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KTM is an Austrian motorcycle and moped manufacturer founded in 1934 by engineer Hans Trunkenpolz. It started out as a metal working shop and was named Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. In 1954, KTM began producing motorbikes. In reviews, the company is best known for its off-road motorcycles, though in recent years it has expanded into street motorcycle production.

Rider Comparo: 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, 2015 BMW S 1000 R, 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

When the radical, Hayabusa-based Suzuki B-King debuted for 2008, it was the very definition of excess, a naked sportbike that made 145 rear-wheel horsepower and weighed 572 pounds wet. These three from Europe clock in at more than 150 horsepower with curb weights well below 500 pounds, knocking the B-King off its throne. But they aren’t bucking broncos, they’re civilized steeds with state-of-the-art electronics that manage power delivery, chassis dynamics, braking control and more.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 14, 2015

When the radical, Hayabusa-based Suzuki B-King debuted for 2008, it was the very definition of excess, a naked sportbike that made 145 rear-wheel horsepower and weighed 572 pounds wet. These three from Europe clock in at more than 150 horsepower with curb weights well below 500 pounds, knocking the B-King... Read more »

2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

If you want to go ultra-sport touring, this is your bike. An upright seating position, a modest reach to the bars, generous legroom and a well-padded seat make it all-day comfortable.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 14, 2015

If you want to go ultra-sport touring, this is your bike. An upright seating position, a modest reach to the bars, generous legroom and a well-padded seat make it all-day comfortable. The Aprilia Tuono and BMW S 1000 R are based on existing superbikes, but the original 990 Super Duke, which debuted for... Read more »

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure — First Ride Review

The 1290 Super Adventure is more powerful, sophisticated and comfortable than the 1190 Adventure it’s based on.

Greg Drevenstedt
February 19, 2015

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure might be the most powerful and sophisticated adventure bike ever made. It certainly is one of the most exciting to ride. (Photography by Francesc Monterro and Sebas Romero) With triple-digit rear-wheel horsepower, state-of-the-art electronics and enough comfort, range and... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure / R — Long-term Review

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R (Photo by Mark Tuttle)

Greg Drevenstedt
January 19, 2015

Chasing the sunset on the 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure. (Photo by Kevin Wing) Photos by Kevin Wing, Rich Cox, Mark Tuttle and Greg Drevenstedt Any day now, our long-term 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure test bike will be going back, and we sure will miss it. The big, orange beast is actually the third in a series... Read more »

Intermot First Look: 2015 Motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Zero

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Greg Drevenstedt
October 1, 2014

Held in Cologne, Germany, the International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair, known as Intermot, is the first big international motorcycle show of the fall season, giving many manufacturers a chance to unveil new models for the upcoming model year. The 2015 crop of new bikes was a big one, with all-new... Read more »

2015 KTM RC 390 — First Look Review

2015 KTM RC 390

Greg Drevenstedt
September 4, 2014

2015 KTM RC 390 KTM takes its “Ready to Race” motto to heart. It has been the spec manufacturer for the Red Bull Rookies Cup since the series debuted in 2007, running the two-stroke KTM RC 125 for the first six seasons and the Moto3-spec four-stroke KTM RC 250 R for 2013 and 2014. In the... Read more »

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure – First Look

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

Greg Drevenstedt
August 21, 2014

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure With 131 horsepower and 80 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, few would accuse KTM’s 1190 Adventure of being down on power. But for some, a lot of power just isn’t enough. And for those intrepid souls KTM will offer a larger-displacement model called the 1290... Read more »

Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2014

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey. (Photos by Rich Cox) Although they represent a small minority of motorcycle sales, large-displacement adventure tourers have surged in popularity recently. Buyers are drawn to their one-bike-does-it-all... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure Review

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2014

The 1190 Adventure is the latest entrant in the burgeoning ADV segment, offering a unique combination of power, sophistication and on-/off-road performance (Photos by Rich Cox). After years of building the most off-road-oriented of the big dualies with its 950/990 Adventure models, KTM balanced the scales... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R Road Test

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R

Greg Drevenstedt
June 24, 2014

The 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R is a powerful, capable street machine, but where it really shines is off-road. Photography by the author and Mark Tuttle Since its introduction in early 2013, KTM’s 1190 Adventure has created a lot of buzz in the burgeoning adventure-touring segment. Its superbike-based,... Read more »

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KTM Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

KTM motorcycle road tests discuss the company's street-legal dual-sport motorcycles and sport-oriented street motorcycles, as well as a wide range of off-road motorcycles for racing and recreational use. Reviews focus on the fact that the company has been creating and improving its 2-stroke mtorbikes and has been looking into Direct Fuel Injection. KTM also has a lightweight, street legal (Europe) car known as the X-Bow.


KTM Motorcycle Standouts

KTM motorcycle road tests on their street-legal lineup include the 690 Enduro R dual-sport, the 450 SMR supermoto, the 690 Duke sport standard, the 990 SM T and 990 Adventure tourers, and the 1190 RC8 R and 1190 RC8 R Race Spec superbikes. KTM recently introduced the 1190 Adventure as an early-release 2014 model.

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