Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?
The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.
Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.
We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.
2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
KTM has proven itself capable of producing competitive dirtbikes and popular streetbikes, and 2019 sees a next-gen Gran Turismo that targets the sport-tour genre for domination. Sure, the previous model set a pretty high standard, especially if you like your sport-tour Super Duke GT. Comfort and convenience were buffed along with the instrumentation, all with even more race-tacular tendencies due to the revised V-Twin powerplant and improved electronic aids
Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018
For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where these adventure touring machines comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.
Here are our top ten adventure tourers of 2018 that come with some impeccable versatility to trout the lands across the globe. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Big and powerful engines, long travel suspensions and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.
Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018
Call them bikes that perfectly fill the gap between thrilling sportsbike and the gigantic touring machines, sports-tourers are simply long haul motorcycles with sportbike expectations built to get the best out of that long way home. Here is our list of 2018’s top ten machines offering the same capabilities as touring bikes but without sacrificing any of the sporty performance.
They tend to be a bit lighter and corner well but aren’t the most comfortable. The riding position tends to be a bit more relaxed compared to sports machines, there’s better wind protection, much better pillion comforts, transmission with lower gearing and usually a whole quick release pannier system designed in.
KTM testing the Euro V compliant 1290 SuperDuke GT
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.
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.
If you love to mix adventures with two wheels, then the 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R is the perfect choice for you.
Equipped with all it needs to impress even the most demanding riders, the KTM 1190 Adventure R can deal effortless with anything you ask of it.
The KTM 1190 Adventure R is built around a 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, liquid cooled engine with a displacement of 1,195 Cm³. The engine cranks out a maximum power of 148 hp and is mated on a 6-speed, claw shifted transmission.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum stainless steel. You also get a die-cast, open-lattice swingarm, Bosch’s MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control), Brembo brakes and an adjustable windshield.
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Like its name suggests, the KTM 1050 Adventure is ultimate adventurer on two wheels. It tough to the core, efficient, reliable and agile even on the most difficult tracks, so it won’t disappoint you as far as ride and handling are concerned.
It is also A2 license compatible and is powered by a 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid cooled engine with a displacement of 1,050 Cm³. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and is mated on a 6-speed, claw shifted transmission.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a powder coated, tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include ABS, Traction Control, handguards, a Multi-function cockpit, Daytime running lights, Adjustable ergonomics, a Luggage rack and case brackets.
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There aren’t many motorcycles that can compete with success against the KTM 1190 Adventure. This bike was built to endure the toughest pisnishment without baking down and on top of its first class reliability it is also fairly easy to handle, comfortable and fast.
At the heart of the motorcycle sits a 1195 cc, 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, 75° V Arrangement, liquid-cooled engine which is kept in leash by a six speed, claw shifted transmission.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include Bosch’s new MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control), ABS and a State-of-the-art instrument cluster.
The engine is mounted on a tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated forks. The ride quality is assured by front WP Suspension Up Side Down forks and a rear Shock Absorber WP Suspension Monoshock.
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KTM has always managed to be on top of the pack when it comes to motorcycles and the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE makes no exception.
This potent Travel Enduro motorcycle has all it needs to deal effortless with anything you ask of it. It weighs only 229 Kg and is propelled by a 1301 cc, 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, liquid-cooled engine which generates a maximum output of 160 hp and 108 Nm of torque. The unit is brought to life by an electric starter and is mated on a high tech gearbox with slipper clutch. For enhanced performances, the 1290 Adventure also features a modern ride-by-wire system.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include HHC (Hill Hold Control), MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control), MSR (Motor Slip Regulation) and MSC With C-ABS (Combined ABS) and Offroad Mode.
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The KTM 990 Adventure R is one of the most wanted enduro motorcycles in its class. Its rugged character helps it deal great with a wide range of off-road activities.
The KTM 990 Adventure R is backed up by the latest technologies in the business and is propelled by a 999 cc, 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled engine. The unit generates a maximum power of 84.5 KW (113.3 Hp) and is mated to a 6-Speed, Claw Shifted transmission.
The engine is housed by a tubular space frame made from thin-walled chrome-molybdenum steel tubing with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe.
The KTM 990 Adventure R’s stopping power is assured by a set of Brembo brakes which include two floating 300 mm front and 240 Mm rear brake discs.
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Built with adventure in mind, the KTM 990 is a great riding partner as it can deal effortless with anything you ask of it. Thanks to its mixed personality the motorcycle feels similarly comfortable both on the asphalt and rugged terrains.
The secret behind its first class performances is its sturdy tubular space frame made from thin-walled chrome-molybdenum steel tubing with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe that weighs only 10.5 kg. The frame houses a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, 75° v arrangement, liquid-cooled with a displacement of 999 Cm³. The unit cranks out a maximum power of 84.5 KW (113.3 Hp) and is kept in leash by a six speed claw shifted transmission.
Other features offered by the KTM 990 Adventure include a clearly structured multi-function cockpit, a 19.5 l fuel tank, and engine guard, an electric socket and a stowage compartment.
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KTM revealed the 2014 1190 Adventure R. The new model year keeps all the core values of its predecessors featuring an unstoppable character, faultless ergonomics and a great maneuverability.
One of the most important features offered for the MY 2014 is the new BOSCH Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC). Thanks to this new system which includes the innovative lean-sensitive cornering ABS feature, the 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R can be considered one of the safest bikes in its class.
Other features offered by the 2014 KTM Adventure R include a multi-function cockpit, daytime running lights, LED indicators, adjustable ergonomics, adjustable windshield height, a luggage rack and case brackets. You also get offroad spoked wheels, an immobilizer, TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), handguards and steel crash bars.
In its off road adventures, the bike is helped by a potent, 1,195cc, 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition liquid-cooled engine. The unit delivers a maximum power of 148 hp and is mated to a six speed claw shifted transmission.
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