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2010 KTM Street Bikes – Road Test Review


photography by Kevin Wing and Brian J. Nelson On a hot, bone-dry day in July 2008, I sat on a sandy hill overlooking Laguna Seca Raceway’s infamous Corkscrew, a blind, downhill chicane that is one of the most challenging turns in road racing. It was my first time at the legendary track. Soon a swarm of KTM RC125 two-strokes came ...

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2009 KTM 690 Enduro R Road Test

2009 KTM 690 Enduro R Road Test — Rider magazine

[This 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R Road Test was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] If dirt’s your game, the 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R has the chops to take you anywhere you want to go (within its 150-mile range), no questions asked. The knobby-shod R will suck up any street chores you throw at it, ...

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2009 KTM 990 Adventure Road Test


photography by Scott Hirko [This 2009 KTM 990 Adventure Road Test was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] For most of the 1990s, KTM’s 640 Adventure single served as its sole adventure-touring bike, a capable but buzzy and uncomfortable mount ill-suited to long rides despite its huge fuel tank. Hints that a larger, more street-capable 900-series ...

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2008 KTM LC4 Singles Road Test


On the afternoon flight home from Spain via London, you head west over Greenland. The effect is that of an endless sunset, as the plane’s westbound speed is roughly commensurate with the rotational eastbound speed of the earth. It got me to thinking about chasing horizons on a bike–and how sometimes those end-of-the-riding-day periods of perfect pink/gold light seem almost ...

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2007 KTM 990 Adventure Road Test


I’ll never forget the day it dawned on me. It was about 20 years ago, and I was riding a 1,000cc sport tourer on a twisty California mountain road when I noted a headlight in my mirror. So I stepped the pace up a bit. The light drew closer. I got on it harder and suddenly, in a short straight‚ ...

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2005 KTM 990 Super Duke – Road Test Review


There’s something not quite serious about single-cylinder engines in road bikes. As one part of a manufacturer’s broader portfolio they do satisfy that small niche of riders prepared to put up with mediocre power, vibration, low-rev lumpiness and lethargic throttle response in exchange for‚ well, something I’ve never quite worked out if it’s supposed to be more than budget utility ...

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2003 Model Year Bike Reviews


(This article was published in the December 2002 issue of Rider magazine.) By Mark Tuttle Jr. Hope you’re hungry! There’s a veritable feast of new motorcycle models rolling out of the kitchen for 2003. Some are here already, others are on their way to dealers across the country. Most of the manufacturers waited for the September 2002 dealer shows or ...

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