KTM Middle East Al Shafar organized the event called the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Experience recently at the Dubai Autodrome. This was the official introduction of the Austrian manufacturer’s newest model in to the Middle East region, the 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R. 35 riders and 25 guests and media personalities took part in the festivities. Middle East KTM dealers from Kuwait (KNS Racing), Lebanon (ANB Holding), Jordan (Darwazeh Bikes) and the newly signed dealer from Egypt (Abougahly Motors). From the media, Noel Ebdon (for the National), Darren Rycroft (Circuit Pro Digital and Top Performance Magazine), Martin Ormrod (Auto Trader) and Imthisan Giado (Motoring Middle East) just to name a few, were in attendance. Continue reading →
Our friends at Silodrome posted this story about Gregor Halenda and his small team building an AWD KTM 990 and then deciding to go out and do the world’s first two wheeled burnout with it. Apparently, the project itself started out as a plan to just powdercoat the swingarm, but before anyone knew it, the mission to create an AWD KTM was well underway. The full build process was catalogued on the ADVRider forum here and the film above shows some great detail of the bike running with both wheels spinning.
After the successful launch of the 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R and the presentation of the 390 DUKE during the course of the year, KTM has decided to continue the street season with innovation number three and what is probably the highlight of the year. The production version of the 1290 Super Duke R, which will be commercially available in December 2013, has been redeveloped from the ground up and concludes KTM’s asphalt model range of sports inspired naked bikes. Continue reading →
KTM has unveiled the 2014 RC390 at the 2013 EICMA, based on the 390 Duke platform. The sporty bike punches out 43hp from its 373cc single engine. There is no word on the gearing as of now, but we guess KTM to make it a bit edgier. The rear of the 390 Duke has been modified with a trellis subframe for a stiffer and more aggressive, track-oriented geometry. Styling-wise, we have rather familiar dual headlights accompanied by a pointy beak up front, while also incorporating some details from the RC8. Suspension is from WP while the Bybre brakes come from Brembo. Continue reading →
“The new KTM RC390, which will be available for sale in 2014, will meet a big demand for affordable, quality sport bikes for the lower displacement class,” KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 and new Honda CBR500R are getting some tough competition. The KTM announced that they’ll produce the superbike based on the light and fast Duke 390. That means lightweight trellis frame, high power output (43hp) and superb handling. The 390 will weigh considerably less than it’s direct competitors (306lbs claimed weight against 390lbs of Ninja300 and well over 400lbs for Honda CBR500R) Continue reading →
KTM has confirmed that its cheeky electric E-SPEED concept scooter, which was shown at the Tokyo show, will be joining the range line-up as a 2015 model.
Harald Plöckinger, KTM Executive Board Member for Production and Business Development, said: “We believe in electro-mobility on two wheels. Because off-road sport is our core area, we have developed an E-Crosser, the Freeride E, but we are convinced that electric mobility can succeed in urban areas. Continue reading →
KTM has taken the wraps off the E-SPEED, a new electric scooter concept, that sees the Austrian company preparing to move into a completely new market segment. The E-SPEED is powered by a liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 36Nm of maximum torque and a permanent power of 11kW to drive the rear wheel via a belt drive.
Electricity is stored in a package of cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 4.36kWh that is fully charged within two hours on a regular 220V socket. With the powerful acceleration typical of electric motors, and with its low weight of only 140kg, KTM claims the E-SPEED can be flicked through urban traffic with great agility, besides running nearly silently and completely free of emissions. Continue reading →
Apparently, BMW Motorrad has undergone a strategic realignment to focus on urban mobility and e-mobility. As part of this process, the company has decided to sell Husqvarna Motorcycles to Pierer Industrie AG which is owned by KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.
Both companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price and the sale is subject to approval by anti-trust authorities. That being said, the deal is expected to go through but it remains unclear if Pierer will incorporate Husqvarna into KTM or keep it as a separate entity. Continue reading →
The Coyote Saddlebag is right there among the best choices for hardcore off-road expeditions on dirt bike or dualsport model motorcycles. Straps on and stays on, no matter what.
Travel lighter and faster with the only saddle bag system that combines two motorcycle panniers and a tail bag into a single biomorphic shape, requiring no sub-frame modifications, racks or braces. For dualsport and offroad dirt bike touring, there’s no better saddlebag to carry your gear, we think. For supermoto and motard style bikes, the Coyote Saddlebag is the clean, streamlined saddlebag to pack rain gear and other essentials for the city. Continue reading →