KTM has been making some interesting moves as of late, moves which have us all sorts of excited for what 2017 looks like for the Austrian brand. All signs point to a new engine that should be quite a doozy.
It’s time to have a little talk. Again. I’ve come to realize that, despite my best efforts, I just don’t get the adventure bike thing in the way that convinces riders of the BMW GS, KTM 1190, Triumph Tiger and more to spend so much freaking money on these things. I’m going to need you to explain it to me.
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you come in a little too hot and grab a little more front brake than you should? That internal debate about whether you’d save this one or this would be the time you’d gone just a little too far?
If there’s one place to see really odd race cars you’ve never seen before in the United States, it’s Pirelli World Challenge. This weekend’s massive 103-car field at Circuit of the Americas features everything from Honda Accord Coupes and Nissan GT-Rs to KTM X-Bows that resemble a space-pod more so than a car.
Rumors of an 800 cc mill have been increasing over the last year or two from the Austrian brand, so much so that I was actually really disappointed last November when they weren’t released. Spy shots show the rumors were true, just my timing was a little off.
In 1991, Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM was forced into bankruptcy and a split into four independent companies. By 2015, it had fully risen from the ashes to become the best-selling European bike brand. How did that happen? One word: KISKA.
Wheaties cereal boxes have featured famous athletes since 1934, but never a motorcyclist—until now. 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Champion and KTM rider Ryan Dungey is the first rider on a Wheaties boxes, but hopefully not the last.
[Brace yourselves: Dakar is coming. Everything from Antonio Meo’s KTM here to enormous trucks will race across the South American desert starting on January 2. Photo credit: Red Bull Content Pool]
KTM have given their single-cylinder sport naked Duke 690 an overhaul, its first since 2012. Motorcycles have come a long way since then, and the wee Duke has had some catching up to do - but the addition of cornering ABS should put the 690 on everyone’s radar.
Here’s one for all of you sport tourers who look at bikes like the Ducati Multistrada, BMW 1200 GS, BMW S1000XR, or Aprilia Caponord and wonder why they’re all so underpowered. Why can’t a guy ride across the country and attempt to affect the rotation of the Earth at the same time? Well, now he can.
Last time I checked, a KTM Freeride, an abandoned Polish coal mine, and a riding buddy were the recipe for a fairly spectacular afternoon.
The KTM Duke 690 is one of the best nakeds on the planet when it comes to canyon carving. For 2016, the Duke is getting some great updates to bring about more power, more refinement, and less vibrations. This little scalpel just got a bit sharper.
If you’re like me, you watched Robbie Maddison surf a wave on his KTM Motocross bike and thought, “I wonder if I could do that?”
Spy shots indicate two hot new KTM bikes may be on the way. The KTM Duke 800 promises to pick up with the 690 leaves off, with more performance and fewer vibes. KTM’s new sub-brand, Husqvarna, is also testing production versions of those beautiful retro cafe racer concepts from last year.
So you want to ride a motorcycle, but have discovered you’re vertically challenged. Before telling yourself that either a) riding was a stupid idea in the first place, or b) the only thing you could ever throw a leg over is a Honda Rebel, know this: You’re not alone. I’m 5’3”, and I’ll ride anything I can. Don’t…
We can all get behind the spirit of adventure. But fashioning a bike to a boat and attempting to cross the English Channel, then having said “BikeBoat” burst into flames and sink isn’t the best way to make your case on a crowdfunded expedition across the Bering Straight.
We've been waiting far too long for KTM to finally bless the U.S. with the Duke 390. It's small, it's light, it's got the right amount of power, and should be perfectly priced. It also has the potential to be a great new base for customizers, and this KTM 200 Duke-T is further proof.
KTM has been kicking ass on both ends of the engine displacement spectrum, but like the rest of the industry, something's been missing – mid-size V-twins. KTM is finally rectifying matters and spreading the wealth to its siblings at Husqvarna.
If you're hankering for a great-handling, lightweight, attainable, fully-faired or naked thumper, KTM has finally seen fit to bring both the RC 390 and 390 Duke to the U.S. And it's about time.
Evo's car versus bike tests usually don't make much sense, but when it's between a monster off-road Datsun 240Z going against a Group N+ Mitsubishi Evo VI and the enduro champ KTM 450 EXT, they got my attention.