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Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - Duke to the Alps

This July I rode from Oundle (Cambridgeshire), to Interlaken (Switzerland) and back on my 125 Duke. The 2,000 mile, six-day route took me across country lanes, motorways, city streets, alpine passes and grassy fields, which the tiny KTM managed with aplomb. This – of course – is nothing new. Plenty of low-capacity bikes head off on high mileage odysseys every ...

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  • 19 August 2011

Video: KTM RC8R Track at Donington Park

Track days today are more like race paddocks from a few years ago. Find a KTM RC8R for sale. With club racing turning increasingly professional, brand new race bikes are becoming common. Enter the KTM RC8R Track... the Austrian firm has witnessed the growing demand for off-the-peg track or race machines and produced this special, track-ready version of its RC8 ...

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  • 10 August 2011

KTM 125 Duke first ride impressions

MCN Reporter, Dan Aspel, is riding the new KTM 125 Duke around Stratford Upon Avon. Here are his first impressions: “From the off you can tell the 125 Duke’s a KTM, it’s got the Austrian firm’s characteristic premier feel and doesn’t seem like a regular 125 – more like an extremely capable motorcycle that happens to be small capacity. “It’s ...

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  • 28 March 2011

Video: KTM Adventure 990 7000 mile report

When I first got my KTM Adventure 990 I was on a mission to prove it was a bike that really could do anything. Now it's 12 months on and I think I've been proved right - well almost. Over the last 7000 miles I've done all the usual motorway, A-road and B-road miles, plus it's been to the Nurburgring ...

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  • 21 March 2011

Video: KTM SMT ABS first ride

KTM's new SMT has bucked the trend for ever-increasing bike prices - it undercuts the outgoing model by £350. Not only that, the new bike has ABS as standard where the old bike didn't - and the company claims the system sets a new benchmark for braking.   brightcove.createExperiences();

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  • 04 February 2011

2011 KTM 990 SMT - first ride

Senior Road Tester Adam Child is in Southern Spain at the launch of the new 2011 ABS-equipped KTM SMT.  Aside from the anti-lock brakes the model is largely unchanged, but KTM are keen to point out that this is no ordinary ABS system - they claim it’s the most sophisticated ABS system available on the road at the moment. Adam Child said: "KTM couldn’t ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 January 2011

Video: KTM 990 Adventure goes off-road!

Our KTM 990 Adventure longterm test bike is billed as one of the best all round bikes available and over the last eight months I’ve been bar to bar with despatch riders in London, scratched on country lanes and completed 1000’s of motorway miles. I cruised over to the Nurburgring for the WSB round and I’ve even done a track day at ...

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  • 27 December 2010

Video: 2011 KTM RC8R first ride

While other sportsbike manufacturers are rushing to develop electronic rider aids (see page 2), KTM believes their new RC8R doesn't need them. Find a KTM RC8R for sale The heavily updated RC8R has 175bhp, 94lb.ft of torque, top of the range WP suspension, adjustable chassis and stunning looks – but no traction control or ABS. Watch the video test below:   ...

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  • 24 November 2010

Staff bikes: KTM 450EXC - shattered plans!

Everytime I fire up my KTM450 EXC-F there’s a feeling that only a pure race bike can bring. The way it jumps on the sidestands responding to every angry rise and fall of the  revs, the way it barks angrily even out of the standard can just gets me going everytime.     Following a full service at Gear4 KTM in Market ...

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  • 22 November 2010

2011 KTM RC8R first ride - 'Now with twin spark tech'

MCN's Michael Guy has sent back his first impressions on the new KTM RC8R from the world launch in Spain: Find a KTM RC8R for sale "The previous incarnation of the RC8R had issues with fuelling which caused an abrupt throttle response, but KTM have clearly listen to feedback and done something about it. "The new RC8R features 'twin spark technology' - each ...

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  • 19 November 2010

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