KTM is pleased to be at the EICMA Trade Fair in Milan with the new spearhead of sporty street fighters, the newly improved Super Duke and the brand new Super Duke R. These bikes represent two exciting new developments for the coming season.

KTM recently caused a furore at the INTERMOT in Cologne with the 690 Supermoto, the first model of a completely new generation of single cylinders. Now the Austrian producer is presenting the entire KTM 2007 model range at EICMA - the world’s biggest motorcycle trade fair - including additional new products.

Super Duke

Absolute highlights at the trade fair in Milan are the significantly improved Super Duke and the brand new model, the Super Duke R, being offered for the first time in 2007. Improvements to the sporty KTM Super Duke street fighter include chassis modifications as well as a whole range of new high quality components.

Thanks to alterations to the steering head angle to 66.1° this sporty naked bike is significantly more stable without sacrificing any handling, particularly at high speeds.

Radial screwed high performance four piston brake callipers are fitted to the front wheels of the new Super Duke while riders of these second generation bikes also have at their disposal a completely newly designed multifunctional dashboard. And now the well-recognized Super Duke riding fun can last even longer than before because the fuel consumption of this extremely light LC8 two cylinder has been reduced, thanks to changes in the fuel injection system and mapping in line with EURO III regulations. A 4-litre increase in the fuel tank capacity significantly improves reach while the Super Duke, to be released in the spring of 2007, is rounded up with fresh new design elements. Without deviating from the overall appearance of the street fighter, KTM designer Gerald Kiska has introduced exciting new elements such as the aggressive front mask.

Super Duke R

As well as the newly modified Super Duke, KTM now offers something really special for very sports-oriented street fighter fans in the form of the Super Duke R.

Only available as a single seater for the model being released in spring 2007, the Super Duke R is superior to the improved basic version in technical and optical nuances. A fully adjustable, race-tested shock absorber has been introduced for unlimited performance including on the racing circuit. A 10 mm increase in the suspension travel to 150 mm means that the damping is also longer resulting in improved riding angle. The matching geometry, with a steering head angle of 67.3° at 93.9 mm trail transforms the R version into the ultimate artist in the corners.

A serial production steering damper as well as elegant CNC-machined upper triple clamp are further sporty attributes for the uncompromising Super Duke R. Optically speaking, this motorcycle also reflects the unmistakable KTM brand "Ready to Race" philosophy. Above all, the orange laquered tubular frame, in contrast to the classic black makes this bike a real eye-catcher.

Anthony Kodack
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