2017 KTM Freeride E-XC
KTM is bringing its electric enduro to the States. This fun little ride has been entertaining European riders for a few years now with its 2.6-kWh lithium battery and 21-horsepower electric motor, and now American buyers have an opportunity to see what all the hubbub is about. At least when it comes to the brown; the E-XC doesn’t meet U.S. requirements for street-legal use in spite of its headlight, taillight and turn signals. Still, it’s a glimpse of the possibilities within the sector.
Continue reading for my review of the KTM Freeride E-XC.
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.
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.
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.
2017 KTM Duke 390
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.
2017 KTM Duke 250
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.
2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
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’.
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.
KTM continues to expand and refine its adventure bike line with its 2017 1090 Adventure R and the 1290 duo, the Super Adventure R and Super Adventure T. Revealed to the world at the 2016 INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, these bikes benefit from KTM’s not-inconsiderable experience with off-road bikes and its more recent foray into the world of naked street/superbikes. The engines punch above their weight, and the electronic magic really shows the genius of Austrian engineering, which is a lot like German engineering. (...just with a sense of humor?).
Continue reading for my review of the KTM 1090 Adventure R, 1290 Super Adventure R and 1290 Super Adventure T.
Indoctrination works best when it starts at the earliest opportunity, and KTM goes to work on the entry-level with its RC 125 and RC 390 sportbikes. Both come completely street legal, and though it doesn’t affect the U.S., some buyers will be glad to hear that at 15 horsepower, the RC 125 falls at the top of the power bracket for A1 licensing. Though neither bike is built for what you might call blistering speeds, they really shine when it comes to the handling performance. Each can serve not only as an entry-level streetbike, but as a race trainer as well and the smaller cc engines make sporty commuters. The race to the bottom-tier market is hotter than ever and KTM is working to stay competitive in such a populated bracket.
Continue reading for my review of the KTM RC 125 and RC 390.
The Little Big One
In the junior class from 11 to 15 years of age, there are no longer any beginners pootling around. This is where future champions fight for victory, whether it be in the Junior WC or a regional championship. The 85 SX is regarded as a winning bike in this scene. With the most powerful engine in the field and an ultra-light, sturdy chassis, it has nothing to fear from any full-size bike. 2015 KTM 85 SX 17/14 Features and Benefits:Masters The Toughest Tracks: (...)
The 450 EXC Six Days is "READY TO RACE " for the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle - a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the KTM 450 EXC Six Days fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. No other brand is anywhere near as strong and (...)
The 350 EXC-F Six Days is "READY TO RACE" for the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle - a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the 350 EXC-F Six Days fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. No other brand is anywhere near as strong and successful (...)
Power For All
With the 450 SX‑F, KTM has a winning motorcycle in its range, which derives its potential from a high-capacity engine and a chassis perfectly tuned to the power unit. The 450 SX-F is the no. 1 choice for the official KTM factory team in the AMA Championship. No wonder; the compact SOHC engine guarantees brutal yet controllable power with its revolutionary injection technology. Above all, the 450 SX-F scores highly compared with other large 4-strokes in terms of (...)
KTM RC 200 2015: City Performance
RC200 is the first step into KTM´s Ready to Race philosophy. The premium full faired bike is an eye-catcher for its outstanding style. The 200cc engine is combining top performance together with efficient mileage. Premium components such as USD front fork, multifunctional fully digital display and radial brake caliper are completing the package and making RC200 an excellent value for money full faired motorcycle. 2015 KTM RC 200 Features and (...)
The KTM RC 390 is a true speed lover. It features a sporty fairing a light, yet rigid frame and a lively 373.2 cc, 1 cylinder, 4 stroke , water cooled engine which puts out 43 hp.
The motorcycle’s stopping power is handled by a four piston radially bolted caliper in combination with a single brake disk (300mm diameter) in the front and a single piston floating caliper with a single brake disk (230 mm diameter) for the rear.
You also get a front upside-down fork from WP Suspension which is paired with a light alloy swingarm which is directly linked to a WP shock absorber.
Once on board, the rider is welcomed by a 100% digital LCD display which includes the engaged gear, fuel gauge and service reminder information.
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It isn’t every day that I get to write about a “new” bike that already has podium time, but KTM produced a bike for its upcoming lineup that has done just that. Introducing the KTM 450 SX-F; newly redesigned for 2016, and newly crowned Supercross king. Those clever Austrians weren’t content to simply tweak the 2015 model, instead opting for more of a ground-up approach, a decision that seems to have worked out well so far. This ride has had such an auspicious start, I decided to take a look-see and find out why.
Continue reading for me review of the 2016 KTM 450 SX-F.
Ever since I watched my first live Supercross event, I have been guthooked on all sorts of dirt bike/motocross sports, and I realize that some of the best riders started out at a very tender age. So does KTM. Introducing the 2016 50 Mini; KTM’s absolute bottom-tier motocross trainer designed to ease brand new riders into the sport as safely (safety being a relative concept, it is still a motorsport) as possible. In spite of its size, this is no “toy bike,” and is built for serious (if adorable) competition.
Continue reading my review of the 2016 KYM 50 SX Mini.
I like writing about electric or moped-like contraptions — cute little bikes that show how clever people can be with green technology, but at the end of the day, little more than novelties. It is through this lens that I view the 2015 Freeride E-SX available in the European market from KTM’s “E-Ride” line, and I gotta say that I like what I see. This is a real bike with real capabilities, and it demonstrates that electric-vehicle technology is beginning to mature – at least enough to see a serious dirt bike join the burgeoning ranks of street style, electric motorcycles.
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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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Limitless possibilities! The KTM FREERIDE E is an almost silent off-road motorcycle that is exceptionally easy to ride. Lightweight, agile and powerful.
No clutch, no shifting, just serious electric- powered fun. With a rated output of 11 kW (homologated) the KTM FREERIDE E-XC also meets all requirements for a READY TO RACE start by the age of 16 (A1 - european driver’s licence).
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The 500 EXC Six Days is "READY TO RACE " for the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle - a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the KTM 500 EXC Six Days fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. No other brand is anywhere near as strong and successful in offroad sport.
In 2013 the fastest rider overall was once again on a KTM. The Six Days will take place in Argentina in 2014 and the KTM model range has been updated accordingly to be equipped for everything that the South American terrain has to offer. In the form of the new Six Days models, KTM offers well-proven, robust machines that fully satisfy the high demands of this extraordinarily tough competition.
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