Ktm – Streets AheadA multitude of sensational new bikes characterises KTM’s model range of 2017. While the brand new ADVENTURE range, expanded to five models, formed the focus at the INTERMOT in Cologne, in Italy KTM is all about street art.

Stefan Pierer (CEO KTM GROUP): “The DUKE brand is how KTM really hit the street 22 years ago and for model year 2017 this sub-brand really comes out fighting; from 125 to 1,301cc each and every model punches out the true core values of KTM and the attitude of DUKE. To underline the importance of this range of naked machines, with the 790 DUKE prototype we can give you a look into the future and an all-new source of power from KTM.”


With this bike’s new transponder key in your pocket, you go for the gold. An overhauled V-Twin beats the battle drums at 177 hp, while its revamped chassis is set to stay ahead when the straight is devoured. When corners become prey. Every bit, byte, nut and bolt wants you to be fast and in control: wider, lower handlebar, Brembo monobloc brakes, MSC with Bosch cornering ABS, glorious WP suspension, an optional, two-way quickshifter+, a multifunctional TFT display, a full LED headlight, the works. This is our latest performance entrepreneur – pure, raw and straight to the point: speed.

These firecrackers get a new, bolt-on rear subframe, a larger steel tank and steeply rising lines that catapult their street cred sky-high. Just like the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, whose little brothers they are very proud to be. Or is it the other way around? They also receive a high-tech TFT display, an LED headlight and the best brakes in their segment. Both have WP open-cartridge front forks and with the optional extra ‘KTM MY RIDE’ (smart phone connectivity) topping things off, KTM once again turns – happily nodding – heads in this segment.

125, 250, 390, 690, 1290. What’s next? In terms of displacement, we can’t really make a case for growth. KTM can, however, justify the hunt for unparalleled poise. Telepathic levels of feedback. Lightness that’s off the scale. Our engineers are highly motivated to establish a new level of riding sensation. The first proof of these huge efforts: the inspiring prototype “790 DUKE”.

An inline twin emerged on the blank sheet: the LC8c. That ‘c’ stands for compact, ‘LC8’ for good times ahead. They fitted their 790cc gem with a tight suit tailored from hand-welded steel pipes, the finest suspension components from WP prototype development as well as a beautifully machined aluminum subframe and tail cowl. And in order to slingshot this lightweight another couple of light years ahead, advanced ride by wire, next-generation rider assistance, integrated connectivity and tomorrow’s sensors are here today. But that’s not the end of it. Imagine a quickshifter that takes its name extremely seriously. Custom ride modes. Personalised traction control. Outrageous design by KISKA. And – hold the press – there’s a 3D printer involved in the production of both the exhaust system and triple clamp. They are out of this world. Knockout rollout in Milan.

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