2012 KTM Street Bikes – First Look
KTM has streamlined its street bike lineup for 2012, with eight models in four categories.
Two high-spec versions of the 1190 superbike, the RC8 R and RC8 R Race Spec, will be offered but the base-model RC8 superbike has been dropped. The 1,195cc V-twin gets dual-spark ignition, a heavier crankshaft and flywheel, revised camshaft timing, a new throttle body idle speed control and updated fuel mapping. The transmission now shift more smoothly, the front and rear suspension have been revised and it gets new instrumentation, including the ability to shift between fuel grade options (91 PON – 170 horsepower; 94 PON – 175 horsepower). The 180-horsepower Race Spec model is equipped with a full Akrapovic Evo 4 exhaust system, a thinner head gasket for higher compression, a laundry list of race parts (air filter, ECU, slipper clutch, quick shifter, GP shift pattern, suspension, etc.), forged Marchesini wheels with Dunlop slicks and race-spec bodywork.
KTM’s 999cc LC8 V-twin powers three models, the 990 SMT ABS, 990 Adventure ABS and 990 Adventure R. The 990 SMT ABS gets a new tool-operated rear preload adjuster, radial-mount Brembo front calipers with radial front master cylinder and a two-channel Bosch ABS system. The 2012 990 Adventure ABS is based on the 2011 990 Adventure Dakar, with orange powdercoated frame and engine guards, new wrap-around hand guards, easier-lifting center stand and new colors/graphics. The 990 Adventure R gets revised suspension settings and an inch-lower seat height (35.2 inches). The Super Duke and Supermoto R have been dropped.
A longer stroke bumps up engine displacement on the 690 Enduro R from 654cc to 690cc. It also gets a longer service interval, new spring rates and suspension settings, 0.8-inch lower seat height, new styling and a new, more comfortable seat (hallelujah!).
The 500 EXC ($9,899) and 350 EXC-F ($9,699) have both been heavily revised, each getting a new engine, clutch, electric start (plus kick start), frame, swingarm, rims/spokes, bodywork and more.
Prices for non-EXC models to be announced later. For more information, visit www.ktmnorthamerica.com.