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KTM's baby 390 Adventure will soon make an entry to the scene

KTM’s baby 390 Adventure will soon make an entry to the scene

Currently being developed as the 2019 model

The genie was out of the bottle for quite a while now. The Austrian manufacturer has constantly been developing new products to cater its adventurist customers with the latest developments being the 790 Adventure R and the smaller 390 Adventure. The web is now flooded with images of KTM testing their newest creation on roads, and a few grabbed our attention too.

Captured by our good folks at Motorcycle.com, we’re more than glad that KTM has come a long way from exposed frame welds, flat sheet plastic zip-tied bodywork and an information-gathering module in place of the instrument panel.

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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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KTM's 790 Adventure gets spied testing

KTM’s 790 Adventure gets spied testing

The test mule is in full production clothing

Unveiled to the world along with the production-ready 790 Duke at the 2017 EICMA, KTM gave us goosebumps showing an enduro motorcycle underpinned by the same mechanicals as the Duke. The 790 Adventure R.

It is the lightweight enduro motorcycle the adventure community has been waiting for. Unfortunately, dreams got shattered when we learned that the bike displayed was just a production prototype. But looks like good news is right around the corner. A production-ready bike was snapped by our friends down under at the Motorcycle News Australia undergoing final tests.

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KTM is testing new 690 Enduro and Supermoto

KTM is testing new 690 Enduro and Supermoto

Spyshots show them being tested fully dressed

Introduction of new emission norms last year forced all manufacturers to shelve a few models since they were unviable to have a ramped up production to suit new rules. The Austrian manufacturer, KTM, too had to undergo this process and amongst the many models taken down were the 690 Enduro (title image) and 690 Supermoto.

Luckily, however, it seems like KTM just couldn’t completely let go of these babies and is currently undergoing a full testing phase of their brand new iterations that will conform to new laws. Our friends at MCN managed to snap a few pictures of the Enduro and the Supermoto doing a full production model tests.

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Leak: 2010 KTM Freeride eBikes

Leak: 2010 KTM Freeride eBikes

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.

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2009 KTM 990 Supermoto R

2009 KTM 990 Supermoto R

The KTM stand is expected to be pretty crowded this November at the EICMA show in Milan as the Austrian manufacturer announces the official release of one of its most notorious naked motorcycle, the 990 Supermoto R.

At a first glance, the new bike distinguishes from the 2008 model year due to the new color scheme featuring a set of white plastics mounted on the orange powdercoated frame. Also, the rims feature a nice, Y-spoke design and the swingarm is black painted on the 2009 model year.

The only downside yet to be identified is the reduced fuel capacity. Apparently, the gas tank became smaller in the designer’s attempt to create a sportier riding position.

Mechanical improvements haven’t made public, but one thing is for sure: the 2009 KTM 990 Supermoto R will revolutionize the naked class with its bold look and already highly-performing single-cylinder engine. But can we dream at a V-Twin?

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What has KTM been doing lately?

What has KTM been doing lately?

We are anxiously waiting to find out at the EICMA show in Milan, but there have already been enough “leaks” on the internet so that we can put together this short anticipation news.

For starters, there is the all-new KTM Supermoto 990 R, which has just been derived from the already fabulous Supermoto 950, and if it all goes as planned you will be booking yours in March 2009.

Lots of changes are expected to characterize the model, among which we’d like to mention the Super Duke R 999cc LC8 engine and high-performance Brembo brakes featuring monoblock radial-mount calipers as well as the fully-adjustable front and rear suspension systems. Stylistically, a larger gas tank is worth being pointed out.

KTM future plans also include the RC8 1190R, an immediate effect of the original bike’s success. This one is expected to be packed with high-end racing features.

And, last but not least is the Venom, a KTM concept that has been around from 2004. Also expected to be presented as ready for production at Milan, the naked bike is a close cousin of the RC8.

It seems that the Austrian bike manufacturer didn’t rest on its laurels, especially after RC8’s launch and these three bikes will be all-new special additions to an already highly-expanded motorcycle offering.

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KTM Venom heads into production

KTM Venom heads into production

KTM takes the opportunity and presents at the EICMA motorcycle saloon in Milano their latest street bike, the Venom. Previously unveiled as a concept, the future addition to the Austrian builder’s lineup is a threat for all street fighters out there.

Its secret is to offer a new kind of riding excitement, similar to the one of a super sport bike while retaining the sexy half-faired look. This shows two ways to the Venom, the track or the streets, and the bike can indeed be a great performer in both of these environments due to the top notch chassis.

Some already tend to call it a stripped down RC8, but the bike is much more. How much? Enough to be put up against the Aprilia Tuono 1000 and stand a good chance to win thanks to the super sport velleities.

The Austrians have two possibilities for the engine: the prototype, from which the street version derives, a 1.149 cc V75 developing an impressive 150 horsepower or a more likely scenario, the 155 horsepower V2 from the RC8. In this last case, KTM engineers will work their magic and retune the engine for more mid-range power, more adequate for this kind of ride.

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What's up for next year?

What’s up for next year?

In this article we’re going to have a closer look at what the motorcycle manufacturers are planning for us next year. Since model years are different in parts of the world,we’re not going to call them 2009 or 2010 model, but just “next year”. You’ll understand.
In four months, world’s biggest motorcycle exhibition (Intermot in Germany) opens its doors, and we’ll be seeing many new models. Here’s our stab at what we think (hope) to see.
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