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Four new models on stage at EICMA.

After countless Dakar victories and titles, Motocross series and Enduro championships, KTM has secured the last of the remaining big offroad titles this year: the win of the US AMA Supercross series. Furthermore, KTM is keen on joining the MotoGP scramble in 2017, and already with good prospects. But it is not just success that drives all members of the KTM family to strive for excellence. The implicit readiness to keep aiming for new goals and not shy away from any challenge is an added factor. For example: Mattighofen keeps expanding its range of its two-cylinder Street models with the sensational LC8 engine, betting massively on innovation - such as lean angle sensitive MSC - and expanding it for 2016 with the new 1290 SUPER DUKE GT. Then again, the fans of the single cylinder DUKE cult are not neglected, but indeed spoiled with the new 690 DUKE and 690 DUKE R generations of model year 2016, which also enjoy both technical and electronic upgrades unheard of in this segment.

Hubert Trunkenpolz (KTM CSO): “2015 is emerging as the fifth consecutive year of production, sales and revenue records. KTM has evolved further than being the global leader in the offroad market. As Europe’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer, the brand is also playing an important role in all core Street bike segments – and with a continuously increasing forward momentum.”

Harald Plöckinger (KTM COO): “The Naked bikes take to the stage in 2016, receiving upgrades unheard of in their segments or pushing the limits of performance once again. And with the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT, we lift fast, long distance touring to a whole new level.”

With the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT, KTM forcefully extends its Street range at the upper end. The star of model year 2016 is a perfectly equipped, lightweight and agile marathon sprinter with plenty of power as well as a vast package of the latest riding assistance systems. Besides the motorcycle stability control MSC including traction control and the C-ABS – both lean angle sensing – it includes the KTM Ride Mode Technology as well as a quickshifter. KTM shores up the long distance capabilities of the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT with a comprehensive touring package: a 23 liter tank, a lengthened rear subframe with integral mounts for the optional luggage system, heated grips, cruise control, comfortable seats, the wind and weather protection of an adjustable windshield, LED cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. With a more than comprehensive equipment package like that, as well as its 173 hp LC8 engine and semi-active suspension, the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT masters the whole range from comfortable long distance motorway travelling to breathtaking alpine or track day use.

KTM proves year after year there is never a standstill in Mattighofen. That even goes for a milestone like the 1290 SUPER DUKE R, even though it only enters its third year in 2016. For all those who wish for even less weight, even more sound and even more individuality, the new model year brings the 1290 SUPER DUKE R SPECIAL EDITION. Only available for limited period, it is upgraded with a whole host of top quality KTM PowerParts: an Akrapovič titanium silencer reduces the weight while adding extra sound. Wave brake discs offer even better feedback and expanded braking stability in extreme duty. Stiffer triple clamps optimize steering precision under ferocious braking. Levers adjustable in multiple ways and a different seat serve to optimize ergonomics specifically for track use. A unique paint design and classy accessories made of orange anodized aluminium make for exclusive finishing touches.

More than two decades after the very first DUKE, KTM launches a new generation of the perennial hit, proving in an impressive manner that the single cylinder engine is all but obsolete even in a Street bike, not least by complying with Euro 4 emission control standards. The brand new engine puts out a full 73 hp of maximum power. Despite this, it offers plenty of smoothness and refinement thanks to multiple balancers, as well as an even wider powerband than its predecessors. The modified steering geometry brings even more stability and precision to the pre-eminently agile chassis of the 690 DUKE. And there is lots of other news as well, like the on-board computer, a large, responsive TFT color display as the central combination meter, the KTM Ride Mode Technology and ABS as standard. The “Track Pack” is optionally available which includes additional Riding modes (Rain, Sport), Traction control (TC), Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and a Supermoto mode, making the 690 DUKE more alive, more appealing and more modern than ever.

The new 690 DUKE is also available as an ‘R’ version for model year 2016, distinguished by a full 75 hp of durable maximum power. Among others, the extra horsepower is a result of the 690 DUKE R’s high quality Akrapovič silencer. In addition, there are Brembo Monoblock braking calipers, managed by lean angle sensitive ABS, and a fully adjustable WP suspension that also allows even greater lean angles than the 690 DUKE. The 690 DUKE R comes as standard with MSC including lean angle sensitive Traction Control (MTC), Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and a Supermoto mode at its core. Of course the ‘R’ also benefits from everything that is new about the 690 DUKE, like the KTM Ride Mode Technology, the new TFT display and the upgraded steering geometry. Great-looking parts like the cutting edge LED indicators and racy pillion seat cover round off the ‘R’ package. Insiders recognize the 690 DUKE R at the first glance by its wheels and frame in the typical KTM Orange.

EICMA 2015