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Video: Stan Watt - Ireland's great Dakar hope

MCN, 30 December 2011 15:48

The 2012 Dakar Rally kicks off in South America on January 1. Regarded as the hardest race in the world, 188 riders will embark on the epic and dangerous adventure through Argentina, Chile and Peru. Among the multinational contingent is Irishman Stan Watt, who represents our best chance of home-grown talent not only finishing the event, but getting a result. ...

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Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

MCN, 22 December 2011 17:10

KTM's 2012 690 Duke isn't just an evolution of the hard core Duke - it's a complete revolution: 90% all new, with just 10% of its components shared with its predecessor. Read the first ride impressions here and watch the 2012 KTM 690 Duke in action on its world launch in Gran Canaria, with MCN WSB reporter Michael Guy's thoughts on ...

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2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride: Duke for the masses

Michael Guy, 22 December 2011 11:27

KTM’s 2012 690 Duke isn’t just an evolution of the hard core Duke - it’s a complete revolution: an all-new bike - 90% new in fact, with just 10% of its components shared with its predecessor. The biggest surprise is in the looks department. Gone is the hard-edged supermotard appearance and in its place a more regular-looking naked bike albeit ...

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New delivery of KTM junior motocross bikes stolen

MCN, 13 December 2011 17:26

A delivery of 36 new KTM junior motocross motorcycles has been stolen from a lorry in Kent on the evening of Friday December 9. Thieves took 35 KTM 50 SXs and one 65 SX. The popular junior motocross bikes were still in their individual transportation boxes, still awaiting a small amount of assembly from the dealerships they were intended for. The ...

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2012 KTM Duke 690 world first test

Michael Guy, 07 December 2011 10:19

MCN’s Michael Guy is in Gran Canaria testing KTM’s all new 2012 KTM Duke 690. "First impressions of the bike is how different it looks to its predecessor. It’s still an aggressive looking bike with seriously sharp styling, but its no where near as radical as it was before – think cool looking naked bike rather than full on Supermoto." ...

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KTM drops prices for 2012

Rich Mellor, 23 November 2011 14:16

KTM has cut the prices on three of its 2012 models. The Austrian firm has reduced the price of the new 690 Duke and 2012 versions of its 990 Super Duke R and 990 Supermoto R. The Supermoto R is down by a hefty £950 compared to this year’s OTR price and the naked 990 Super Duke R is reduced ...

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2012 KTM Duke: most potent single-cylinder road bike ever

Michael Neeves, 14 November 2011 10:59

More power, less weight, improved refinement and ABS as standard  - the new KTM 690 Duke promises to be more fun, easier to ride and safer. Now making a claimed 70bhp, it’s also the most powerful single-cylinder bike ever. The 690 Duke’s 654cc engine has been comprehensively reworked, and now has a twin-spark head and an electronic ride-by-wire throttle system. ...

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KTM Freeride video brilliantly sells appeal of electric dirtbikes

Guy Procter, 09 November 2011 10:41

KTM has done the electric dirtbike industry a massive favour with its latest promo. The clip, which shows the lithe, 'leccy Freeride E tearing up Barcelona from bedside to BMX track brilliantly articulates the benefits silent motive power can have. The power of e-dirtbikes to vaporize indignation and opposition to riding from non-riders should not be underestimated. Without leaving a ...

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Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - If you ask an expert...

Dan Aspel, 27 October 2011 16:26

In my hands the MCN award-winning 125 Duke has proved to be a reliable commuter, tourer and general muck-about bike. It has impressed me. But would it impress a half-decent rider? I handed the keys to MCN senior road tester and NW200 veteran Adam Child. After a quick blast, a few stoppies, a burn-out and valiant attempts at a wheelie, ...

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KTM unveils ‘Freeride 350’

Phil West, 18 October 2011 17:21

Say hello to KTM’s new ‘Freeride’, a road-legal, ‘fun’, dirt bike powered by a 350cc single and weighing just 99kg. It’s been announced in advance of the Milan Show where it will receive its official public unveiling before going on sale next spring. The powerplant is a detuned version of KTM’s fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 350 single, producing a claimed 24bhp. ...

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