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2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure – First Look

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With 131 horsepower and 80 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, few would accuse KTM’s 1190 Adventure of being down on power. But for some, a lot of power just isn’t enough. And for those intrepid souls KTM will offer a larger-displacement model called the 1290 Super Adventure, which will be sold alongside the 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure ...

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Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

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Although they represent a small minority of motorcycle sales, large-displacement adventure tourers have surged in popularity recently. Buyers are drawn to their one-bike-does-it-all versatility, combining high-performance engines and components, long-distance comfort and amenities, and on-/off-road capability. Given the uptick, manufacturers have invested heavily in new and updated models, some of which are the first (and only) bikes in an OEM’s ...

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure Review

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After years of building the most off-road-oriented of the big dualies with its 950/990 Adventure models, KTM balanced the scales by introducing the all-new 1190 Adventure last year (Rider, May 2013). It features less extreme styling, a more reasonable (and adjustable) seat height, more street-friendly 19- and 17-inch wheels, and a well-integrated electronics package, including engine modes, multi-stage traction control, ...

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R | Road Test Review

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Since its introduction in early 2013, KTM’s 1190 Adventure has created a lot of buzz in the burgeoning adventure-touring segment. Its superbike-based, 150-horse V-twin puts it nearly on par with the power-hitting Ducati Multistrada 1200, and its light, agile chassis makes it as nimble on- and off-road as the venerable BMW R 1200 GS. Packed with standard features like electronic ...

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure—Road Test

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As liter-class adventure-touring bikes have been getting more and more street oriented, the KTM 990 Adventure clung to its Dakar racing roots right through 2012. While makeovers for 2007 and 2009 brought more displacement and a few nods to on-road comfort, the Austrian Abenteuer still kept its funky rally racer bodywork, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, split fuel tanks ...

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure–First Ride

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Roaring out of the fourth tight, uphill corner, one of hundreds in our aggressive ascent from sea level to the lava fields surrounding 12,198-foot Mount Teide, two things dawned on me. One is that Tenerife, the largest of the 13 Canary Islands situated off the northwestern coast of Africa, is a beautiful but challenging place to ride. The other is ...

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KTM Announces Two New Street Models for 2013

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KTM North America, Inc. recently announced two new street models, the 690 Duke and the 990 Adventure Baja to the North American street market for 2013. 690 Duke KTM’s most popular naked bike, the 690 Duke, is back. This bike offers superb handling for street riders, commuters, and track riders. The 690 Duke is a new model for the U.S. ...

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2012 KTM Street Bikes – First Look

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KTM has streamlined its street bike lineup for 2012, with eight models in four categories. Two high-spec versions of the 1190 superbike, the RC8 R and RC8 R Race Spec, will be offered but the base-model RC8 superbike has been dropped. The 1,195cc V-twin gets dual-spark ignition, a heavier crankshaft and flywheel, revised camshaft timing, a new throttle body idle ...

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2010 KTM 990 Supermoto T – Road Test Review

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photography by Brian J. Nelson, Kevin Wing and Lanny Fielder [This 2010 KTM 990 Supermoto T Road Test was originally published in the June 2010 issue of Rider magazine] After spending a day caning a lithe, black KTM 950 Supermoto through the hills of Tuscany, Editor Tuttle was smitten (see Rider, December 2005). I can just imagine him sitting around ...

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