MILAN, ITALY – November 8, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – KTM, the ‘Ready to Race’ sports motorcycle specialist goes to EICMA, World`s leading motorcycle fair in Milan with exciting new motorcycles for the model year 2012. True to its commitment to produce bikes designed for ultimate sporting pleasure, KTM is at EICMA with innovative new machines for all surfaces that encapsulate the work and dedication of the company’s R & D department and the collective passion of everyone at KTM’s headquarters in Austria.
Hubert Trunkenpolz, CSO, KTM-POWERSPORTS AG: “Our message for the future is clear. KTM focuses on any surface more than ever on the strength of our products. The innovations that we are showing here in Milan are a perfect reflection of our innovative, sporting and strong engagement.”
Renowned for producing winning offroad bikes and fresh from a season of unparalleled success in MX World championship competition, KTM has also long turned its attention to street bikes. Now, just one model year on from the introduction of the highly successful 125 Duke, the entry level bike that has captivated the attention of not only young riders across Europe and beyond, KTM is proud to unveil the 690 Duke at EICMA. Based on more than 20 years of experience in LC4 motor technology and 18 years after the launch of the very first Duke, this single-cylinder bike is a dynamic but comfortable machine with even more power, brand new ABS, very impressive riding characteristics and a cutting edge design that is both new and typically KTM. The 690 Duke represents the very essence of the KTM philosophy and dedication for producing bikes that deliver pure riding pleasure and sporting satisfaction.
Following the unprecedented success of the 125 Duke in 2011, which rocketed to the top of the 125 cc bike segment sales in the first six month of its release in the early summer of 2011, KTM now presents the equally attractive 200 cc version. This is a sporty small motorcycle that produces 19 kW (26 hp) that more than matches its little brother in impressive handling and typical KTM design language. The 200 Duke continues the success story of the KTM Duke models and the only small thing about it is the price.
Freeride E: the evolution of revolution
KTM has taken on the challenge of developing an electrically driven offroad sports motorcycle for mass production and has become the first of the major motorcycle companies to do so. This exciting, sports-oriented, environmentally friendly bike is the culmination of three intense years of hard work and a commitment to innovation. The Freeride E embodies all the collective KTM experience garnered during years of development of conventional combustion-driven models and has resulted in a motorcycle that is not only pure KTM but also globally unique. The electric motor, developed in-house, is the throbbing heart of this dynamic machine that is not only emission free but is also almost silent. The Freeride E is proof of KTM’s drive and determination to take on a highly complex project and successfully transform it into a bike that offers intense riding pleasure in the spirit of pure offroad sports. 2012 is only the beginning of what represents a challenging, but electrifyingly exciting new segment in tune with the demands of today’s society.
The sport of motorcycling is at the very apex of the KTM philosophy. That is why for 2012 the company has also produced a second Freeride model with a conventional drive. Building on the extremely well balanced engine characteristics of the 350 cc engine that has served KTM’s Motocross and Enduro competition bikes so well in the past two years, the Freeride 350 is a lightweight bike capable of translating the thrill of the classic Enduro experience into one that requires the least amount of physical exertion. The Freeride 350 is the perfect introduction to the thrill and exhilaration of Enduro sport. Indeed with this bike, Enduro has never been easier.
Let the curtain go up on the World of KTM at EICMA 2011
KTM is proud to present new developments, innovations and updates right across its model range at EICMA 2011. In addition to the four outstanding new models there have been numerous improvements to existing models. The 690 SMC R and the 690 Enduro R have been completely revised to be more powerful and feature a fresh new design. Whether it is updating the 990 SM R to include ABS in 2012 or giving the 990 Super Duke R a pillion, the KTM development team, driven by pure passion, continues its mission to develop the world’s best sports motorcycles.