KTM is celebrating its Dakar Rally victory by giving fans a chance to put a Winner in their garage. The 2014 KTM 450 Rally Replica (an exact copy of the bike Marc Coma rode to victory) lets customers experience what it feels to ride a Dakar bike. The limited edition is literally ready to race and can be ordered through a KTM dealer. Continue reading →
Jack Miller took line honors in the opening Moto3 World Championship race at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. It was the 19-year-old Australian’s first Moto3 win and was a great debut with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory team. Jack Miller who had a front row start swooped to the front at the start of the race shadowed by Spaniard Alex Marquez. The two riders then settled down to swap the lead back and forth and at one point had a 3.5 second lead on the rest of the pack. Continue reading →
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 →