KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

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KTM’S plans to place more focus on road bikes have taken a major step forward with proposals for a 1000cc naked musclebike.

The Austrian firm’s chief executive Stefan Pierer says it will be a bike in the same style as a Ducati Monster or Cagiva Raptor and it will use the same engine as the firm’s LC-8 Adventure.

The 942cc unit is a 75° V-twin. It will be tuned to boost power from 102bhp to around 120bhp.

Pierer added: ” Our new naked bike will be similar to a Monster, but it will be more like a superbike. We don’t want to affect KTM’s brand as a maker of racing machines. ”

The firm is famous for its off-road successes.

Pierer says the new bike will be launched in September 2003 and go into production in Spring 2004.

Pierer said: ” Right now, we’re the worldwide market leader in the off-road sector. Last year we experienced a 35 per cent growth. If we want to continue that growth, the next step is clear. We have to move into the road bike market. It’s the biggest market sector. ”

The musclebike is likely to be priced close to the Raptor, which currently retails at £6699, when it reaches shops here.

KTM also plans to use the LC-8 Adventure engine and frame as the basis for a larger capacity supermoto machine, likely to be called the Duke V2.

It plans to launch the supermoto at the 2002 Munich Show and put it into production in Spring 2003.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff