2013 KTM North America Lineup
At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach, Calif., KTM unveiled its stateside lineup for 2013.
2011 KTM Motorcycle
The bike of choice at the now-defunct Skip Barber Superbike School, the KTM RC8 R is an alternative choice for those looking for a high- performance V-twin superbike.
A consistent winner in the IDM Series (German International Superbike), this motorcycle is something of a sleeper in America.
2011 KTM Motorcycle
Perhaps the most off-road oriented of the large adventure bikes, the 2011 KTM 990 Adventure R has a dirt bike simplicity that keeps its weight and width under control.
WP suspension is long travel-9.65 inches at both ends-so rugged single-track trails are not out of the question, especially if more aggressive aftermarket knobbies are installed.
2012 Husqvarna Dual Sport
When something is already on top in the dual-sport motorcycling sector, why change much? This was exactly what Husqvarna was thinking when designing the 2012 TE449. For 2012, Husqvarna didn’t need to make many modifications to the power of the TE449, considering the motor was already a top performer in the world of dual-sport motorcycles.
1190 RC8 R vs. Inline-Fours
KTM’s 1190 RC8 R spent so many years being a concept–a V4 and then a V-twin–that no one knew whether this crazy orange design would ever see the light of day. KTM must be huge Ducati fans, as everything KTM has done with the 1190 RC8 R from the V-twin configuration, Ascari launch, and then Portimao launch, are all in the footsteps of the red giant from Bologna. But, was it a wise move, my dear Austrian friends? Isn’t V4 the future now?
When was the last time you were overtaken with pure unbridled motorcycle excitement? Overcome in a state of complete rapture? Do you remember the bike that evoked the reaction? I do, it was the first off-road motorcycle I ever laid eyes on, and I didn’t even know how to ride one at the time. Flash forward to the 2009 Husaberg FE 450, and I can truly say déjà vu.
Off-Road Racer, Supercrosser.
One might not expect a supercross-based bike to make a great woods machine, but KTM has pulled that trick off with the 250 XC-F. Utilizing KTM’s outstanding SX-F chassis and DOHC, 4-valve, e-start motor, the XC-F works as both a single-track race bike, as well as a high-end trail bike.
IMS Motorcycle Choice Award
Seen it all before? Well with that in mind, we setout to bring you only the very best or should we say the “Ultimate” from the 28th annual International Motorcycle Show.