes your jaws drop to the floor.

Judging by the latest 690 Duke, someone can make a case that they’re looking at a ride that offers smoothness, room for a pillion passenger, and long-distance ride-ability.

There’s a real reason why the 690 Duke is considered one of the most cutting-edge series production single-cylinder of our times. Combining an impressive 690cc twin ignition and a precision chassis with a wealth of outstanding components has resulted in a bike that boasts of incomparable versatility.

The engine features plug-selective mapping for the best and most effective combustion, plus extended service intervals of 10,000 km and even lower fuel consumption. All that and you get a bike that produces an impressive 69 horsepower. The finely balanced crank drive of the 690 single-cylinder converts terrific combustion pressure into unrivaled single-power - thanks to its balancer shaft, which eliminates vibration even better than ever without having any detrimental effect on the life of the super-single. The 690 Duke also possesses active engine casing ventilation and the anti-hopping clutch that effectively prevents rear wheel chatter when down-shifting hard.

Speaking of its lightweight qualities, the 690 Duke comes with a 9 kg/20 lbs lightweight tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel and a 4 kg/9 lbs lightweight, high-quality, pin-jointed, die-cast swing arm that’s been built with extreme levels of torsional stiffness.

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2012 KTM 990 Super Duke R

2012 KTM 990 Super Duke R

Have you ever pictured what the perfect bike is like? You know, the kind of uncompromising riding machine that, in its purest form, just speaks to how perfect engineering could give birth to something so beautiful?

Open your eyes and you’re looking at the ultra-sporty KTM 990 Super Duke R.

With its muscle-flexing V2 and perfectly controllable power, the 990 Super Duke R has been regarded as the ultimate scourge of the superbike. The bike’s performance capabilities means serious business. After all, when you have a 999cc water-cooled V-engine that packs a powerful punch to the tune of 123 horsepower, you’re controlling a bike that can just wallop anything it sets its eyes on. The 990 Super Duke R’s engine also comes with state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads, each with flow-optimized ducts, two overhead camshafts, and
an electronic Keihin engine management system that regulates the modern fuel injection system on the 990 Super Duke R, focusing on maximum power, efficient, and spontaneous responsiveness.

As far as handling characteristics are concerned, the 990 Super Duke R’s orange, powder-coated tubular space frame that’s made from chrome-molybdenum steel with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe is as strong and sturdy as any in the market. On top of that, it provides a steeper steering head angle in the "R" setup than the Super Duke and therefore slightly less trail for even greater maneuverability. The sports bike also has an upside-down telescopic fork with TiAlN-coated sliding surfaces and a directly connected shock absorber from WP Suspension with a TiAlN-coated piston rod that allows optimum individual adjustment of the chassis to suit load, riding style, and track.

From front to rear and top to bottom, the 990 Super Duke R possesses the kind of all-world capabilities that makes it a true sports bike in every sense of the word.

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2012 KTM 125 Duke

2012 KTM 125 Duke

KTM’s line-up of Duke bikes has become a staple for a lot of consumers. In particular, for young and up-and-coming riders, the 125 Duke comes chalk full of unique features.

Even if it’s classified as a bike for young people, the 125 Duke has everything that distinguishes a genuine KTM: from the high-quality chassis components to the multi-function cockpit that keeps you up to date with fuel consumption and remaining range. The bike sports a two-piece seat that provides surprising long-distance comfort, perfect support, and first-class ergonomics for rider and pillion. At 810 mm, the seat height is low enough for a secure standing position, but also high enough for sports-oriented use and a genuine big-bike feeling.

The 125 Duke also offers maximum riding fun, thanks to thoroughbred motorcycle technology. The refined four-stroke single cylinder with fuel injection and six-gear transmission provides adequate propulsion while the featherweight chassis with high-quality components and first-class brakes guarantee dynamic cornering fun.

As for the former, the 125 Duke is powered by a state-of-the-art, 125cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine with twin overhead camshafts, four valves and electronic fuel injection, producing a peak output of 15 horsepower.

As for the latter, that’s been taken care of by a lightweight tubular space frame that’s been built in the mold of KTM’s outstanding design. The bike also has a high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension that has the same 43 mm outer tube diameter as the RC8 R.

Every which way you look at it, upstart riders will be enamored with the 125 Duke. Then again, we already knew that.

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2011 KTM 125 Duke

2011 KTM 125 Duke

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 KTM 690 Duke

2009 KTM 690 Duke

The name KTM and model name Duke simply don’t go well together without the ‘690’ deduction from cylinder capacity so in 2009, the middleweight streetfighter carries on being present in the Austrian manufacturer’s lineup and stands for the same qualities as it did in the past – all-around maneuverability, performance and, of course, good looks. The news here is that we recently grabbed the opportunity to test ride the bike and we simply can’t get over it.

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2009 KTM 990 Super Duke R

2009 KTM 990 Super Duke R

KTM’s Super Duke model range is first and foremost a good representation of what the Austrian brand understands through the word ‘Streetfighter’, but also the stripped down interpretation of the RC8 models. That’s how they end up delivering the 2009 KTM 990 Super Duke R and the simple model following the same recipe as in the case of the Superbike models and, implicit, expecting approximately the same results.

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2008 KTM 690 Duke

2008 KTM 690 Duke

KTM makes a great new addition to the 2008 lineup. By its name, 690 Duke, the bike is best characterized with the help of its engine which sets the record as the most powerful single-cylinder to ever see the streets (65 HP). Additional equipment is also great and the overall bike doesn’t look like a disappointment either.

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