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KTM

The Beast

So, the folks at KTM appear to have gone a bit loony. Today, they announced they will be producing a new naked bike, the 1290 SuperDuke R, which will have 180 HP. They call it “The Beast”.  There will be no fairing. No wind protection. Nothing, in fact, to prevent the force of air from pushing you off the rear of the bike if you open the throttle all the way, other than the death-like grip you’ll need on the handlebars to stay seated.

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2011 KTM RC8R

Austria’s big motorcycle company, KTM, has been trying to break into the literbike class for a couple of years now with the RC8, a bike that’s a bit of a departure for a company mainly known for its off-road products. Sadly, though, the KTM, with its unusually geometric styling, has… Continue reading

2011 KTM Models

KTM’s releases at the INTERMOT show in Germany come in two flavors, neither of which will be seen tooling around American streets any time soon.

2011 KTM Duke 125

2011 KTM Duke 125

2011 KTM Duke 125

Designed with entry-level riders in mind, especially with Europe’s rigorous graduated-license scheme, the long-awaited–and long-seen–Duke 125 got… Continue reading

KTM Slashes Prices

For the 2010 model year, KTM announced a while ago that they would undertake a “strategic price realignment” to make their bikes more competitive in the US marketplace.  That’s probably a wise move, considering that KTMs, while nice bikes, have always been very pricey.  But the announcement… Continue reading

KTM Adds Streetbike Division

The North American Division of Austria’s KTM Motorcycles has announced they are forming a new Streetbike division.  Obviously, this is an indication that KTM is planning to enlarge their current dirt-heavy offerings with an expanded offering of on-road machines.

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