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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.

2007 KTM 990 Adventure Road Test

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Bill Stermer
October 25, 2007

I’ll never forget the day it dawned on me. It was about 20 years ago, and I was riding a 1,000cc sport tourer on a twisty California mountain road when I noted a headlight in my mirror. So I stepped the pace up a bit. The light drew closer. I got on it harder and suddenly, in a short straight‚... Read more »

2005 KTM 990 Superduke Road Test

Taking a corner on the 2005 KTM Superduke.

KEVIN ASH
January 1, 2006

There’s something not quite serious about single-cylinder engines in road bikes. As one part of a manufacturer’s broader portfolio they do satisfy that small niche of riders prepared to put up with mediocre power, vibration, low-rev lumpiness and lethargic throttle response in exchange for‚... Read more »

2003 Model Year Bike Reviews

Radial front brakes, a titanium-nitride Ohlins fork and close-ratio six-speed tranny have been added to the 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
December 28, 2002

(This article was published in the December 2002 issue of Rider magazine.) By Mark Tuttle Jr. Hope you’re hungry! There’s a veritable feast of new motorcycle models rolling out of the kitchen for 2003. Some are here already, others are on their way to dealers across the country. Most of the manufacturers... 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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