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Top Speed 2019 KTM Streetbike Buying Guide

Top Speed 2019 KTM Streetbike Buying Guide

KTM’s 2019 Street Bikes Explained

The KTM-AG falls under the ownership of the CROSS KraftFahrZeug Holding GmbH and the Bajaj Auto Limited International Holdings B.V. at a rate of 51.28-percent and 47.99-percent, respectively. Based in Mattighofen, Austria, KTM builds streetbikes, racebikes, dirtbikes/enduros and sports cars, but for the purposes of this guide we will stick to the street-friendly, two-wheeled models. Famous for their single-cylinder, thumper-style engines and high performance machines with distinctive orange/white/black livery, KTM has established itself as a marque that doesn’t necessary hold to convention and has a tendency to do things their own way; much to the delight of its fans.

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Top Speed 2019 KTM Streetbike Buying Guide

Top Speed 2019 KTM Streetbike Buying Guide

KTM’s 2019 Street Bikes Explained

The KTM-AG falls under the ownership of the CROSS KraftFahrZeug Holding GmbH and the Bajaj Auto Limited International Holdings B.V. at a rate of 51.28-percent and 47.99-percent, respectively. Based in Mattighofen, Austria, KTM builds streetbikes, racebikes, dirtbikes/enduros and sports cars, but for the purposes of this guide we will stick to the street-friendly, two-wheeled models. Famous for their single-cylinder, thumper-style engines and high performance machines with distinctive orange/white/black livery, KTM has established itself as a marque that doesn’t necessary hold to convention and has a tendency to do things their own way; much to the delight of its fans.

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2017 - 2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

2017 - 2020 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

Dubbed the "King of Adventure," but is it really?

KTM’s off-road experience is unequivocal, and the Austrian heavyweight also made a name for itself in the on-road segment in recent years, as well. It should come as no surprise that its flagship adventure model, the 1290 Super Adventure R, has all the bases covered. Long-stroke suspension soaks up the terrain while the stock tires come with street treads to make this model a bona fide dual-surface bike on steroids. Power comes from a 1,301 cc powerplant that’s part of the natural evolution and progression of design from the previous “1190” engine with over 150 horsepower on tap, and of course, the factory offers plenty of goodies in its Power Parts catalog to let you further boost its capabilities while increasing comfort and safety.

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2017 - 2019 KTM 1090 Adventure R

2017 - 2019 KTM 1090 Adventure R

Off-Road Adventure At A Whole ’Nother Level

KTM expanded its lineup of adventuresome models for MY2017 with the 1090 Adventure R, and the Austrian manufacturer carries that directly through into the 2019 model year. The factory touts the “R” as its most capable machine once the blacktop turns to brown, and it brings its considerable experience with dirt bikes to the design table. Stealth knobbies and street-legal lighting make the “R” a true, go-anywhere bike, and the liter-plus lump churns out well over 100 ponies to give you plenty of power with which to work. Ride-quality electronics round out the package, so you can count on some built-in safety when you’re traipsing beyond the civilized reaches.

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2016 KTM 690 Duke / Duke R

2016 KTM 690 Duke / Duke R

KTM’s Strongest Single Cylinder

KTM’s engineers punched out the 690 engine ahead of MY2016 and shortened the stroke for more power. They apparently did well enough that the “new” engine is, so far, a direct carryover all the way into MY2019. In spite of its dirtbike origins, the Duke family has abandoned all but the vestigial details in favor of a naked-sportbike build that brings top-shelf performance to the supersport size bracket. A modern electronics suite rounds out the “R” variant. The base 690 Duke comes without most of the suite in its stock configuration, but comes with said electronics as part of its optional “Track Pack” equipment package.

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2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica

This Is For Serious Dakar, Rally Raid, And Cross-Country Rally Riders

For almost two decades, KTM has been a fixture at the top of the field in the Paris-to-Dakar Rally, and the 450 Rally Factory Replica is meant to pay homage to the bike that carried Sam Sunderland to victory in the 2019 Silk Way Rally. That’s right sports fans, the actual factory rally bike just dominated a race that traverses the Gobi Desert and crosses the borders of Russia, Mongolia, and China, and this is the public model made in its image. It’s not a machine for the casual off-road rider, but rather, it’s built with would-be rally racers in mind, and toward that end, the “Rally FR” doesn’t waste any weight on superfluous equipment.

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2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Racing Or Just Around Town, There’s Something For Everyone In The New Super Duke R

KTM updated its 1290 Super Duke R ahead of MY2017, and that revised model carries over into MY2019 with a minor change in graphics, but little else. The factory tweaked some hardware on the 1,301 cc V-twin powerplant and increased compression for greater output than the outgoing version. Suspension also was buffed to deliver a stiffer ride with the full spectrum of adjustments so you can dial in just what you want as far as preload and damping values are concerned. The base model comes sans electronics for the most part, but the factory offers dealer-installed packages that address the lack of stock fandanglery and round out the electronics, plus there’s some race-related gadgetry to boot so there’s something for everyone on the new Super Duke R.

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2018 KTM Freeride E-XC

2018 KTM Freeride E-XC

More Power, Longer Range

Power capacity is one of the major hurdles EV bikes have to overcome, and KTM seeks to address that issue with its newest electro-tastic Freeride E-XC. This is a second-generation machine that packs half-again more power than the previous gen along with revised graphics and bodywork for a new look as well. KTM’s off-road experience is evident in the lightweight, agile frame and long-stroke suspension components that make this a truly capable machine that definitely furthers the cause of EV bikes in general.

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KTM Heats Up The Off-Road Scene At 2018 EICMA

KTM Heats Up The Off-Road Scene At 2018 EICMA

New Adventure and Enduro Bikes For The 2019 Lineup

Oh boy sports fans, the new show season is in full swing and KTM is taking advantage of the 2018 EICMA show in Milan to gain some exposure for some exciting new stuff that’s headed down the pipe.

Continue reading for more on the new KTM models.

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Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

capable off-roader with the balance and handling of a sport-standard

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.

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My Top Bike Picks Out Of 2018 INTERMOT

My Top Bike Picks Out Of 2018 INTERMOT

So Much To Choose From

The 2018 calendar year may have a bit yet to go before its last gasp, but the 2019 model year is in full bloom with the beginning of the show season and the INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany. So far, we’ve seen the genuine article for a number of previously-teased machines, as well as a few pleasant surprises from unexpected sources along with some much-needed updates. Today I want to take a look at this show, so buckle up as we head across the pond and check out some of my favorites.

Continue reading for more of my look at 2018 INTERMOT.

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Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Combining the performance of a sport bike with the long-distance capabilities

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.

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Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungle

Although not an official segment of motorcycles, our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities have given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.

This is our list of the machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and a lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top ten:

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