Models To Get Even More Electronic Wizardry in 2020

Though still in development, KTM revealed its newest safety innovations in the form of Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection. The prototype systems installed on a 1290 Super Adventure S were demonstrated in Austria with the hopes of taking motorcycle safety to the next level.

Continue reading for more on KTM’s newest safety technologies.

KTM Is Already A Technology Leader

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KTM's alphabet-soup of technology acronyms grows with ACC and BSD.

KTM is no slouch when it comes to electronic yummy-goodness. KTM already has a barrage of wizardry on nearly all their 2018 street lineup with rider safety in mind as well as making the trip even more enjoyable. The new 790 Duke and all the 1290 models feature the new lean angle-sensitive systems, which include KTM’s alphabet-soup of technology acronyms: Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with the revolutionary cornering ABS function, along with Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and multi-stage traction control. Some models also include semi-active suspension along with Hill Hold Control (HHC), Automatic Turn Indicator Reset (ATIR), Quickshifter+ and cornering LED headlights. In 2020 for the 2021 model year, add Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and that soup bowl just gets bigger.

KTM Adaptive Cruise Control

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KTM anticipates the system to respond faster than the rider ever could in real-life situations.

We’re seeing cruise control on more and more bikes filtering down from the touring models, but the next step is Adaptive Cruise Control. ACC is not intended as an emergency brake system, but instead detects a vehicle in front and adjusts the cruise control through the throttle or front brake to maintain a specified following distance. Fixed at a two-second distance in the prototype, the goal is to allow the rider to customize operational distance and speed in the final release of the package slated for MY2021.

KTM Blind Spot Detection

Bright warning lights and audible alarm alert the rider to a vehicle in close proximity.

No matter what vehicle you’re operating, taking your eyes off the road in front to check, double check, and triple check all the blindspots before making a maneuver can be dangerous, but never moreso than on a motorcycle. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) has the job of watching those spots using short distance radar to alert the rider to the potential of an undetected rear collision. The TFT console displays a visual warning and audible alarm, as well as illuminating superbright LEDs in the rearview mirror glass to alert the rider to a vehicle in proximity.

What They’re Saying At The Factory

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Without the rider using his right hand or foot on the controls, the bike went through its paces on a closed course.

Gerald Matschl, the VP for KTM Research & Development, demonstrated the systems while riding the prototype-outfitted 1290 Super Adventure S. With his right hand and foot well clear of the controls, the bike went through its paces at the ÖAMTC driving technique center in Marchtrenk, Austria.

As a company, KTM is committed to improving rider safety and also to reduce accidents.” Matschl commented after the demonstration. “We have a lot more development and many thousands of kilometers to test these systems in the real world before we can implement them on series production bikes, but they are coming in the near future and we are sure they will make a difference.

KTM PR Manager for the Street division, Luke Brackenbury added, “When it comes to KTM applying electronic rider aids to its sport motorcycles, it has always been the same approach to offer features that help riders control their bikes without losing the joy of riding.” Brackenbury went on to say, “Improving safety for motorcyclists is part of our responsibility as a manufacturer and KTM has demonstrated this in the past as the first company to offer two-channel ABS as standard on a 125cc machine with the KTM 125 DUKE in 2014 in the same year as introducing the pioneering cornering-ABS function. With ACC and BSD we hope to make motorcycling safer still.

What Does It Mean?

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Safety? Definitely. Over the next couple of years, technology is going to explode and brings us all sorts of innovations that continue to march down the path of rider safety.

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KTM 1090/1290 Super Adventure

2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure T
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See our review of the KTM 1090/1290 Super Adventure.

KTM 790 Duke

2018 - 2020 KTM 790 Duke
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See our review of the KTM 790 Duke.

KTM 125 Duke

2017 - 2020 KTM 125 Duke
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See our review of the KTM 125 Duke.

Allyn Hinton
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If it had moving parts, it had Allyn's interest from a very early age. At age 11 when bicycles were too simple to hold her interest any longer, her father found her taking apart the lawn mower. When he asked why she was doing it, she replied, “I need to see how it works.” That curiosity and mechanical drive served her well over the next 40 years as she pursued careers in both the automotive and motorcycle industries. Having shared her love of motorcycles with her now husband, biker TJ Hinton, Allyn brings that love and knowledge to TopSpeed as writer and associate motorcycle editor.  Read More
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