Top Speed 2019 KTM Streetbike Buying Guide
The KTM-AG falls under the ownership of the CROSS KraftFahrZeug Holding GmbH and the Bajaj Auto Limited International Holdings B.V. at a rate of 51.28-percent and 47.99-percent, respectively. Based in Mattighofen, Austria, KTM builds streetbikes, racebikes, dirtbikes/enduros and sports cars, but for the purposes of this guide we will stick to the street-friendly, two-wheeled models. Famous for their single-cylinder, thumper-style engines and high performance machines with distinctive orange/white/black livery, KTM has established itself as a marque that doesn’t necessary hold to convention and has a tendency to do things their own way; much to the delight of its fans.
KTM Heats Up The Off-Road Scene At 2018 EICMA
KTM is punching out a new Duke 790 streetfighter
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.
The Duke series was born back in 1994 when the original Duke model was launched on the market. During its long lifespan, the Duke has received four radical upgrades the latest two models being the R-Version and the 390 Duke.
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.
For the year 2013, KTM revealed the fresh KTM 390 Duke which made its official debut at EICMA Motor Show. The bike is built in India by Bajaj and is packed with a 373 single cylinder engine mounted on the same chassis found at the KTM 125 Duke & KTM 200 Duke.
The engine delivers a maximum output of 43 hp and 26 lbft of torque, being in the same league with the Honda CBR500R and Kawasaki Ninja 300.
The bike is fitted with a lot of premium features such as Bosch ABS, WP suspension and Brembo brakes.
Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 390 DUKE.
We’re all familiar with the KTM 990 Adventure motorcycle, but how about this custom model that our friend Mike Werner from Motorbiker.org captured at EICMA? While the standard bike is adequate both for street and off-road riding, this Ice Special that KTM came up with for the motorcycle show in Milan looks perfectly able to take its rider to and from the North Pole. That is because it features studded tires, a crash cage and even microlights in the front, but, as surprised as you may be, this isn’t what caught our attention in the first place. The right rider side of the fairing has a map painted on it, showing that paintjobs aren’t just about looks, but usefulness as well.
The Austrians from KTM have directed their innovative minds to creating two 125cc concept bikes that will meet the demands of riders who are just starting out and yet not benefit of more than 15 horsepower so that they can be ridden legally starting the age of 16. They named the two bikes KTM 125 Race concept and KTM 125 Stunt concept and we have to say that both look more than decent for the category. Press release is attached after the jump.