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2017 - 2018 KTM 125 Duke

2017 - 2018 KTM 125 Duke

Small-Displacement Ride With A Big-Bike Attitude

The battle of the flyweights rages on as KTM stays in the fray with its race-tastic 125 Duke. KTM takes much the same tack as the competition and builds its entry-level ride to resemble the machines it has to offer further up the licensing chain. The angular Duke bodywork and exposed Trellis frame set the stage for the key player, the 11 kW powerplant that keeps the 125 Duke within the A1 performance envelope and turns it into a weapon in the fight for the zenith of the nadir, ie, the entry-level masses yearning to breathe free. KTM has established quite a name for itself as the King of Thumpers with a proven off-road record, but today I’m going to take a look and see how the littlest Duke stacks up against the rest of the 125 cc streetbike field.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 125 Duke.

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2017 - 2018 KTM 390 Duke

2017 - 2018 KTM 390 Duke

Coming Off An Update Last Year, It Is Better Than Ever

The value of indoctrination is not lost on KTM, evidenced by the fact that they’ve updated and generally spruced up their entry-level unit, the 390 Duke for 2017, and those improvements carry straight over into the 2018 season. New upside-down stems float the front end along with larger, more powerful brakes to help manage the energy from the 44-horsepower engine and 328-pound dry weight. Ride-by-wire tech makes an appearance for a bit of tech you normally don’t see at this price point. Add to this a fresh new look and you have a recipe for success, or so KTM hopes. Let’s dive in and see what else the Austrian bike maker has in store for us.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 390 Duke.

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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 990 Adventure gets an AWD system built by a mechanical engineer

KTM 990 Adventure gets an AWD system built by a mechanical engineer

The front wheel gets power via chain drive and steering via a trailing arm

A Swiss mechanical engineer and ardent biker, Guido Koch, has patented an all-wheel-drive system based on a KTM 990 ADV motorcycle. Called the DT-A, Koch has worked on the all-wheel-drive system for nearly a decade and is on the outlook for investments to make it onto a full mass production scale.

The DT-A has retained only the engine, rear wheel, swingarm and the brake system of the original KTM 990. To set up the front-end with the drive, Koch modified the front suspension unit and swapped the conventional telescopic fork with a single-arm swingarm. It receives the drive unit via a chain linkage from the same LC8 motor.

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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 life saving electronics deciphered

KTM’s life saving electronics deciphered

Watch KTM MTC, ABS, MSC and launch control working behind the scenes

A rider is not born but is made. There is absolutely no harm in accepting that you are not the best rider and that there is always a better rider out there. But, that does not mean you don’t try to improve on it. The more you ride, the more opportunity you will find to try and match synergies with your motorcycle.

The same also applies to motorcycles. There is always a better one out there. So manufacturers and engineers come up with new technologies and innovation that make that same motorcycle perform better and safer than before. And KTM is one of those who is world renowned for giving us bikes that loves walking on the edge of performance and handling.

Helping them do that is not just their mad mechanicals, but some really smart electronic wizardry. They tap into multiple parameters to give the rider the optimum control of their bikes without losing the joy of riding.

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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 unveils a limited edition RC 390 and a race-spec SSP300 kit

KTM unveils a limited edition RC 390 and a race-spec SSP300 kit

The potent racer gets equipped with top-spec components

It’s been five years since KTM introduced the Duke and RC series and since their launch, they’ve sold like hotcakes. It inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features. There is hardly any fault regarding the overall packaging of KTM with their RC and its approach towards performance-oriented segments of motorcycles. But, KTM believes in remaining at the top of the podium.

Which is why KTM has given their RC series yet another update that sharpens its racing DNA. Hence it also gets the “R” at the end. It is a standard RC 390 that gets upgraded with top-spec equipment ready for the Supersport 300 competition and we can also avail the optional and dedicated SSP300 Race Kit which aligns with the international SSP 300 FIM regulations.

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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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The Supercharged KTM by Hazan Motorworks

The Supercharged KTM by Hazan Motorworks

Your eyes won’t believe this but there is a Supercharged KTM 520 concealed

It is not every day that you come across something that makes you pause and just look at it in all astonishment. One bloke called Maxwell Hazan has made it his life’s prophecy to give the world some of the most beautiful drug, of which people can only fathom of how such a notion was even hypothesized.

The drug this time is, yes you guessed it right, “Supercharged.”

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2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

Ten of the 2018’s hottest bikes coming to change the way we ride

Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.

Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.

Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:

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Is KTM developing more products with its 390 platform?

Is KTM developing more products with its 390 platform?

They may have the Adventure and a scrambler model in the pipeline

We know, for one, that manufacturers develop low capacity motorcycles to get new riders into their strides from the very beginning. With manufacturers showing so much love to the adventure category, it’s high time that we get out and do a little exploring for ourselves.

It looks like KTM is busy preparing the right tools for this job and are onto adding more iterations to the 390cc and spinning new genres of motorcycles.

Spied by our friends at motorradonline somewhere in Europe, these images have surfaced proving the Austrian’s intent of adding an adventure model as well as a scrambler to their 390cc platform.

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KTM's 790 Adventure R is unfortunately just a prototype

KTM’s 790 Adventure R is unfortunately just a prototype

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, the wait is not just over yet.

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Gallery: 2018 KTM Duke 790 - in the details

Gallery: 2018 KTM Duke 790 - in the details

High resolution images for your eyes and your wall

KTM launched the highly anticipated Duke 790 at the recently concluded EICMA show in Milan. It debuts the brand’s all-new 799cc parallel twin engine that punches out 105 hp and 63.5 lb-f of torque.

Weighing at just 425 lbs, this Duke 790 boasts of a best power-to-weight ratio in its class. It gets a completely new frame and styling packaging that uses the engine as a stressed member. Riding aids include cornering ABS, Supermoto mode, lean-angle sensitive traction control, quickshifter, riding modes and launch control.

Starting with the all-LED lighting package, the Duke borrows many gizmos from its eldest sibling, the Super Duke. It gets the TFT dashboard with optional KTM MY RIDE to tether your phone with the bike, and the straight cut futuristic body panels will remind you of the Super Duke.

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KTM is punching out a new Duke 790 streetfighter

KTM is punching out a new Duke 790 streetfighter

Nicknamed ’The Scalpel’, its a brutal twin-cylinder fury

The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the recently concluded EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off its brand new 790cc Duke, KTM shows of having no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles in a compact and functional package.

This is KTM’s entry to the hot naked middleweight market that has been all been currently roped up by the Street Triples and the Monsters. They better get ready for a battle because this Duke is here to stay.

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KTM is finally bringing its uber-cool 1290 Super Adventure S to the States

KTM is finally bringing its uber-cool 1290 Super Adventure S to the States

CARB documents verify the entry of this cross-continental tourer

The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the EICMA in 2016 when it broke open the shackles to the 1290 Super Duke R and the 1290 Adventure R T and S models. It brought these blistering bikes onto the shores of America except for the 1290 Adventure S road-focused ADV motorcycle.

For 2018, however, KTM North America will be filling that void as well as they get the stage ready for the 1290 Adventure S. Spotted first on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) filings by our friends at motorcycle.com, KTM have completed homologations to add the ’S’ to the 2018 adventure lineup.

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KTM unwraps the 2018 Freeride E-XC Enduro.

KTM unwraps the 2018 Freeride E-XC Enduro.

This is the face of the next generation of electric motorcycles from the Austrian brand

When KTM brought its electric-powered enduro models into the states earlier this year, it was through a pilot program with just 11 dealers across the country chosen specifically to study the level of consumer interest in electric motorcycles.

Now, the Austrian brand has considered the serial production of electric motorcycles and will get them to our shores along with the rest of its petrol-powered models. The first of its new-generation electric motorcycles is the 2018 Freeride E-XC Enduro that boasts around 50% more energy onboard than the previous one.

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With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next.

With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next.

Joining the likes of Ducati, Honda and Aprilia in giving us a taste of the MotoGP.

KTM is the brand new entry to the MotoGP championships and is the current calendar season has been their first stint at the premiere world of motorcycle racing. The Austrian company has successfully managed to make a competition bike but are still waiting to taste podium success.

Now though, the company seems to be busy with making one for their road customers. From the very first day, KTM never made it a secret that the literal "Ready to Race" motto machine KTM RC16 will also be offered to the ’admiring the sport’ customers too.

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This is how KTM made the day for an al-Qaeda survivor.

This is how KTM made the day for an al-Qaeda survivor.

The man was held captive since 2011 and was released a couple of months ago.

Imagine you are going on a motorcycle tour from one country to another and you get abducted by the world’s biggest terror organisation, al-Qaeda, in an unknown country and are held captive for six years.

That is exactly what happened to a Swedish national, Johan Gustafsson while he was on a motorcycle trip from Sweden to South Africa in 2011. Now, after his release, he is being donated a brand new adventure motorcycle by his loved ones.

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2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

The Electric Freeride Now Available In The US

KTM is bringing its electric enduro to the States. This fun little ride has been entertaining European riders for a few years now with its 2.6-kWh lithium battery and 21-horsepower electric motor, and now American buyers have an opportunity to see what all the hubbub is about. At least when it comes to the brown; the E-XC doesn’t meet U.S. requirements for street-legal use in spite of its headlight, taillight and turn signals. Still, it’s a glimpse of the possibilities within the sector.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM Freeride E-XC.

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KTM Debuts Electric Motorcycle For US Market

KTM Debuts Electric Motorcycle For US Market

Small Carbon Footprint Plus Off-Road Fun

Our European brothers and sisters have reaped the benefits of KTM’s electric dirtbikes for a few years now, and the Austrian heavyweight is finally bringing its Freeride E-XC over to our side of the pond. KTM put together a pilot program that will see its electric enduro at 11 U.S. dealerships as a sort of market test to see if the domestic market will support such machines. The E-XC brings 22-ponies and 31-pounds o’ grunt to the table in a 238-pound package, but of course the real selling points are the reduced/displaced carbon footprint, reduced noise and inexpensive operation. At $8,299, the price point falls out in the same general neighborhood as its smoker sibling the Freeride 250R at $7,999, but since current electricity prices makes for a roughly one-cent-mile it won’t take long at all to amortize the difference in initial cost. Plus it’s quiet, clean and less of a fire hazard out in the wilderness than its ICE equivalents.

Continue reading for more on the KTM Freeride E-XC.

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