German firm launch KTM 790 Duke powered GP2R racer

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German specialist race bike builders Krämer Motorcycles have revealed that their latest GP2R machine, which uses KTM’s parallel-twin 790 Duke engine within an all-new trellis frame, will be available from spring 2020.

Alongside a new frame with adjustable steering head angle, the €29,990 (around £26,799) GP2R also receives work to the engine to achieve a larger displacement of 890cc, as well as fully-adjustable WP suspension.

A second 850cc version is also being developed to be eligible for the US club racing scene, with both machines gaining a programmable engine control system. 

Weighing just 140kg, the bike's revised engine is said to produce 128.2bhp and 73.8ftlb of torque. Upon request, this can be maintained via an exclusive 'Track Service Package' in collaboration with Swiss firm Speedbox, who can also store, service and transport your machine. What's more, technical support is also available during race meetings and training.

Unveiled to the public at Barber Motorsports Park Vintage Festival, Alabama, this latest bike follows the firm’s past success in developing the HKR EVO2 single-cylinder project, which used a KTM LC4 engine to win the European Supermono Championship twice.

Speaking about the project in a statement last year, Owner of Krämer Motorcycles, Markus Krämer, said: "This is an important moment for our still young but already established company. It’s time to take the next step using the experience from the past five years.

"KTM, with its 790 Duke, offered an engine that was predestined to inspire us to go ahead with the 'GP2' project. Our know-how in construction and our production competence assured we were able to develop a fantastic racing bike based on the twin-cylinder concept."

For some added individuality, those who order a bike before October 1, 2019 are able to choose the colour of both the frame and the entire fairing set at no extra cost.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade