In 2014 KTM stunned the world (and us) with the fearsome 1290 Super Duke R. For 2016 the Austrian company has announced a Gran Turismo version of the twin-cylinder streetfighter,
enhancing the Super Duke with practical amenities and an impressive collection
of electronic safety features.
The European Union is encouraging the development of modular electric vehicles that car drivers will find attractive for urban commuting under an initiative called Range of Electric Solution L-category Vehicles (Resolve). The public release of this project’s funding has seen KTM and Piaggio emerge as the prime movers in a project that aims to make efficient three- and four-wheel tilting narrow track vehicles a common sight on European roads by the end of the decade.
Motorcycles can be a fun, cheap and easy way to get around. They can also be bowel-loosening widowmakers with absurd levels of performance for family-car dollars. The KTM 1290 Super Duke R falls into the second category. It's a road-focused hooligan machine with a giant 1301cc engine, 180-odd horsepower and 144 Newton-metres of torque. Twist the throttle in fourth gear and it will hoist you up to well over double the national speed limit on the back wheel. On paper, this thing is gut-shrinkingly scary, so, for your entertainment, we tasked Loz Blain with riding it for two weeks.
model of the Freeride E family is KTM’s first street-legal electric bike. After
the Motocross and Enduro versions, the Supermoto is a battery-powered playbike
that can also double as one of the coolest commuters out there.
KTM's marketing team scared us a bit with its buildup for the 1290 Super Duke R, nicknaming it "The Beast" and pointing at a truly frightening spec sheet: 1,301 cc, 180 raging horsepower, 144 throbbing Newton-meters of torque, in a low-geared streetbike with a nasty attitude. Everything about it screamed "widowmaker," the next in a long line of motorcycles that were too big, too bad and too damn much for a normal rider to handle. But a funny thing happened when I took it out to test it – it didn't kill me. In fact, despite its tarmac-ripping torque and insane power levels, it proved to be a friendly, even encouraging, bike to ride, even when you switch the traction control and ABS off. What kind of black magic is this?
Dutch company Revit describes itself as "being on a never-ending quest to develop motorcycle gear that can be taken as far as you want to travel". Within this scope, the promotion of its Spring/Summer 2015 collection in the USA centers around an AWD custom build based on KTM’s 950 Super Enduro.