We’ll be bringing you more live pics from EICMA as get them, but here is a look at the 2011 KTM range which includes the KTM 1190 RC8 R, the 990 SMT ABS, the 990 Adventure Dakar, the 350 EXC-F Factory, the 125 Duke and the RC8 R Track. Some of these appeared at the Intermot show in Cologne last month while the others make for a complete range of KTM at the 2010 EICMA Milan show.
The KTM 1190 RC8 R for 2011 has a hot new look making it more aggressive and racing-style. White and orange have never looked so good together. Other than that the RC8 R gets new crankshaft, dual-plug ignition which increases power to 175 hp, updated fuel injection, and new suspension components to improve handling. The RC8 R Track is basically the race version of this bike with racing exhaust and fairings.
The 990 Adventure Dakar gets the same 115 hp engine as the Adventure R but utilises the components of the standard 990 Adventure. We get fancy new blue and orange livery, ABS brakes and a suede seat about as comfortable as you can get on these purpose-built bikes. It’s a limited edition KTM made to celebrate the company’s 30 years in the Dakar rally.
In this huge gallery we finally bring you all the pics from KTM’s new models presented at the 2010 Intermot show in Cologne. The new kid (literally) on the block is the KTM 125 Duke, which most likely already has 16-year-olds around the world wanting one. Some families are going to be in for a tough Christmas wish list this year.
After the hype surrounding that model, the new KTM RC8 track bike with 180 hp was also shown. The KTM 1190 RC8 R Track is an impressive ready-to-race performance-oriented bike with 123 Nm of torque and (probably) a dry weight of less than the 182 kg of the road version. It’s the first KTM that can go straight from production line to track and is homologated to FIM Superstock regulations.
Not only that, the 1190 RC8 R Track is very sexy - it’s got lovely clean lines, and the white fairing is quite spectacular. The third model presented was the new KTM 990 SM-T with ABS. The other technical characteristics of 115 hp and 193 kg dry weight remain unchanged. Check out all three in the big gallery below.
Here’s an MCN group test challenging the new Ducati Multistrada with the BMW R1200GS (a real tough competitor), the Triumph Tiger 1050 (a great allrounder) and the KTM 990 SMT (a ‘wow’ bike from 2009). The test includes riding the Multistrada in its four different modes: the sports mode, touring mode and urban and enduro modes, checking out the clever combinations of horse power, traction control and ABS that each mode plays with.
The BMW is probably the most significant competitor and therefore benchmark for the Ducati Multistrada, being a modern adventure tourer with plenty of electronics and technology to make the game more interesting. The only downfall of the Multistrada, if you want to consider one, is exactly what it was designed to be - a mix of everything meaning it can’t be a fully fledged offroad model, or an urban tourer.
Whether that really affects what you want from it is your decision, but if you’re looking for a pure offroader, the BMW, with less electronics and specific offroad design, has got the Multistrada beaten on that front. In sports mode, the Multistrada has got all the power and handling Ducati is famous for, and in touring and urban modes it has both comfort and agility. Overall, if you want an all-in-one bike, this is as close as you’ll get.