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Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

Triumph's Speed Triple is MCN's long-standing king of the traditional naked litre-class bikes, free of traction control and rider modes. At the other end of the spectrum is Aprilia's Tuono V4R, which grabbed all the accolades with brutal power and myriad electronic rider aids. But now there's a new 'Beast' fighting for naked honours: KTM's 1290 Super Duke R. We ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 10 January 2014

2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke official first ride!

KTM’s long-awaited, all-new 1290 Super Duke is finally being put through its paces at the world press launch in Spain by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his first impressions: “KTM may be calling its new Super Duke ‘The Beast’, but on the evidence of my first ride here on the fabulous roads near Ronda in southern Spain, they’ve ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 17 October 2013

Production KTM 1190 Adventure – official first ride!

The production version of KTM’s eagerly awaited, all-new 1190 Adventure is currently being put through its paces in Tenerife by MCN’s Michael Guy. He’s so far ridden about 120km on a mixture of windy mountain passes and town roads. Here are his first impressions: "The overwhelming first impression is the new 1190cc engine: it’s significantly stronger and bears no comparison ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 04 February 2013

Video: KTM 1190 Adventure R first ride

King of serious off-road, KTM, has BMW's mighty GS firmly in it's sights with the new 1190 Adventure. The Austrian manufacturer has played to its strengths, focusing on ergonomics, agility, light weight and performance using a V-twin from the RC8R superbike. It's a big step forward from the go-anywhere KTM 990, but can it win a bigger slice of the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 January 2013

Video: KTM 690 Duke longterm update

After 2000 miles with the new KTM 690 Duke, MCN's Liam Marsden gives us a quick update on his year so far. The Duke is spot on for commuting and hammering down twisty country roads, where bigger, more powerful bikes would struggle. If you want a pure, no-nonsense bike, the 690 Duke should be top of your list. brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 30 July 2012

Video: Extreme adventure test - part two

We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure on an off-road adventure and to really test their abilities, we enlisted Stan Watt, who finished 34th in this year's Dakar Rally. brightcove.createExperiences(); View part one here

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 06 July 2012

KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

Hook sixth gear, crouch down as small as possible and focus on the small strip of white paint at the side of the track. Wait, wait, wait… Sit up, brake, down three gears, let clutch out, as possible while looking for the next braking marker. Behind the dark visor I’ve got a grin the size of a half moon across ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 30 March 2012

Video: 2012 KTM 990 Adventure ridden

If this KTM Adventure 990 looks familiar then that’s entirely deliberate – but this is no limited edition ‘Dakar’ version, as debuted last Spring, nor the full-blown ‘R’ version – it’s the standard 2012 Adventure which, like its R brother, boasts a host of modifications and improvements for this year, before an all-new model is expected in 2014. In a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 March 2012

Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 22 December 2011

Video: Long term KTM 990 SMT ABS

Trevor Franklin talks through the finer details of his KTM 990 SMT ABS long term test bike, his plans for the bike and explains why it's helping him to 'still feel like a teenager'. We suspect it could have something to do with the "V-twin engine that is so punchy it defies belief; up on the back wheel, fast out of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 29 September 2011

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